2021 Young Citizen of the Year
This Westie is awarded to a high school student in the Westlake area who has contributed time, energy, and heart to both their school community and the Westlake community at large. It is in recognition of their outstanding contributions through community service activities that have made them an inspirational role model for other students in the Westlake community.Finalist: Cade Klubnik, Westlake High School Senior
Possibly the highest complement given to Cade Klubnik is that he is a very good football player, and an even better person. Cade led the Chaps to back-to-back 6A state championships, but he would give all credit to his amazing coaches and teammates. Cade is the Maxpreps National Player of the Year, USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year, Elite 11 MVP, Gatorade Texas Player of the Year, leading passer in Westlake history, and ranked #1 quarterback in the country. But his greatest passion is leadership, loving & encouraging others and making everyone feel special regardless of who they are. Cade started a weekly Bible study for 15 teammates, coached a youth 7-on-7 football team, volunteered with organizations like CC4C, was deeply involved with Young Life, and was one of the speakers at FCA’s Fields of Faith event. Austin Ridge pastor Brad Thomas said it well - "Football will come and go, but I think Cade Klubnik will continue to grow as a man of integrity, honor, and humbleness. His greatness has nothing to do with the amount of people that know him or what he’s capable of on the field. His greatness lies in how he cares for, loves, and serves people around him.”Finalist: Cole Kosch, Westlake High School Senior
Cole Kosch got the idea to create a video about the dangers of teen vaping from a classmate who was addicted to and sold Juul pods. Cole started researching for resources for middle and high schoolers that might help them stop vaping or avoid it altogether. He didn’t find anything, so he decided to tackle the issue as his service project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. Cole’s 30-minute film to educate his peers about teen vaping (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC5K75zi-vE) is recognized by the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Statesman, and KVUE. The ALA is integrating his film into their national outreach programs.
Cole isn't just passionate about filmmaking. In addition to Varsity wrestling and the 2019 State Championship football team, Cole is Captain of Westlake Improv Troupe and Board Director of Westlake Theatre. He has been the male lead in 5, supporting actor in 4, and director of 3 plays. He created “Open Unmute Night Talent Show” for students during lockdown.
Cole’s Chaparral Champion Award as a sophomore stated: “Cole is likely one of the most well-rounded students here… He is always willing to jump in to help wherever is needed. He is kind and helpful to students who need some assistance in class, never making anyone feel like they are less than anyone else.”Finalist: Nate McCall, Westlake High School Senior
Nate McCall is a Senior at Westlake High School. He is very involved with the Chap Band and Jazz Ensemble at Westlake. During marching season, he served as the Low Woodwinds Sergeant. With this title he had the pleasure of teaching a small section of band members how to march. Nate serves as a JAM leader where he leads a group of middle school boys in a Bible study every Wednesday evening. For the past 6 summers (minus the lockdown year) he helped lead the WHPC student ministry mission group at Blueprint Ministries, where middle schoolers learn basic home repairs like drywalling and roofing while connecting with homeowners in historically underserved communities. Nate has been an active Scout since the first grade and is currently in the final stages of earning his Eagle Scout rank. His Eagle project was constructing picnic tables next to the community gathering space and fire pit at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. Nate fundraised for this project by constructing and selling owl houses out of reclaimed cedar fence pickets. Nate is also a certified lifeguard with the City of Austin and has a side gig of landscaping and handy-man jobs for whomever he can fit in. Nate is currently sending out his final applications for college to study Engineering.
2021 Winner: Brooks Jeffers, Westlake Senior Class of 2021
2020 Winner: Leo Lowin, Westlake Senior Class of 2020
2019 Winner: Blake Sbrocco, Westlake Senior Class of 2019
2018 Winner: Julia Breeden, Westlake Senior Class of 2018
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