St. Thomas More High School is proud to announce that senior David Jensen has been awarded the Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship. Presented by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship recognizes student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement in graduating high school students across Wisconsin.
Throughout his time at STM, Jensen has taken on numerous student leadership roles. He has served as captain of the swim team, president of Tri-M Music Honor Society, vice president of National Honor Society, and vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions. In 2019, Jensen also helped lead the Class of 2020’s servant leadership project, Run for Lungs, a 5k run/walk that raised nearly $10,000 for cystic fibrosis research in honor of Tony Arenas (TM ’03).
“Above all, David Jensen exudes the humility of a servant leader,” said social sciences teacher and Servant Leadership Director Mike Greuel. “Through planning service projects, fundraising events, retreats, and mentoring younger students, David has worked tirelessly behind the scenes. At the same time, he creates space for others to contribute meaningfully and be recognized. He understands that the quickest path is not always the best, and that a truly effective leader listens and collaborates.”
Jensen has also looked outside the STM community to develop leadership skills. Last summer, he participated in the American Legion’s Badger Boys State program, a prestigious, statewide leadership conference where high school students create and maintain their own city, county, and state governments. Jensen also serves on the board of Making Waves Milwaukee, a nonprofit dedicated to holding swim lessons in under-served communities, and was active in the organization’s formulation.
“I chose to continue pursuing this path of service not only because of how great I feel when I serve,” Jensen explained, “but because of the tangible effects I can see my service having on others,” Jensen said. “I want to affect as many people as possible throughout my career because I feel that if I am afforded a great education, I have a responsibility to pay it forward into the world. No matter what lies ahead of me on my career path, I shall endeavor to pursue the option which brings the most good to others, as bringing good to others makes me feel more accomplished than earning large sums of money, climbing a corporate ladder, or really anything else that I can think of.”
Jensen plans to attend Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and pursue a degree political science. As he prepares for the next steps in life and our incoming freshmen prepare to start at STM next fall, Jensen shares this advice for the STM Class of 2024: “You have to earn respect, you can’t demand it. Through serving and leading, you can make sure that goals are accomplished through teamwork.”
Congratulations, David! We are proud to have you a part of the Cavalier family and thank you for your incredible impact on STM for the last four years.