Winterset High School senior Kylene Hoven received the Youth Excellence in Optimism Award on Feb. 7 at the Optimist’s Club meeting. This award recognizes Winterset students for outstanding community service and leadership qualities.

In addition to a certificate, Hoven received a $50 gift card, and a $100 check to be donated to a non-profit of her choosing. She chose “Bring Love Ministries” to receive her contribution.

The daughter of Collette and Dr. Stuart Hoven, this WHS senior has demonstrated outstanding leadership and community service in numerous ways. As a Silver Cord participant throughout high school, she has over 150 volunteer hours to her credit.

A few of the places that have benefited from her volunteerism include Winterset Community Church Youth Group; annual mission trip to an Indian reservation; numerous school events and other organizations. During seventh and eighth grades she was involved with the Optimist Club as a Junior Optimist member.

“I volunteer because I enjoy giving back to the community that has done so much for me and it gives me joy to help people, especially the younger generation,” Hoven commented. “ I’ve especially enjoyed volunteering with my church and participating in events with the student council.”

Upon graduation, Hoven’s future plans include attending Iowa State University in Ames to study actuary science.

The Optimist Club plans to recognize several outstanding Winterset students throughout the school year. Their motto, “Friend of Youth” supports youth in the community through activities and financial means.

Optimist activities include Halloween Fun Night, the Annual Turkey Dinner, Youth Basketball Tournaments, sponsoring a Junior Optimist, Free Movie Days, Scholarship program, Bike Safety and the community flag program. 

With 46 active members, the Optimist Club meets at Montross Pharmacy every Friday morning beginning promptly at 6:45 a.m.