North Posey student wins Lilly award

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By Pam Robinson

 Olivia Goebel, North Posey High School senior, says she was completely surprised when representatives from the Posey County Community Foundation came to her class the morning of Thursday, April 3, and awarded her the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The scholarship pays for four years of tuition at any Indiana college or university Goebel chooses and carries an extra stipend for books.

Already, Goebel has made her choice: she will join the Boilermakers at Purdue University and study pharmacy. She will be the second in her family to attend the prestigious university since her dad took a short farming course at Purdue several years ago.

Goebel makes the perfect choice for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school while participating in a wide range of high school extracurricular activities and volunteering in her community. 

She has been involved primarily with  4-H, FFA, Student Council, National Honor Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the PEERS project (high school students mentor junior high school students to make good choices), and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church youth group. She holds several important offices: FFA District Secretary and President of 4-H Vanderburgh County Junior Leaders and President of her local 4-H club in St. Wendel. Her community involvement includes regular volunteer hours at New Harmonie Healthcare Center and such fundraisers as the “30 Hour Famine” through St. Francis Xavier to help deal with global hunger. The list could go on.

Somehow, Goebel never runs down. In fact, she has stayed energized running cross country and track during all four years of high school.

This summer, Goebel will remain involved in her community. She plans to job shadow area pharmacists, to attend 4-H and FFA conferences and events, to keep up her volunteer work at the nursing home and to help out on the family farm.

“My advice to future applicants would be to be as dedicated as they can to their community by getting involved with as many extracurriculars as they and find balance among those,” she says. “Also, [they will want] to focus on their education because that will help them develop the ambition to go beyond what is expected of them.”

A Posey County native, Goebel grew up on the family farm with a 75-year history. Her parents are Bernie and Elaine Goebel. Her brother, Zachary, is a freshman at North Posey High School, and her sister, Emma, is a sixth-grader at North Elementary School.

“It’s a very humbling experience. It’s a blessing to have so much support from my community and my school,” Goebel says about her Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. “I would like to thank the Posey County Community Foundation and the Lilly Endowment Fund. It’s a great opportunity for youth in this community, and it really gives youth something to strive for. I’d also like to thank my teachers and my family for being so supportive.”