Hild chosen for NAIA Emil S. Liston Award


Holly Hild is well-known on campus as a guard in the Hastings College women’s basketball team. What many people may not know, however, is that she is a chemistry major on a pre-dental track.

With such academically arduous classes, Hild said it’s a challenge balancing her school and athletic schedules.

“It’s definitely hard, and I don’t sit and watch TV ever,” Hild said. “I don’t get to read books anymore like I used to, but it’s definitely rewarding and my time management has gone through the roof—I’m great at it. And I’m always on the move, and I don’t think I would want any extra time on my hands because I wouldn’t know what to do with it. It really makes me focus when I need to get something done.”

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. This year, Hild was selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to receive the Emil S. Liston Award.

Since 1950, this award has been presented annually to one junior male and one junior female basketball student-athlete, based on athletic and scholastic achievement and includes a $1,000 scholarship. In the history of Hastings College, only two other students have received this honor—Shannon (Mihaltan) Brown ’02 and Tom Osborne ’59.

Family legacy continues with Hild

With a near-perfect GPA, Hild plans to attend dental school when she leaves Hastings College.

“My top choice would probably be UNMC (University of Nebraska Medical Center),” she said. “Through my experiences there and because that’s where my family has gone, it feels like home to me.”

Hild took part in a summer medical and dental program at UNMC, where she got to experience what it would be like to attend the school. With 60 pre-med students and 20 pre-dental students, she had the chance to attend classes, have ethical studies and more.

“We basically just went through almost like a simulated med school,” said Hild. “We’d practice on mannequins, filling teeth or taking impressions on each other. It was such a good way to get my foot in the door and get to know what it’s going to be like at the dental school and get a sense of the environment and the professors there.”

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Hild’s family has had a history of entering into the field of dentistry. Her mom is a dentist, her uncle was a dentist and her cousin is a dentist, too.

“I’ve just grown up with it and I really fell in love with the profession, just seeing how much joy it gives my mom to help people,” she said. “I’ve done internships and I’ve worked in dental offices and I just absolutely love the environment.”

Besides being involved in athletics, Hild devotes her time to Tri Beta, the biology honorary, is a historian for the Alpha Chi honorary society, and worked last summer with a special needs kickball and baseball team.

By Amanda Miller, a senior from Woodland Park, Colorado majoring in journalism