Nebraska Wesleyan University News https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/ en NWU Launches Master's Program in Athletic Training https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nwu-launches-masters-program-athletic-training <span property="schema:name">NWU Launches Master&#039;s Program in Athletic Training</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan is expanding its graduate program offerings with the launch of a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Students will have two pathways into the program, which will replace the current bachelor’s degree in athletic training. The move is a response to a decision by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that will require anyone who wishes to become a certified athletic trainer to first have a master’s degree from an accredited athletic training education program.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Students will enter the two-year MAT in one of two pathways, including:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Beginning fall 2022, a 3+2 pathway will allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree in five years. Students will pursue the exercise science major and apply to the MAT program during their junior year. Once admitted, students will begin graduate athletic training courses in their fourth year. After successfully completing the first year of graduate coursework, students will receive their bachelor’s degree.  After successfully completing their fifth year of graduate coursework, students will be awarded a master’s degree.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Beginning May 2025, a standalone pathway for students who already hold a relevant bachelor’s degree.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>After registering for their final semester, students are eligible to take the Board of Certification exam. Both pathways will be available to transfer students. NWU has received approval for the new program from the Higher Learning Commission and will submit approval from the CAATE this summer.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Students who enroll at NWU in fall 2021 and declare their intent to major in athletic training will be the final class accepted into the undergraduate athletic training program. They will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam after four years of undergraduate coursework.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Our current athletic training program has a strong history of creating exceptional athletic trainers,” said Samantha Wilson, assistant professor of health and human performance and athletic training program director. “Our signature offerings and experiences and extraordinary outcomes will undoubtedly continue with our new master’s program.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since 2011, the overall pass rate for NWU athletic training majors taking the Board of Certification exam is 98 percent. The athletic training program has a 100 percent job placement rate prior to students’ graduation. Graduates have gone onto successful careers in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy and as physician’s assistants and medical doctors, including positions with the Colorado Rockies, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Mayo Clinic and in industrial, hospital, university and high school settings across the country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The program has a strong history of recognition. Students have consistently won state, regional and national awards from the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-American Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In addition, NWU’s athletic training staff — the preceptors who will teach in the new program — have been recognized by the American Rivers Conference as the 2017-2018 “Athletic Training Staff of the Year.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This marks NWU’s fifth graduate program. Others include Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration joint degree and Master of Social Work, which begins this fall.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-03-31T14:17:29+00:00">Wed, 03/31/2021 - 9:17am</span> Wed, 31 Mar 2021 14:17:29 +0000 Sara Olson 620670 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Athletic Training Majors Win National, Regional Awards https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/athletic-training-majors-win-national-regional-awards <span property="schema:name">Athletic Training Majors Win National, Regional Awards</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Three Nebraska Wesleyan University Athletic Training majors have been honored with state and national awards.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Said Mendez, a junior from Columbus, Neb., and Payton Swanson, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., are among 65 athletic training majors from across the country to be recognized with the National Athletic Training Association Scholarship. Kierstin Niemeyer, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., has received regional recognition.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to the national honors, Mendez has been awarded the Nebraska State Athletic Training Association Scholarship and the Mid-American Athletic Training Association Scholarship, making him the third student in program history to win all three athletic training awards.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As an athletic training student at Nebraska Wesleyan, Mendez has assisted the football, men’s soccer, men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. He has also participated in clinical experiences at Lincoln East High School, Havelock Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Lincoln Injury and Prevention Care Center and Snyder Physical Therapy. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The preceptors have been a huge part of all of this,” said Mendez. “They are always willing to help and support in any way they can in order to help us achieve our goals. They have provided a wide variety of opportunities and challenges in order for us to grow as students in the clinic and the classroom.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mendez is applying to physical therapy programs with plans to work as a physical therapist and aid high schools and community events as an athletic trainer. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Swanson’s athletic training experience includes seven NWU sports teams, local physical therapy clinics and high schools in Lincoln. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“These opportunities have allowed me to experience the field of athletic training in its numerous and unique forms, she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>She said her interest in athletic training was confirmed during her first year at NWU after multiple first-hand experiences early in her studies. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for occupational therapy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Niemeyer is the recipient of the Mid-American Athletic Training Association Scholarship. Her experiences have included the football, women’s soccer and softball teams. She has had clinical rotations at Lincoln North Star, Lincoln East and Lincoln Southeast high schools and at Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“After getting to shadow students in the classroom during my first year and observing how textbook education from the classroom setting was transferred over to practical education use in the clinical setting, I knew that this was the program I wanted to be part of,” said Niemeyer.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The faculty has done a phenomenal job in preparing myself and my peers for achieving future goals and aspirations in the field of sports medicine,” she added.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Niemeyer plans to attend medical school and specialize in orthopedics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-03-29T15:11:01+00:00">Mon, 03/29/2021 - 10:11am</span> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:11:01 +0000 Sara Olson 620661 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Social Work Student Finds Impactful Practicum Experiences During COVID-19 https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/social-work-student-finds-impactful-practicum-experiences-during-covid-19 <span property="schema:name">Social Work Student Finds Impactful Practicum Experiences During COVID-19</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>The 2020-2021 academic year has been unlike any other. But despite the unusual circumstances like mask wearing, social distancing and hybrid learning, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students’ experiences in ways they never anticipated. We are sharing their stories.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>***</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“No matter what is happening in the world, our job is still essential. We will always have people who need our help.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Those are the words that Angela Johnson used last spring to remind and reassure herself of the important role of social workers — especially during a pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>When the country started shutting down last March, Johnson, who is pursuing her social work degree through Nebraska Wesleyan’s adult undergraduate program, re-evaluated her plans leading to graduation. As part of the degree requirements, social work students are required to complete a 400-hour practicum experience. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But opportunities for practicum experiences dwindled and like many others, she pivoted her plans.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It was kind of like, okay, you just need to find a place because people are not taking practicum students,” she recalled.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>She credits the support of her social work professors as she pursued a new direction.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“They knew how to work on their feet and be creative to meet their students' needs,” she said. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Johnson pushed her practicum to winter and found creative ways to gain meaningful experiences that would also have a significant impact on clients.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Over the winter term, Johnson started working with Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) where she contacted families in the school district to share with them information about free or discounted internet service for students who were attending class online. Johnson was determined to help LPS get the word out. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We were really hoping that connection to them could be a bridge to essentially more resources that they potentially needed,” Johnson explained. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While she helped several families utilize the program, the district faced other communication challenges. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Language barriers and reaching families that don't use English as their first language were common difficulties,” Johnson said. “We didn't have access to the school’s language liaisons, but we wanted to reach every family regardless of what language they spoke.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Johnson played a critical role in developing materials that explained the internet access programs. The materials were made available to school counselors, translators and liaisons to reach additional families. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To complete her practicum requirement, Johnson then turned her attention to Mourning Hope Grief Center, which provides grief support groups to children, adults and families who have experienced loss. Johnson’s focus was to re-evaluate how Mourning Hope meets the needs of young adults during the pandemic and supports them in their grief journey.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Part of being a social worker is being creative and thinking on your feet and just finding different ways to assist our clients that we're working with,” she said. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To keep their clients safe, Mourning Hope’s grief groups are hosted via Zoom, which has helped the non-profit expand its reach across the country and world. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I never would have guessed the sacred space of a zoom room,” Johnson said. “With the pandemic, people are grieving, not just death losses, but several things because pandemic grief isn't linear to death.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Johnson is grateful for her practicum experiences and credits the university’s social work program for allowing her the flexibility to balance her full-time job, her family and her academics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Wesleyan makes it possible to achieve those goals, dreams and that degree that you've always wanted,” she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In May, she’ll walk across the stage to accept her diploma. She’s eager for what’s ahead including the possibility of pursuing a master’s degree in social work. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“If I set my mind to something specific,” she said, “I would be limiting myself to all of what social work can bring.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>—Story by Danielle Anderson, student writer</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-03-25T14:16:38+00:00">Thu, 03/25/2021 - 9:16am</span> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:16:38 +0000 Sara Olson 620657 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Students Gain Experience and Friendships as Campus COVID-19 Test Swabbers https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/students-gain-experience-and-friendships-campus-covid-19-test-swabbers <span property="schema:name">Students Gain Experience and Friendships as Campus COVID-19 Test Swabbers</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>The 2020-2021 academic year has been unlike any other. But despite the unusual circumstances like mask wearing, social distancing and hybrid learning, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students’ experiences in ways they never anticipated. We will be sharing their personal stories over the next several weeks.</em></p> <p><em>***</em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Senior nursing major Hannah Fleischer has one thing to say to Nebraska Wesleyan students, faculty and staff who have used the university’s COVID-19 test site.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Thank you.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fleischer is among the 15 NWU students who have served as COVID-19 test swabbers during the 2020-2021 academic year. The decision to partner with TestNebraska and provide free COVID-19 testing on campus was critical in making in-person classes, athletics, theatre productions, music performances and other activities a possibility during a pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I knew that testing was going to be a vital part of keeping classes on campus, and I was more than willing to help in any way that I could,” said Michaela Mass, a junior biology major from Omaha.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The team of student swabbers were required to have their Certified Nursing Assistant license. In August, they were trained through TestNebraska including the process of nasopharyngeal swabbing. The student team is supervised by Jennifer Agee, director of health and safety.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On August 19 — the week that classes started for the fall semester — the student team of swabbers donned their personal protective equipment including gowns, double sets of gloves, N95 masks, goggles or face shields, and began their important work. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fleischer remembers the nervousness felt by many first-time testers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I know that for me, when I have an explanation and a general idea of what is going to be done to me, I’m a lot calmer and more compliant,” she said, “and this is something that I tried to do with every person that I swabbed.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While the responsibility gives the student swabbers important experience, it has also resulted in some unexpected and pleasant suprises. Mass recalls meeting a student who came to the test site and introduced herself as an international student from France.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I have taken French since middle school and have continued to take courses at NWU,” said Mass. “I let her know about the French table (conversation group) at NWU, and we exchanged contact information. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I am happy that swabbing gave me the opportunity to make her feel more comfortable here in Nebraska plus I have another friend to speak French with now.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Both students say they try to show kindness, empathy and understanding to each tester. They both are grateful for the vigilance of the campus community and it’s commitment to protect the pack. In eight months, they have administered nearly 6,000<strong> </strong>tests at the campus test site.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“NWU gave us the chance to make a difference on campus, and we took it,” said Mass, who is planning a career as a physician assistant. “Because of swabbing, we were all able to be back on campus this fall and spring semester.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“If I could say one thing to everyone, I would say, thank you for allowing us to test and swab you,” added Fleischer who will work as a registered nurse after her graduation in May, “so that we could continue to have class, athletics and extracurricular activities.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>***</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>—Story by Danielle Anderson, public relations writer. </em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-03-09T22:38:08+00:00">Tue, 03/09/2021 - 4:38pm</span> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 22:38:08 +0000 Sara Olson 620632 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu International Studies Student Shares Literacy as Oppression Research at Future of Women Conference https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/international-studies-student-shares-literacy-oppression-research-future <span property="schema:name">International Studies Student Shares Literacy as Oppression Research at Future of Women Conference</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Syble Heffernan is an aspiring global citizen. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Having been an exchange student in Brazil, the junior English and international studies major dreams of exploring other cultures and landscapes. And she isn’t waiting.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As a sophomore at Nebraska Wesleyan University, she was presented with an opportunity to present her research in India.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gerise Herndon, professor of English and director of the International Studies Program, first met Heffernan in her Archway Seminar for first-year students and later in her international studies courses. Herndon recognized Heffernan’s fascination with India and encouraged her to attend the Future of Women Conference held in Bengaluru, India.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To make it a reality, Heffernan and Herndon applied for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research funds that would financially support their research on female literacy rates in Brazil and Mozambique and travel costs to present their research.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Student-Faculty Collaborative funding for research and creative endeavor can confer crucial experience and advantages for prestige scholarships, graduate school, or future professional research,” said Herndon. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While Brazil and Mozambique are an ocean apart, they bare similar histories. Both were colonized by Portugal, and for these origins, they hold some cultural similarities apart from sharing the Portuguese language. Both have been challenged by low literacy gaps of women and the resulting socioeconomic disparities in the last century. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>With Herndon’s initial guidance, Heffernan created a study that was unique and complimented her own experiences. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I wouldn't have even thought of doing comparative research between two countries. She helped me really narrow that focus,” Heffernan said of her professor. “I was able to converse with her about the concept of literacy, what that even means, and how it is actually used as a tool of oppression by colonists.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Both Brazilian and Mozambique cultures have developed around oral traditions which stand as alternative methods of telling stories, communicating intelligence and working through discourse within a society. Through colonization and the introduction of conflicting definitions of civilization, there was an urgency placed on the skills of reading and writing to function in society. However, the colonies of Brazil and Mozambique have been challenged in denying women access to these skills. Due to this imbalance in literacy, mobilization surrounding this issue has caused many nonprofits to attempt to close the literacy gaps within rural and urban female populations of both nations. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Heffernan’s findings provided her the opportunity to submit a proposal to present at the Future of Women Conference held in February 2020. The opportunity to present at the conference — especially as a college sophomore — was a rarity.   </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I didn’t expect her to submit a proposal,” said Herndon, “but on her own initiative, Syble conducted independent research — without my assistance and outside the context of any classes she was taking —  and her proposal was accepted. She gave an excellent presentation alongside faculty from southern Africa.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The conference featured other academics and activists from countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, gathering to share knowledge and advocate for the rights of women and girls.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Navigating these professional waters as a sophomore was just one of the ways she has demonstrated creativity and maturity beyond her years, “Herndon added. “Her research skills, confidence and the quality of her writing grew remarkably.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Heffernan’s passion for this project may continue. Treating this study as an introduction to something greater, the junior plans to attend graduate school to become a mental health practitioner to better address the traumas of those impacted by international, socioeconomic disparities like those she found in her own research. Her future plans also include extended travel to Brazil and Mozambique where she hopes to work with nonprofit organizations in their efforts to close the national literacy gaps. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I don't think I'll have a specific (job) title which I've come to realize throughout college,” said Heffernan. “My vision is a lot of writing, a lot of focus on healing in various contexts. And then a lot of focus on coming together on crucial issues, specifically facing women on a global scale and figuring out how I can amplify their voices and work with them.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>***</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>—Story by Danielle Anderson, public relations writer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-03-05T20:24:40+00:00">Fri, 03/05/2021 - 2:24pm</span> Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:24:40 +0000 Sara Olson 620628 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Ezell Wins Mary Butler Award for Leadership, Commitment to Diversity https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/ezell-wins-mary-butler-award-leadership-commitment-diversity <span property="schema:name">Ezell Wins Mary Butler Award for Leadership, Commitment to Diversity</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It’s easier to be vulnerable when you only need validation from yourself.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>That was Nebraska Wesleyan University senior Jason Ezell’s response to his academic advisor last year after he shared some difficult details about his life during the Let Love Overcome Fear Rally. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I still think about that sentiment and the powerful leadership ethos that shows,” said Kelly Clancy, assistant professor of political science. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ezell is this year’s Mary Butler Award winner. The award recognizes a junior or senior who identifies as a student of color, is in good academic standing and demonstrates the ability to enrich campus through extracurricular involvement, leadership, responsibility and concern for others.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to speaking at and planning the Let Love Overcome Fear Rally, the political science and business major from North Platte, Neb., is a member of Pride Alliance, serving as treasurer; Student Affairs Senate, serving as a diversity representative; University Choir, a peer assistant in the residence halls, Cooper Center consultant and a student representative on the university’s Strategic Planning Committee.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Last spring, Clancy asked Ezell to co-instruct her Race and Relations class. She knew his lived experiences and passion for diversity would be meaningful to her students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“In particular, he reached out to students who hadn’t encountered conversation over diversity before, bridging barriers between different student groups,” said Clancy.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I have not met anyone to match Jason’s dedication and commitment to bettering the Nebraska Wesleyan community,” added junior Holly Skorupa. “Through his actions while being involved with multiple organizations on campus, maintain multiple jobs on top of his education makes his an exemplary student for the Mary Butler Award.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-02-19T20:18:16+00:00">Fri, 02/19/2021 - 2:18pm</span> Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:18:16 +0000 Sara Olson 620608 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Wang Named Advocate for Diversity Award Winner https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/wang-named-advocate-diversity-award-winner <span property="schema:name">Wang Named Advocate for Diversity Award Winner</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Last summer the Department of Homeland Security issued operational guidance that all international students could face possible deportation if they attended U.S. schools that were operating entirely online in fall 2020.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>At that point in the COVID-19 pandemic, it was uncertain how colleges and universities would open for the fall. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan University senior Hyeonju Wang started advocating for fellow international students here and across the U.S. who contribute to the academic, creative and economic fabric of the country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Thanks to her advocacy and all efforts from U.S. higher education institutions, the policy was rescinded,” said Yoko Iwasaki-Zink, international student advisor. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wang, a political science major and communication studies minor from Hebron, is this year’s Advocate for Diversity Award winner. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wang, who immigrated to Nebraska from South Korea, has been active on the university’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, International Relations Organization and Student Affairs Senate. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As part of an independent study, she studied how students of color feel on NWU’s campus and used qualitative and quantitative data analysis for her research in an effort to improve diversity and inclusion on campus.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wang was a student instructor in an Archway Seminar for first-year students titled, “Transnational Migration, Global Citizenship and Belonging.” The course explored national identity by considering how borders separate people and how those separations might influence how people view others who live on the other side or cross over.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“She led the class through intense but important topics,” said senior Samantha Redfern. “She is constantly laying the seeds for people to understand their role in these systems of inequality while giving them the tools to take action themselves.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“In taking classes with Hyeon,” Redfern added, “I have constantly observed her ability to bring in a perspective that otherwise would have fallen through the cracks. She doesn’t let assumptions go uncontested and raises the bar for her peers and professors.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-02-19T20:10:02+00:00">Fri, 02/19/2021 - 2:10pm</span> Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:10:02 +0000 Sara Olson 620607 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Nursing Student Gains Experience Working in COVID-19 Unit https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nursing-student-gains-experience-working-covid-19-unit <span property="schema:name">Nursing Student Gains Experience Working in COVID-19 Unit</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>The 2020-2021 academic year has been unlike any other. But despite the unusual circumstances like mask wearing, social distancing and hybrid learning, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students’ experiences in ways they never anticipated. We will be sharing their personal stories over the next several weeks.</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>***</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Every day, working was hard,” said senior nursing major Megan McKinney. “Being in the medical field is hard work but working during a pandemic is extremely hard. I do not know that anything could have prepared us for this pandemic and all that it entails.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since May 2019, the Mead, Colo. native has worked as a patient care technician (PCT) in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Bryan Medical Center East Campus. But McKinney’s experience changed dramatically early last spring when her unit was converted to a COVID-19 unit where she would care for patients with a new set of challenges. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We became a COVID unit when the pandemic first started so that we could care for a variety of COVID positive patients,” she said. “Many were very sick and required to be in the intensive care unit for their level of care. We had to adapt and change based on how many patients needed ICU care.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This need for adaptability suited McKinney’s desire for a fast-paced work environment. Her day began at 6:45 a.m. when she received reports on all patients. She helped patients with their meals, baths, admissions, discharges and transfers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The routine gave her structure but it also came with hardship.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Patients were unable to see their family members, but we were able to help facilitate phone calls or Facetime,” she explained. “When patients were at the end of their life, it was important we allow the family members to talk to and see their loved one. It was hard, there was no way around it.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Because of the lengthy isolation requirements, McKinney and her unit often cared for patients for weeks. Getting to know these patients, she said, made it difficult to see them sick or pass away.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“When going into a patient’s room, we had to wear a PAPR (powered air purifier respirator) and a gown. This was hard because it was harder for patients to recognize the staff and remember us,” said McKinney. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>No college course could have prepared McKinney for what she experienced this past year and the toll that has come with it. Between community lockdowns, isolation, and the emotional fatigue of the unit, she said balancing school, life, and work stress was difficult. But it has also taught her a valuable lesson. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Working in healthcare really is a team effort,” she said. “No one could do this alone. We were all there to support one another and help each other out every day. Even though every day was hard and very trying, I learned that we can come together as a community and we will get through this one way or another.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to her experience in the COVID-19 unit, McKinney has clinical experience in the burn unit at CHI Health St. Elizabeth, the vent assisted unit at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, long-term care facilities, Lincoln Regional Center, labor and delivery and others. Following her graduation from Nebraska Wesleyan in May, McKinney will work as a registered nurse on the medical/surgical intensive care unit at Bryan Medical Center East Campus. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>—Story by Danielle Anderson, public relations student writer</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-02-17T22:11:22+00:00">Wed, 02/17/2021 - 4:11pm</span> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:11:22 +0000 Sara Olson 620599 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Gilman Scholarship Will Take NWU Junior to the Southern Caucasus https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/gilman-scholarship-will-take-nwu-junior-southern-caucasus <span property="schema:name">Gilman Scholarship Will Take NWU Junior to the Southern Caucasus</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abby Cawley says her classes on war and peace and foreign policy helped her think about the possibilities beyond her classroom walls.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This summer, the junior, political science major, will travel to the Southern Caucasus to study peace, security and the political climate in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The experience will be made possible through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, a nationally competitive program that assists students with study abroad expenses. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While in the Southern Caucasus, Cawley will participate in courses on identity, democratization and gender issues. She’ll study Russian and explore the region’s culture and history. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Studying abroad will help me narrow down what within international politics that I want to do as well as provide a taste to see if I want to work abroad,” said the Lincoln Southeast High school graduate. “It’s an amazing opportunity to learn another language and gain a greater understanding of politics outside our domestic bubble.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fifty-seven NWU students have received the Gilman Scholarship since the program began in 2001.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-01-29T21:51:01+00:00">Fri, 01/29/2021 - 3:51pm</span> Fri, 29 Jan 2021 21:51:01 +0000 Sara Olson 620585 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Adult Undergraduate Students Named to Fall Semester Academic Honors List https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/adult-undergraduate-students-named-fall-semester-academic-honors-list <span property="schema:name">Adult Undergraduate Students Named to Fall Semester Academic Honors List</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its academic honors list for students enrolled in the adult undergraduate program for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan’s adult undergraduate program provides nontraditional students the opportunity to earn a college degree while pursuing a career.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.00 scale.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Students earning academic honors list recognition are:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Beatrice</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zachary Lauenstein</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Bellevue</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kourtney Galyen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marcus McKenzie</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Cedar Bluffs</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kimberly Shanahan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Elkhorn</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Graff Suhr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Fremont</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Corey Allmendinger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Hickman</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jason Kuhn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Lincoln</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Semar  Al-Timimi</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ghazal Barakat</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Delisi</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lindsey Elazouzi</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kaitlyn Evans</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Barbara Frazier</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jason Frazier</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Danielle Hohn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tina Hurd</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Yolanda Jeffrey</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Adam Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Angela Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grant Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cheryl Kirby</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>David Lehn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Breanna Lopez</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Katsiaryna Lupsiakova</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Andrea Masters</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Adela Mustafic</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mercedes Nelms</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jessica Petty</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ryan Prevo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eric Reger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Teresa Renner-Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Raehan Sallae</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Taylor Skudlarek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Daisy Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kaitlin Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nicole Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Riley Stevens</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chelsey Thornton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rebekah Wenz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Morgan Winfrey</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Omaha</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ryan Anders</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bhishma Bhurtel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Windsong Bullock</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Karina Contreras</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nicole Freed</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hope Gray</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eilish Hill</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Navdeep Kaur</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chanel Morrow</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alyssa  Sharp</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maryan Sheikhuna</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Krista Stearnes</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kara Thomsen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Papillion</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Suzana Mixan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Roca</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Connor Sullivan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Springfield</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Taylor Skwarek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Superior</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lori Renz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Waterloo</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abhishek Dhage</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Waverly</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Destiny Green</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sean Zapp</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-01-28T19:28:07+00:00">Thu, 01/28/2021 - 1:28pm</span> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 19:28:07 +0000 Sara Olson 620581 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Fall Semester Academic Honors List Announced https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/fall-semester-academic-honors-list-announced <span property="schema:name">Fall Semester Academic Honors List Announced</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced the fall semester Academic Honors List for its traditional undergraduate program. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 (on a 4.00 scale) for 12 or more hours of coursework to qualify for the list. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A complete list of students earning academic honors recognition is below.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>ARIZONA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Oro Valley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lauren Laass</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><strong>Phoenix</strong></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Katherine Baier</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Terrence Gilder</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Angel Reynoso</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Scottsdale</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hayden Parker</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Vail</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chandler Wacker</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>CALIFORNIA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Valencia</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>John Haimowitz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>COLORADO</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Arvada</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joshua Rogers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aurora</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Gonzales</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bayfield</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Makaelah Hutchins</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Boulder</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ava Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Centennial</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Quentin Reese</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Colorado Springs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexandra Arbizzani</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Erik Cilek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigayle Cole</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ryan Glackman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Denver</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alaina Talmadge</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elijah Thatchr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sienna Woo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dillon</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sara Speedy</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Erie</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexander Mathis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gabrielle Thomas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grand Junction</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reagan Thompson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Greenwood Village</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lane D'Agostino</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hotchkiss</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rockley Neal</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Julesburg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Satara Ehnes</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Longmont</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Overturf</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Loveland</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Haley Anderson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Matthew Utley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Meeker</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Logan Hughes</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Milliken</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Antonio Loya</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Palisade</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zane Haas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pueblo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madeline Almond</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Samantha Martinez</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Springfield</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Katie Babb</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Steamboat Springs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Charles Leech</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sterling</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jake Busmente</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wiggins</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Raquel Galvan Renteria</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>FLORIDA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bradenton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Antonio Beltramea</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brandon</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Audrey Stecher</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fort Walton Beach</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marley Homandberg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>IOWA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Council Bluffs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Holly Bingham</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Megan Carley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Luke Mieska</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Earling</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kelsey Tremel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Glenwood</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cera Gray</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Delaney McMullen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marleigh Young</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Malvern</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Enver Stading</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marion</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Michael Biertzer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Norwalk</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Allison McLuen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pella</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kennady Klein</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>IDAHO</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Boise</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elke Myers      </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>KANSAS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gardner</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brody Marshall</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lenexa</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amara Lindsey</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>McPherson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Megan Eisenbarth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Olathe</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>John Alden</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Logan Evans</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mason Sadler</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Overland Park</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Greta Carlson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lauren Somerhalder</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Erin Viets</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wamego</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Josephine Fails</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>MINNESOTA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Saint Cloud</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emma Hoffmann</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>MISSOURI</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chesterfield</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ann Truka</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maryland Heights</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigayle Armentrout</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pleasant Hill</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Graceann Ring</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Springfield</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Connor Dormann</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Webb City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rachel Dolence</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>NEBRASKA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abie</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Travis Roh</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Adams</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Garrett Lenners</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ashley Parde</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alliance</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Craig Anglesey</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Arlington</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bradley Ernesti</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ashton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Claire Kaslon</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Atkinson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kyla Wallinger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Auburn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zachary Dickerson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aurora</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Katie Bloom</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alex Kubik</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joel Springer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Allyson Weber</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Vanessa Wergin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ayr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hannah Fleischer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Beatrice</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Colby Ensz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tessa Hoffman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Blaine Kujath</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Samuel Streeter</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Andrea Zulauf</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Beemer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rylee Hawk</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bellevue</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lauren Keith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Larsen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Viveca Power</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zachary Schwindt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maelacia Seffron</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bailey St. Clair</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Benkelman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Olivia Sis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bennington</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seth McRobert</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Nelson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mary Opheim</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Rogge</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Claire Sandeen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elise Warneke</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Blair</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emma Eaton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madelynn Knudtson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Leah Nicholson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Blue Hill</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Colby Karr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Broken Bow</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lindsay Schauda</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hunter Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Campbell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mark Thurston</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cedar Rapids</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Olivia Groeteke</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Central City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gabriella Homolka</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emiline McGinnis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ceresco</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ellissa Fredrickson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ashley Heyen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dawna Miller</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chadron</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Blaylock</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lauren Collins</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Evelyn McEwen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Columbus</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alycin Braun</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Caitlin Broekemeier</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Karissa Gleeson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Said Mendez</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jessie Nelson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drew VunCannon</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ashley Warner</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cozad</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kennedy Berreckman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Trevor Linn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Crete</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexander Lollmann</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Curtis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Michael Hazen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Davenport</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Morgan Lowery</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>David City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Olivia Couch</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Isabella Hilger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Larissa Sellers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Braden Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anthony Tebbe</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dawson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexander Fairchild-Flynn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Denton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kyla Nitzel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cordelia Ring</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Deshler</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amanda Schultz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dix</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carli Wurdeman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dorchester</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ashley Schwisow</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joshua Thompson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eagle</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hayden Retzlaff</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Steckelberg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elkhorn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joselyn Eaton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jedidiah Merriman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emma Peterson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rebekah Sterken</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Morgan Ulrich</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ewing</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Danielle Anderson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fairbury</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Josephine Blatny</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Caitlin Nimmich</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Megg Vaughn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Falls City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Morgan Bletscher</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rudy Vrtiska</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Filley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Holden Christen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Firth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Iyleigh Boden</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gavin Dowding</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jacob Mason</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grant Oden</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Franklin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lilia Aberle</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fremont</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jonathon Hansen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jovany Hernandez Corona</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Merrill Mitchell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jenny Pham</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Logan Sacco</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Friend</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kyle Dickinson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Geneva</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aaron Poppert</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gering</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Noah Longoria</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ava Marez</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grant Maser</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sydny Ridgeway</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alannah Ventura</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Allison Wilson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gothenburg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Andie Geiken</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emma  Jorgenson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grand Island</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Bahe</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Adam Cooper  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Megan Cooper</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kenzie Hansen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Faith Harris</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Whitney Jensen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lauren Klemme</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>McKenna Marsh</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alberto Ortega</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jacqueline Ortega Garcia</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Panowicz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bianca Philbeck</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Collin Quandt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carter Terry</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carlyn Willis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Greenwood</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nicholas Swenson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gretna</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jacob Myers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Payton Plugge</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Van Schmidt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alyssa  Simental</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jordan Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Evelyn Theall</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hampton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jaylen Arndt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reagan Janzen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hastings</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amber Hollister</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dawson Jacobus</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anna Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Evan Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gradyn Kershner</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Claire Landgren</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Justise Propp</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hemingford</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kelli Horstman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Henderson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rachael Dente</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kyle Ott</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bailey Peters</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hickman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grant Buchanan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Macie Thomas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hildreth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marshall Chasek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Holdrege</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Spencer Anderson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Howells</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nina Vogel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Juniata</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Margaret Harris</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sierra Richey</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kearney</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brant Barth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mitchell Carlson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ellie Crouch</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ciara Eichhorst</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kaitlyn Georgiana</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Baylie Luedke</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexander O'Brien</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sarah Oldfather</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Helen Whittaker</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kenesaw</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jenna Jaeschke</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lavista</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Brase</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lindsey Erickson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Steinbach</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nicole Strater</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lexington</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Taeton Amos</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Damian Salinas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lincoln</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Ailes</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ali Al Hajaj</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mujteba Al Hajaj</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chase Alphin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chloe Andreini</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Macy Arrowsmith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sarah Bals</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jasmine Barry</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rebecca Barry</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mackenzie Batt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mei Beiermann</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Erin Bell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Berg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sami Breir</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rebecca Burback</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kaelee Byh</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bailey Calhoun</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kylie Calhoun</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Danielle Callins</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Campbell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Cawley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nichole Cayou</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alyssa  Chapman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brayton Christensen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kole Connick</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Trinity  Cox</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lily Craig</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Khanh Dang</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mackenzie Davenport</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Olivia Davis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Peyton Davis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nile Debebe</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Makenzie Delgado</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Detweiler</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Morgan Dondlinger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Billie Douglass</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Max Draus</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>David Duong</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jack Easley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pedrom Eckbal</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mariah Elley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Morgan Ellison</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Katelyn England</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maggie English</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amber Estell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Payton Fallick</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Charissa Farr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Morgan Finley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joslyn  Ford</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lindsey Forsgren</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>McKinley Fuchs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marga Galins</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Laura  Gleason</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Samantha Glenn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kobe Hansen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Melissa Hatch</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emmalyn Hathaway</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amelia Herbert</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Matthew Ho</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kristine Hoagstrom</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexis Hobelman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reid Hoffmann</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Livia Holbert</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Logan Holle</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Adam Holloway</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jennifer Hosek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Blaine Houlden</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Paige Howland</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brittany Hubbard</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ashley Hyde</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Yuliia Iziumova</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Arabelle Jackson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexis Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grant Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kathleen Jolito</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Otillia Jones</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cade Kammerer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Javier Kenney</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sara Kholousi</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sophia Kirk</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Callie Kohl</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anthony Krick</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cassidy Kruse</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hunter Kruse</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alyson Kuehn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shelby Lammers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grace Laue</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>James Lavicky</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Han Le</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Phu Le</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Amber LeGrande</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bailey Leuty</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Darrix Lim</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jenna Linder</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brooke Lindquist</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Keara Loyd</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ellie Martinez</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Scott McChesney</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jayden McMahan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Michael Messineo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Deanna Meyers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maggie Meyers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Matthew Meyers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brenna Milius</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Grace Monson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Luke Monson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Miranda Mulinix</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>James Munnis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Olivia Munroe</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drew Navratil</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dylan Navratil</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lisa Nguyen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thanh  Nguyen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Noelle Nielsen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kierstin Niemeyer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Baylie Oliver</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jacob Olson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>McKenzie Osborne</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sheridan Parker</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mira Patel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brandon Peters</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>MacKenzie Pierson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cassidy Plooster</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rachel Potthoff</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Konpal Rafique</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jessica Rang</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Paige Ravenscroft</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ryan Rediger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nolan Reid</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Peyton Renard</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alondra Reyes Barbosa</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mickena Richards</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Connor Riekenberg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Breanna Rittenhouse</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Delaney Roberts</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thomas Robertson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aspen Rolfes</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elise Roselius</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alex Rownd</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emma Ryter</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Benjamin Sager</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kenya Sanderson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexis Sandman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tyler Sanne</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carson Schlautman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Xander Schmit</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kate Schoening</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jayden Schriner</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mitchell Sebek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thea Seibel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cassandra Shambaugh-Miller</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Douglas Shinner</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kaitlyn Slepicka</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sierra Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mary Soden</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Michelle Solis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jeremy Sorensen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Annastazya Spickelmier</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sydni Springer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gabriel Steffen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stewart Stinton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Stockman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Taylor Styskal</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Payton Swanson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shea Swanson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tyler Taubenheim</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Noah Thompson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Donny Tran</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Connor Vandewege</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Vantine</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Skyler Weber</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Olivia West</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Clara Whyman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dean Wiegert</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Garrett Williams</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bryce Wortman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seth Knapp</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Manley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>McKenna Jones</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Martell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Payten Buss</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexus Ebeler</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>McCook</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Robin Grigg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lindi Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mead</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tanner Langemeier</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Millard</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ryan Lawrence</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Murray</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zeke Rouse</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Naponee</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Claire Harrison</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Christian Martinez</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kelsie Stovall</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nickerson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Annie Cooper</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Niobrara</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abby Swanson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brooke Swanson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Norfolk</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anden Baumann</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lauren Beutler</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elliot Eisenmenger</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Natalie Reynolds</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>North Platte</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Cady</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Syble Heffernan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cole Lohoefener</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>William Phillips</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jency Starr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carlye  Stoppkotte</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>O’Neill</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Andrea Bennetts</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Omaha</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Claire Aken</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bridget Baker</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Leah Beran</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Matthew Brown</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cameron Burkard</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jacob Caffey</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lily Castellan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shannon Chinn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bailey Christensen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Benjamin Christenson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Valerie Cuevas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Paige Cunningham</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sara Curtis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marshall Dawkins</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jessica DeGeorge</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Allison Devries</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jillian Dinkel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anna Dorr</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hannah Ghannam</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gayle Goldstein</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jamie Gould</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Christian Hall</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maggie Hogan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cecilia  Huber</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rachel Janecek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Evan Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Katherine Joyce</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>David Kawula</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jonathan Kawula</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexa Koza</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reagan Koza</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mariah Laher</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Savanna Lakin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lauren Maciejewski</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aidan Maher</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Michaela Mass</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Devyn McDonald</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jackson McGowan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kellen McLaughlin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drew Mertz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Makynna Montgomery</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sayler Nacke</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nathaniel Nowel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Megan Peklo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ethan Schmaderer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Isabelle Schoneweis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Benjamin Schulz</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Callie Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mallory Stamm</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexis Timmons</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>John Tracy</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Noble Valerio-Boster</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nicole Vawser</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anna Vidlak</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emalie Wightman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sophie Williams</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ord</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kaden Dawe</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Osceola</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Macy Gustafson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Palmyra</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Samuel Fitzpatrick</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rebeckah Taylor</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Papillion</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Chandler Ashburn</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexandra Daniel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elizabeth Eich</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Courtney Gosch</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Logan Lawrence</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rachel Loerch</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sydney Nickerson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marlon Orellana</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kayleigh Sander</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zoe Timberlake</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>James Vanbemmelen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jackson Waldron</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Trenan Wilson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pawnee City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Andrew Davis</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sabre Menninga</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Paxton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lane Blackwell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jordan Callihan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pierce</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Addison Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Annie Johnson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ralston</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ivan Ip</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rising City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Katherine Slama</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Roca</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jocelyn Bergt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sarah Kallhoff</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Roseland</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alex Ehrman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Saint Libory</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Taylor Hageman</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Saint Paul</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carson Morgan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Scottsbluff</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reegan Green</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kathryn Phillips</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Seward</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sierra Crees</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Peyton Davis-Schmit</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ted Hughes IV</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shantel Koranda</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jacob Marshall</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Blaine Robbins</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Zachary Vacha</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ryan Wall</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tyler Welch</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nana Abenaa Wright</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shelby</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Julia Salerno</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carter Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shelton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sara Palmer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shelby Tourney</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Shickley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jadyn Kleinschmidt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sidney</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Allison Nesbitt</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>South Bend</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anna Niemoth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>South Sioux City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tanner Christensen</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Spalding</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Cockerill</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Springfield</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lindsey Hinrichs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joshua Kalin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Conrad Lawrence</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jacob Romsa</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Stromsburg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brooklyn Mickey</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Superior</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Trisha Hayes</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Adin Leibel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Benjamin Vyzourek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jenna Whitmore</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sutton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abigail Parten</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Syracuse</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Livia Wilhelm</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gabrielle Williams</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tecumseh</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexis Graham</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tekamah</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rayna Hladky</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jessica Smith</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Unadilla</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cody Pester</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nicole Wenzel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Valley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lexiss Booth</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexander Eischeid</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Valparaiso</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nicole  Allington</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jalyssa Oliverius</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kylee Polivka</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wahoo</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jaclyn Masek</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kassidi Mongar</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Taryn Scheef</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rachel Tvrdy</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wakefield</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jamie Dolph</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Walton</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kira Keller</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Alexander Kohler</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sierra St. Clair</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Waverly</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Makenzie Brehm</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kyle Goodban</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Adison Kerchal</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maverik McDonald</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sadie Mrsny</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kamryn Pfenning</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carley Rubenking</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Stover</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wayne</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Maura Loberg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>West Point</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Marci Franzluebbers</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hannah Kreikemeier</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Brooke Meister</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wilber</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Karlie Cerveny</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wymore</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Claire Hookstra</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>York</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Samuel Kohmetscher</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dalton Mogul</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ashley Okamoto</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hayden Penny</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Carsyn Zumpfe</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Yutan</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Johanna Vandenack</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>NEVADA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Henderson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Benjamin Gephart</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Las Vegas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dionisio Raquel</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>NORTH CAROLINA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Charlotte</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jackson Cure</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>SOUTH DAKOTA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sioux Falls</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jasmine Doell</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Darby Hurd</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Reanna Rohrer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>TEXAS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Humble</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jackson Reilly</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Plano</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kathleen Murray</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>UTAH</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Park City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Makenzie Adams</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>St. George</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joshua Seifert</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>VIRGINIA</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Williamsburg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Elizabeth Clark</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>WISCONSIN</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kenosha</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Burhani  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Gardner</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Colin Swanson</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Emily Counts</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>WYOMING</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Banner</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Quynn Kennedy</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gillette</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Madison Hinshaw</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>MEXICO</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ciudad Juarez</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rubi Vega</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>NETHERLANDS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Heerle, Noord-Brabant</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Norbert Weijenberg</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Schagerbrug</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Joran Teijema</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-01-28T19:01:34+00:00">Thu, 01/28/2021 - 1:01pm</span> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 19:01:34 +0000 Sara Olson 620580 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu NWU Program Will Fully Fund Tuition for Learn to Dream Scholars https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nwu-program-will-fully-fund-tuition-learn-dream-scholars <span property="schema:name">NWU Program Will Fully Fund Tuition for Learn to Dream Scholars</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan University is launching a new scholarship program that will help more area community college students aspire to complete a bachelor’s degree. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Aspire NWU Scholarship Program will fully fund tuition through federal, state and NWU merit-based and need-based aid for Southeast Community College’s Learn to Dream Scholars who quality for the federal Pell Grant. The program will serve most students whose family adjusted gross incomes are at or below $60,000. Approximately 30 percent of NWU students receive the Pell Grant.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Nebraska Wesleyan has an outstanding partnership with Southeast Community College to help open more doors to bachelor’s degree completion,” said Nebraska Wesleyan University President Darrin Good. “This further strengthens that partnership and helps these high-achieving students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree to do so in an affordable way.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thanks to the generosity of the Acklie Charitable Foundation, Nelnet and Union Bank &amp; Trust, the Learn to Dream Scholars Program provides economically-disadvantaged students from Lincoln public and private schools the opportunity to complete 60 semester credit hours at one of SCC’s campuses without paying tuition and fees. The program also provides 30 semester credit hours to students who reside in SCC’s 15-county service area.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>SCC students who complete 12 credit hours from any of its six learning centers are eligible to transfer to NWU. Qualifications for the Aspire NWU Scholarship Program include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Current student or graduate of the Learn to Dream Scholars Program</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Nebraska resident</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Federal Pell Grant eligible</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Apply and enroll in a traditional NWU undergraduate degree program</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Carry a full-time academic course load of 12-18 credit hours per semester </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The program, which begins in fall 2021, is renewable annually until the recipient has completed their bachelor’s degree. Students must also maintain full-time status and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Outside scholarships, unsubsidized federal student loans and on-campus work study may be used for room and board and other educational expenses at NWU.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We’re committed to providing the resources necessary to remove financial burden and worry from economically-disadvantaged students,” said Good.” “Students can solely focus on their academics and college experiences that will help them to thrive here and position them for success beyond graduation,” said Good. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Our mission at Nebraska Wesleyan is well-aligned with that of the Learn to Dream Scholars Program to ultimately improve the lives of students we serve,” Good added. “Our commitment to personal attention and small class sizes create a particularly strong foundation for these scholars to succeed and graduate.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The Learn to Dream Scholarship at Southeast Community College is an incredible opportunity for economically disadvantaged students to access the life-changing benefits of higher education by offering up to two years of college credit tuition free,” said Paul Illich, president of Southeast Community College. “Through a new partnership between Nebraska Wesleyan University and Southeast Community College, Learn to Dream Scholars will have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree tuition fee. SCC is honored to be a committed partner in this new scholarship program as we seek to empower and transform the diverse learners and communities of southeast Nebraska.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For transfer students not eligible for the new Aspire NWU Scholarship Program, NWU offers other scholarships including a $20,000 <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/admissions/transfer">Pathways Transfer Scholarship</a> for students transferring from Southeast Community College, Central Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Metropolitan Community College and Mid-Plains Community College. More than 160 students have received the Pathways Scholarship since its start in 2017. Nebraska Wesleyan also offers the <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/admissions/transfer/transfer-scholarships/scholarships-ptk-members">Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship</a> to qualified community college students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an academic honorary. The PTK Scholarship provides $21,000 in financial aid.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Transfer students have an outstanding performance record at Nebraska Wesleyan,” said Good. “We want students to view us as a transfer school destination — a welcoming, rewarding place where they can continue on their educational journey.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-01-13T15:54:49+00:00">Wed, 01/13/2021 - 9:54am</span> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:54:49 +0000 Sara Olson 620571 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu President Good Reflects on January 6 Attack on Democracy https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/president-good-reflects-january-6-attack-democracy <span property="schema:name">President Good Reflects on January 6 Attack on Democracy</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Like many of you, I watched Wednesday’s attack on our democracy with great disbelief and a heavy, heavy heart. These feelings plague me today, and will likely continue in the days ahead.  As President of Nebraska Wesleyan University, I feel it is my obligation to speak clearly and directly to you about Wednesday’s events.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Nebraska Wesleyan was founded in 1887 and throughout our history we have been blessed by and grounded in the distinct and unfaltering democracy of the United States.  It’s a democracy governed for the people, by the people and protects the freedoms we all enjoy so dearly. </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We join others around the nation – from both parties – and around the world in condemning the violent attack on Congress, our democratic election, the peaceful transition of power and our Constitution.  This was NOT a democratic protest but rather a riot or an insurrection.  Others have even characterized it as a traitorous event and an attempted coup d’état.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our students’ education is rooted in critical thinking, analysis of evidence and information literacy to discern legitimate information and facts. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>It is our responsibility to nurture growth of the whole person — to expand students’ intellectual skills AND broaden their perspective on humanity. That’s what our campus constituents expect of us.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We take great pride in our ability to transform lives at Nebraska Wesleyan and prepare students for the multi-faceted experiences that are ahead of them. Clearly<span>,</span> our mission is more critical now than ever, as we do our part to develop citizens of this nation who can act with conviction that is based on truth, justice and verifiable evidence in our participation in democracy and defense of the <span>C</span>onstitution.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As our 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose</span></span> w<span><span>isely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I hope you will join me in condemning the individuals involved in Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, and I ask you to join me in prayer for the healing and return to a civil and functional democracy where trust and decency reign.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>With Love and Hope,</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>President Darrin Good</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2021-01-07T21:41:04+00:00">Thu, 01/07/2021 - 3:41pm</span> Thu, 07 Jan 2021 21:41:04 +0000 Sara Olson 620564 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Campus Mourns Long-time Chemistry Professor https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/campus-mourns-long-time-chemistry-professor <span property="schema:name">Campus Mourns Long-time Chemistry Professor</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan is mourning the loss of long-time chemistry professor Dr. Mark Werth who died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 5, 2020.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For 27 years, Dr. Werth touched the lives and shaped the minds of chemistry students at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Throughout his career, he taught chemical principles, organic chemistry, biochemistry, advanced biochemistry and the laboratories that accompanied those classes. He mentored first-year undergraduate students enrolled in the Introduction to Research course and he supervised undergraduates enrolled in upper-level chemistry research courses. Dr. Werth also taught a Liberal Arts Seminar for first-year students titled, “Drugs and Society.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2018, Nebraska Wesleyan honored Dr. Werth as its newest member of the Quarter Century Club for his service to the university and the role his played in providing the distinctive, experience-rich education that means so much to NWU students. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>During that recognition, his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry reflected on his impact describing Dr. Werth as accommodating, patient, supportive, innovative, the quiet giant of the department and “pure Prairie Wolf gold.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dr. Werth was hailed for his work in creating the biochemistry and molecular biology major, which required extensive cooperation and coordination with academic departments outside his own. The major has attracted a mix of strong academic scholars from across the country. To date, 158 students have graduated with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and have gone onto medical and graduate school and careers in health and industry.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Mark is the quiet giant of our department,” colleague and fellow chemistry professor Jodi Ryter said during his Quarter Century Club recognition. “He is an exceptional and generous mentor, an active curriculum scholar, a ground-breaking program developer, and above all, a consummate professional in the classroom. He has served Nebraska Wesleyan University at the highest level, which is the only way he knows how.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to teaching, Dr. Werth served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2002-2006 and interim chair of the Department of Mathematics from January 2018 to July 2018. He also served on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Institutional Review Board.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Throughout his tenure, his research was published in the <em>Journal of the American Chemical Society</em> and the <em>Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry</em> among others and he presented his research locally, regionally and nationally. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society and Nebraska Academy of Science.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The NWU community held a virtual remembrance for Dr. Werth on Friday, December 11. <a href="https://youtu.be/AVM9jfC64WY">Watch now</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-09T18:02:51+00:00">Wed, 12/09/2020 - 12:02pm</span> Wed, 09 Dec 2020 18:02:51 +0000 Sara Olson 620544 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Social Work Professor Wins Exemplary Teacher Award https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/social-work-professor-wins-exemplary-teacher-award <span property="schema:name">Social Work Professor Wins Exemplary Teacher Award</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Professor Kara Cavel’s commitment to anti-racist </span><span>practices is helping to push us all to create a more inclusive classroom environment where the voices of all have a place in instruction,” say her colleagues in the Department of Social Work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>She brings diverse content to students to learn beyond a typical classroom lecture. She revises her courses to include current events and experiences. She asks students to attend art exhibits that demonstrate key social issues. She asks them to listen to community activists on their work to improve social justice.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cavel’s work and dedication to providing inclusive experiences and opportunities to all students has earned her this year’s Exemplary Teaching Award.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The award is given to an NWU professor each year who exemplifies excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, the institution, community or church. The award is sponsored by the Division of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church and the Office of the President at Nebraska Wesleyan.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For the past 10 years, the associate professor of social work has taught nearly every core course offered in the undergraduate social work program, resulting in greater connectivity with social work students and faculty. But Cavel was especially praised for her attentiveness to the needs of NWU’s adult students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“She also recognizes that our adult students bring with them lives and histories that sometimes need to be considered when exploring deadlines and requirements,” said colleague Toni Jensen, assistant professor of social work. “She will work with students to find ways for them to meet her expectations, while also helping them navigate the realities of their own lives.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition to teaching classes on both the Lincoln campus and at NWU’s Omaha site, Cavel has served in many capacities including advisor for the student organization, Global Service Learning, which she accompanied on both national and international service trips. She serves on the undergraduate curriculum committee, Forum Committee and has helped develop courses for the university’s new Master of Social Work degree. She gives back to her community as a practicing clinical social worker in Omaha, teaches yoga, has trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and has served as a board member on the National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter Board of Directors. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>She is described as a regular source of stability and comfort for students,” said Jensen. “</span></span><span>We are fortunate to have Dr. Cavel in our community and I believe she is very deserving of this Exemplary Teacher award.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-12-01T21:43:59+00:00">Tue, 12/01/2020 - 3:43pm</span> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 21:43:59 +0000 Sara Olson 620535 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Student, Professor’s Collaborative Research on Mindfulness Helps New Students Adapt https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/student-professors-collaborative-research-mindfulness-helps-new-students <span property="schema:name">Student, Professor’s Collaborative Research on Mindfulness Helps New Students Adapt </span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>It’s not unusual to find communication professor Karla Jensen leading a yoga class on a campus lawn. This semester, the activity has provided a much-needed and safe refuge to students dealing with the uncertainties of a pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Beyond relaxing on the lawn, Jensen has continued to infuse the importance of yoga and mindfulness into her courses including her Archways Seminar, “Be. Here. Now: Mindfulness Theory and Practice.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Last February when Jensen was thinking about the course, she was approached by Morgan Dondlinger, a junior communication studies major from Lincoln, who planned to be Jensen’s student instructor. Together, they applied for a Student Faculty Collaborative Research Grant, which supports collaborative research and creative projects between students and their professors.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The grant would send them both to Oregon for a five-day mindfulness pedagogy training to better prepare them for their Archway Seminar. Unfortunately, COVID-19 stopped their travel. Instead, they spent six weeks attending a virtual training with well-known mindfulness scholar and author Oren Jay Sofer. The training included 1,000 other mindfulness practitioners from across the world.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Although I was disappointed that we could not experience the retreat in Oregon,” said Dondlinger, “when Karla approached me with this new, virtual idea, I couldn't have been more excited.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dondlinger said combining their interest in mindfulness and nonviolent communication into a virtual course, would allow them to adapt their upcoming Archway Seminar for first-year students. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The reason mindfulness is vital to nonviolent communication is because when we can cultivate awareness of ourselves and thoughts, emotions manifest themselves in our bodies, and we are better able to respond instead of react,” said Dondlinger. “This awareness allows us to better connect with our conversational partner.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The online course emphasized foundations of presence, intention, attention, listening, and reflecting. This style of conversation creates a safe, dialogic environment where participants may get to the root of a belief rather than relying solely on the initial words on their position. Finding a balance between communication and mindfulness is more vital now than ever, Dondlinger said, especially in times of crisis and national discourse. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> “Our [communication studies] department is rooted in the social interactionism theory that we create relationships in community, and that we should speak so others may listen, and listen so others may speak,” said Dondlinger. “It’s not just choosing our words with care but listening open-heartedly and with awareness to better know the other person rather than gathering ammunition to change someone’s mind.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Customizing the course to address the unique challenges for this year’s first-year students, Jensen and Dondlinger focused on helping students navigate issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, national political unease and transitioning to college students. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We want students to recognize — especially now — their own needs for connection, self-care, and to communicate with professors or roommates, and this training is going to help them,” Dondlinger said. “A core component of this Archway Seminar revolves around giving students the tools they need to combat stress through contemplative practice.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jensen said her students have shared that they feel better equipped to persist and practice patience when they encounter their new obstacles.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Over the past several years, I have seen the compelling benefits of mindfulness in the lives of my students,” said Jensen. “Mindfulness cultivates discernment, patience, and calm in all storms – even the sometimes choppy waters of college, even in a pandemic.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I am honored to share the scholarship and practice of this lifelong skill with Morgan and our first-year students,” she added.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each year, Jensen wants each student instructor to be deeply involved in the planning and delivery of the course. She takes enormous care in choosing and mentoring every student instructor and together choosing the content for the course. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“From my perspective, our summer training resulted in an even more fulfilling teaching-learning relationship for us, and it enhanced the classroom experience for our Archway Seminar students.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dondlinger, who plans to graduate in May 2022, said the experience has her considering a career as a professor. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I couldn't be more grateful to Karla for the experience she has given me throughout the summer and this semester, and I look forward to her guidance as I begin this new exploratory journey,” she said. “A relationship like the one I have with Karla is what excites me about the potential of becoming a professor myself.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>—Story by Danielle Anderson, student writer</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-11-22T18:15:04+00:00">Sun, 11/22/2020 - 12:15pm</span> Sun, 22 Nov 2020 18:15:04 +0000 Sara Olson 620525 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Students Team with NYC Composers for New NWU Theatre Production, "Fresh Voices" https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/students-team-nyc-composers-new-nwu-theatre-production-fresh-voices <span property="schema:name">Students Team with NYC Composers for New NWU Theatre Production, &quot;Fresh Voices&quot;</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The bright lights of New York City — darkened by the pandemic — will be felt on Nebraska Wesleyan University’s O’Donnell Auditorium stage when the Theatre Department opens its first musical cabaret, “Fresh Voices.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>With much attention aimed at safe and socially distant live performances, the Theatre Department turned to its New York City connections to help inspire “Fresh Voices,” which will feature unproduced works by composers from the Big Apple.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anne McAlexander, visiting assistant professor of musical theatre, utilized her connections to pair composers with NWU theatre students. Students participated in six zoom workshops that were led by artists including American playwright Laura Gunderson, America’s most produced living playwright; singer composer Ari Afsar who is best known for her starring role in “Hamilton,” jazz and rock musician Todd Sickafoose, a Tony and Grammy Award winner, among others. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“One of the most exciting things about this project is how our students are getting to interact with the composers and writers,” said McAlexander, a graduate of SUNY Fredoria who has directed and choreographed for several schools and festivals in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “Unless actors are workshopping a new musical, this is a rare and awesome opportunity.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Fresh Voices” showcases NWU students as emerging artists as they will be singing new and unproduced works. The title also gives a nod to the different perspectives on current challenges in society that will be featured in the music. Inspired by politics, societal unrest, and the pandemic among other themes, the cabaret will feature works inspired by the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, mental health, the need for compassion and unity, and voting and representation. </span></span><span>The production will also include speaking roles written by Gunderson that were inspired by the NWU students’ personal stories.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Not only does this show amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in society, but the collaboration helps students recognize the vast possibilities of using their art for change,” said McAlexander.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Several of the composers wrote pieces specifically for our students and their interests,” she said. “I think it is incredibly important for young actors to know that their voice matters and that when they have the chance, they should seize the opportunity.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Raimy Washington, a senior acting major from Omaha, agrees.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It is an artist’s responsibility to represent the times and these are quite the times to represent,” said Washington. “There is a lot going on in our world and who better to tell this story than artists who will put it in a format that makes it timeless.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While COVID-19 has led the Theatre Department to adapt to new ways of performing, students recognize that the opportunity to collaborate with New York City composers likely would not have happened in this way without the pandemic. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“COVID-19 has helped us be able to work with so many different new artists that are so diverse in life experiences and identities,” said John Alden, a junior musical theatre major from Olathe, Kan.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Not only is this experience desperately needed right now during a global pandemic when so many theatre artists are out of work,” McAlexander added, “but this experience is valuable in teaching our students how they can use their art to amplify their voices and bring attention to topics that are important to them.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Theatre Department continues to follow all directed health measures: audience members will be socially distanced and seated 15 feet away from the stage. All performances will be held in O’Donnell Auditorium — the university’s largest performance venue; masks are required for all audience members, and there will be no intermission.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Even though they’re not performing for sold-out crowds or utilizing large casts, students said the current circumstances are a lesson in adaptation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It is a crazy time for the arts,” said Washington who will graduate in December. “But I’m certain I will be doing something wherever I go even if that means I have to create my own opportunities.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Fresh Voices: Spotlighting the Future” will be performed October 23-24 and October 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee shows on October 25 and November 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 and must be reserved in advance </span></span><span><a href="https://tix5.centerstageticketing.com/sites/nebraskawesleyan6/"><span>online</span></a></span><span><span> or call the box office at 402.465.2384. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The collaborations and interactions with the New York City composers have been made possible through a generous grant from the Pace Woods Foundation. Since 2012, the Foundation has helped fund 11 musical theatre productions, 14 guest artist engagements and the New York City excursion typically taken during spring break. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>—Story by Danielle Anderson, student writer</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-10-20T16:40:50+00:00">Tue, 10/20/2020 - 11:40am</span> Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:40:50 +0000 Sara Olson 620496 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu NWU Professors Launch “Nights of Horror” 31-Day Virtual Event https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nwu-professors-launch-nights-horror-31-day-virtual-event <span property="schema:name">NWU Professors Launch “Nights of Horror” 31-Day Virtual Event</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Two Nebraska Wesleyan University art professors and self-proclaimed “horror nerds” are making certain that the spirit of Halloween continues despite a pandemic. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In fact, they’re making sure it’s celebrated all month long with their 31-day virtual event, Nights of Horror. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Together, Matthew Jarvis, visiting assistant professor of art history, and Juan Jose Castano-Marquez, assistant professor of digital media, contacted scholars, industry professionals, authors and directors who are leading figures in the field of horror to be featured nightly for this pop-cultural event.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“With COVID-19, programming on any scale is a challenge, but I was interested in what could be achieved online,” said Jarvis. “There was no question that if we were going to do this, it would be on a large scale. There is really something for everyone.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For 31 days, a combination of screenings, interviews, readings, and demonstrations will be shared by some of the best in the horror industry. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Among those featured will be:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><strong>Gary Pullin,</strong> artist responsible for the shocking, chord-striking film posters of <em>Friday the 13th</em>, <em>A Nightmare on Elm Street</em>, <em>Halloween</em>, <em>The Big Lebowski</em>, <em>Vertigo</em>, and <em>The Babadook</em>, as well as countless soundtrack covers. </span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>S. T. Joshi,</strong> American writer, musician, critic, and award-winning scholar whose work has largely focused on weird and fantastic fiction, especially the life and work of H. P. Lovecraft and associated writers. </span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Makeup artists</strong> including Joe Dulude, Emmy-nominated makeup artist who famously worked on productions including <em>Wicked</em>, <em>Beetlejuice</em>, <em>Spongebob Squarepants</em> <em>the Musical</em>, <em>Sunday in the Park with George</em>, <em>Anastasia</em>, <em>Sweet Charity</em>, <em>The Wedding Singer</em>, <em>Grease</em>, <em>Follies</em> and <em>Jekyll &amp; Hyde</em>. Dulude will transform himself into Beetlejuice during his talk.</span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong>Matt Ruff, </strong><em>New York Times</em> best-selling author and author of the novel, <em>Lovecraft Country</em>, which was recently adapted to an HBO series and released in August 2020. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We are hoping that people are entertained, find new things to be interested by, and gain new appreciations even if they are themselves experts in an area,” said Jarvis. “The event is at its heart meant to be educational. That isn’t to say that education cannot be mixed with pop-culture and fun.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Both Jarvis and Castano-Marquez hope the event becomes an annual occurrence. Both are incorporating aspects into their classes too. Castano-Marquez is currently teaching an Archway Seminar for first-year students that explores camp, a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture. Next semester, Jarvis will teach a course on global horror film.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A complete schedule of events for Nights of Horror can be found at <a href="https://www.nwunightsofhorror.com/">https://www.nwunightsofhorror.com</a>. Events will be streamed on the same website beginning Thursday, October 1. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Follow Nights of Horror on Instagram at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/nwuhorror/">@nwuhorror</a> or on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/NWUHorror">@NWUHorror</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>—Story by Danielle Anderson, public relations intern.</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-09-28T15:04:42+00:00">Mon, 09/28/2020 - 10:04am</span> Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:04:42 +0000 Sara Olson 619122 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu NWU Launches Scholarship Program to Fully Fund Tuition for Pell-Eligible Students https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nwu-launches-scholarship-program-fully-fund-tuition-pell-eligible-students <span property="schema:name">NWU Launches Scholarship Program to Fully Fund Tuition for Pell-Eligible Students</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan University wants to make its private, personalized education accessible to all Nebraska students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“College affordability is absolutely critical now more than ever,” said President Darrin Good. “Nebraska Wesleyan has long been recognized for incredible experiences, prestigious honors and rewarding outcomes, and it’s important that we make those successes more accessible. The Access NWU Scholarship Program will do just that.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Access NWU Scholarship Program will fully fund tuition through federal, state and NWU merit-based and need-based aid for Nebraska first-time, first-year students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant. The program will serve most students whose family adjusted gross incomes are at or below $60,000. Currently, approximately 30 percent of NWU students receive the Pell Grant.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The program, which begins in fall 2021, is renewable for full-time students who enroll for four years and enables them to earn up to 144 credit hours, allowing the opportunity to add additional majors and minors during their time at NWU. Students will need to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Outside scholarships, unsubsidized federal student loans and on-campus work study may be used for room and board and other educational expenses. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Good said removing financial burden plays a significant role in helping under-resourced, low-income and first-generation students to fully succeed in college and beyond.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I was a Pell grant recipient as a student and my wife was a first-generation college student, so launching the Access NWU Scholarship Program is very personal to me,” said Good.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Eliminating financial stresses allows these students to focus entirely on their academic and extracurricular experiences and further thrive in this environment,” Good added. “Personal attention, small classes and career-building experiences make NWU an ideal choice for these students.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In addition, Nebraska Wesleyan is increasing its scholarships for transfer students including a $20,000 Pathways Transfer Scholarship. In 2017, NWU initiated partnerships with five community colleges — Southeast Community College, Central Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Metropolitan Community College and Mid-Plains Community College — by offering the Pathways Transfer Scholarship. The partnership provides financial aid to help students complete their bachelor’s degree at NWU. Previously, the Pathways Transfer Scholarship provided $15,000 to transfer students who completed at least 18 credit hours. More than 160 students have received the Pathways Scholarship since its start. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan also offers the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship to qualified community college students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an academic honorary. The PTK Scholarship will increase from $17,000 to $21,000.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Transfer students are an important part of our student body,” said Good. “They bring experience, diversity and continued academic success. It’s critical that we provide them with the same accessibility and affordability that we provide to our traditional undergraduates who begin their academic career here as first-year students.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ultimately, financial aid is available to all traditional undergraduate students regardless of income.</span></span></span><span><span><span><span> For example, every student admitted to Nebraska Wesleyan receives a renewable scholarship</span></span></span></span><span> of $15,000 or more based on their academic credentials. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Regardless of income,” Good added, “we want students and their families to realize that Nebraska Wesleyan is affordable and offers a highly respected educational value due to the extraordinary career successes of our alumni.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-09-23T21:15:34+00:00">Wed, 09/23/2020 - 4:15pm</span> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:15:34 +0000 Sara Olson 619117 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu U.S. News Names NWU a Top Regional University https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/us-news-names-nwu-top-regional-university-2 <span property="schema:name">U.S. News Names NWU a Top Regional University</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>U.S. News &amp; World Report </span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span>has named Nebraska Wesleyan University a top regional university. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>NWU is ranked 15th among all colleges and universities named to the Best Regional Universities — Midwest category in the annual college rankings, which were released on September 14. NWU is the highest ranked Nebraska college or university in the category. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>U.S. News &amp; World Report</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span><span> ranks universities on a variety of indicators including student outcomes such as rates of graduation and retention, assessment by academic peers, faculty resources, overall financial resources, ACT/SAT scores, high school class standing, and alumni giving.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>U.S. News &amp; World Report </span></span></span></em><span><span>compares nearly 1,400 colleges and universities in the country. NWU was ranked among 165 schools in the regional category, which includes schools that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s degree programs. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>U.S. News &amp; World Report </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span><span>also named Nebraska Wesleyan to its list of Best Value Schools, which factors academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid. NWU was also named to the list of A-Plus Schools for B Students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Earlier this fall, the <em>Princeton Review</em> named Nebraska Wesleyan University to its list of best colleges in the Midwest region. This list </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>included colleges in 12 states including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On August 24, Niche released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings, ranking NWU third among all colleges in Nebraska and second in private colleges.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.niche.com/colleges/nebraska-wesleyan-university/"><span><span><span><span><span>Niche rankings</span></span></span></span></span></a> are based on analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with reviews from students and alumni. Niche also recognized NWU as the No. 1 best small college in Nebraska, No. 2 best colleges for business in Nebraska, No. 2 best colleges in nursing in Nebraska, No. 3 best value college in Nebraska and No. 3 college with the best student life in Nebraska.</span></span></span></span></span></span>  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On August 31, <em>Money Magazine</em> named NWU to its best colleges list.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-09-13T20:41:49+00:00">Sun, 09/13/2020 - 3:41pm</span> Sun, 13 Sep 2020 20:41:49 +0000 Sara Olson 618772 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Symposium to Address How and Why We Choose to Vote https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/symposium-address-how-and-why-we-choose-vote <span property="schema:name">Symposium to Address How and Why We Choose to Vote</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote and in anticipation of the upcoming election, Nebraska Wesleyan's annual Visions &amp; Ventures Symposium will address, "Vote!: How and Why We Choose."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 23 and will feature three keynote speakers who will address election imperatives, voter suppression and caucuses. Due to the pandemic, the NWU campus community will participate via Zoom. All lectures will also be streamed via Facebook Live on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaWesleyan">Nebraska Wesleyan University Facebook page</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The schedule includes:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>9 a.m. — </span></span></span></strong><span><strong>Nancy Thomas,</strong> director of the Institute for Democracy &amp; Higher Education at Tufts University. Thomas will discuss what to say to students who don't want to vote, and will address what it means to educate for democracy. </span><span><span><span>Thomas conducts research and provides assistance to colleges and universities to advance student political learning, discourse, equity and participation in democracy. Her work and scholarship center on higher education's democratic mission, college student political learning and engagement, free speech and academic freedom, and deliberative democracy on campuses and in communities. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>11 a.m. —</span> </strong><span><strong>Gilda Daniels,</strong> associate professor of law at the University of Baltimore and author of “Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America.” She will share her research on how voter suppression hinders people of color from voting in the U.S. </span><span><span><span>Daniels is a nationally-recognized voting rights and election law expert. She served under as Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section under the Clinton and Bush administrations. She has investigated, negotiated and litigated cases involving the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Voter Registration Act and other voting statutes. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>1 p.m. — Rachel Paine Caufield</strong>, professor of political science at Drake University and author of “The Iowa Caucus.” Her talk is titled, “How the Iowa Caucuses (and U.S. Elections) Can Embody American Values for the Next Generation.” <span><span>Caufield — commonly known as "RPC" — is most excited by the ways that individual citizens get involved in and experience the political system. For the past four presidential campaign cycles, she has organized efforts to get students involved in the caucuses, and led the effort to host national presidential debates and forums with ABC, CBS, CNN and Fusion TV. In 2016, she published "The Iowa Caucus" with Arcadia Press.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Throughout the afternoon, students will participate in breakout sessions with local community partners to discuss local and state voting issues. The breakout sessions are only available to NWU faculty, staff and students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-09-13T19:36:50+00:00">Sun, 09/13/2020 - 2:36pm</span> Sun, 13 Sep 2020 19:36:50 +0000 Sara Olson 618771 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu NWU to Launch Lincoln’s Only Master of Social Work Degree https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nwu-launch-lincolns-only-master-social-work-degree <span property="schema:name">NWU to Launch Lincoln’s Only Master of Social Work Degree</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan University will expand its graduate program offerings next fall with the area’s only Master of Social Work degree.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The degree will have an emphasis on advanced trauma conscious social work practice.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The current COVID-19 pandemic and evidence of racial injustice in our communities has demonstrated the clear need for this curricular focus, and we are ready to meet that need head on,” said Toni Jensen, assistant professor of social work, who will serve as program director. “We feel the program’s focus on trauma-conscious practice will help raise awareness to the impact of traumatic experiences on individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. This awareness will be translated into skill development so future social work practitioners can help address this impact through promoting well-being and resiliency.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Applications for the 66-credit hour program will open on November 1. Full-time students can complete the degree in two years. Classes will begin in fall 2021. Students with undergraduate degrees in social work can apply for advanced standing with classes beginning in fall 2022. Those with advanced standing who attend classes full-time can complete the program in just one year. Students will have the flexibility to attend part-time. Classes will be offered face-to-face during evening classes on the university’s Lincoln campus. Scholarships will be available.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In May, the Higher Learning Commission approved NWU’s request to add a social work program at the master’s level. The university is now seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>President Darrin Good said the new program is part of the university’s strategic plan to address growth of academic programs that will attract new students through both undergraduate and graduate pathways. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The new Master of Social Work degree fulfills an identified market need in Lincoln and the surrounding area,” said Good. “This program has an enormous potential to draw students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, enhancing the strength of our university while holding true to our core values of excellence, diversity and community.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>According to recent labor market analytics from Gray Associates, while just over one-third of social workers hold a master’s degree, earning the Master of Social Work can give applicants an edge in 41 percent of social work jobs nationally, 60 percent of social work jobs in the state of Nebraska, and 87 percent of social work jobs in the Lincoln metropolitan area.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This marks NWU’s fifth graduate program. Others include Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration joint degree and Master of Education.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-09-10T02:27:24+00:00">Wed, 09/09/2020 - 9:27pm</span> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 02:27:24 +0000 Sara Olson 618750 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Princeton Review Names NWU One of the Best in the Midwest https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/princeton-review-names-nwu-one-best-midwest <span property="schema:name">Princeton Review Names NWU One of the Best in the Midwest</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the <em>Princeton Review, </em>which released its annual best colleges list on August 18.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>NWU was named among 158 colleges in the <em>Princeton Review’s</em> “Midwest region” category. The schools are not listed in a ranked numerical order. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The <em>Princeton Review’s</em> college rankings are entirely based on surveys of college students who rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences. Students were asked about their professors, school services, campus culture and other facets at their schools.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan students celebrated preparation for post-graduate academics including medical school, graduate school and law school placement. Students ranked highly the individualized attention they receive from their professors.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Once I declared my major, I became part of a family,” said one student. “I know my communication professors better than I knew the teachers at my small, hometown high school.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Students also hailed the popularity of campus events including theatre productions, concerts, sporting events and Greek-sponsored activities. Students also recognized the university’s work to increase diversity and inclusion. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It’s a small community much like a large family where it’s easy to make friends and feel accepted,” said one student. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The “Best in the Midwest” category includes colleges in 12 states including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The complete rankings for NWU can be found on the <a href="https://www.princetonreview.com/college/nebraska-wesleyan-university-1023224?ceid=best-regional">Princeton Review “Midwest” category webpage.</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On August 24, Niche released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings, ranking NWU third among all colleges in Nebraska and second in private colleges.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.niche.com/colleges/nebraska-wesleyan-university/">Niche rankings</a> are based on analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with reviews from students and alumni. Niche also recognized NWU as the No. 1 best small college in Nebraska, No. 2 best colleges for business in Nebraska, No. 2 best colleges in nursing in Nebraska, No. 3 best value college in Nebraska and No. 3 college with the best student life in Nebraska.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-08-24T20:04:02+00:00">Mon, 08/24/2020 - 3:04pm</span> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 20:04:02 +0000 Sara Olson 614498 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu In An Unprecedented Academic Year, President Good Urges Positivity https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/unprecedented-academic-year-president-good-urges-positivity <span property="schema:name">In An Unprecedented Academic Year, President Good Urges Positivity</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“As we approach the beginning of this extraordinary academic year, this unprecedented academic year, I will suggest to each of you — and to myself — the same four recommendations that I gave to our Class of 2020 graduates,” said Nebraska Wesleyan University President Darrin Good. “Be positive, be persistent, be loving and use your voice.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>That was the advice shared with faculty and staff just prior to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, which began on August 17. The year started one week early in a hybrid model that allows students to attend most classes in person to best adhere to social distancing protocols. In-person classes will continue until November 23 when students will return home and finish the semester remotely.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In his State of the University Address, Good applauded the task forces that worked tirelessly for the past several months to prepare the campus for the return of students and in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I believe us being physically together as a campus community is an essential part of how we deliver this special, high-impact educational experience that creates our amazing alumni,” he said. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Despite an academic year like no other, Good celebrated continued momentum:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>A first-year class of 433 students. This class is among the most diverse at 17 percent; 20 percent of the first-year students are from out-of-state — the second highest percentage in university history.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Sixty transfer students were welcomed to NWU. Of the 60 students, 31 percent are students of color; 11 are members of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society of two-year colleges whose students excel academically; and 22 are Pathways Scholarship students who transferred from a community college that partners with NWU through the Pathways Partnership.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>The university welcomed nine new full-time faculty in the political science, modern languages, nursing, education, art, theatre, math, chemistry and business departments.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>The first phase of the McDonald Theatre renovation is nearing completion. The first phase $1 million renovation includes new seating, a refurbished stage, new heating and cooling and upgraded sound and lighting. Phase one of the renovation was made possible by a grant from The Sunderland Foundation.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>In August, the athletics department announced a new home for the NWU tennis teams. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends of the university, the men’s and women’s tennis teams will practice and compete at the Lincoln Sports Foundation Complex, located in north Lincoln. The facility includes four outdoor courts as well as locker rooms and an enclosed viewing area for spectators.</span></span></li> </ul></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-08-24T16:54:35+00:00">Mon, 08/24/2020 - 11:54am</span> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 16:54:35 +0000 Sara Olson 614497 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu NWU Grad Didn't Let Obstacles Stand in Way of Degree https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nwu-grad-didnt-let-obstacles-stand-way-degree <span property="schema:name">NWU Grad Didn&#039;t Let Obstacles Stand in Way of Degree</span> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Connor Standridge vividly remembers that winter day when he first toured Nebraska Wesleyan University.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The temperature was mild to most Midwesterners but rather chilly for the Houston, Texas native.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Weather aside, Standridge recognized immediately that NWU was where he wanted to pursue his theatre degree. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It was a place I could simultaneously relax and push to pursue my own academic interests to the depth of my choosing,” he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>He credits his family for instilling a passion for theatre and collaboration. It wasn’t long after his arrival in August 2015 when he met Julie Wilshusen, theatre instructor and costume library manager. Together they talked about Standridge’s interest in original music and specialized music performance classes that he’d like to pursue throughout his college career.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But Standridge’s plan hit a roadbloack.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A weight room accident that spring left him with a concussion that interfered with his ability to focus on his academics. He made the difficult decision to take some incompletes for his courses and recover at home in Houston. He returned to campus just before the fall semester to finish classes from the previous semester, ready to start strong for his sophomore year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>But soon after the semester began, Standridge faced another setback — a drug-resistant strep infection that hospitalized him for two weeks. He recovered enough to complete his sophomore year, but the infection aggravated an underlying heart condition, leading to a number of medical complications over the next year. He took a medical withdrawal from NWU during his junior year. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In December 2019, Standridge completed his theatre degree. While his journey came with many challenges, Standridge doesn’t see his experience any different from other students who face challenges along the way.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I’m really lucky to have the family and friends that I do,” said Standridge. “I can say with absolute certainty, I would not have made it this far without them.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I especially owe my brothers in Theta Chi Fraternity for their companionship, understanding, and brotherhood.  Some of the hardest I’ve ever laughed was with those guys and I still routinely call them up today,” he added.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In May, Standridge was selected as this year’s Kenneth R. Holder Award winner, an honor that recognizes a graduating senior who has overcome significant challenges in obtaining their bachelor’s degree.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I’ve routinely heard it said, ‘life is what happens when you are making plans’ and very rarely is our planned path the route that we actually end up taking,” he said. “Rather, one of the things that I think allowed me to overcome the obstacles that I faced was the support from administration and faculty. With their help, I found courses I could take to continue towards my degree while I was away from campus.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Standridge is now back home in Houston where he is pursuing a career in songwriting and producing. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I’m hopeful that once things calm down, I’ll be able to go out and perform in person again,” said Standridge whose performance name is Connor Davis. “But until then I have been trying to write as much as possible and record when the opportunity presents itself. There are even a few of my songs out there on Spotify and iTunes that recently came out.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>And he has his NWU degree to remind him of his possibilities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Having it framed on the wall is like looking back over and across the cliff face you just climbed,” he said. “It wasn’t easy and it certainly wasn’t always fun, but it was worth it to be able to appreciate the view and say you did it.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>###</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>—Story by Danielle Anderson, public relations writer.</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/sara-olson" lang="" about="/campus-directory/sara-olson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Sara Olson</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2020-08-06T18:53:12+00:00">Thu, 08/06/2020 - 1:53pm</span> Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:53:12 +0000 Sara Olson 610559 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu