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Panel Earns Respect, Appreciation from Educators - A panel of Avenue Scholars was rewarded with a standing ovation from a group of teachers and caregivers at a Buffet Early Childhood Conference, held Friday, Dec. 4, at the Kroc Center. “It means a lot,” said Ralston senior Emily Schirmbeck said. “I wanted to cry. It was so neat that they were there for us.” In addition to Schirmbeck, five other students participated: Sammy Randall, Millard South; Farhia Mohamed, Omaha Bryan; Steven McMorris, Omaha Nort... Read More

Avenue Scholars ‘Life-Changer’ for Ralston Senior - Three years ago, Ralston senior Hazel Larsen could not envision herself earning a high school diploma.Now, under the guidance of Talent Advisor Amy Rector, Larsen has two part-time jobs and is on track to graduate a semester early. “Avenue Scholars changed my life,” Larsen says. “My freshman year, I didn’t even think I would make it  through high school. I was not good in school.” Larsen will be the first in her family to attend college, a... Read More

Scholar Follows Family Path in Education Career - Micka Baker, an Omaha Benson 2014 graduate and now a sophomore at Metropolitan Community College, looks forward to some day becoming an elementary teacher. “My grandma was a teacher, and a principal at Druid Hill Elementary, “ Baker said. “She retired when I was a kid.” And Baker’s mother is a school bus driver, so a career in education has been an attractive draw. She has considered different levels of the education field. “I thought ab... Read More

Spanish, People Skills Lead Scholar to Job at Mercedes - With a new interest in meeting people and her ability to speak Spanish, Cecilia Benitez-Degante was in the right place at the right time when a Mercedes-Benz customer was having difficulty communicating with personnel at the car dealership. “The person needed translation help, and I was able to help. That sealed the deal,” says Benitez-Degante regarding an offer by Mercedes-Benz to come work for them in the customer service department. The Omaha South junio... Read More

Scholars Gain Inspiration From Freedom Writers - In 1994, as an idealistic English teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, Erin Gruwell, confronted a room of “unteachable, at risk” students. She and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in ... Read More

Carlos Jeronimo Ramirez - Carlos Jeronimo Ramirez, a 2016 Omaha Bryan graduate, is already building an impressive resume in the construction management industry — well ahead of obtaining his Associate Degree in Construction Management this May. During his high school summers Ramirez roofed houses, working for Absolute Construction, A&P, and Apple Roofing. Now, as a paid intern for Legacy Homes, he is honing his skills in framing, demolition, and other facets of home or residential construction. “Carlos has bee... Read More

Kate Gordon - For Kate Gordon, a 2016 Omaha Central graduate, the Avenue Horatio Alger Career Scholarship is a “life changer.” The scholarship and the opportunity to enroll in an internship program at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska have given Gordon hope and motivation to pursue a career in the insurance industry. “In high school I was never too sure what I wanted to do after high school,” Gordon said. “Getting the scholarship was a life changer.” With the scholarship in hand, Gordon first explo... Read More

Gabriel Paz - It’s seldom difficult to find Gabriel Paz, a 2018 Omaha Benson High School graduate. Whether at Cornhusker International, Metropolitan Community College, or his home, Paz will be under the body, or under the hood, of a diesel truck or his vintage 1978 Monte Carlo. Paz attends school full-time at MCC, and when’s not in class, he’s working at Cornhusker International. “They looked at my class schedule, and then said when I’m not in class, I can come in to work at ‘such and such’ times,” Paz... Read More

Viviana Molina - “I have always wanted to help little kids,” says Viviana (Vivi) Molina, a 2018 Millard South graduate. “That [desire] grew into helping people of all ages.” Molina, presently working at full-time at Brookstone Village, a skilled nursing center in Omaha, and going to school full-time at Metropolitan Community College to obtain her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate, found her early inspiration in a “little cousin who has Down’s Syndrome.” “He motivated me,” Molina said. While ... Read More

Young Professionals Summit - Avenue Scholars Foundation will host its first Young Professionals Summit for about 200 post-secondary and 30 high school students in the Avenue Scholars program on Friday, November 15 at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center from 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The summit will provide youth with personal and professional development workshops and networking opportunities with community leaders. Read More