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2018 FALL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS:


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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 enrolled in the Avenue Scholars Foundation program at Millard South, Molina earned a Certified Nursing 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 said. “When I’m not 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 explored a career in the food industry through 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 been a pleasure to have around,” said Doug Larson, a Legacy Homes builder. “It’s not just 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 these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to the civil rights activists “The Freedom Riders.” With powerful entries from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, a 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 junior has discovered early how much difference Avenue Scholars Foundation can make in her life. “Without this program, I did not think I would have a good 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 about being a high school teacher, but decided I did not have the right mindset,” Baker said. “I decided elementary was a good age [of students] for me.” For now, 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, and she sees herself as a role model for two younger sisters, a freshman and sophomore at Ralston, which includes having career goals. One month ago, Larsen Read More
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 North; Omar Mohamed, Omaha South; and Nikki Gnofam, Papillion-LaVista. Moderated by Laura Miller, Education Services Director at Avenue Scholars Foundation, students spoke to a variety of prompts, including career Read More
BENSON SCHOLARS BECOME HEALTH ADVOCATES FOR DAY - Benson High School juniors Ambrosia Hatcher-Reed, Destiny A. Martinez, LaMott Parmer, Maria Reyes and Mario Matthews became teachers for a day at Rosehill Elementary Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event was the result of career explorations provided by Avenue Scholars Foundation. An organization called gonebraskakids.org provided the opportunity. “It came about through Avenue Scholars and a job shadowing assignment,” Montanez said. “We saw that it was a paid internship and that it was about being healthy and active, which is something we are all interested in.” Avenue Scholars provided lessons on Read More

2018 FALL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS:


IN THE NEWS

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 enrolled in the Avenue Scholars Foundation program at Millard South, Molina earned a Certified Nursing 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 said. “When I’m not 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 explored a career in the food industry through 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 been a pleasure to have around,” said Doug Larson, a Legacy Homes builder. “It’s not just 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 these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to the civil rights activists “The Freedom Riders.” With powerful entries from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, a 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 junior has discovered early how much difference Avenue Scholars Foundation can make in her life. “Without this program, I did not think I would have a good 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 about being a high school teacher, but decided I did not have the right mindset,” Baker said. “I decided elementary was a good age [of students] for me.” For now, 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, and she sees herself as a role model for two younger sisters, a freshman and sophomore at Ralston, which includes having career goals. One month ago, Larsen READ MORE
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 North; Omar Mohamed, Omaha South; and Nikki Gnofam, Papillion-LaVista. Moderated by Laura Miller, Education Services Director at Avenue Scholars Foundation, students spoke to a variety of prompts, including career READ MORE
BENSON SCHOLARS BECOME HEALTH ADVOCATES FOR DAY - Benson High School juniors Ambrosia Hatcher-Reed, Destiny A. Martinez, LaMott Parmer, Maria Reyes and Mario Matthews became teachers for a day at Rosehill Elementary Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event was the result of career explorations provided by Avenue Scholars Foundation. An organization called gonebraskakids.org provided the opportunity. “It came about through Avenue Scholars and a job shadowing assignment,” Montanez said. “We saw that it was a paid internship and that it was about being healthy and active, which is something we are all interested in.” Avenue Scholars provided lessons on READ MORE

2018 FALL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS:


IN THE NEWS:

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 enrolled in the Avenue Scholars Foundation program at Millard South, Molina earned a Certified Nursing 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 said. “When I’m not 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 explored a career in the food industry through 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 been a pleasure to have around,” said Doug Larson, a Legacy Homes builder. “It’s not just 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 these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to the civil rights activists “The Freedom Riders.” With powerful entries from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, a 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 junior has discovered early how much difference Avenue Scholars Foundation can make in her life. “Without this program, I did not think I would have a good 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 about being a high school teacher, but decided I did not have the right mindset,” Baker said. “I decided elementary was a good age [of students] for me.” For now, 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, and she sees herself as a role model for two younger sisters, a freshman and sophomore at Ralston, which includes having career goals. One month ago, Larsen READ MORE
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 North; Omar Mohamed, Omaha South; and Nikki Gnofam, Papillion-LaVista. Moderated by Laura Miller, Education Services Director at Avenue Scholars Foundation, students spoke to a variety of prompts, including career READ MORE
BENSON SCHOLARS BECOME HEALTH ADVOCATES FOR DAY - Benson High School juniors Ambrosia Hatcher-Reed, Destiny A. Martinez, LaMott Parmer, Maria Reyes and Mario Matthews became teachers for a day at Rosehill Elementary Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event was the result of career explorations provided by Avenue Scholars Foundation. An organization called gonebraskakids.org provided the opportunity. “It came about through Avenue Scholars and a job shadowing assignment,” Montanez said. “We saw that it was a paid internship and that it was about being healthy and active, which is something we are all interested in.” Avenue Scholars provided lessons on READ MORE

2018 FALL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS:


IN THE NEWS:

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 enrolled in the Avenue Scholars Foundation program at Millard South, Molina earned a Certified Nursing 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 said. “When I’m not 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 explored a career in the food industry through 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 been a pleasure to have around,” said Doug Larson, a Legacy Homes builder. “It’s not just 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 these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to the civil rights activists “The Freedom Riders.” With powerful entries from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, a 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 junior has discovered early how much difference Avenue Scholars Foundation can make in her life. “Without this program, I did not think I would have a good 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 about being a high school teacher, but decided I did not have the right mindset,” Baker said. “I decided elementary was a good age [of students] for me.” For now, 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, and she sees herself as a role model for two younger sisters, a freshman and sophomore at Ralston, which includes having career goals. One month ago, Larsen READ MORE
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 North; Omar Mohamed, Omaha South; and Nikki Gnofam, Papillion-LaVista. Moderated by Laura Miller, Education Services Director at Avenue Scholars Foundation, students spoke to a variety of prompts, including career READ MORE
BENSON SCHOLARS BECOME HEALTH ADVOCATES FOR DAY - Benson High School juniors Ambrosia Hatcher-Reed, Destiny A. Martinez, LaMott Parmer, Maria Reyes and Mario Matthews became teachers for a day at Rosehill Elementary Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event was the result of career explorations provided by Avenue Scholars Foundation. An organization called gonebraskakids.org provided the opportunity. “It came about through Avenue Scholars and a job shadowing assignment,” Montanez said. “We saw that it was a paid internship and that it was about being healthy and active, which is something we are all interested in.” Avenue Scholars provided lessons on READ MORE

2018 FALL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS:


IN THE NEWS

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 enrolled in the Avenue Scholars Foundation program at Millard South, Molina earned a Certified Nursing 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 said. “When I’m not 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 explored a career in the food industry through 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 been a pleasure to have around,” said Doug Larson, a Legacy Homes builder. “It’s not just 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 these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to the civil rights activists “The Freedom Riders.” With powerful entries from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, a 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 junior has discovered early how much difference Avenue Scholars Foundation can make in her life. “Without this program, I did not think I would have a good 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 about being a high school teacher, but decided I did not have the right mindset,” Baker said. “I decided elementary was a good age [of students] for me.” For now, 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, and she sees herself as a role model for two younger sisters, a freshman and sophomore at Ralston, which includes having career goals. One month ago, Larsen READ MORE
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 North; Omar Mohamed, Omaha South; and Nikki Gnofam, Papillion-LaVista. Moderated by Laura Miller, Education Services Director at Avenue Scholars Foundation, students spoke to a variety of prompts, including career READ MORE
BENSON SCHOLARS BECOME HEALTH ADVOCATES FOR DAY - Benson High School juniors Ambrosia Hatcher-Reed, Destiny A. Martinez, LaMott Parmer, Maria Reyes and Mario Matthews became teachers for a day at Rosehill Elementary Wednesday, Nov. 18. The event was the result of career explorations provided by Avenue Scholars Foundation. An organization called gonebraskakids.org provided the opportunity. “It came about through Avenue Scholars and a job shadowing assignment,” Montanez said. “We saw that it was a paid internship and that it was about being healthy and active, which is something we are all interested in.” Avenue Scholars provided lessons on READ MORE

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