A recent celebration honored Nebraska youth who are getting a jump-start on college by earning early admittance to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Students earned pre-admittance through their enrollment in Nebraska 4-H, which administers Next Chapter at Nebraska, a program that helps students prepare for college by teaching them skills to reach their academic goals. Sixty-one students were recognized at the celebration.
Mike Boehm, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor; Abby Freeman, director of admissions at Nebraska; and Kathleen Lodl, Nebraska 4-H program administrator, welcomed the students to campus, providing encouragement to the students as they prepare for their high school careers.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate the academic and leadership potential of these young scholars and the shared efforts of admissions, extension and 4-H as we work to support them in their path to college,” Freeman said.
Following the ceremony, students participated in career exploration activities, learned about university resources available to students and had the opportunity to tour City and East campuses, Memorial Stadium and the State Capitol.
Throughout high school, Next Chapter scholars will engage in events, activities and curriculum where they will participate in career exploration, develop research skills and experience a variety of learning methods that will help them transition to and succeed in college. Topics include reading comprehension, note-taking, college visits, and resume and interview skills.
Honored students, listed by hometown, include:
Albion: Jacob Devine
Arlington: Jamey Rhea
Aurora: Taylor Janda
Bancroft: Haley Bovee
Cambridge: Autumn Deterding
Central City: Megan Blomstedt, Addysen Bryant, John Hostler, Fallon Wells
Clarkson: Natalie Brabec
Clearwater: Charley Mlnarik
Coleridge: Jeremiah Polak
Columbus: Elizabeth Adamy, Bo Behlen, Grett Kinnison, Sophie Palmer, Hannah Renner, Rylee Renner, Maia Velecela
Curtis: Aretta Brennemann
Denton: Julia Soukup
Dorchester: Tyler Sysel
Eagle: Elijah Bolin
Firth: Erin Oldemeyer, Anna Rohrer, Elizabeth Rohrer
Hickman: Katie Malina
Hooper: Brooklyn Reynolds, Holden von Seggern
Imperial: Jesse Krausnick
Inland: Garrett Parr
Johnson: Maggie Clark
Juniata: Hannah Crawford, Claire Kiolbasa
Kearney: Rachel Fidler, Charlie Wolford
Leigh: Kanyon Held, Makenna Held
Lincoln: Brayden Boehle, Jonah Elley-Lanik, Lilly Hanley, Cadi Wilbeck
Lodgepole: Allison Lofton
Loup City: Ella Jaixen
Malcolm: Carman Kinkaid
Minden: Connor Carpenter
Nebraska City: Andrew Stukenholtz
Neligh: Hannah Vraspir
North Platte: Kaitlyn Connelly, Mckenna Renner
O’Neill: Andrew Koehlmoos
Overton: Addison Luther
Page: Madison Melcher
Plattsmouth: Cody O’Tool, Victoria O’Tool
Raymond: Braxton Dalton
St. Libory: Gavin Seyler
Stapleton: Megan Amos
Thurston: Alexis Bodlak
Unadilla: Tucker Crownover
West Point: Jordan Howell