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Salah Ahmed, son of Someia Gafar and Adam Ahmed, is a sixth-grader at Pound Middle School. School officials said: “Salah is kind, thoughtful and respectful to everyone. He is an excellent role model!” Salah was recognized on his school’s first-quarter Honor Roll. He also received a Leadership Achievement Award for his volunteer involvement at the Asian Center, which Salah said is “a place where you learn about the community and culture.” Salah plays basketball and soccer at Pound. His religious activities include participating in learning and practicing Quran and Sunnah. He enjoys reading, drawing and “a little bit of cooking.”

Herman Dolezal, son of Elizabeth Johnson and Frank Dolezal, is an eighth-grader at Blessed Sacrament School. School officials said they nominated Herman for achievements in academics, his willingness to volunteer, being a team player and peer mentor, and his honesty and integrity. He was a member of the second-place Firefighters Midget Football A team, second-place team in the MIT YMCA basketball tournament, and placed second in discus finals and third in shot put finals last year. In 4H, his whole wheat bread was judged best in the state. Religious activities include serving on Sundays, at funerals and weddings, and as a daily communicant.

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Brody Knaak, son of Kristi and Robert Knaak, is an eighth-grader at Lux Middle School. Brody is a straight-A student who takes differentiated-level coursework. School officials said he is kind, caring and considerate of fellow students and very helpful to adults. Brody is dedicated to high academic, musical and athletic achievement. He is active as a member of the Lincoln Mustangs baseball team and eighth-grade Badgers basketball team. Outside achievements include playing in the LPS Junior Youth Orchestra, Spitfire Fiddle Band and the Edenton quartet. He plays viola, piano and is learning guitar.

Campbell Petrick, daughter of Meredith and Christian Petrick, is an eighth-grader at Lefler Middle School. School officials said: “Campbell is a fantastic student. She is involved with many activities, but still always completes high-quality work. She is always kind and respectful to everyone and models what it means to be a Lefler Lion.” Campbell received the Lefler Pawsitive Award. She has volunteered for Clinic with a Heart and as a collector for the Eastridge Holiday Lights Recycle Program. She serves on the Lefler Student Council, and she is a mentor for Husker Connects. Campbell plays basketball and volleyball for Lefler and softball for Locos.

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