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Izzy Apel, daughter of Kelly and Matthew Apel, is an eighth-grader at Lefler Middle School. Izzy was nominated for her kindness, poise, efforts to make the world better, leadership by example, humility and eagerness to learn. Her volunteer activities include Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, Boo at the Zoo, Brownell Elementary School and others. In 2018, Izzy placed first in city high jump competition and 12th out of 110 runners in the city cross country meet. She also plays center back for the Villarreal soccer team and has competed in five youth triathlons. Her other interests are singing, swimming, baking, snow skiing and watching football.

Makynna Filbrandt, daughter of Trianna Wood and Chad Filbrandt, is an eighth-grader at Blessed Sacrament School. Makynna was nominated for her excellent academics, respect for staff and peers, serving as a peer adviser, having a cheerful attitude and volunteering at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach and farmers’ markets. Outside the classroom, Makynna plays volleyball and has achieved yellow belt status in Aikido martial arts. She also enjoys walking and running. Her religious activities include attending daily Mass, serving as a cantor (leading singing at Mass) and reading at Mass.

Olivia Ondracek, daughter of Sara and Kevin Ondracek, is an eighth-grader at Cathedral of the Risen Christ School. Olivia was nominated for her dedication to school work and positive attitude. She also is an excellent role model for her peers and is respectful to everyone. She is an academic scholar on the honor roll. Olivia has volunteered to serve dinner at the Lincoln City Mission. She is an advocate of St. Angela Merici, a reader at Mass and sings in the St. Cecilia Choir. Her hobbies and outside interests include dancing and singing, including voice lessons.

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Noah Potter, son of Aubrey and Jeremy Potter, is an eighth-grader at St. Teresa School. “Noah is a very bright and courteous young man,” school officials wrote about the honor roll student. “He is a quiet leader for his peers and does very meticulous, high-quality work in all his classes. He is friendly and kind, and respects all students and teachers.” Noah is very helpful to his neighbors as well. His school activities include Junior High Choir, Chess Club and Math Counts. He also participates in St. Teresa cross country and track. He enjoys playing percussion and piano, and drawing and art.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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