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Alyson Gubbels, daughter of Sara and Scott Gubbels, is an eighth-grader at St. Joseph School. School officials cited Alyson’s outstanding leadership in her class. “She is a hard worker and is always willing to help others,” officials wrote on her nomination form. “She has a positive attitude and has many positive qualities.” Alyson is president of both the St. Joseph Student Council and her school’s 4-H Club. She is a Gold Honor Roll student who was nominated for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. She plays volleyball for VCNebraska and participates in volleyball, basketball and track for St. Joseph.
Braydon Havel, son of Kara and Jason Havel, is an eighth-grader at Mickle Middle School. School officials wrote, “Braydon is an enthusiastic and motivated student. He is not easily influenced by his peers. He’s a hard worker and wants to succeed. He is consistently willing to help out peers in need and is always respectful toward everyone in the classroom.” Braydon is active in basketball for the Force, football for the Firefighters, baseball and soccer. He raced BMX for Cycle Works until last year and loves outdoor activities. He participates in the youth group at Mercy City Church and volunteers to provide Sunday School help for students.
Spencer Holloway, son of Carrie Meeske-Holloway and Destre Holloway, is a sixth-grader at Schoo Middle School. His teachers wrote, “Spencer is a student with one of the most positive attitudes. He seeks out opportunities to help others in the class. All around he is a caring and helpful student.” School officials also cited Spencer’s community activities. “He has volunteered for people who have been affected by hurricanes and flooding,” officials wrote. “He has also made necessity bags for the homeless.” He enjoys playing soccer and skateboarding, as well as spending time with family and friends and reading. He attends the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.
Annalisa Santana-Arceneaux, daughter of Lisa and Eli Santana, is an eighth-grader at St. Patrick School. School officials wrote, “Annalisa is a quiet, steady presence in the classroom, but she is feisty enough to hold her own when things get tough. She works hard and is extremely responsible. She is always willing to help.” Annalisa earned Honor Roll recognition twice and placed second in her school’s science fair last year. She plays on St. Pat’s volleyball team, is a member of her school’s choir and the Pius X Honor Choir, and serves as a lector at school mass. She is a reading mentor for first-graders and serves meals at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach.