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Rylee Mankhey, daughter of Karen and Matthew Mankhey, is a sixth-grader at Scott Middle School. School officials cited Rylee’s positive attitude. “She is kind to peers, helpful to teachers and always gives her best effort,” they wrote on Rylee’s nomination form. “She is a hard worker and very sweet!” In athletics, Rylee plays for the Nebraska ONE Volleyball Club. Her civic and volunteer involvement includes delivering meals to homeless people. Her hobbies and outside interests are reading, writing and sports.

Patrick Medinger, son of Jenny and Charlie Medinger, is an eighth-grader at St. Michael Catholic School. School officials wrote on his nomination form, “Patrick is an exceptional student, both academically and as a classmate. His helpful and positive attitude makes him an excellent role model.” Patrick’s awards and recognitions include First Honors for grades, a Christian Courtesy Award and a Service Award. He has assisted Knights of Columbus in a roadside clean-up, helped set up for a Parish Festival and served as a teacher assistant. He participates in St. Michael’s track, Lincoln Youth Football and summer baseball.

Naomi Molina, daughter of Lindsay Molina, is an eighth-grader at Lefler Middle School. School officials cited Naomi’s 3.5 grade-point average and her enrollment in a high school-level math class. “Naomi is also an excellent writer who writes with passion and purpose,” Richelle Dowding, eighth grade counselor, wrote on Naomi’s nomination form. “She is a natural, empathetic leader who uses kindness, understanding and laughter to validate and motivate her peers.” Outside the classroom, Naomi is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and volunteers at a public library. Her hobbies and interests include family, friends, the outdoors and music.

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Grace Troyer, daughter of Elizabeth and Shawn Troyer, is a sixth-grader at Pound Middle School. School officials cited Grace’s outstanding school work and leadership by example. Grace serves on the Pound Student Council. She is a member of Pound Pals and plays the cello in the sixth-grade orchestra. She enjoys dancing at Pas De Deux School of Dance, and for the past four years has been part of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet’s Nutcracker cast. Grace volunteers weekly in a kindergarten classroom at Horizons Church. She also plays softball for the One6 Aces and enjoys reading, drawing and spending time with her family and dog.

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