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William Bethune, son of Leah and Nic Bethune, is a seventh-grader at St. Patrick School. Teachers wrote, “Will is a top-notch classroom citizen. He is friendly to all he meets, peers and adults. He works very hard to maintain high grades and participates in many activities. Will has a go-getter attitude that will propel him to success.” Will is a honor roll student who has received a Seven Stars Foundation scholarship. He is active on his school’s cross country, basketball and track teams, plays flag football and runs in the Kids’ Grand Prix. He serves meals at Matt Talbot and volunteers to provide military children’s services. He serves as a lector at school Mass.

Steven Dao, son of Linda and Cuong Dao, is an eighth-grader at Scott Middle School. Steven was nominated for giving his best effort every day, whether it’s for an assignment, project, task for the teacher or kindness to others. He has helped the homeless in Lincoln by giving them money for food. He has also donated clothes for people in need. Achievements outside school include competing in an acting and modeling competition in Los Angeles, which resulted in signing with the Brave Talent Agency. Steven also plays clarinet and sings in the school choir. Religious activities include praying with his family at a Buddhist temple.

Tyler Diedrichsen, son of Janet and Tim Diedrichsen, is an eighth-grader at Blessed Sacrament School. Teachers noted Tyler’s excellent academics, diligence and attention to detail, positive attitude, respect for others, politeness and helpfulness. Tyler has been honored with a Star Artist award, In the Footsteps of Saint Dominic award and President’s Role award. He earned the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow and summer camp recognitions for responsibility, citizenship and respect. He has volunteered at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, helped with church and school cleaning, roadside clean-ups and FestQuest. He is active in Lincoln Track Club, basketball and football.

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Friday Htoo, daughter of Eh Moo, is a sixth-grader at Irving Middle School. School officials wrote on her nomination form, “Friday is always positive and cheerful. She is friendly to everyone, works hard in class to do her best and helps anyone in need. She is also a caring, thoughtful friend.” Friday has received several character awards at Irving. Her civic and volunteer involvement includes helping ICOR (Irving Community Outreach) and Irving neighborhood clean-ups. She also volunteers to help at her church and helps a neighbor. She enjoys archery and spending time with friends, family and teachers.

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