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Ella Carter, daughter of Erin and Chad Carter, is an eighth-grader at St. Teresa School. “Ella is sweet, kind and caring,” school officials wrote. “She is a friend to all, and her positivity shines to all around her. She is helpful to others and a hard worker – always putting forth her bst effort.” An honor roll student, Ella plays soccer year-round and is a member of several soccer teams. She also is a volunteer coach for younger girls’ soccer teams. Her religious activities include serving as a Mass reader at St. Teresa’s Church and singing in both her church and school choirs. Ella enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sophia Holz, daughter of Sarah and Aaron Holz, is an eighth-grader at Lefler Middle School. “Sophia brings excitement to the classroom,” school officials wrote. “Her creativity and dedication to quality work is infectious. She embraces new opportunities and challenges, and she has a great sense of humor.” Sophia is a Lefler Student Council member and plays the cello in the Junior Youth Orchestra. Outside the classroom, she swims for Club Husker and runs cross country and track for Lefler. Her religious activities include confirmation at First-Plymouth Church. Sophia also enjoys electric guitar, rock climbing, dancing, writing music and swimming.
Paige Sailer, daughter of Heidi and Ryan Sailer, is a seventh-grader at Irving Middle School. “Paige is a delightful young woman,” school officials wrote. “She is kind, a great friend, outstanding student and a role model for others at Irving.” Paige has received Character Awards every year at Irving and is active in cross country. She plays violin in the Junior Youth Orchestra, is a girls’ choir member at her parish and participates in the Duke TIP program. Paige volunteers for the Food Bank of Lincoln and is a Girl Scout working on developing a Little Free Library for the community. She is also involved in Girl Code Lincoln.
Jamie Wawers, daughter of Lea and Peter Wawers, is an eighth-grader at Cathedral School. Jamie was nominated for her positive attitude and dedication to her school work. An honor roll student, she is active in the Society of Women Engineers and was part of the first-place team at this year’s science fair. She plays trumpet in her school’s band, sings in the choir and played on Cathedral’s basketball team last year. She volunteers to help with the Masses of Healing at the John XXIII Diocesan Center and is a prayer intercessor. She is the finance accountant for the Krafty Kidz business. Jamie also enjoys piano lessons and playing games with her family.