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Lauren Konecky, daughter of Jennifer and Trent Konecky, is a sixth-grader at St. John the Apostle School. “Lauren is very introspective, original and creative,” school officials wrote. “She has a very happy, whimsical attitude. She is diligent with her schoolwork and maintains high grades. She is a good friend and role model to younger students.” Lauren is a first-place winner in the Drug and Alcohol Awareness poster contest. She plays soccer on a team that placed second in the YMCA Spirit League and is a member of St. John School’s archery team. She also enjoys drawing and spending time with her family and friends.
Burrough Osborne, son of Heidi and Landon Osborne, is a sixth-grader at Irving Middle School. “Burrough is an excellent example of a student who is respectful and tolerant of everyone,” school officials wrote. “He’s hardworking, has a great sense of humor and is open-minded, helpful, positive and well-liked.” Burrough has played YMCA basketball since the first grade. He has served as the technical director for First-Plymouth Church’s “Anybody Everybody” congregation for three years. He is tech-savvy and can usually be found either building websites, creating programs, editing videos or working on digital design.
Sam Spicka, son of Michelle and Brian Spicka, is an eighth-grader at St. Peter School. School officials said that Sam was nominated for always being willing to help, having a good attitude, volunteering and working hard. Sam volunteers to help at the Center for People in Need and is a hydration technician for the Lincoln Pius X High School boys’ basketball team. He runs cross country, plays for the Lincoln Lightning Soccer Club, and plays basketball for the Thunder Supreme and Lincoln Supreme clubs. His religious activities include volunteering for St. Peter’s Church events and being an altar server.
Marla Wasson, daughter of Stacy and David Wasson, is a seventh-grader at Lux Middle School. Marla’s teachers describe her as someone who is kind to everyone she meets. “She works well both individually and in group settings,” they wrote. Marla has volunteered to serve meals at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach. She also started a fundraiser at an elementary school to buy two Ginkgo trees. An honor roll student, Marla enjoys writing, theater/singing, speech, reading and being outdoors. She is active in gymnastics, dance, volleyball, basketball, track, aerial silks and soccer. Other activities include the Girl Up Club, Festival Choir and D’Light Singers.