Author: Shelly Nosbisch

Ben Gustafson Maximizes Success

Elkhorn South High School (ESHS) graduated senior Ben Gustafson has always loved sports. His first love was basketball. Even at the tender age of two, he threw a fit when he had to leave a Husker basketball game at half time. “Apparently, it was my bed time,” he said. Football […]

Building Connection with Veterans through Conversation

Seventeen-year-old Peter Rygg grew up listening to the stories of his grandfathers, Donald Sattem, age 82, and Lester Rygg, age 99. Both served in the military—Rygg in the Navy during World War II, and Sattem in the Airforce during the Vietnam war. Their conversations created important connections for Rygg and […]

Building a healthy community

Dominika Kouassi is an exceptional Nebraska youth who is making a real difference. The 20 Under 20 Nebraska award winner is the first US-born child of Togolese immigrant parents, and she sees herself as part of a larger community. Deeply involved in her Marian High School community in both leadership […]

Positive team player

Millard North High School senior Hailey Whitmarsh has an enthusiasm for volleyball that’s contagious. Although she tried many recreational sports growing up, volleyball was a clear favorite. “One of my favorite memories was my parents coaching my YMCA volleyball team,” she said. “We would always have super fun Saturdays. The […]

Grayson Martin is a Model Peer

If you go bowling at Western Bowl, you may see Millard South High School senior Grayson Martin setting out bowling balls, cleaning, or putting up bumpers. It’s the same bowling alley where his dad worked in high school. “I started bowling when my dad entered me and my older brother […]

Strong in Body, Heart & Soul

Most people don’t expect a 13-year-old to be a champion weightlifter, but Chassity Del Balso isn’t a typical eighth grader at Concordia Junior High School. She recently placed first in her age and weight category in the 2023 USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships. She also finished as the fifth best […]

Dylen Ritchey is a Triple Threat

Dylen Ritchey | Senior | Ralston High School Ralston High School senior Dylen Ritchey stays very busy. She’s a three-sport athlete: cross country, wrestling, and soccer. Ritchey is a female wrestler who became the state champion with a record of 44-0 in her second year of wrestling. She placed third […]

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Tyler Segar Keeps His Eye on the Prize

Tyler Segar, Junior, Boys Town High School Boys Town High School junior Tyler Segar’s passion for football began when he arrived at Boys Town in his eighth-grade year. Although he hadn’t played organized sports other than basketball, he met Boys Town coaches for track, basketball, and football and soon became […]

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Award-winning Young Artist Harlow Wilkinson

Harlow Wilkinson is a confident young woman with an innate talent for business and marketing who connects easily with her customers. Wilkinson sells pottery, handmade journals, willow heart decorations, and hand-dyed towels through her business, I am a verb. Despite being only nine years old, she’s already won two trophies […]

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Making an Impact through Swimming

As the solo swimmer from Mercy High School, senior Grace Swoboda’s experience has been quite different from other high school athletes. “I swim with kids from Brownell Talbot, Roncalli, and Concordia as part of one team,” Swoboda said. “I love my school, but I do wish we had enough people […]