Our Youth

Building Character

Performing on stage isn’t something that comes naturally for most 15-year-olds. But Gretna High School sophomore Nivi Varanasi is a triple threat with a talent for dancing, singing, and acting. With five performances on her resume and an upcoming role in Corduroy at The Rose Theater in November, Varanasi has […]

Entrepreneurial Artist

When 15-year-old Amor Lopez attended an herbal aromatherapy class with her friend several years ago, little did she know it would be the start of her artistic entrepreneurial journey. She created animal patterns out of fabric and filled them with lavender flowers and sold them under the business name “Aromapets.” […]

Crafting for Critters

Last summer during the pandemic, 11-year-old Reese Neu, a fifth grader at Prairie Queen Elementary in Papillion, wanted a project she could do at home. Her neighbor kept tiny buckets of nuts on a picnic table to feed the squirrels, and it sparked an idea. Reese set out to make […]

Infinite Wisdom

The pandemic has proven to be a challenging time for everyone, but it has also brought opportunities for creativity. While quarantined at the start of the pandemic and unable to attend school, Westside High School senior Andrew Li received an email from his physics teacher about a global math and […]

Going for Gold

Kids often try numerous activities before they find one that sticks. But when 11-year-old Faith Crooks stepped onto an ice-skating rink for the first time four years ago, she was immediately hooked. It was no surprise to her father, Chris, who grew up playing and later coaching hockey, but what […]

Natural Leader

Not many high school kids have earned the title Mayor, but it’s a long-standing tradition at Boys Town for students to elect their own mayor each year. Last May, the Boys Town students elected Hazakiah Williams to a position he wanted to hold since the day he set foot on […]

On Pointe

Many little girls dream of becoming a dancer and often start dancing at a young age. That’s the path 18-year-old Emma Olson took when she started dancing at the age of two. But unlike many kids who eventually move on to other activities, Olson continued to stick with it, and […]

Sweet Memories

Quality time between a parent and child comes in many forms. For 12-year-old Rose Perry and her father Freddy, that quality time is in the form of creating ice cream cakes in a variety of flavors that both kids and adults find irresistible. What started out as a hobby has […]

Dedicated to a Dying Art

Not many 14-year-olds take to crocheting, but Riley Teeter, an eighth grader at Papillion Middle School, not only fell in love with the hobby, she turned it into a business. Crochet Ninja offers an online course and kit to help any beginner learn to crochet in just seven days. Edge: […]

Painting a Brighter World

What do two energetic, outgoing, eight-year-old twins do to pass the time? Paint, of course! Ava and Mala Prajapati not only love to paint, their natural ambition led them to create their own YouTube channel so they can teach other kids how to paint. In fact, they’ve channeled their inner […]