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2006.10.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Students to Be Honored Oct. 3 at OWH Honors Scholarship Banquet

Omaha - Seven UNO students will be recognized for their achievements Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarship Banquet. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom at UNO.

Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, executive director of The Peter Kiewit Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

The scholarship recipients are among the many high school seniors from Nebraska and Iowa who took part in the UNO Distinguished Scholarship competition last spring. The scholarships are used each year to attract top scholars to the university.

The two Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships and five Distinguished Scholarships were awarded earlier this fall. Each is valued at $25,710 to $31,710 over a four-year period. Funds for the Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships are provided by a grant from the Omaha World-Herald Foundation, combined with Regents Scholarships through the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

This year’s scholarship recipients are listed below.

Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarships:
- Veda M. Darling
Darling, the daughter of Sharon Darling of Ralston, Neb, is a graduate of Ralston High School. A member of the National Honor Society, she received a letter in academics and the Outstanding Senior English Award, and was named the Edward Jones Academic Student of the Month. She is a freshman in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences.

- David A. Loscutoff
Loscutoff, the son of Mark and Jeanette Loscutoff of Omaha, graduated from the Prairie Home School in Omaha before becoming an Early Entry student at UNO. Loscutoff earned college-level credits at Metropolitan Community College, where he received a NASA Space Grant Scholarship, and has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He is a computer science major at UNO.

Distinguished Scholarship recipients and their donor organizations:
- Matthew J. Pinnt, Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha
Pinnt, the son of Jeff and Ilene Pinnt of Omaha, is a graduate of Omaha North High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, received the Air Force Recruiting Service Math and Science Award, and was a member of the Omaha Area Youth Symphony. He is a computer science major at UNO.

- Axelle F. Verboon, Isaacson Trust Fund
Verboon, the daughter of Roger and Lori Verboon of Omaha, is a homeschooled student who participated in the UNO Honors Orchestra for high schoolers and played viola for the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra. She volunteered at Methodist and Children’s Hospitals, and attended youth mission conferences in California and the Dominican Republic. She is a music performance major at UNO.

- Austin M. Zach, Isaacson Trust Fund
Zach, the son of Steve and Marie Zach of Columbus, Neb., is a graduate of Scotus Central Catholic School. He was an Academic All-Conference student who received top honors in several subjects, was a member of the
National Honor Society and lettered four years in soccer, band, cross country and basketball.

- Ashley M. Hamernik, UNO Alumni Association
Hamernik - the daughter of Frank and Barb Hamernik of Omaha - graduated from Millard South High School, where she received a first-year academic letter and was named the school’s Language Arts Student of the Year. She also lettered in band, was a three-year member of the gold honor roll and a gold medal recipient, and received Honorable Mention at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival’s Young Artist Exhibition. She is majoring in creative writing at UNO.

- Ann E. Stenehjem, Helen Hansen Fund
Stenehjem, the daughter of Eric and Jody Stenehjem of Kearney, Neb., is a graduate of Kearney High School. She held membership in the National Honor Society, received the President’s Educational Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and was named to the honor roll throughout high school. Stenehjem also was active with Habitat for Humanity and as a Literacy Council Tutor. She is majoring in finance, social work and Spanish at UNO.

For more information, call (402) 554-2779.

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