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2007.09.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Students to Be Honored at Oct. 2 OWH Banquet

Omaha - Seven University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students will be recognized Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the annual Omaha World-Herald Honors Scholarship Banquet. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Tim Kaldahl, director of University Relations at UNO, will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

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 $24,000 to $30,000 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:
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Brent E. Horky
Horky, the son of David and Marlys Horky of Blair, Neb., is a graduate of Blair Community High School. A National Merit Scholar Finalist, he was a three-time Blair Academic Decathlon High Scorer, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Math Day and triMATHlon competitor, and represented Blair High School at the 2005 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Horky also participated in Quiz Bowl and the Blair High School Band. He is a first-year member of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T).

- Julia D. Warnke
Warnke, the daughter of Mitchell and Marcia Warnke of Omaha, graduated from Omaha Christian Academy. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a member of National Honor Society, as well as valedictorian of her high school class and a four-time academic and athletic letter winner. Warnke volunteered for the AAA Pregnancy Center, Christ Community Church and Desert Ministries. She is a freshman in the UNO College of IS&T.

Distinguished Scholarship recipients and their donor organizations:
- Bryan A. Hrebik (Isaacson Trust Fund)
Hrebik, the son of Randolph and Linda Hrebik of Papillion, is a graduate of Papillion-La Vista South High School. He is a National Merit Commended Scholar and has been a Titan Ambassador and a five-year Papillion-La Vista Family Night Volunteer. Hrebik was a member of the High Ability Learners and Future Problem Solvers. He is a freshman in the UNO College of IS&T.

- Colby A. Jenkins (Isaacson Trust Fund)
Jenkins, the son of Allen and Jan Jenkins of Norfolk, Neb., graduated from Norfolk High School. He was active in All-State Band and All-State Choir, and received multiple Outstanding Actor and Musicianship Awards. Jenkins also is an Eagle Scout and was an active youth group leader and worship team member. He is a freshman in the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM).

- Andrew L. Odegard (Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha)
Odegard, the son of John and Karen Odegard of Omaha, is a graduate of Millard North High School. He is a National Merit Semifinalist and was involved with the marching/concert band and Band Leadership Team. Odegard took part in the Young Artist Piano Competition and received an academic letter. He is a freshman in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).

- Thomas D. Ryck (UNO Alumni Association)
Ryck, the son of Thomas and Cheryl Ryck of Omaha, graduated from Daniel J. Gross High School. He is a member of National Honor Society and served as a Pastoral Council Representative. Ryck participated in football and track, and volunteered with Saint Mary's Church, the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Others. He is a freshman in the UNO College of A&S.

- Zoe G. Verboon (Helen Hansen Fund)
Verboon, the daughter of Roger and Lori Verboon of Omaha, is a PSAT-commended homeschooled student who was named to the Dean's List for Metro Community College coursework. She has been a Methodist Hospital and Teen Court Juvenile Diversion Program volunteer, and is the recipient of many musical awards, including a Robert M. Spire Scholarship. Verboon is a freshman in the UNO College of CFAM.

For more information, call (402) 554-2263.

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