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2008.10.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: bnewsam@unomaha.edu

Omaha World-Herald Scholarship Banquet Set for Oct. 15

Omaha - Seven University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students will be recognized Wednesday, Oct. 15, 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.

Theresa Rollin, director of operations strategy with TD Ameritrade, 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 $25,000 to $31,000 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:

- Anna L. Buhman

Buhman, the daughter of Gisele Olney and the late Richard Buhman of Yutan, Neb., is a graduate of Yutan High School. The valedictorian of her class, Buhman was a member of the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students, and served as the Quiz Bowl team captain. She also was active with band and jazz band, the math team and Math Bowl, choir and speech, and was the school mascot. Buhman is majoring in bioinformatics at UNO.

- Amanda M. Ludes

Ludes, the daughter of J.E. and LeAnne Ludes of Omaha, graduated from Millard North High School. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar, a 2007 Distinguished Scholar and a recipient of the 2007 Nebraska Young Artists Award. Ludes was a four-year member of marching/symphonic band, a three-year member of the theater production crew and served on the 2007 band leadership team. Ludes is majoring in physics at UNO.

Distinguished Scholarship recipients and their donor organizations:

- Kaitlin A. Thomas (Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha)

Thomas, the daughter of David J. Thomas and Anne M. Thomas of Kennard, Neb., is a graduate of Blair High School. She was active with band, jazz band, All-State Band and pit orchestra, as well as National Honor Society. Thomas participated in drama, track and field, softball and numerous music contests, festivals and college honor bands, earning several awards. Thomas is majoring in music education and performance at UNO.

- Monica V. Goudy (UNO Alumni Association)

Goudy, the daughter of James Goudy and Diane Goudy of Fairfield, Iowa, graduated from Fairfield High School. She served as National Honor Society president, class president and was voted homecoming queen. Goudy was active with student council, the Renaissance Program Committee, Renovations Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, concert band, pep band and varsity volleyball. She is majoring in biology at UNO.

- Ashley L. Hein (Helen Hansen Fund)

Hein, the daughter of Donald and Sandra Hein of Omaha, is a graduate of Millard South High School. A National Merit Commended Student, she was named to the honor roll four consecutive years and lettered in band and academics. Hein also worked on the school literature magazine and was a member of National Honor Society, marching band, symphonic band, pep band, Ambassadors and Medical Explorers. She is majoring in biology at UNO.

- Brent W. Kelderman (Isaacson Trust Fund)

Kelderman, the son of Timothy Kelderman and Julie Kelderman of Omaha, graduated from Millard North High School. He received the Presidential Award and graduated from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in the top 10 percent of his class. A member of the band leadership team, he also volunteered with Habit for Humanity and at after-school programs. Kelderman is majoring in mathematics education at UNO.

- Joshua M. Lyons (Isaacson Trust Fund)

Lyons, the son of Kurt and Lynne Lyons of Omaha, is a graduate of Millard South High School. A member of the Gold Honor Roll, he was an AP Scholar, a German Club and National Honor Society member, and was named to Who's Who Among High School Students. Lyons earned the Outstanding German Student Award and took the National German Exam, ranking fourth in the state and among the top 10 percent nationally. Lyons is majoring in German and international studies at UNO. For more information, call (402) 554-2263.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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