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2010.06.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

2010 Holland Academy of Excellence Participants Announced

Omaha - Forty high school students (the complete list is below) have been selected from across Nebraska and western Iowa to attend The Peter Kiewit Institute’s 12th Annual Holland Academy of Excellence, based on their achievements in mathematics and science.

The Holland Academy of Excellence will be held June 20-23 at the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus.

The academy is designed to inspire and motivate the brightest students throughout the region and introduce them to PKI academic programs in engineering, information science and technology.

Thanks to a generous gift from Richard Holland and his late wife, Mary, there is no cost to students to attend the Academy of Excellence. Students are often nominated by teachers or guidance counselors at their schools to attend the academy.

During the academy, students receive hands-on classes in engineering, information science and technology including Computer and Electronics Engineering, Information Assurance, Bioinformatics and Construction Systems. Students enjoy evening activities around Omaha, including a visit to the Durham Museum, which illustrates how technology was used in the design and construction of area attractions. Rooming at UNO’s Scott Residence Hall gives students a taste of what college at PKI would be like.

The Holland Academy of Excellence is a unique program that helps retain Nebraska and western Iowa’s best and brightest.

According to Dr. Mike McGinnis, executive director of The Peter Kiewit Institute: “Educating young Nebraskans in these fields is essential to the economic growth of Nebraska. Through the generous gift from Mr. Holland, PKI can offer this opportunity to gifted students from across the state.”

Gretchen Baker – Omaha, NE
Amelia Becher – Platte Center, NE
Josie Bircher – Omaha, NE
Joshua Booth – Stanton, NE
Megan Bradley – Chadron, NE
Joshua Clark – Gothenburg, NE
Nathan DeMaria – Omaha, NE
Dana Dloughy – Deshler, NE
Ryan Drvol – Omaha, NE
Cory Durbin – Lincoln, NE
Ian Ervin – Neligh, NE
Kyle Finnegan – Newcastle, NE
Cody Florian – Dwight, NE
Adam Frerichs – Virginia, NE
Mark Friend – Lincoln, NE
Michael Gesell – South Sioux City, NE
Quanita Haynes – Omaha, NE
Alexa Hazelton – Lincoln, NE
Mitch Hesseltine – Adams, NE
Sara Humphrey – Omaha, NE
Grant Jirka – Columbus, NE
Emily Kadavy – York, NE
Samanth Keast – Henderson, IA
Madeline Kenny – Omaha, NE
Rees Klintworth – Seward, NE
Geoff Ledbetter – Chadron, NE
Bethany Lintz – Tobias, NE
Tom McClenahan – Omaha, NE
Nathaniel McCormick – Hooper, NE
Stephanie McGrew – Emerson, IA
Hannah Paxton – Wakefield, NE
Kimberly Ruskamp – Dodge, NE
Emily Scholting – Springfield, NE
Kayla Timm – Omaha, NE
Madeline Volk – Bennington, NE
Courtney VonSeggern – Wisner, NE
Jesse Walsh – Ponca, NE
Sophia Weinert – Falls City, NE
Tanner Woslager – Carroll, NE
Charlie Ziegenbein – Omaha, NE

About PKI
The Peter Kiewit Institute is a University of Nebraska-level institute that resides on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. A premier, 21st Century high-technology learning and research institute, PKI is home to approximately 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students and 110 faculty from two University of Nebraska colleges: University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering and University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Information Science and Technology.

For more information, call Leah Ellis at (402) 554-3333.

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