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2010.12..07> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Five Distinguished Scholars Honored at World-Herald Recognition Banquet

Omaha - Five University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students were recognized Monday, Dec. 6, at the annual Omaha World-Herald Recognition Banquet. The event took place at the Scott Conference Center.

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. Also honored at the banquet were area high school seniors who have excelled academically.

This year's scholarship recipients are listed below:

- Benjamin Bowder

Bowder, the son of Melissa and Mark Bowder, is a graduate of Papillion-LaVista South High School. He lettered in track, cross country, band and student council. He has also been active in Boy Scouts, Venture Crew and served on the state Youth Advisory Board for the Special Olympics. He plans on majoring in bioinformatics and chemistry.

- Kevin Franco

Franco, the son of Juan and Leticia Franco of Bellevue, is a graduate of Bellevue East High School. At Bellevue East, he was involved in a variety of musical groups, including jazz band, marching band and the school’s Brass Quintet. In the community, he also has been a member of a church choir and Mariachi Zapata. He plans on majoring in music performance and business.

- Angela Gillespie

Gillespie, the daughter of Shane and Joni Gillespie of Omaha, is a graduate of Marian High School. Gillespie received underclassman honors awards for being the best in her class in biology, Christian Life, chemistry, computer programming and American History. She also has been active in National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She plans on majoring in computer science.

- Riley Palsma

Palsma, the son for Byron and Monica Palsma of Dakota City, Neb., is a graduate of South Sioux City High School. He earned academic all-conference and all-state honors in football and track, and competed in basketball and American Legion baseball. He also took part in band, National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plans on majoring in civil engineering.

- Mary Winter

Winter, the daughter of Chip and Jami Winter of Norfolk, Neb., is a graduate of Lutheran High Northeast. Winter was active in a variety of organizations and activities during high school, including National Honor Society, NSAA Believers and Achievers, student government, the Norfolk Youth Leadership Council, the Norfolk Community Theater, mock trial and speech. She plans on majoring in library science.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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