Awards of Excellence

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Awards of Excellence

The First Responders Foundation is proud to announce the Awards of Excellence 2022 Recipients.

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as recipients of the First Responders Foundation Awards of Excellence 2022.

Samuel Ahl – Louisville High School
Jocelyn Belcastro – Bellevue West High School
Jocelyn LeMaster  – Lewis Central High School
Makenzie Clymer – Millard South High School
Drew Georgius – Tri-Center High School
Sophie Goessling – Bellevue West High School
Caitlyn Haggstrom – Blair High School
Reilly Healey – Papillion-LaVista High School
Jack L Johnson – Gretna High School
Zachary Jones – Millard West High School
Mackenzie Kirby – Fremont Senior High School
Kendra Kuck – Underwood High School
Brady Lichty – Papillion-Lavista South H.S.
Maxwell McLaughlin – Creighton Preparatory School
Connor Neville – Ralston High School

Aiden NewMyer – Westside High School
Ethan NewMyer – Westside High School
Ellie Patera – Plattview High School
Charles Evan Sams – Gretna High School
Lili Shepoka – Papillion-Lavista High School
Brandon Siedlik – Westside High School
Keira Sterling – Papillion-LaVista High School
Gwyneth Stocker – Millard West High School
Samuel Stolinski – Gretna High School
Grace Weberg – Omaha Central High School
Liam Werner – Skutt Catholic High School
Faith White – Douglas County West H.S.
Danielle Witt – Elkhorn High School
Madison Wood – Tri-Center High School

We thank all of the outstanding students who applied for the award this year. The committee was impressed with the number of exceptional applicants.

The recipients represent families from the Bennington Police Department, Council Bluffs Fire Department, Eppley Airfield Fire Department, Gretna Fire Department, Omaha Police Department, Omaha Fire Department, Papillion Fire Department, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, and Waterloo Fire and Rescue Department.

Special thanks to the following donors who make this award possible:

Bob & Betsy Nelson
Chuck & Karen Sederstrom
Tim & Jonna Holland
Keith & Stephanie Basham
Susan Weir
Carol Stolp
Jim McGill

Corporate Donors

Nelson Murphy Insurance & Investments
Paul Davis Restoration
Farmers Insurance
Northwest Rotary Club of Omaha
NCAA Men’s College World Series

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Behind the Award

Every spring the Foundation presents Awards of Excellence to students who demonstrate good character, balanced achievement, and outstanding commitment to the community. The recipients of this prestigious award receive $500 and recognition at an annual Awards of Excellence reception.

The First Responders Foundation started the Awards of Excellence in 2017 to acknowledge outstanding high school seniors who are children of first responders.

Every year the accomplishments of these exceptional students are remarkable. The award is not given to those with just good grades, but to students who are involved in their school and community, family activities, who volunteer and work with nonprofits, and have impressive work histories. These students have exceeded expectations and give society hope and confidence for the future.

Part of the mission of the First Responders Foundation is to serve and honor all first responders and their families. Most parents don’t wear bullet-proof vests or fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus or take life and death calls when at work.

Children of first responders live a different life not knowing if their loved one will return home at the end of their shift or what emotional stress they may endure. They also learn to live with parents that often miss special events and holidays, because the life of a public servant is 24/7. The Foundation believes it takes a special person to become a first responder and their whole family shares in their service and sacrifice.

Eligibility

Students must:

  • be graduating high school seniors
  • have “C” or higher grade point average
  • have a parent who is a first responder, paid or non-paid, that works in Douglas, Sarpy or Pottawattamie Counties in NE and IA

Demonstrate good character, balanced achievement, outstanding commitment to and interest in furthering their success.

The recipients will be selected by the First Responders Foundation Awards of Excellence Selection Committee. If selected they must agree to allow the First Responders Foundation to use their name and photo. There are a limited number of Awards of Excellence awards.

How to Apply

Applications must be printed and mailed to the First Responders Foundation.
Students are required to submit an application with supporting documentation detailing:

  • High school activities
  • Achievements and awards
  • Community involvement
  • Accomplishments
  • Personal essay for the selection committee to learn more about the applicant. Please include future career and/or vocation goals.

Donors

Awards of Excellence are made possible thanks to the following donors who fully-funded one or more of the 2022 awards:

Bob & Betsy Nelson
Chuck & Karen Sederstrom
Tim & Jonna Holland
Keith & Stephanie Basham
Susan Weir
Carol Stolp
Jim McGill

Corporate Donors

Nelson Murphy Insurance & Investments
Paul Davis Restoration
Farmers Insurance
Northwest Rotary Club of Omaha
NCAA Men’s College World Series

 

 

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Past Recipients

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