Press Release

April 4, 2019

NEBRASKA WORLD LANGUAGE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS RECOGNIZED

The Nebraska Department of Education and the World Language Advisory Council are recognizing distinguished scholars during World Language Week, March 31-April 6. The theme of World Language Week is, “The Power of Languages To Make You College, Career, and Civic Ready.”

The World Language Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes Nebraska students for their leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence. Students were nominated by their World Language teachers and submitted a portfolio.

For more information about World Language Week and the World Language Distinguished Scholar Award visit: https://www.education.ne.gov/worldlanguage/world-language-week/.

High Honors

  • Josephine Anderson
    Spanish
    Crete High School
    Teacher: Angela Wagoner
  • Turner Blick
    German
    Fremont High School
    Teacher: Brenda Schiermeyer
  • Alma Dimas
    Spanish
    Meridian High School
    Teacher: Maria Nieves Ruiz Garcia
  • Miah Hoppens
    Spanish
    Ogallala High School
    Teacher: Rosa Zimmerman
  • Sukanya Kennamthiang
    French
    Brownell Talbot School
    Teacher: Michael Recker
  • Angela Kwambamba
    French
    Lincoln Southwest High School
    Teacher: Alexandra Van Zandt
  • Nae Mae
    Chinese
    Omaha Central High School
    Teacher: Wang Li
  • Brianna Nelson
    Spanish
    Millard West High School
    Teacher: Candida Kraska
  • Matthew Neville
    Spanish
    Ralston High School
    Teacher: Jamie Honke
  • Lucy Peterkin
    Spanish
    Millard North High School
    Teacher: Theresa Jensen
  • Hannah Rethmeier
    Spanish
    Crete High School
    Teacher: Angela Wagoner
  • Ricards Umbrasko
    Chinese
    Omaha Burke High School
    Teacher: Ching Yuk Lam

Honors

  • Samantha Aguilar
    Chinese
    Omaha Burke High School
    Teacher: Ching Yuk Lam
  • Emily Baier
    Spanish
    Syracuse Dunbar Avoca High School
    Teacher: Jacqueline Mohr
  • Corrin Day
    French
    Norfolk High School
    Teacher: Martha Thompson
  • Justin De Haai Badilla
    French
    Millard North High School
    Teacher: Ryan Foehlinger
  • Sadie Finch
    Spanish
    Fort Calhoun High School
    Teacher: Anita Saalfeld
  • Carly Fortune
    Spanish
    Leyton High School
    Teacher: Ashley Lndholm
  • Paige Gowing
    Spanish
    Nebraska City High School
    Teacher: Kevin Mohr
  • Elizabeth Hernandez
    French
    Douglas County West High School
    Teacher: Mary Clare Liescheski
  • Rayna Hladky
    Spanish
    Tekamah-Herman High School
    Teacher: Luis Fernandez
  • Kirby Hughes
    Spanish
    West Point Senior High School
    Teacher: Meghan Schneider
  • Madison Jones
    Spanish
    Mullen Jr./Sr. High School
    Teacher: Kelly Garcia
  • Ryder Kennedy
    German
    Bellevue East High School
    Teacher: Gwen Steele
  • Antonia Krasser
    German
    Crete High School
    Teacher: Julie Schumacher
  • Amanda La-O-Cartaya
    German
    Crete High School
    Teacher: Julie Schumacher
  • Theresa Nguyen
    Chinese
    Omaha Burke High School
    Teacher: Ching Yuk Lam
  • Mia Ortiz
    Spanish
    Syracuse Dunbar Avoca High School
    Teacher: Jacqueline Mohr
  • Chanakya Pandya
    Spanish
    Sidney High School
    Teacher: Brett Avila
  • Hailey Phipps
    Spanish
    Mullen Jr./Sr. High School
    Teacher: Kelly Garcia
  • Josie Reid
    Spanish
    Ponca High School
    Teacher: Jill Camargo
  • Tate Schmidt
    Spanish
    Hastings Catholic High School
    Teacher: Mikayla Niederklein
  • Savanna Vacek
    Spanish
    Omaha Central High School
    Teacher: Melissa Kuskie
  • Julia Weill
    Spanish
    A Davis Middle School
    Teacher: Catherine Scurlock


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David Jespersen
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Department of Education
402-471-4537
david.jespersen@nebraska.gov
@NDE_News