Giving to the Dogs

August 4, 2017 · Posted In: Family Guide, Young Hero

Ella Alberts has loved dogs since she could remember. That’s how the 5’4” girl ended up standing next to the 6’4” swimmer who has won more Olympic medals than any athlete. Ella’s helpless at the […]

Third Time’s A Charm

April 27, 2017 · Posted In: Family Guide, Sports, Young Hero

There will be a time in Larry Mercier III’s life when he won’t be lacing his ice skates and pulling a hockey sweater over his head. Until that time comes, the Papillion-LaVista South High School […]

After Cancer and High School

August 26, 2016 · Posted In: Family, Family Guide, Publications, Young Hero

A small sigh of hopelessness escaped Ema Johanning’s lips as she looked up at the daunting steps of Bellevue West High School. Pain radiated down her left leg. It felt like someone had driven a […]

Jesse Wilson

July 27, 2015 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Publications, Young Hero

This article appears in 2015 August Her Family. Four-year old Jesse Wilson is like most boys his age. He loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and McDonald’s French fries. But one thing sets him apart. In […]

Damon Bell

June 15, 2015 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Publications, Young Hero

This story was published in the June 2015 edition of Her Family. Damon Bell took one step onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge and heard silence. Real silence, the kind that made him pause and remember. This […]


April 9, 2015 · Posted In: Education, Family, HerFamily, Young Hero

Originally published in March 2015 HerFamily. Nicole Carrillo says she can make friends anywhere. Even at the airport. Case in point: On a chilly night in November, Nicole stood with her fellow Thrive Club members […]

God Bless Us, Everyone!

December 4, 2014 · Posted In: Entertainment, Theatre, Young Hero

As the Omaha Community Playhouse prepares to transport theatergoers to Victorian England with their annual production of A Christmas Carol, 8-year-old Mackenzie Reidy is getting ready to be catapulted into the world of theater for […]

Battling Boredom

December 3, 2014 · Posted In: Family, HerFamily, Young Hero

Doug Pepper was about to have a liver transplant, but all he wanted were nachos and a Dr. Pepper. His mom, Pam Pepper, recalls with a laugh how the then 13-year-old Doug responded to the […]

The Story of Standing Bear

October 25, 2014 · Posted In: Education, Family, HerFamily, Young Hero

When 12-year-old Claudia Archer received a cell phone call from her mother informing her that she had won an essay contest, her reaction was more bewilderment than triumph. “I’m like, ‘What essay is this?’” she […]

After the Storm

September 22, 2014 · Posted In: HerFamily, People, Young Hero

Justin Niss spent the day before the Fourth of July out in the sunshine. But he wasn’t hanging out with buddies or lounging at the lake. Niss spent a long, hot day volunteering to clean […]