Westbrook Elementary Community Club

Westbrook Elementary Community Club

March 6, 2019 · Posted In: FamilyGuide, Young Hero

Students and staff members at Westbrook Elementary believe in service to their city, and they prefer to show this to people rather than simply tell them about it. That’s why the school has created the […]

An Honors Course 
in Giving

October 16, 2018 · Posted In: FamilyGuide, Young Hero

Jenna Liakos has already learned the immense value of volunteerism in her community—having completed countless volunteer hours contributing her time to the Omaha Warriors (her little sister’s softball team), the Aksarben Ball, and the Bickford […]

Lending Book and a Helping Hand

June 28, 2018 · Posted In: FamilyGuide, Giving, Young Hero

On a recent Monday evening, Omahan Kalli Pettit wheeled a squeaky book cart down a hospital hallway. A pair of teenagers jostled each other as they walked past. Kalli, not much older at age 18, […]

Giving to the Dogs

August 4, 2017 · Posted In: FamilyGuide, 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: FamilyGuide, 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, FamilyGuide, 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 […]