10 April Yates Early Childhood Center Hosts Family Literacy Event April 10, 2012 By News News 0 Yates Early Childhood students and their families took part in family literacy activities led by UNO's early education teacher candidates as part of a P-16 Service Learning project. The activities centered around the children's book "Each Peach Pear Plum," by Allan and Janet Ahlberg. Children had the opportunity to retell nursery rhymes with props, see a puppet show of "The Three Bears," and then create their own pretend peach, pear and plum pies. Each child also received a copy of the book to take home, thanks to the Pearson Education Foundation. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the event! Related Articles Celebrating OPS Alumni Jeff Snow graduated from Omaha Bryan High School in 1988. Snow is the Co-owner and Executive Chef of Catering Creations, "Voted Best Caterer” in Omaha since 2011 and specializing in custom menus for events of all styles from 40 to 3000 guests. Chef Snow also co-owns with his wife, Jennifer. Catering Creations is located in the Omaha Old Market at 19th and Jackson. Snow began cooking at such an early age, he can't even remember a time when he wasn't working in a kitchen or studying the culinary arts. Snow attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where he obtained a degree in Occupational Studies. Upon graduation of the C.I.A., Jeff worked at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida and at Sarducci's Italian Restaurant in Plano, Texas. Snow eventually returned to his hometown of Omaha and worked for ten years as the Executive Chef of a French café in downtown Omaha. Jeff started his catering and event planning company with his wife in 2002 and Catering Creations now brings the restaurant to you with off-premise catering services for a wide variety of events. Ryan Ellis graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1997. Ellis began his career P.J. Morgan Real Estate as an intern while attending Creighton University. He graduated from Creighton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and took on a leadership role as property manager for P.J. Morgan Real Estate. In 2007, Ryan was promoted to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer due to his outstanding leadership and his excellent work in real estate sales and leasing. In 2009, Ryan became the President of P.J. Morgan Real Estate. John Krayneski graduated from Omaha South High School in 1961. Krayneski is the owner of AAA Building Components and Quality Door & Trim. The oldest of 10 children, Krayneski is a founding board member of the South High School Alumni Association and is past President emeritus. Krayneski was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 1996. A Gold Key National Home Builders Association, Krayneski has served on the boards of the Metropolitan Home Builders Association for 15 years and the Nebraska State Home Builders. He is a MOBA Associate of the Year as well as a 50 Penny Spike recipient. Krayneski and his wife Beverly (Moravec) Krayneski - 1962 have made significant financial and volunteer contributions to South High School through the Alumni Association. Peg Harriott graduated from Benson High School in 1974. She serves as President and CEO for the Child Saving Institute. Harriott oversees the agency’s administration, programming and services, financing, and fundraising. Harriott also served in leadership positions at Uta Halee from 1978 to 1999 and as the Executive Director of Omaha’s YWCA from 1999 - 2008. Harriott has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received the UNO College of Business Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. As an Omaha Benson High School Graduate, she was also inducted into the Benson Hall of Fame in April 2008. Quiana Smith graduated from Omaha North High School in 1995. She pursued a career in acting and singing and later took her talents to Broadway after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ithaca College Musical Theater. Smith has appeared in all major venues, sang at a Presidential inauguration, spent three years with the Disney production of Mary Poppins, and has been a guest soloist with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. Smith is the daughter of longtime Omaha World-Herald photojournalist Rudy Smith. After numerous successful roles in Broadway theatre and the positive experience of her first TV screen work, a co-starring role on the BET mini-series A Royal Birthday, Smith is pursuing more TV and film work in Los Angeles. Pete McCann, age 49, founded Ideal Images in July 1998 with just a $10,000.00 investment. Ideal Images has since become the largest company in its industry in Nebraska. Ideal Images proudly employs over 50 people and is based in Omaha, NE. Before founding Ideal Images, Pete McCann worked in the sporting goods industry for over 15 years. Over this time he worked at United Sporting Goods, Olympia Village and Charlie Rose Baseball. McCann participated in all phases of the business. From that experience, Pete McCann concluded he would launch his own business, Ideal Images. Pete McCann is an active participant in many philanthropic endeavors. He annually supports the following organizations; Campfire USA, Salvation Army, DJ Heroes, Creighton Athletic Foundation, Big Brother Big Sisters, Alzheimer’s Walk, UNO Women’s Walk and Heartland Family Services. This year, Pete was especially proud in playing a major role in helping the Team Jack Foundation raise over 1 million dollars in the fight against children’s pediatric cancer. He has also been actively involved in many Burke High School projects (baseball field, weight room and the stadium scoreboard) over the past several years. Pete also received the Hometown Hero’s award in the fall of 2015 from the Omaha FBI in honor of the work he did in raising over $230,000 to the family of Officer Kerrie Orozco who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Pete lives in Omaha and is a Burke High School graduate from the class of 1985. He lettered in football and baseball. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Stephanie, Burke 1987 for 29 years. The have raised four children, Alex (Burke 2007), Morgan (Burke 2010), Mitchell (Burke 2012) and Mason (Burke 2014). Debra Esser, MD graduated from Northwest High School in 1975. Dr. Esser is vice president, medical policy and quality medical director. She is a member of the Blue Cross Shield of Nebraska leadership team with responsibility for medical policy and medical review, as well as strategic oversight of quality management programs. Previously, Dr. Esser served as chief medical officer for Aetna Better Health of Nebraska. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at Coventry Health Care Nebraska/Iowa, Omaha Physician’s Clinic and Methodist Hospital and United Healthcare Nebraska/Iowa. Dr. Esser is actively involved in community service and has served as president of the Metro Omaha Medical Society board of directors and is currently president of the Metro Omaha Medical Society Foundation, in addition to being a member of Live Well Omaha and Hope Medical boards. She is also on Senator Gloor’s Patient Centered Medical Home steering committee. Dr. Esser completed medical school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha/Lincoln and her family practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree in medical management from Tulane University. Susana Lara graduated from South High School in 1991. Susana was inducted into the South High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2015. Susana Lara is a curriculum specialist at Omaha South High School. She received her B.S. degree in secondary education with endorsements in Spanish, English and ESL and her M.A. degree in education leadership in teaching and learning. Her students won awards in the National Spanish Exam Competition and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Language Competition. She worked to create curriculum for the first “Spanish for Spanish” program and to align it with the Language Arts curriculum to support literacy and writing skills in both English and Spanish, which is growing. She advocated for a Latin American Studies course, which is now offered to students. As Advanced Placement coordinator, she has worked with other teachers to expand the program, resulting in South High having the highest number of students taking and passing the AP Spanish and Culture Examination. The classes have grown from one section to multiple sections and have maintained high passing rates. She works with parents to inform them of the benefits of advanced placement, dual enrollment and higher education. She held a parent-student conference and college fair that included more than 100 parents and students who visited the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Other schools since have followed suit. She won the Knights of Columbus Education Leadership Award, Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award and a Barrientos Scholarship Award in Education. Her community service includes starting the first Spanish youth club at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. She volunteers as a religious education teacher at the church and has received volunteer awards from Gomez Heritage Elementary School. The Latino Leaders group she sponsors has volunteered at local elementary schools, adopted families at Christmas, cleaned up South Omaha, painted over graffiti, and participated in Cinco de Mayo activities. Niles Paul graduated from Omaha North High School in 2007 where he was a three-sport star in football, track and basketball. Paul helped Omaha North to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class A state quarterfinals. Paul was regarded as the top prospect in the state of Nebraska in 2007 and later went on to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2007 to 2010 and ended his college career with 103 receptions for 1,532 yards and 5 touchdowns. His career total of 4,122 all-purpose yards ranks fifth all-time in Nebraska history. Paul was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft as a wide receiver by the Washington Redskins, the team he continues to play for. Niles Paul continues to give back to North High and the Viking football team through mentoring opportunities. His family is a primary fundraiser for a scholarship recognizing North High volunteers. John Mangiameli is a former Omaha Northwest High School graduate of 1973. After graduating from Northwest, Mangiameli received his cosmetology license and is now the president and owner of Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa in Omaha, Nebraska located off of 120th and Pacific Street. Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa has been in business since 1982. Mangiameli says his inspiration as a hair stylist comes from working as an apprentice under his father. When asked what keeps him inspired John says, “as long as hair keeps growing and turning gray we will be in business.” Dr. Alvin Samuels Jr. graduated from Omaha Central High School in 2006. After high school he attended Creighton University where he received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology in 2010. While at Creighton Samuels spent four months studying abroad in the Dominican Republic, joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and participated as an officer in the Pre-Dental Society. After college, Samuels spent a year academically preparing for dental school in the Post-Baccalaureate Program at Creighton University. After the post-bac program Samuels enrolled in dental school at Creighton University School of Dentistry. While in dental school Samuels married his wife, Yvonnda A. Samuels, JD. Yvonnda graduated from Creighton’s School of Law in 2014 and Samuels graduated from Creighton’s School of Dentistry in 2015. Samuels was able to attend dental school via the United States Navy Health Profession Scholarship Program and as a result, he is currently practicing dentistry as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Samuels is practicing as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Norfolk, VA. This past January Samuels and his wife were blessed with their first child, a daughter, Amora Samuels. Upon completion of Samuels five-year commitment to the Navy he plans to become a Navy dental specialist or return to Omaha where he and his wife will practice their respective professions. Angeline Larson (Petak) is a proud South Omaha girl who graduated salutatorian from Omaha Bryan High School in 2002. She has an MBA from Creighton University and a BS from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Larson currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. a federally qualified health center system serving the medically underserved, under-represented, and underinsured residents in Omaha. In her role at Charles Drew, she leads the school-based health center program, health care for the homeless and primary care in public housing programs. She also leads the Corporate Compliance program, Medical Records, Patient Financial Services, Information Technology, Facilities, and Enabling Services such as interpreter services, transportation and reception. Larson also serves as the Youth Exchange Officer for international high school exchange students for the Rotary Club of Omaha Suburban a volunteer organization. She also volunteers as an advisory board member of the Creighton chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority and serves on the selection committee for Youth Leadership Omaha. Larson is proud of the education she received at Bryan High School where she was a 4-year varsity letter winner in Volleyball and was involved in Yearbook, National Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council. She credits her coaches Mr. Tom O'Hara and Mr. Paul Boisseree for influencing her love of both volleyball and tennis. She also credits her English teacher Mrs. Cathy Pierson who pushed her to succeed. "Mrs. Pierson taught my most difficult high school class, Senior AP English. She never let me cut corners and held me accountable to my work. She believed I was smart and pushed me to be better," Larson said. Angeline is married and lives in Omaha with her husband Peter Larson, an engineer at the University of Nebraska Medical Center - UNMC. Fernando “Butch” Lecuona III graduated from Benson High School in 1969. Butch served as Deputy Assistant to Omaha Mayor, Mike Fahey after retiring as the State of Nebraska Commissioner of Labor through three gubernatorial administrations from both political parties. Butch also served as a Cabinet member in each administration. Butch was in his 18th year with the Nebraska Workforce Development-Department of Labor when he retired from State government. Butch is now CEO/Executive Director for the Community Education Foundation in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Camille Metoyer-Moten graduated from Burke High School in 1972. A native of Omaha, Camille has been singing and acting in the city and surrounding region for more than 30 years. Often described as “Omaha’s most versatile singer” she is an independent singer/songwriter and performs for many special events around the city as a guest soloist and also has her own pop/jazz band. Her theater performance credits include starring roles in Ragtime, Evita, Funny Girl, Tarzan, Little Women and Having Our Say to name a few. Her musical travels have taken her to Barcelona, Spain. She has been a recipient of several awards including the Omaha Arts and Entertainment award, Theater Arts Guild and Fonda/McGuire awards. Her guest solo appearances have included the Omaha Symphony, Jazz on the Green and the Governor’s Arts Ball. She was recently nominated as top jazz vocalist for 2015 in the city. She has released two CD's and is in the planning stages of a third. Camille is also a public speaker and has released an inspirational book regarding her recent battle with cancer. Camille has been inducted into the Omaha Black Musicians Hall of Fame. Camille has been married to Bishop Michael T. Moten for 40 years and has two grown children. Her first love is serving the Lord. Camille has her music website at: www.musicbycamille.com Bond Update - August 5, 2015 Quick Starts Blackburn, Morton, Lewis & Clark, Marrs, North, Area C Package #1 – These projects are near completion with the remaining construction work to be phased and completed this fall. Ponca - Temporary Classrooms (Portables) – Final inspections schedule for this week. Ponca - Selective demolition has started with construction to be complete in February 2016. Group 1 Belle Ryan and Western Hill – Selection of the CM@R has been completed, the Board of Education approved Sampson Construction to perform these services. Educational Specification has been approved and Schematic Design documents will be submitted to the Board of Education for approval in the Fall of 2015. Indian Hill – Selection of the CM@R has been completed, the Board of Education approved Lund-Ross Constructors to perform these services. Schematic Design documents have been approved and Design Development documents will be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. Northwest – Selection a CM@R is scheduled for next month. Educational Specifications have been approved and Schematic Design documents are schedule to be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. Crestridge & Sunny Slope - Educational Specification has been approved and Schematic Design documents are schedule to be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. Group 2 Florence – Educational Specification has been approved and Schematic Design documents are schedule to be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. Lothrop & Joslyn – Educational Specification has been approved and Schematic Design documents are schedule to be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. JP Lord – Design firm selection was approved by the Board of Education. BCDM will provide design services. Educational Specification documents will be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. Group 3 Beveridge – Selection of a CM@R is scheduled for next month. Educational Specifications documents are scheduled to be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. South & Central – Schematic Design documents scheduled to be submitted to the Board of Education in the Fall of 2015. Rest of Group 3 projects in design work for Educational Specifications this Fall. Group 4 Architectural selection of these projects is scheduled for the beginning of 2016, with construction scheduled to starting the Fall of 2016. OPS Early Childhood Placements, Notifications, and Applications/Testing The Early Childhood Team has concluded the walk-in application days at the school sites and at TAC. We will begin making placements and notifying families over the next month. We will offer application/testing days every Monday in the Month of June by appointment only. The purpose of these appointments will be to fill the very limited prekindergarten spots that will still be available and to add more applicants to the waiting pool. We will begin taking calls for the June appointments on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Bond Update - March 17, 2015 03-17-2015 Current Major Activities Update Conducted general information meeting for Construction Manager at-Risk vendors to provide an overview of statement of qualifications and/or proposal submission due dates. Group 1 Projects* - Educational Specifications Committee kick off meetings have been scheduled. Negotiation of Architect Agreements on-going. Group 2 Projects** - Recommendation for Award of Design Services will be presented to the Board of Education at the March 16, 2015 Board Meeting. Economic Inclusion – Developed and implemented vendor input form that provides vendors business details that helps determine business capacity and area of expertise. *Group 1 Projects: Capital Improvements – Northwest High School, Crestridge and Indian Hill Elementary Schools ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Franklin and Sunny Slope Elementary Schools Replacement Schools – Belle Ryan and Western Hills Elementary Schools **Group 2 Projects: Capital Improvements – Florence Elementary School ‘Open Plan’ Schools – Lothrop and Joslyn Elementary Schools Board of Education Highlights - 6/15/2015 The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, June 15 at the Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street. To view the full agenda click on the following link: http://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/CurrentMeetings.aspx The following are highlights of the meeting held on June 15, 2015: Consent Agenda: Several items were presented as part of the Consent Agenda. o The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments: § Jeremy Cowley, current Coordinator at Meridian Technology Center, will be the new Program Director at the Career Center. § Elizabeth Holland, current OPS Assistant Principal at Buffett Middle School, will be the new Interim Principal at Kennedy Elementary for 2015-16 school year only. § Vanita Jarmon, current OPS Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary, will be the new Principal at Conestoga Elementary. § David Milan, current OPS Principal at Conestoga Elementary, will be the new Principal at Bancroft Elementary. § Glenn Mitchell, current OPS SSL, will be the new Principal at Oak Valley Elementary. § Charles Wakefield, current Director of Recruitment, Staffing and Talent Management, Wichita USD259 School District, will be the new Chief Human Resource Officer. o The Board of Education approved the purchase of property at 60th and L Streets. Specifically, 5602 L St. and 5616 L St. Information: Several Items were discussed as information. o UPD Consulting provided an update on the strategic plan and worked with the Board of Education on prioritization for the upcoming school year. o JACOBS and the CBOC (Citizen Bond Oversight Committee) provided an update on the bond. o Staff provided an updated on the Teacher Effectiveness. Action: The following items were approved by the Board of Education: o The Board of Education approved changes in the instructional day for the 2015-16 school year. § Elementary Student Day: 8:50 AM – 4:05 PM § Middle and High School Student Day: 7:40 – 3:05 PM o The Board of Education approved Bryan Middle School and Florence Elementary as locations for the construction of additional facilities to support the operation of Boys & Girls Club programs at each school. o The Board of Education approved changes to the Student Assignment Plan which includes the approval of Elementary and Middle School Partner Frameworks, effective the 17-18 school year. o The Board of Education approved the Superintendent’s Evaluation. o The Board of Education approved the first reading of 2000 series policies, 4027, 4028, 5415 and 5416. Conclusion: The Board of Education adjourned at 12:35 AM. The next regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, July 6 at 7:30 PM. OPS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees 2017 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Andre Woolridge – Benson High School A 1992 Omaha Benson graduate, Woolridge scored a championship-game record 50 points to lead the Bunnies to the state title his senior year. He was All-Metro for three years and finished with 1,911 points, a Class A record. A four-year starter at Iowa, he led the Big 10 in scoring and assists his senior year and earned third-team All-American honors. He set the Iowa record for career assists. He played professionally in France, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Terry Eyman – Bryan High School Terry Robert Eyman was born in Omaha, Neb., on Aug. 19, 1968. He is the youngest of six siblings born to Robert and Anne Eyman. Eyman attended Chandler View Elementary School, Bryan Junior High School and graduated from William Jennings Bryan High School in 1986. During his high school years, he was an offensive and defensive lineman under the coaching guidance of Tim Bond. Terry received the Most Improved Player Award during his football years at Bryan High School. Following high school, Eyman attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After meeting with Coach Tom Osborne, he made the decision to join the Husker football program as a “walk-on,” and played the position of swing tackle during his years with the Huskers. Through hard work and perseverance, Terry was able to earn a scholarship and a starting position/rotation with the Huskers during his junior and senior years of college. Eyman graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a business degree in 1991. After graduation, he returned to Omaha, Neb., and joined the family business, Eyman Plumbing. He credits his business knowledge and experience to his work with various plumbing companies throughout the area. He is currently owner and CFO for Eyman Plumbing in Omaha. He lives in La Vista, with wife, Michelle Haynes, and their combined family of five children: Maddison, Nicholas, Benjamin, Robert and Waylon. Eyman enjoys coaching youth football, taking motorcycle rides, spending time with the family and, of course, watching football games at any level. Gary Graner – Burke High School Gary Graner grew up in the southwest Iowa town of Manning. He played football, basketball, and baseball and was awarded all-state basketball honors his senior year. After graduating from Manning High School in 1974, he played college basketball at the University of South Dakota from 1974-1978, graduating with a history degree and a high school teaching certificate and coaching endorsement in May of 1978. Coach Graner taught and coached at Omaha Burke High School for 33 years. When he joined Burke High School in the fall of 1978, Graner started as an assistant to John Johnette and assistant football coach to Larry Jacobsen. Upon the retirement of Coach Johnette in 1988, Coach Graner became Burke High School’s second head boys’ basketball coach holding that position for the next 18 years. In those 18 years, his teams qualified for the State Tournament eight times and finished as State Runners-up twice, 1993 and 2000. Burke High teams also won the Metro Holiday Tournament three times during his tenure. Ten of Coach Graner’s 18 teams finished the year in the OWH’s final state top ten rankings. In 1992, he was chosen to be the head coach for the Valentino’s NE All-Star team representing the state of Nebraska in the annual Las Vegas tournament and the following season was honored as the Metro Conference Coach of the Year. Coach Graner loved challenging his athletes to not only excel on the basketball court but also in the classroom and daily life. The teams he coached played an exciting brand of basketball, which brought the community out in force. That excitement and success generated by his teams’ hard-nosed play, along with the promotion of youth basketball through summer basketball camps and clinics, resulted in Coach Graner being honored with Burke High School’s Community Leader Award in 2000. Graner has always felt his reward for coaching has been the great fortune of being a part of the lives of so many wonderful student-athletes and working with dedicated coaches, staff, and administrators at Burke High School and throughout Omaha Public Schools. Coach Graner and his wife, Jessica, have been married forty-one years and all four of their children: Matt, Steve, Michelle, and Alli currently live in the Omaha area. Jessica Haynes - Central High School Jessica Haynes was born and raised in Omaha where she graduated from Central High School in 1985. A three-time all-state and three-time All-Metro player, Haynes helped Central to back-to-back basketball state championships in 1983 and 1984. In 1984, she averaged 16.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and her rebound and coast-to-coast drive for a layup sealed the state championship. She averaged 22 points and nearly 12 rebounds per game as a senior when she was a Parade All-American, Street and Smith’s All-American, Converse All-American, and Carnation Milk All-American. In track, she ran on three gold-medal relays helping Central to Class A titles in 1983 and 1984 and was also named High School All-American. Haynes attended San Diego State University where she was a three-year starter and a two-time All-Big West Conference selection averaging 16 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game during her career. She also played on two Olympic Festival teams in 86’ and 87. In 1997, Haynes was selected as a developmental player in the WNBA and assigned to the Utah Starzz. Haynes was inducted into the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and 2011. She was also inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. Haynes is now a mental health therapist and travels the country as a motivational speaker. Haynes is the mother of three wonderful children; William, a celebrity hairstylist also known as Tokyo Stylez, Jerrica, a United States Postal Service employee and Hunter, a freshman at Millard North. Dave Underwood - North High School Dave Underwood graduated from Omaha North High School in 1962, where he lettered in basketball, baseball and was an All-City selection first baseman in baseball. He was a member of the Omaha Storz American Legion team that finished third in the nation in 1961. Underwood was not only a standout on the field but a great teacher and coach. He taught and coached in the Omaha Public Schools at Lewis and Clark Middle School, South and Burke High School. His coaching career included coaching football, basketball and baseball. As a baseball coach at Burke, his teams achieved State Championships three times between 1970 and 1975. During the summers, he ran baseball camps for youth in the Omaha area with Bill Olson of Northwest High School. Underwood is co-founder of the Collins-Orcutt All- Star game featuring the areas top baseball players each Spring. Underwood has had an impact on youth not just in sports but spiritually. He led a group called Fellowship of Christian Athletes, who met at his house once a week to discuss how they could become better people in the eyes of the Lord and be a positive influence to people around them. One of his player’s said quote, “meeting you, playing for you and being your friend has been one of the greatest honors in my life and I would not be the same person had that not happened.” After a short stint at IBM, Underwood returned to coaching as an assistant baseball coach at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He helped lead Nebraska to its first regional appearance attempting to secure a berth in the College World Series. After two years at Nebraska, he served one year as an assistant coach at Creighton University and was named head baseball coach the following year. As head coach, he was on the College World Series Board of Directors from 1981 to 1985. He was twice honored as a College Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1983. He helped lead Creighton to its first ever ranking in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine. In 2013, Underwood was named to the Omaha Old-timers Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. In 1986, Underwood co-founded The Real Estate Brokerage Firm with a former player and Hall of Fame member, Tim Wurth. The company has been in business for 31 years and is a multi-faceted commercial real estate firm. In 2005, Underwood co-founded a new company called Heritage Communities to develop, build and manage care facilities for seniors. Underwood and his wife, Marilyn, live in Omaha, have five children are the proud grandparents of 12 grandchildren. Mikaela Perry-Grimes – Northwest High School Mikaela Perry-Grimes was born in Omaha, Neb., and is the daughter of longtime Omaha Public Schools (OPS) employees Doris and Otis Perry II. She attended Springville Elementary, Nathan Hale Junior High and Northwest High schools. Grimes excelled both academically and athletically. In high school she was a member of the National Honor Society and lettered in cheerleading, basketball and track and field. Following in her brothers’ (Mark and Otis III, who were stellar athletes in their own right) footsteps, she was a state champion in track and still holds the number three time in the 200 meters and the top time in the 100 meters on the Nebraska Girls All-Time Track Chart. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was one of the first African-American cheerleaders that the school had ever had and was a member of the then, Big 8 Conference Championship track team. Completing her track career at the University of Alabama, she also hit another milestone as one of the first African-Americans elected to the school’s homecoming court before graduating with her bachelor’s degree. She competed for both the Midwest Striders and Cornhusker Flyer Youth Track Clubs. During her track career, Grimes won several awards, but her proudest moment was competing for the USA Junior team at the Pan-Am Junior Games where she ran the second leg on a 4x1 that not only won, but broke the World Junior Record. Today, Grimes lives in Nashville, Tenn. and is a Human Resource Administrator and co-chair for the Nashville Diversity and Inclusion Chapter at T-Mobile. In her spare time, she coaches for the Training Ground Youth Track Club, where several of her athletes have reached All-American status. She is married to Reggie Grimes and has 3 children: Maya,19; Reggie,15 and Reghan,13. All three are following in her footsteps. Reghan is a city middle school track champion, a two-time youth track All-American and MVP of her Middle School’s volleyball and basketball teams. Reggie is a county track champion, made the TSSAA State Track Meet as a freshman and was voted Offensive MVP for his high school football team. Maya was a two-time TSSAA state champion, High school All-American and Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Freshman of the Year competing for Austin Peay State University. Terrance Badgett - South High School Terrance Badgett started playing basketball in the fifth grade at Belvedere Elementary. A guy by the name of Jonathan Culver Sr. gave Badgett advice. He said “you can be great, if you practice.” Badgett took his advice and became a successful student and professional athlete. Badgett attended R. M. Marrs Magnet middle school where he played as a seventh grader and averaged 34.4 points a game. In high school, Badgett was an All-American all four years. He was a two-time all-state player and led the South High Packers to the Class A state championship in 1990 and averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game the following year. During his senior year he earned honors as the Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year. Badgett was a Nebraska Cornhusker recruit and made the Big Eight All-Bench team, won the Big eight tournament and the National Invitational Tournament. As a Husker, he played in 127 games and scored more than 200 points each season, finishing with a career total of 953. Badgett played professionally for five seasons in the U.S. and overseas in Taiwan, Ireland, Germany and the Philippines. Back in the United States, Badgett played for Sioux Falls Sky-force, Wisconsin Blast, San Diego Wildfire and the Kansas City Knights. In 2003, Badgett returned to Omaha from Sacramento and worked at Omaha Home for Boys for eight years. He received his master’s degree in Human Services in 2005 at Bellevue University and began working as Executive Director for the YMCA. In 2012, Badgett started a new career at the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands. Today, Badgett continues to invest his time in other non-profit work for the homeless and mental health services for youth. He now works for the Heartland Behavioral School of Omaha. Badgett has one daughter, Camryn Joy Badgett. Thomas Warren - Technical High School Thomas Warren graduated from Omaha Technical High School in 1979. He earned a football scholarship to Morningside College where he graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and sociology and a minor in psychology. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1989 in criminal justice with an option in public administration. While at Technical High School, Warren earned eight varsity letters: three in football, three in track and two in basketball. In football, he ran for 700 yards, eight touchdowns and had 36 tackles against opposing teams and was a Metropolitan Conference Runner-up in 1977. In basketball, his team were Metropolitan Conference Champions in 1978 and Holiday Tournament Champions in 1979. His track team were District Champions in the 4 x 200-yard relay. At Morningside College, Warren was a four-year starter as defensive back and his team were the All North Central Conference Second Team in 1982 and he was honored as the North Central Conference Defensive Player of the Week. His team also defeated the University of Nebraska at Omaha 3-0 after Warren forced a fumble that led to the game’s only score. After graduation, Warren served on the Omaha Police force from 1983-2008 and was the first African-American in Omaha to serve as Chief of Police from 2004-2008. Warren also won the World Police and Fire Olympic Gold Medal in 1983 in weightlifting for his class. Today, Warren serves as President/Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Nebraska. James Lund - Middle Schools James Lund was born and raised in Omaha and graduated from Omaha North High School in 1970. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he received a bachelor’s degree in education. While attending UNO as an undergraduate, he was a member of the men’s basketball and golf team. While in college, James met his wife, Marlene and they married in September of 1974. They’ve been married for 43 years and raised four children, Eddie, Julie, Andy, and Dan. After teaching, coaching and being a dad to four little ones, Lund returned to UNO and completed his master’s degree in 1989. Participating in college athletics influenced Lund’s decision to make teaching and coaching a career. Lund began his teaching and coaching career at Martin Luther King School. He taught at King from the fall of 1976 to the spring of 1984. In the fall of 1984, he transferred to Morton Middle School where he finished his career with OPS. At both schools, Lund coached girls’ and boys’ basketball, football, wrestling, soccer, swimming and gymnastics. Basketball was his favorite sport of all, in which he coached over 55 boys and girls teams during his time with OPS. In order for more students to participate in sports, he also sponsored intramural units at Morton. During his tenure at Morton, Lund coached against each one of his children, while they attended rival schools. Lund’s philosophy of coaching was to emphasize sportsmanship, skill development and team work. The strategies he employed were done to help players improve their skills rather than just win games. Over the thirty-one years he coached, he was privileged to work with many student athletes who went on to participate in high school and college athletics. Throughout the years, Lund participated in men’s basketball leagues and golf tournaments. He also enjoyed coaching his children and now grandchildren through outside youth organizations. Retirement offers Lund extra time to be more involved with his six grandchildren. When he is not being Papa, he enjoys golfing, cycling and traveling. Community Contributors Jim Fuxa Jim Fuxa attended Ashland Park Elementary and graduated from South High School in 1960. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Omaha University on athletic scholarships and graduated with and bachelor’s degree in education in 1965. He worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota at Mankato and obtained his master’s degree in education in 1971. At South High School, Fuxa wrestled and had an undefeated dual meet season in his sophomore and senior years. He was undefeated in district and state championships his senior year in high school and in two seasons at Omaha University, he had a dual meet record of 18-1. During Fuxa’s junior year in high school, he started coaching wrestling at the South YMCA and was paid ten cents per student, per session. His teams won five consecutive state YMCA championships. Later, he took part in road races and duathlons. He won over 200 medals and trophies during the 80s and 90s in those events. Fuxa competed for the USA Duathlon team and placed sixth in his age group in the 1993 world championships in Dallas. Even later in life, he participated in the Senior Winter Games in Summit County, Colo., winning numerous first place medals in Nordic skiing, snow shoe racing and the biathlon (shooting and Nordic skiing). Fuxa was employed by the Omaha Public Schools for 31 years. From 1967-1970, he coached football, wrestling, gymnastics and track and field at Lewis & Clark Middle School. In his third and final year at the junior high school, his teams won city championships in football, wrestling and track and field. After graduating from Mankato in 1972, he was hired as an administrator in Physical Education and Athletics in the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). During his tenure, he revised the playground apparatus policy for OPS regarding play and safety. Fuxa also suggested to a staff member at Sunny Slope a way to get a plan period for the elementary classroom teachers. He approached the Omaha Education Association with the idea that teachers receive plan time while traveling specialists were with their students. He also guided several teachers in the development of the curriculum guide called the “War on Weight.” In 1993, Fuxa proposed to the leadership of the JROTC program in OPS schools that they initiate a biathlon at the high school level, which included running and shooting. It has been an annual event ever since. Near the end of his career with OPS, he volunteered to coach wrestling at Beveridge Middle School where he coached from 1995-1997. His final year, his team won the city wrestling championship. Those same wrestlers, along with members of Morton’s team moved on to Burke High School where they won Burke’s first and only state wrestling championship. Fuxa coached two different youth soccer teams to state cup championships in 1985 and 1986. He became a wrestling official in 1967 and officiated many tournaments, including the Nebraska high school championships. In his final year of officiating, he worked the Big 8 Tournament in Stillwater, Okla. As a member of the Greater Omaha Sports Committee (GOSC) within the Omaha Convention and Tourism Bureau, Fuxa started perhaps the first high school scholar-athlete awards program in the county. The program continues today, forty years later. Also as a member of the GOSC, he helped set up the Big 8 Volleyball Tournament and clinics. These clinics were held at Omaha South during the Big 8 Tournament for girls from the four-state area surrounding Omaha. Fuxa also served on the Nebraska Winter Games committee in the mid-90s. One of his responsibilities was the food service for over 4,000 people at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum. He still practices what he preached many year ago working out almost daily. He enjoys archery, cycling, hunting, hiking and has recently taken up pickle ball. Fuxa has two children: Nikki Mildren and Cory Fuxa, who reside in Fort Worth, Texas with their families. There are four grandchildren ranging in age from seven to 18. Jim is married to wife, Roxanne Smith, and they reside in Colorado Springs, Colo. Stu Pospisil Stu Pospisil is an Omaha World-Herald sportswriter and third-generation OPS graduate who has covered high school sports for the newspaper since 1984. He is currently the newspaper’s prep sports coordinator. He attended Fontenelle Elementary and Monroe Junior High before graduating from Benson High in 1980. At Benson, he was involved in National Honor Society, journalism, music and the math and metric clubs. He was team statistician for football, boys basketball and baseball. His professional career began in 1981 with the Sun Newspapers of Omaha while a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He joined the World-Herald in June 1984 and completed his degree at UNL that year. After five years as the Metro Conference beat writer, Pospisil became the statewide prep rater in 1990. He has become regarded as the leading prep authority and historian in the state. He assisted the Metro Conference in assembling its records during its golden anniversary season in 2014-15, which resulted in every school receiving a large plaque to commemorate its conference championship. Pospisil also has chronicled Nebraska golf on all levels for the past 30 years, including the 2013 U.S. Senior Open and the 1996 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the Cox Classic, the Masters and PGA Championships and countless state and local events. Since 1988, he has been the director of The World-Herald match play championship for Omaha-area golfers. He co-founded the revival of the men’s city golf championship in 1998. He has been a contributor to Sports Illustrated, Golf Journal and Gold World. He has been honored by the Nebraska School Activities Association, Nebraska Coaches Association, Nebraska State Athletic Administrators Association, Nebraska PGA and the Metro Omaha Golf Championship. He has received the Nebraska Gold Hall of Fame’s Davis Special Recognition Award and has been inducted into the Benson High Hall of Fame and Burke High Swimming Hall of Fame. Pospisil is married to the former Sherry Fischer of Scribner, Neb. They have seven-year-old twin sons, Adam and Kyle. 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