First Responders Foundation Shares 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners

The First Responders Foundation ( is pleased to announce the 2022 Awards of Excellence recipients. This prestigious award acknowledges outstanding high school seniors who are children of first responders and demonstrate good character, balanced achievement, and outstanding commitment to the community.

The following students represent families from the Bennington and Omaha Police Departments; Council Bluffs, Eppley Airfield, Gretna, Omaha, Papillion, Springfield, and Waterloo Fire Departments; and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office: Bellevue West High School – Jocelyn Belcastro, Sophie Goessling; Blair High School – Caitlyn Haggstrom; Creighton Preparatory School – Maxwell McLaughlin; Douglas County West High School – Faith White; Elkhorn High School – Danielle Witt; Fremont Senior High School – Mackenzie Kirby; Gretna High School – Jack L. Johnson, Charles Evan Sams, Samuel Stolinski; Lewis Central High School – Jocelyn Ciara LeMaster; Louisville High School – Samuel Ahl; Millard South High School – Makenzie Clymer; Millard West High School – Zachary Jones, Gwyneth Stocker; Omaha Central High School – Grace Weberg; Papillion-LaVista High School – Reilly Healey, Lili Shepoka, Keira Sterling; Papillion-Lavista South High School – Brady Lichty; Platteview High School – Ellie Patera; Ralston High School – Connor Neville; Skutt Catholic High School – Liam Werner; Tri-Center High School – Drew Georgius, Madison Leigh Wood; Westside High School – Aiden NewMyer, Ethan NewMyer, Brandon Siedlik; Underwood High School – Kendra Kuck.

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