Sierra Peterson, 22, of Ashland, Neb., was chosen to be Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2012. Though selected in June at Nebraskaland Days in North Platte, her Jan. 21 coronation at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln will serve as a fundraiser for her year of activities. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner are $35 through Jan. 6, when the price rises to $45. Tickets to the 8:30 p.m. dance only are $5. Tickets are available at MissRodeoNebraska.org.
Fifteen women have been chosen to be 2012 Prime Dancers for the Omaha Beef indoor football team. The dancers are Alyssa Stout, Ashley Muell, Evanne Wipf, Nicky Jones, Brittany Miller, Cydney Gaines, Michaela Cantral, Ashley Cercerna, Anna Allmon, Angelina Escobar, Denae Schindler, Katie Hunter, Laine Bruning, Samatha Fry and Samara Phillips.
Dr. Takanari Miyamoto, chairman of the department of periodontics at Creighton University School of Dentistry, has been awarded the 2011 Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship. The fellowship, offered through the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, is a development award offered to academic periodontists early in their careers. As part of the fellowship, Miyamoto will receive $36,000 in unrestricted funds in the next three years.
The Papillion Monarchs football team won the recent National Youth Football Championships Western Division final. The 13- and 14-year-olds, who trailed 7-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, rallied for a 17-7 victory over the Casa Grand Cyclones of Arizona. The Monarchs went undefeated in the Nebraska Midget Football League this season. Monarchs players are Kyle Emerick, Alex Stanek, Alex Atkinson, Jonny Reyes, Mike Bosiljevac, CJ Newell, Brian Lapke, Triston Fairchild, Jake Vannornam, Josh Vannornam, Joe Vannornam, Tavares Linear Jr., Colton Armstrong, Drew Brayfield, Tyler Nielsen, Carter McCormick, Graham Malmberg, Tyler Thille, Lawson Holbert, Austin Skinner and Koy Spencer. John Sanderson Jr. is coach. Assistant coaches are John Sanderson Sr., Bryan Vail and Chris Meier.
The Nebraska Society, Sons of the American Revolution, recently presented Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Don Trimble the organization's Law Enforcement Commendation Medal.
The AIM Institute — in collaboration with 10 community colleges in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota — has been awarded the Midwest Center for Information Technology grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a regional center for information technology excellence. The three-year grant will allow these colleges to share software and curriculum through cloud technology: Central Community College in Nebraska, Iowa Western Community College, Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Mid-Plains Community College in Nebraska, North Dakota State College of Science, Northeast Community College in Nebraska, Southeast Community College in Nebraska, Southeast Technical Institute in South Dakota, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Western Nebraska Community College.
Glenn Freeman of Omaha has been appointed to the board of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa. In September, he marked 15 years as the president of the Omaha Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax and Marjie Ducey