The cheer team from Omaha South High School performed Dec. 27 at the Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium, in San Diego.

Under the direction of Ellen Augustine and Kim Talamantes, the team rehearsed with national choreographers. In their free time, they took in the sights of San Diego.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our hard working young ladies. We only have one returner on our squad so this shows how completely dedicated these young ladies are to being the best that they can be. These young ladies to not have the means to pay for this trip themselves and are depending on help from the public. This trip means so much to the cheerleaders in so many ways,” Augustine said in a press release.

Other local school news includes (click on the photo above to scroll through more Chalkboard photos):

Dance off: Sixty Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School students who participated in the Arts in Motion’s dancing classrooms performed for parents, staff and students this month. For 12 weeks, the young dancers learned the merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango and swing as well as several line dances.

JROTC bowl: JROTC cadets at OPS’ Burke, South and Central High Schools have made it past Level I in the national online Academic and Leadership Bowl and will now advance to Level II, which is scheduled for Feb. 1-15. The top 24 teams nationally will advance to the Level III competition on June 23-27 in Washington, D.C. Teams are made up of four cadets representing the freshman, sophomore and junior class. The competition is hosted by the College Options Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education.

Winter scene: Jesse Galvan ­— owner of Fade Kings Barber Shop and a local artist — volunteered his time to teach parents at Gomez Heritage Elementary how to create a winter scene this month. Galvin grew up in South Omaha, attended Marrs Magnet Middle School and graduated from South High.

Immigration lessons: Third-grade students in the Papillion-La Vista Community Schools have spent the last several weeks learning about late 19th and early 20th century immigration. At Portal Elementary School, students concluded the lesson by creating an immigrant wax museum, transforming themselves into immigrants from the 1800s. The students prepared their journey stories and dressed up to represent their characters. Museum guests gave students money — mostly quarters — to hear their stories, with the proceeds from the activity donated to support the upkeep of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. At Walnut Creek and Trumble Park Elementary Schools, third-graders arrived at school as if they were arriving to America for the first time and learned what Ellis Island was like. Students rotated through several stations — information, medical, interview, passport check and baggage — while trying to avoid being deported.

Humane Society donation: Sixth-graders at Hickory Hill Elementary School delivered a donation of more than 700 items, as well as more than $100 in cash, to the Nebraska Humane Society. The annual drive benefits the Nebraska Humane Society, which is the animal control agency for Sarpy County municipalities, helping homeless animals at the society’s shelter in Omaha.

Holiday family: La Vista Middle School students collected gifts for an adopted family, one of dozens adopted by classes and clubs and schools across the Papillion-La Vista Community Schools this holiday season. At the high school level alone, 34 families were adopted by staff and students.

Diaper drive: The Roncalli Catholic High School Future Educators of America club held a diaper drive to benefit the Lydia House this month. Members of the freshman class collected 275 diapers; the sophomore class collected 2,079 diapers; the juniors 2,018; and the seniors 764 diapers. For their efforts, the sophomores earned a “cozy” day in January.

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