Beveridge Magnet Middle School and Burke High School earned first place in their respective divisions in the 17th annual African-American History Challenge held at North High School on Feb. 4.

Second- and third-place honors went to Davis Middle School and Hale Magnet Middle School in the Junior Division and to Benson High and Creighton Prep in the Senior Division.

100 Black Men of Omaha sponsored the event.

Other local school news and events include (click on the photo above to see more school pictures):

Topping out ceremony: Western Hills Magnet Elementary students, staff, parents and guests celebrated the start of construction of its new building with a “topping out” ceremony on Friday at its temporary location, 5616 L St. Students and staff signed a steel beam that they then watched – via live stream – as it was set in place at the 6523 Western Ave. construction site.

Counselor award: The Nebraska School Counseling Association kicked-off National School Counseling Week by announcing Jacqueline Johnson of Northwest High School as the recipient of its high school 2017 School Counselor of Year Award. The award was a surprise for Johnson.

Science night: Hartman Elementary, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Alvine Engineering, will host a family science night from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the school gym. Students and families will have an opportunity to take part in numerous science experiments as well as virtual reality activities provided by Alvine. Families will be provided a take-home book and a meal for the evening.

Service grant: Jenna Mu, an 11th grader at Brownell-Talbot, has been awarded a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant through Youth Service America. The grant will support Mu in leading a community service project during the 2017-18 school year that addresses the issue of education inequality. Mu has created a music club at Completely Kids, a local nonprofit that provides resources such as food and tutoring to kids in need. Her club offers free group lessons and instruments to interested kids, with lessons taught by volunteer high school musicians.

Spelling bee: The 30th annual Lincoln Public School Spelling Bee will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. today Feb. 11 at Culler Middle School in Lincoln. Fifth- through eighth-grade students from all over Lincoln will participate in this annual event.

Scholarship program: Chasers Charities, the charitable arm of the Omaha Storm Chasers, is accepting applications for the 10th annual Jackie Robinson Athletic Scholarship contest. The program honors two local African-American students; one male and one female student in the Omaha area will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Chasers Charities. Each student will be chosen based on their work in the classroom, involvement within the community, athletic achievement and other qualities. Interested applicants must submit their application by March 24. Information about eligibility criteria and applications can be found online at chaserscharities.org.

Young Ladies Conference: Young women in the seventh through 12th grades can participate in the Urban League of Nebraska’s third annual “I AM” Young Ladies Conference from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. For more information or to register, call 402-453-9730.

Science awards: The Emperor Science Award initiative, committed to helping high school students join the next generation of cancer researchers and explore careers in science, is now accepting applicants. Nebraska’s 10th and 11th grade students have until March 17 to apply online at EmperorScienceAward.com. Winning students will receive a free Google Chromebook, $1,500 for expenses and the opportunity to continue the mentoring program. Find more details and an application at the Emperor Science Award website.

NEST winners: First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg announced the winners of the Fall 2016 Big Dreams $20K Giveaway: Angie Grojean and Heather Sliva of Omaha; Mindy Boudreau of Minden, Nebraska; and Steven Stein of Grand Island, Nebraska. Each will receive a $5,000 contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account.

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