Coming from a single-parent household and living at the poverty line, Yesenia Rodriguez of Omaha did not let any associated stereotypes stop her from reaching her goals.
Due to her selflessness and foundation as a volunteer and community leader, her peers and the State of Nebraska honored her with the Points of Light Award. It recognizes Nebraska volunteers who give their time, talent and energy to help build stronger communities.
With the help of the dual language program at Omaha South High School, she has overcome many language barriers and now serves others by volunteering at an English Language Learners class. She also volunteers at the public library each Saturday, surpassing the eight required hours of community service for the College Possible program.
Rodriguez will start classes at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the fall and will be the first in her family to attend college.
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» The Sioux City (Iowa) Lions Club recently installed officers for the 2013-14 fiscal year. They are Tim Jacobs, president; Sheryl Ford, first vice president; Paula Damon, immediate past-president; Ann Hill, treasurer; and Larry Benne, secretary.
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» Cory Soukup, a film and new media senior in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the recipient of an internship from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. Soukup's internship is in the category of comedy writing. He will work at Paramount Studios for a new Nickelodeon television series called “Instant Mom.”
» Dr. Alan Langnas, chief of transplant surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has been named the president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. He is a professor of surgery-transplant at UNMC and chief of the transplant center at the Nebraska Medical Center. He will serve as ASTS president through July 2014.