The 20-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior from Omaha was crowned the 121st queen of Aksarben Saturday evening at Baxter Arena as the civic and scholarship group honored her parents, banker Kirk and fitness instructor Teresa Kellner.

The annual Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball, which celebrates volunteer contributions by members of the Royal Court and raises money for two- and four-year college scholarships awarded by the Aksarben Foundation, will be held Oct. 28 at Baxter Arena.

The annual Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball recognizes young women and men in honor of their parents’ dedication to volunteerism in the Omaha metro area.

Each year, the Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball recognizes pages, children who are in second or third grade, in honor of their parents’ dedication to volunteerism in the Omaha metro area.

These young women will represent their parents' volunteerism in Nebraska and western Iowa during the 2016 Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball on Oct. 15 at Baxter Arena.

For John J. “Jack” Koraleski, the highlight of his time as the 119th Aksarben king has been “getting to meet some of the Aksarben scholarship recipients, listening to them talk about their dreams and knowing that the Aksarben Foundation is helping them have those dreams. … These kids are so …

Volunteerism in Nebraska and western Iowa is recognized through the young men chosen as escorts for the annual Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball. Meet them here.   

Standard bearers, like all court members, are selected based on their parents’ volunteer commitment to the community. The court focuses on families in the metro area who have not previously been honored by Aksarben. Standard bearers are assigned to assist the queen or king during the coronat…

Proceeds from the Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball, along with donations to the Aksarben Scholarship Fund, support two Aksarben/Horatio Alger scholarship programs that awarded more than $1.2 million this year  to heartland students from low-income families.

The Aksarben Coronation & Scholarship Ball salutes the families of these escorts for their commitment to volunteerism in the Omaha metro area.