Published Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:45 pm
From staff reports

The Ten Outstanding Young Omaha Teens will be honored Sunday at a 3 p.m. ceremony at the Alegent Health Amphitheater at Village Pointe.

The teens were selected by the Omaha Jaycees and Village Pointe shopping center for making significant contributions to the Omaha area through volunteerism and community action.

The recipients are:

• Travis Bond, 14, an eighth-grader at Elkhorn Middle School, whose Eagle Scout Project was a picnic shelter at Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church. He is also a member of the Zoo Crew at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. His parents are Denise and Steve Bond.

• Jordan Brown, 19, a Junior Apprentice at the Omaha Community Playhouse, is on the Peer Leadership team for the Queer Nebraska Youth Networks. His main project is volunteering with Inclusive Communities. His parents are Judith Swalberg and Edwin Brown.

• Breanna Burklund, 18, a senior at Millard South High School, says one of her favorite volunteer projects involved working with the March of Dimes and Girl Scouts developing the Journey Jems Project for the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Bergan Mercy and the Nebraska Medical Center. Her parents are Pam and Brad Burklund.

• Nicole Carrillo, 16, a sophomore at Omaha Northwest High School. As a member of the Northwest Thrive Club she helped develop a community service project that focused on tutoring and mentoring ESL elementary students at Hartman Elementary. Her parents are Marisol and Joel Carrillo.

• Andrew Eisert, 15, a freshman at Papillion-La Vista South High School, created wood signs for more than 10 miles of hiking trails through 183 acres of forest at Camp Fontanelle. A total of 67 signs were created with the trail’s name, directional arrows and distance to the camp’s main facility. His parents are Dawn and Gerard Eisert.

• Catherine Jones, 16, a junior at Bellevue West High School, is the vice president and stage manager for the thespian troupe at school and is extremely involved in 4-H as a 4-H princess and a junior leader. She is also an advocate of the Morgan Horse Youth program. Her parents are Jack and Tracey Jones.

• Maria Mickles, 16, a sophomore at Burke High School, is involved in the program More Than Music, in which she works with and mentors younger girls at Girls Inc. to improve their violin playing ability while also being a positive role model for them. Her parents are Eleanor and Nathaniel Mickles.

• Mahlan Parker, 18, a senior at Central High School, has volunteered throughout the city for two years: at Joslyn Art Museum, with patient and kitchen staff at Immanuel Hospital, and playing piano at Ridgewood Retirement Community. Her parents are Lia Parker and Askelon Parker.

• Micah Rensch, 16, a junior at Omaha Creighton Prep, is involved with Project Tap Out Bullying, an anti-bullying group from Omaha, organizing a discussion about bullying with a kindergarten class from Kellom Elementary. He has also volunteered with Operation Others, the “Jaywalk” and at multiple retreats. His parents are Mari and Jeff Rensch.

• Andrew Roberts, 16, a sophomore at Omaha North High School, has volunteered for the Autism Society of Nebraska since his younger brother was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. He also volunteers at the Rose Theater and at his church. His parents are Robyn and Sean Roberts.


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