NLAC Essay Contest

The NLAC (Nebraska Latino American Commission) is now accepting submissions for the NLAC Essay Contest. The theme is “How Latino Culture Strengthens My Community.”  Students are requested to share their personal stories, opinions and experiences on how Latino culture has made their community a better place. Latino culture includes history, arts, traditions, ethics, and values. Your community includes your home, neighborhood, school, circle of friends and your city. In your essay, you can write about an individual, a group of people, an event or an aspect of Latino culture that has changed your perspective and outlook. Do you have dreams or hopes for the future that were inspired or strengthened by Latino culture? Has an aspect of Latino culture shaped the way you see your education? Has your community changed for the better due to Latino culture? If so, tell us how and why this has strengthened you and your community. We’d like to hear your story.

 For printer-friendly guidelines and entry forms in both English and Spanish, visit our website:
ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to Nebraska students of all ethnicities and backgrounds currently enrolled in a Nebraska public, private or magnet middle school or high school (grades 6 – 12). Entries are welcome in both English and Spanish. The essays must be submitted along with an entry form or include your name, contact information, grade and school’s name on the essay.
RULES: Essay content must be original, typed or legibly handwritten, and double spaced. The word length is 250 – 400 words for middle school students and 500 – 700 words for high school students. The Hispanic Heritage Month State Planning Committee reserves the right to disqualify submitted essays that contain offensive language, political messages, and derogatory statements. A blind jury will judge the essays based on writing style, grammar, content and cohesion to the theme.
AWARDS: Six awards in the form of certificates and cash prizes will be given to the winners in each category. Winning students will be recognized at the Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration scheduled for October 4, 2013 at the Nebraska Capitol Building in Lincoln. First place winners will be asked to read their essay to the public at the Commemoration. The Nebraska Latino American Commission will publish all of the winning essays on its website, newsletter, Facebook and submit the winner’s information and essays to online and print media. This year, McDonalds will also be printing the first place winning essays on McDonalds’ tray-liners across the state. The Commission reserves the right to edit essays for the purpose of fitting onto the liners.
SUBMISSION: All essays due by Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 5 P.M. Essays and entry forms may be submitted by email, preferably as a PDF, to, via fax at 402-471-4381 or mailed to:
Nebraska Latino American Commission
Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest
P.O. Box 94965
Lincoln, NE 68509-4965

Nebraska Career Connections Scholarship Search has a scholarship/grant searchable database!  There are over 5500 listings. This is under the tab of Education Planning – Scholarship and Grant Search. It is a Peterson’s Database. Students can indicate the search parameters and get a customized list to fit what they are looking for. Students can then select and save scholarship form to their portfolio to fill them out/locate easily after they search.

GoPo Community Service Hours Opportunity



Capital Humane Society needs 100 volunteers to help before the Sep. 14 Husker football game. Four GoPo Community Service Hours hours are given. We need volunteers from 7:30-11:30 a.m. to ask football fans in the downtown area for donations.


  •  It’s two volunteers stationed at each bucket. So sign up a friend!
  • Free t-shirts!!! (S, M, L, XL and XXL)
  • The money collected will go to the adoption program at the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center.

To sign up, call 441-4481 or email: chsfundraiser@capitalhumanesociety.orgName, address, phone number, email, t-shirt size (S, M, L, XL), age, required volunteer or just for fun.

Center for People in Need’s Senior Portrait Event

Center for People in Need will be offering FREE senior pictures to low-income students. The Senior Portrait event will take place on Saturday, August 24th from 10AM-2PM at our building at 3901 N. 27th St. No appointment is necessary for the event.

Four professional photographers will be lined up to take senior pictures and a 5th photographer who will take mug shots for the yearbook. Each senior will have approximately 10-15 minutes with a photographer. After the sessions, they will print off one of the poses for the senior in a photo package and distribute a CD of photos to the teens. They will also have the mug shot sent to LPS for the yearbook.
This event is open to all low-income seniors in high school. However, parents will need to be present with their Center for People in Need cards. If they do not have a card, they can fill out an application and receive one on the day of the event. To qualify for a card, we need clients to have a photo ID, piece of mail showing current address, and proof of everyone in the household. This can be done with social security cards, medicaid cards, birth certificates, OR pieces of mail.

Recruiting Tips from College Golf Coaches

Click here to read Recruiting Tips from College Golf Coaches. provides suggestions from college golf coaches for students who are interested in the collegiate recruiting process, which they compare to applying and interviewing for a job.

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Teens to Watch

Freshmen: Do you want to be one of the “Teens to Watch” by the time you’re a senior? “Teens to Watch” are high school students like Eugene Boakye-Firempong, a senior at Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, NY.

Originally from Ghana, Eugene Boakye-Firempong is thrilled about the opportunities he has had in Westchester to develop his entrepreneurial and musical skills. He was a semi-finalist in the Westchester County “bizplan” competition for Fly Kickz, his custom-art sneaker business plan. “I made it to the top five,” he says. And playing the marimba, he made it to the national Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). “Music is a very big part in my life,” he says. “Growing up, I would listen to songs on the radio with my family. But it wasn’t until I came to the U.S. that I was introduced to jazz.” “He came here not knowing how to read music,” says Iantheia Calhoun, Woodlands High School’s band director. “He learned it faster than most of my other students, and now he’s our percussion and drum leader. I hate to lose him.” Though he wants to be a mechanical engineer (and his own boss one day), Boakye-Firempong would like to keep music as a central part of his life. Click here to read about other Teens to Watch.