17th Annual HOPE Awards

Students Achieving Excellence One Step at a Time

Omaha, Neb., March 31, 2019 — 517 seventh graders and 474 eighth graders from the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) system were honored by the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) at the 17th Annual Honoring Outstanding Performers in Education (HOPE) Awards on Sunday, March 31 at Omaha South High School.

The HOPE Awards is a ceremony where seventh and eighth grade Hispanic American students are chosen by the Community Academic Achievement Awards Committee based on their ability to obtain and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher. Students in attendance include those participating in the LCM’s Pathways to Success program and students from Beveridge Magnet, Bryan Middle, Buffett Magnet, Davis Middle, Hale Magnet, King Science & Technology Magnet, Lewis & Clark, Marrs Magnet, McMillan Magnet, Monroe, Morton Magnet, and Norris.

Students and their families filled Omaha South High School’s gymnasium as music from Mariachi Rey Azteca filled the room before the ceremony began. Guest dancers from Raices de Mexico performed traditional folk dances to start the ceremony. Albert Varas, Executive Director at the LCM, welcomed individuals to the celebration. Guest speaker, Dr. Cheryl Logan, Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, shared pieces of advice, praise, and encouragement with students as they continue their education and continue to grow.

HOPE offers students individual recognition for being high-achieving students in their respective middle schools. The number of students being honored for each grade has increased in the past few years, which prompted a change from separate ceremonies based on seventh and eighth grade status to separate ceremonies based on the school students attend. The first ceremony was held at 1 P.M. and the second ceremony was held at 3 P.M. Students received a certificate for their accomplishments.

About Latino Center of the Midlands:

Located in the heart of South Omaha, the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) is one of the oldest and most respected Latino-serving, community-based organizations in Nebraska.  In 2015, the LCM celebrated its 45th anniversary.  Initially called the Chicano Awareness Center, the vision of the Latino Center of the Midlands is to empower youth and families through education and awareness to build a stronger and more engaged community. Program areas include Adult Basic Education, Family & Community Well-Being, and Pathways to Success. The Latino Center of the Midlands relies on the generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsors, private foundations and government grants to provide these programs and services in the community.  To learn more, visit them online at www.latinocenter.org and follow them on social media via FacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.