21st Annual HACE Awards

Students Achieving Excellence One Step at a Time

Omaha, Neb., April 7, 2019 — 391 high school seniors from the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) system were honored by the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) at the 21st Annual Hispanic Academic Challengers of Excellence (HACE) Awards on Sunday, April 7 at Bryan High School.

The HACE Awards is a ceremony where Hispanic American high school seniors 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 seniors from Benson, Bryan, Burke, Omaha Central, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, and Omaha South.

The HACE committee also presents the Thomas L. Harvey Academic Excellence Award to the high school that holds the highest number of students with a 4.0 GPA or higher. This year’s recipient of the award was Omaha North High School.

Students and their families filled Bryan High School’s auditorium as music from Mariachi Rey Azteca filled the room before the ceremony began. Guest speaker, Charles Wakefield from Omaha Public Schools, shared pieces of advice, praise, and encouragement to the seniors as they head towards graduation and choose their own paths in life.

HACE offers students individual recognition for being high-achieving students in their respective high schools. The number of students has increased in the past few years, which prompted a change in venue from the Teacher’s Administration (TAC) building to Bryan High to accommodate the large numbers. Students received a certificate and sash 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.