PJ Miguelino shot for the moon and received the stars when he became the first ever in Elkhorn Valley school history to graduate as a Junior.
Miguelino graduated May 13th with the 2017 class honored with a plaque for graduating a year early and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Miguelino plans to attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln for two years and then transfer to Purdue University to double major in aerospace and mechanical engineering. He received a regents scholarship to UNL that covers full tuition for up to 135 credit hours.
“It’s been a long road, but you know I’ve been working hard and it’s finally paying off,” he said.
Miguelino, the son of Mary and Patrick, said his journey to graduate early wasn’t always an easy road. With not a lot of free time and many extra classes, he didn’t have time for extracurricular activities, although he still finished fifth in state speech in March.
Now graduating early leaves the 17-year-old missing out on his senior year of high school.
“That’s the big year, but I think I’m investing more in my future.” Miguelino said. “While I do have to miss my senior prom and senior homecoming and all of the senior days, I guess I’m paying that off with having a more successful future.”
Miguelino said he hopes to work with NASA and be one of the first on the mission to Mars in 2030. He said graduating early will allow him to move on to a master’s degree a year earlier than others and “gain an edge.”
One thing Miguelino is looking forward to the most is independence.
“I’m finally going to have that responsibility to take care of myself and to take care of other things. A full fledged adult,” Miguelino said.
Elkhorn Valley graduated 22 seniors on Saturday afternoon.
With the motto, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we catch excellence," the Elkhorn Valley seniors proudly walked the stage for the last time.
Tucker Hecht earned valedictorian honors while Tyler Miller was salutatorian. Also graduating with 4.0s were Shelby Cakebread, Gracie Halsey and Patrick J. Miguelino.
The Class of 2017 were Hailey Berglund, Shelby Cakebread, Jacob Dusel, Haley Eckert, Travis Fleetwood, Gracie Halsey, Tucker Hecht, Alexia King, Harmony Klinetobe, Alejandro Martinez, Patrick Miguelino, Austin Miller, Tyler Miller, Elizabeth Osborn, Ezequiel Pena, Alyssa Rood, Jaydn Schaecher, Avenley Short, Koby Smith, Billie Werner, Dylan Wilkins and Courtney Williams.
Central Community College-Hastings honored 471 graduate candidates May 6 during its 50th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, including a student who graduate from Elkhorn Valley.
Recipients of degrees and diplomas included Nicolas J. Maughan, of Meadow Grove, with a degree in diesel technology.
Trevin Hanson and Ashleigh Nelson, attended a statewide reception recognizing they are a part of the Next Chapter at Nebraska program.
This ceremony was held at UNL and Chancellor Ronnie Green spoke to the students and presented them with certificates stating they are pre-admitted to UNL.
Last year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln started an exciting program called Next Chapter at Nebraska. As a 4-H member in 8th grade, these individuals have been pre-admitted to UNL if they meet the requirements of staying in 4-H throughout high school and meet high school graduation requirements! Each year a new group of 8th graders will be joining this program. Next Chapter is a college-readiness program that helps students prepare for and succeed in college by providing the skills needed to reach academic goals.
The Next Chapter at Nebraska program:
Congratulations to the following for being pre-admitted to UNL this year, Elgin: Allyson Selting, Alyssa Burenheide, and Matthew Starman. Clearwater: Collin Mullins, Morgan Erhardt, and Rafe Grebin. Tilden: Adam Miller, Ashleigh Nelson, Jacob Cleveland, and Trevin Hanson. Neligh: Claire Whitesel, Mackenzie Sands, Kirsten Krebs and Brunswick: Jackson Keetle.
Graduation season is in full swing and one Tilden native is realizing her dream of a masters degree.
Sheila Ruth O'Brien is one of 179 graduates being honored by Nebraska Methodist College at the year's spring commencement. She is being honored for completing her work towards a Master of Science in Nursing.
The celebrations took place Thursday, May 4 with the Graduate's Reception at the Methodist Ballroom, hosted by the NMC Alumni Association. Graduates, guests and the entire NMC community gathered to congratulate the newest NMC alumni and recognize the outstanding students.
On Friday, May 5, two commencement ceremonies are to be held at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church: one to recognize the nursing students and another to honor the allied health graduates.
"These graduates represent the values and traditions that we hold dear at our institution," said Dr. Dennis Joslin, president and CEO of NMC. "We can't wait to see what incredible things these caring and compassionate men and women will accomplish in their healthcare careers."
An Elkhorn Valley trio proved their place among the top young web designers in the area
Elkhorn Valley's Web Design class recently competed in Wayne State College "Web Wizardry." The team consisted of Mathisen Boldt, Katy Fleetwood and Jaydn Schaecher. In the competition, they finished with an impressive fourth-place finish overall.
Elkhorn Valley's Kimberly Frey punched her ticket to FBLA Nationals on Saturday thanks her third-place finish at state.
Frey, a sophomore, finished third in Microsoft office specialist-Excel. FBLA Nationals will be in Anaheim, Calif. Frey also placed sixth in introduction to business communication.
Several other Falcons also walked the elusive stage at state. PJ Miguelino, a junior, finished fifth in impromptu speaking and Mathisen Boldt, also a junior, was fifth in database design and applications.
The boys of Cub Scout Pack 148, based at Elkhorn Valley Schools, recently held their Pinewood Derby.
On Wednesday, March 15, the boys gathered to race their creations.
Members of Pack 148 are Kalvin Thies, Brandon Malanco, Bryan Malanco, Kenneth Petersen, Kale Hasebroock, Logan Black, Landon Rutjens, Spencer Lammers, Colton Wright, Keaton Campbell, Kaden, Ashton Novotny, Evan Decker, Alexander Carnes, Blake Rutjens, Adam Dexter and Asher Eischeid.
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