Student Mentoring Program


2005 Middle School Division
Teams & Project Synopses


Atlantic Middle School
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Team Leader
Janelle Schuler

Mentors
Shawn Shouse, Iowa State University Extension

Project: While the Coach Was Out

Our plan is to renovate the Atlantic Middle School gymnasium area which includes the entrance, restrooms, locker rooms, weight room, concessions area, and gymnasium. Atlantic Middle School was constructed in 1936 and the gymnasium is in need of renovation.

Students
Doug Auerbach  8    Mollie Birchard  8    
Austin Coder  8    Ally Garrett  8    
Jacob Hartwig  8    Jacey Hoegh  8    
Ayli Kennon  8    Maggie Martens  8    
Kyle Nelson  8    Katie Pappas  8    
Alisha Ponsar  8    Brandon Schuler  8    
Melina Shouse  8    Kasey Swinnerton  8    
Curtis Ullerich  8    Erin Westering  8    
Iowa State University Extension  

Bennington Junior High School Team #1
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Team Leader
Dee Hoge

Mentors
Mike Barna, US Army Corps of Engineers
Don Moses, US Army Corps of Engineers
Mike McLennan, BCDM Architecture

Project: Papillion Creek Watershed - Dam Site 3C Needed or Not?

The largest reservoir proposed to handle flood control in the Papillion Creek Watershed is Dam Site 3C. This proposed dam covers 1900 acres which includes homes and land included in Bennington's School District. Our project is to study the Papillion Creek Watershed and determine if the proposed dam and its location is the best choice to meet the area's flood control needs.

Students
Kathy Andersen  8    Amanda Carlsen  8    
Amanda Dotzler  8    Ashley Dotzler  8    
Nick Galvan  8    Lauren Iglesias  8    
Abby Klahn  8    Amanda Matz  8    
Kelli Schroer  8    Samantha Stonys  8    
Kelsey Arp  7    Samantha Japp  7    
Nicole Lantz  7    Mackenzie Reynoso  7    
Allison Siekman  7    
BCDM Architecture   US Army Corps of Engineers  

Bennington Junior High School Team #2
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Team Leader
Dee Hoge

Mentors
Mike Barna, US Army Corps of Engineers
Don Moses, US Army Corps of Engineers
Mike McLennan, BCDM Architecture

Project: Bennington's Paintball Course

Our project is to design a paintball course. There are no paintball facilities near Bennington and this is a popular activity among both adults and students in our area. The project will include planning location, design, cost and feasibility of such a facility.

Students
Kendra Blessie  8    Jeff Curtsinger  8    
Jordan Foster  8    Dexter Higgins  8    
Denver Klaus  8    Eric Preissler  8    
Ben Sowers  8    Matthew Wickham  8    
Bailey Backhuus  7    Paul Bencker  7    
Kaitlyn Binkley  7    Megan Bohn  7    
Matt Braden  7    Nicole Connor  7    
Dillon Eurek  7    Adam Glover  7    
Collin Klabunde  7    Dillon Klabunde  7    
Mitch Marean  7    Joe Martinez  7    
Jake McCord  7    Steven Parkison  7    
Tyler Pilant  7    Coty Schincke  7    
Bailey Schlotfeld  7    
BCDM Architecture   US Army Corps of Engineers  

Bryan Middle School
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Team Leader
Anne Sykes

Mentors
Donna Kohlan, Farris Engineering
John Overend, STRATCOM

Project: S.T.A.R. Center (Safe Teen Abused Runaway)

The S.T.A.R. Center will be a shelter that provides a safe and secure enviorment for runaway and abused teens. The site we have chosen is located in downtown Bellevue in an existing building that is currently for sale. The shelter is an opportunity to help abused, neglected and runaway teens. It will provide a safe and warm temporary living area. The shelter will also teach teens to properly take care of themsleves and teach them life skills. The S.T.A.R. Center will also provide counseling and recreational activities. This is a one of a kind shelter that teens will be able to use as a safe and welcome resource. There is no other shelter like this in the Omaha-metro area. We think that this will benefit many teens and give them a place to turn to.

Students
Kelsey Culjat  7    Lillian Gottner  8    
Aaron Hixson  7    Antonio Pollitt  8    
Andrew Redd  7    Ryan Wolf  8    
Jose Tavizon  8    Evette Trujillo  8    
Jared Arndt  7    Anthony Flakus  7    
Kara Noesen  7    Santos Rodriguez  8    
Silvia Olmos  8    Alisa Diaz  8    
Isabel Chairez  8    Royce Akromis  8    
Kelsey Karnik  8    
Farris Engineering   STRATCOM  

Elkhorn Ridge Middle School
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Team Leader
Michelle Hultman

Mentors
Pat Engelbert, HDR, Inc.
John Engel, HDR, Inc.

Project: Spray Ground at Greenbrier Park

Due to the fact that the citizens of Elkhorn and Omaha(Western) are laking public entertainment, we feel that we would like to propose the idea of a water/sprinkler park. This would provide fun for all ages. Elkhorn is building a trail system to connect all of their parks,so people all over Elkhorn can access it.

Students
Max McClenahan  8    Alan Ramsay  8    
Peter Sojka  8    
HDR, Inc.  

Norris Middle School Team 1
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Team Leader
Claudia Deeb

Mentors
Bill Churchill, Churchill Engineering
Ron Springer, Eagle Eye Home Inspections

Project: Improvements to the Norris Athletic Facilities

Our team will make improvements to our pool, locker room, soccer field and baseball field. We will add seating in the pool, upgrade the lockers and showers, and upgrade the soccer and baseball fields, and add bleachers.

Students
Elizabeth Alfaro  8    Aly David  7    
Ariana Peppers  8    Austin Hill  7    
Paola Zepeda  8    Jake Ferro  7    
Thuy Mac  7    Lisa Gerdes  7    
Tommy Shanahan  7    Brooke Talbott  7    
Churchill Engineering   Eagle Eye Home Inspections  

Norris Middle School Team 2
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Team Leader
Claudia Deeb

Mentors
David Packard, US Army Corps of Engineers
Kathleen Englert, US Army Corps of Engineers

Project: The Perfect Student Desk

Our team will research and design a better student desk for middle school students

Students
Leigh Ann Anderson  8    Pam Chipp  8    
Liza Efigenio  8    Justin Gipe  8    
Jake Latner  8    Reanna Limley  8    
Amber Ostergaard  8    Stephanie Palmer  8    
Araceli Reyna  8    
US Army Corps of Engineers  

St. Columbkille School Team 1
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Team Leader
Mary Lou Alfieri

Mentors
Kerry Black, Drake-Williams Steel
Nino Franco, Retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project: St.Columbkille Sport Complex

Our project is to build a sport complex for St.Columbkille parish in Papillion. On it,there will be a baseball field, some soccer fields, a meeting house for different parish groups, and a concession stand/bathrooms. Other possibilities of what might be on it are a track, a football field, and a playground, there also would be a footbridge to get from the current softball fields to this new complex and there would be a parking lot. With this complex, St.Columbkille would have its own fields touse and would not have to borrow ones from the city of Papillion. Also, with the availability of the resources, St.Columbkille would be able to have their own football team, and soccer teams for older children in the parish. many people in the parish would benefit from this sport complex.

Students
Lizzie Kolbo  8    Kyle Rodenhausen  8    
Patrick Thibodeaux  7    Ryan Vonderharr  7    
Billy Blessie  8    Shane Cavlovic  8    
Margaret Black  7    
Drake-Williams Steel   Retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  

St. Columbkille School Team 2
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Team Leader
Mary Lou Alfieri

Mentors
Todd Wilson, HDR, Inc.
Joseph Shields, HDR, Inc.

Project: Papillion Skate Park

Skateboarding is a popular growing sport. However, there are few places in the Omaha metropolitan area for skaters to practice their sport. Skaters in the Papillion area have to travel to skate parks and facilities in Omaha, which is a 20-30 minute drive, or practice their moves on the streets, which can be dangerous to others or illegal. Skaters have few options. We have decided to solve this problem by designing an outdoor skate park for the cit pf Papillion. We plan to achieve this by: 1. Researching other skate parks. 2. Designing and getting cost estimates of a skate park. 3. Working with the city to get the skate park built.

Students
Jessica Dierks  8    Lauren Morrissey  8    
Nolan Narke  8    Kay Norman  8    
Nina Ricceri  8    Michael Sortino  8    
Robert Cronican  7    Hong-Yen Hoang  7    
Elise Jarrett  7    Glen Jarrett  7    
Phillip O\'Connell  7    
HDR, Inc.  

St. Pius X/St. Leo School Team 1
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Team Leader
Mr. Terry Weare

Mentors
Mr. John Remus, US Army Corps of Engineers
Mr. Curtis Miller, US Army Corps of Engineers

Project: Remodeling

Our school is currently doing a three step remodeling process. Our school has the first two steps done, but only has a rough draft for the thrid step. Our plan is to use the basic remodeling plans and expand on them by using suggestions given to us by school administration and teachers.

Students
Zachary Baca  8    Michael Sambol  8    
Joseph Maher  8    Matthew Wesemann  8    
Michael Newman  8    Conor MacBride  8    
Jacob Reiner  8    Brianna Baca  7    
Claire Townley  7    
US Army Corps of Engineers  

St. Pius X/St. Leo School Team 2
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Team Leader
Mr. Terry Weare

Mentors
Ms. Ticha Perez, HDR, Inc.
Ms. Tara Kramer, HDR, Inc.

Project: Open Hands, Open Hearts


Students
Abby Deats  7    Katie Fell  8    
Blair Harms  7    Matthew Harms  8    
Devin McDermott  8    Annie Reilly  7    
Shelby Seier  7    Daniel Stokes  7    
Michelle Thomsen  8    Whitney Welch  8    
Luke Witchger  7    
HDR, Inc.  

Westside Middle School
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Team Leader
Anna Sumner

Mentors
Chris Cain, 3DS2, Inc.

Project: Sheltering the Big O!

The number of residents without a home in Omaha has increased partially due to the development of the riverfront district. Area homeless shelters do not have the capacity to meet their needs. Therefore we propose to: 1. Research current facilities and the overall needs for those involved in the situation. 2. Seek funding sources. 3. Research possible solutions such as renovating a current facility or constructing a new shelter. 4. Prepare a cost estimate.

Students
Christina Larsen  8    Emi Young  8    
Brian Frey  7    Nick Kissel  7    
Lev Nachman  7    Joe Slosbuurg  7    
Emily Sumner  7    
3DS2, Inc.  

Woodrow Wilson Junior High
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Team Leader
Sue Griswold

Mentors
Richard Lewis, RA, US Army Corps of Engineers
Eric Wesolowski,, US Army Corps of Engineers

Project: Council Bluffs Teen Center

Our 8th grade engineering team realizes that Council Bluffs is in need of a teen center for grades 7th-12th. The former Gordmans facility (96,900 square feet) is not in use. The building appears to be a good match for all the activities we have planned. Our goal is to provide a location for teens to do the following in a safe environment: play arcade games, drink beverages and enjoy delicious snacks, study in a quiet room or work on internet accessible computers, play indoor football, basketball, or soccer, and enjoy special time with friends our own age.

Students
Michelle Davids  7    Sarah Hogueison  8    
Alisha Lawless  8    Amanda McClure  8    
Taylor Reikofski  8    Jordan Joyner  8    
Nina Simon  8    Shawn Struck  8    
Bruce Turpen  8    Brian VanOrsdol  8    
Alex Wright  8    Anna Wright  8    
US Army Corps of Engineers  



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