Student Mentoring Program


2006 Middle School Division
Teams & Project Synopses


Bennington Jr. High Team 1
logo

Team Leader
Dee Hoge

Mentors
Chuck Rogge, Leo A. Daly
Kim Bunz, Leo A. Daly
Gunner Riggert, Leo A. Daly

Project: Bennington Community Swimming Pool

Our project is to design an outdoor swimming pool for the Bennington Commuity. At the current time the nearest public swimming pool is approximately 15 miles from Bennington. Our school and community is experiencing a large increase in population and we do not have many publlic facilities for children, youth and adults to enjoy. We believe that the entire commuity could benefit from the addition of a swimming pool.

Students
Jake McCord  8    Trevor Raven  8    
Kyle Nelson  8    Steven Parkison  8    
Dillon Klabunde  8    Mitch Marean  8    
Marina Jones  8    Paul Bencker  8    
Collin Klabunde  8    Zayd Ibrahim  8    
Erik Ellison  8    Kyle Fuscher  7    
David Ferris  7    David Hanson  7    
Jonathon Hanisch  7    Dillon Steffes  7    
Hayden Byrd  7    Trevor Bohn  7    
Meade Laaker  7    Tim Dotzler  7    
Marc Marean  7    Ben Wichelt  7    
Melayna Miller  7    Jordan Rivera  7    
Mike Peters  7    
Leo A. Daly  

Bennington Jr. High Team 2
logo

Team Leader
Dee Hoge

Mentors
Chuck Rogge, Leo A. Daly
Brad Schaap, Leo A. Daly
Kim Bunz, Leo A. Daly

Project: Teen Center

In Bennington, there are not many places for teens to go. Our plan is to design a teen center for students in grades 7-12. We want to include video games, a media center, an entertainment center, and much more. We would like to have it open weekends and afterschool. We want our site to be easily accessible to all of the young people in Bennington.

Students
Mackenzie Reynoso  8    Nicole Connor  8    
Bailey Schlotfeld  8    Allison Siekman  8    
Megan Bohn  8    Matt Hames  7    
Conor Dunn  7    Nick West  7    
Taylor Menke  7    Adam Bos  7    
Elizabeth Kuker  7    Kacey Eggink  7    
Megan Nelson  7    Neasha Stene  7    
Brittany May  7    Hannah Misfeldt  7    
Jake Sowers  7    Aimee Moats  7    
Jessica Curtsinger  7    Jessica Rupp  7    
Alex Heller  7    
Leo A. Daly  

Beveridge Magnet
logo

Team Leader
Mrs.Sheila McCauley

Mentors
Joe Shields, HDR, Inc.
Bruce McCauley, 55th Civil Engineering Squadron
Michael Benck, BCDM Architecture

Project: Fitness Forever

Beveridge lacks adequate practice and training facilities for football, soccer,and track. The current weight room is not large enough accomodate training and instruction for classes and athletic teams. Our project will be to design a football/soccer field with seating for spectators and relocate the weight room.

Students
Matt Benck  8    Jesus Gonzalez  8    
Christina Guthmann  7    Steven Kellogg  7    
Mitchell Lopez  8    Leandra Murray  8    
Samantha Sigman  8    Kaitlyn Williams  8    
Luis Ortiz  8    Kristian Sinnett  7    
Venice Washington  8    
55th Civil Engineering Squadron   BCDM Architecture   HDR, Inc.  

Bryan Middle School
logo

Team Leader
Anne Sykes

Mentors
Major John Overend, STRATCOM

Project: G.L.U.E

G.L.U.E (Gym Lockers Unite Everyone) is a project that focuses on making the boys'and girls' locker rooms at Bryan Middle School to be safe, smart, and functional. These locker rooms were made in the 1960's and are in need of renovation.

Students
Brandon Arias  7    Jared Arndt  8    
Jacob Bojanski  8    Corey Burch  7    
Kelsey Culjat  8    Ashley Crawford  8    
Aaron Hixson  8    Brandy Holesko  8    
Kaitlin Johnson  8    Austin Kaiser  7    
Kelsey Karnik  8    Lorraine Lafferty  7    
Catherine Larsen  8    Cassie Miller  8    
Danielle Nelson  7    Meredithe Peer  7    
Kristian Peters  7    Katie Radebaugh  7    
Chris Reding  7    Natasha Rice  8    
Aurelia Roddy  8    Kari Stephens  8    
Katie Wanek  7    Fang Bin Zheng  7    
STRATCOM  

Elkhorn Ridge Middle School
logo

Team Leader
Mrs. Carol Engelmann
Mrs. Michelle Hultman

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

Project: Middle School Aged Hang Out in Elkhorn

As more and more businesses and opportunities move out towards Elkhorn, there still is not a place for middle school aged students to "hang out" without getting in trouble for loitering. We have the Elkhorn Common Ground Recreation Center, but you have to have a membership to use this facility. We would like to propose the creation of a type of public arcade in Elkhorn that has a variety of entertainment opportunities and a safe place where middle school aged students can meet.

Students
Brycen Bingham  8    Tony Campisi  8    
Brad Christensen  8    Chance Fleming  8    
Daynia Nelson  8    Macoy Rasmussen  8    
J.D. Squire  8    Kyle Toliver  8    
Riley Wallace  8    
HDR, Inc.  

Marrs Middle
logo

Team Leader
Karen Ramaeker

Mentors
Sharon Miller, City of Omaha Public Works
Jorge Rivero, City of Omaha Public Works

Project: Motor-X-Treme

Our project is to build an outdoor dirt bike raceway in the Omaha Metro Area. The dirt bike raceway will consist of a park, a raceway, and all other amenities for the dirt bike racing events. This project will include site location, design, safety design, cost and feasibility of park.

Students
Cody Armour  7    Josh Kruckenberg  7    
Tania Martinez  7    April Smith  7    
Shay Valentine  7    Lee Jensen  8    
Melissa Morales  8    
City of Omaha Public Works  

McMillan Magnet
logo

Team Leader
Jill Best
Travis Jelken

Mentors
Brett Hraban, Lozier Corporation

Project: Manufacturing: CO2 Car Blank

Our school spends about $2,000 a year buying blanks to make CO2 cars. McMillan could save money and possibly make money for our engineering department if we could make car blanks by creating a computerized assembly line.

Students
Walter Bircher  8    Cassandra Brumbaugh  7    
Shiina Hirose  7    Tyler Hogan  8    
Sydney Kalvick  7    Claire Keenan  8    
Jessica Lee  8    Alyssa Randall  8    
Zach Scott  8    Natalie Williams  8    
Abram Wilson  8    
Lozier Corporation  

Morton Middle Team 1
logo

Team Leader
Gwen Wallace
Ryan Troxel

Mentors
Curt Betts, US Army Corps of Engineers
Chris Vokt, Olsson Associates Consulting Group

Project: Panther Den

Our team's plan is to create a student study center. This will include computers, a quiet area, and have a area for students to lounge. This would be opened after school for students to study.

Students
Nate Quadhamer  7    Samantha Finken  7    
Miranda Koger  7    Carah Christensen  7    
Laura Brazier  7    Katherine Durand  7    
Danielle Melnar  7    Nadine Rowen  7    
Tyler Beekley  7    Megan Suing  7    
Taylor Siedlik  7    Joey Rife  7    
Natalia Roads  7    
Olsson Associates Consulting Group   US Army Corps of Engineers  

Morton Middle Team 2
logo

Team Leader
Mrs. Wallace

Mentors
Curt Betts, US Army Corps of Engineers
Amanda Grint, Olsson Associates Consulting Group

Project: Panther Running Track

Our team has decided to design a running track. The track will benefit the students, and the surrounding area's population. Our northwest soccer field, which will be covered in new turf will be in the center of the synthetic rubber track. The stadium-like structure will include bleachers, restrooms, and consessions, making the experience more entertaining for visitors. School spirit will be coordinated into the track, with bold red and black lines and pawprint designs.

Students
Armitage, Laura  8    Belter, Haleigh  8    
Fead, Tyler  8    Hangman, Alyssa  8    
Hildreth, Shelby  8    Jensen, Olivia  8    
Kasperovich, Tania  8    Klopp, Rachel  8    
Koch, Caleb  8    Lechner, Shea  8    
Raney, Andrew  8    Tackitt, Beth  8    
Warner, Brad  8    
Olsson Associates Consulting Group   US Army Corps of Engineers  

Nathan Hale
logo

Team Leader
Sally Davis

Mentors
Kathleen Englert, US Army Corps of Engineers
Lucas Billesbach, Olsson Associates Consulting Group

Project: Satellite Public Library/Study Center

The students of Nathan Hale Middle School recognize the importance of reading to overall school and life successes. With this concept in mind, our team will develop a satellite library on the campus of Nathan Hale. This site will allow students and the community access to the many resources of the Omaha Public Library system. An adjoined study center will provide patrons an environment conducive to learning.

Students
Carlos Linton  8    Nathan Auman  8    
Nakita Williams  8    Anthony Gould  8    
Bobby Washington  8    Derek Michalski  8    
Jessica Forrest  8    Rashad Erwin-Ingram  8    
Jesse Allen  7    Shelby Spurgeon  7    
Kelsey Whiteley  7    
Olsson Associates Consulting Group   US Army Corps of Engineers  

Norris Middle
logo

Team Leader
Mrs. Shae Speth

Mentors
Mr. Dave Packard, US Army Corps of Engineers
Major Charles Galbreath, STRATCOM

Project: The Bird Feeder: Norris Cafeteria


Students
Jocelyn Espinoza  7    Paulino Gomez  7    
Tommy Gunia  7    Mikayla Pate  7    
Melanie Crisman  8    Aly David  8    
Lisa Gerdes  8    Samar Nuwwarah  8    
Lea Pruitt  8    Jesus Velasquez  8    
STRATCOM   US Army Corps of Engineers  

St. Columbkille
logo

Team Leader
Nicholas Emanuel
Andy Smith

Mentors
Todd Wilson, HDR, Inc.
Stacy Blum, HDR, Inc.
Nino Franco, Retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project: Around the World in 9 Holes

For our project, we have decided to construct a mini golf course for the Papillion-LaVista area. This course will include retractable walls so golfers can play all year round. It will also include a concession stand and restrooms which will be located inside a building that is connected to the course. There will be a different famous site for each hole. Also, an area for birthdays and other parties will be available. Our golf course will be appropriate for all ages and will be a great gathering place for the community.

Students
Tyler Rosonke  7    Megan Morrissey  7    
Allison Dethlefs  7    Patrick Thibodeaux  8    
Jacqueline Baude  7    John Kolbo  7    
Clara Kolbo  7    Adam Crnkovich  7    
Ryan Vonderharr  8    Emily Kluver  7    
Tony Blessie  7    
HDR, Inc.   Retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  

St. Pius X & St. Leo
logo

Team Leader
Terry M. Weare

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

Project: Omaha Light Rail Commuter System

The proposed project is a light rail system for Omaha. As the Omaha metro area continues to grow, commute time by way of buses increases, making this alternative less attractive. Furthermore, the rising price of gas and diesel fuel will continue to increa se the cost of commuting by either buses or individual automobile. Now is the time to plan an alternative public transportation system for the City of Omaha. This project consists of a probem description, financing plan, solution description, implementation plan, and supporting information including research. The St. Pius X / St. Leo S.A.M.E. group hopes to accomplish the goal of designing and financing a new form of public transportation in Omaha, a light rail system.

Students
Danielle Davis  7    Chad Juszyk  7    
Anthony MacBride  7    Bob McCarthy  7    
Matt Sheehan  7    Brianna Baca  8    
Abby Deats  8    Maggie O\'Connor  8    
US Army Corps of Engineers  

Westside Middle Team 1
logo

Team Leader
Anna Sumner

Mentors
Dan Gilles, DLR Group
Joe Haines, DLR Group

Project: Locker Life: Transformed

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Westside Middle School was part of a renovation plan. Not included in the renovation, were the girls and boys locker rooms. These are the original locker rooms of Westside Middle School and do not meet current ADA regulations. Several other problems noted about the gyms, were showers and bathrooms that may be unsafe, dusty air vents, possible mold and fungi in the showers, some non usable bathroom facilities and fire exit paths are uncertain. Aged heating systems, cracks in the ceiling and walls suggest updating is needed. Efficiency, function, cost, safety, the multi usage of the gyms, locker rooms, bathrooms and showers are all things we will consider. Our team proposes to research ADA regulations and to meet the needs of all students.

Students
Drew Conley  7    Lauren Keller  8    
Nick Kissel  8    Adam MacKenzie  7    
Ian Murphree  8    Lev Nachman  8    
Nate Naylor  8    Molly Ohm  8    
DLR Group  

Westside Middle Team 2
logo

Team Leader
Anna Sumner

Mentors
Dan Gilles, DLR Group

Project: Perfect Park

On the famous search engine site Google.com, one can expect to find anything. If you type “Omaha Wheelchair Parks,” a website for a junior wheelchair camp and a playground equipment store appear, no information specifically on wheelchair parks. Our project is to design a park where handicap people cannot only move about the park with ease, but where they can use and enjoy all the equipment that a regular park holds. Part of our project will include finding a park or place that will accommodate our facility design. Our project solution will provide not only Omaha residents, but also surrounding areas an opportunity to enjoy a park that welcomes all.

Students
Andrew Brawner  8    Tessa Conaway  8    
Creighton Gerber  7    Nick Goeser  8    
Audrey Joslin  8    Caroline Juster  8    
Ben MacKenzie  7    Kaylan Maloley  7    
Bret Perry  7    Bill Rafael  8    
Trevor Rogers  7    Emily Sumner  8    
Anne Sundell  7    Chris Vallejo  8    
Alec Williams  8    Max Willis  7    
Alex Zhu  8    
DLR Group  

Woodrow Wilson Jr. High
logo

Team Leader
Carrie Booms-Ryan

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

Project: Teen Center

In Bennington, there are not many places for teens to go. Our plan is to design a teen center for students in grades 7-12. We want to include video games, a media center, an entertainment center, and much more. We would like to have it open weekends and afterschool. We want our site to be easily accessible to all of the young people in Bennington.

Students
Courtney Coberly  8    Courtney Ruff  8    
Allison Sillik  8    Kara Neuman  8    
Natasha Wright  8    Brett Derrig  8    
Cody Stites  8    Stephen Havenridge  8    
Clay Gault  8    Sebastian Baxter  8    
Andrew Klement  8    
US Army Corps of Engineers  



Back to Student Initiative Mentoring Program.