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Westside High School nominated four teens for the NSAA Believers and Achievers Award.

Westside Seniors Nominated for NSAA Believers and Achievers Award

November 11, 2022

Curt Cubrich, Nate Germonprez, Kensington TeKrony, and Destiny Ndam-Simpson were all nominated for the 2022 NSAA Believers and Achievers Award. The award recognizes seniors from every high school in Nebraska who have at least a 3.5 GPA and have demonstrated excellence in a particular sport. 

“These students are our future. So, it’s been nice [to show] people… that the world is going to be okay, because we have such outstanding kids in our buildings.”

— Vicki Londer, Counselor

Each school in Nebraska nominates three to four students for the award; the winners are then selected by the Nebraska School Activities Association. While none of the seniors nominated from Westside won, it is considered an honor to be nominated. 

The nominated students were recommended for this award by activities director Thomas Kerkman and counselor Vicki Londer. 

“The four that we nominated this year have just always been students that stand out,” Londer said. “They stand out in their personal character, and how they represent Westside High School.”

Londer also discussed why awards like these are so important. 

“These students are our future,” said Londer. “So, it’s been nice for us to be able to highlight these students to let people in the metro area know what wonderful students we have in our high schools, and that the world is going to be okay because we have such outstanding kids in our buildings.”

Cubrich, a varsity football player and nominee for the award, gave his advice to younger athletes.  

“I was very honored [to be nominated],” Cubrich said. “You [have] to be a well rounded student and a well rounded athlete. Don’t just focus on your sport and make sure you know what you want.”

Londer said that student athletes must focus on a broader spectrum of activities than just their sport. 

“Get involved in your greater community… be a leader,” Londer said. “Be that person in the cafeteria that sees someone sitting alone and you know, steps up and makes them feel comfortable. Just be that person that others want to look up to.”

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