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Looking for a hero, or two (or more) in Wayne County

Resource/Special Ed teacher Stacy Johnson (from left) and students Osmar Earnest and Tristan Vick are looking to recognize heroes in Wayne County with a new project and are taking nominations through April 7. (Photo by Michael Carnes)

We all have people in our lives who have helped make a difference in our lives and the lives of others, and a class at Wayne High School is looking to recognize those people here in Wayne County.

Stacy Johnson’ Transition English class at the school has put the word out that they are looking for nominations for Wayne County Heroes who will be recognized in early May at the Spring Sprints pep rally, and they’ve extended the nomination deadline from Saturday, April to Friday, April 7.

“It’s kind of a spin-off of CNN’s Heroes program that they put out in the fall,” Johnson said. “When I was teaching at Banner County High School, we would watch CNN Student News every day and the kids saw that and were talking about how we’ve got heroes too at home. They might not be on a grand scale, but there are still people who did really important things for them and pushed them to be better in their lives, so that’s where the idea came from.”

Johnson’s two students, Osmar Earnest and Tristan Vick, have both been putting the word out to the community. They recorded a radio ad and created flyers that were distributed throughout the community that asked for nominations.

“We’d like people to nominate someone who helps people out so we can show appreciation for the work they do and help those people get recognized,” Earnest said.

“It’s been a pretty cool thing for us to do,” Vick added. “I’ve seen a couple of the nominations, and they’re pretty interesting.”

One student who has submitted a nomination is senior Gabi Lutt. She didn’t want to spill the beans on who her nominee is, other than to say the person is worthy of such an honor.

“I thought it was a great idea to recognize this person, who I think goes unnoticed,” she said. “The person’s involvement in our community and our school is a great all-around person and is someone who is deserving of this recognition.”

Johnson said that anyone living in Wayne County can be nominated, and the nominations can come from anywhere. The individual’s full name and phone number should be included, along with an explanation of why they are “your hero.” The nominee’s name should also be included with the nomination.

Nominations can be sent to Johnson at stjohns1@waynebluedevils.org or by calling the school at 402-375-3150. Nominations may also be brought to the high school office during regular business hours.

“It doesn’t just involve people at the school. Anyone in the county can be nominated,” she said. “We’d like to see more nominations, because I know there are people doing awesome things here in the county and we’d like to lift these people up and recognize them and let them know their efforts make a difference.”

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