Letter from the Publisher

Willie Barney

Willie Barney, Co-Publisher

It’s back!

Welcome to our annual Revive! Omaha Magazine Salute to Excellence edition where we recognize African-American high school students in Omaha Public Schools who have earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. We’re excited to present these 2015-2016 scholars.

One of the primary reasons we launched this magazine eight years ago was to highlight students doing great things in the classroom and beyond. In every edition, we profile successful students and organizations focused on youth development. Unfortunately, most of today’s consistent and frequent media coverage goes to the few students involved in negative activities. We choose to bring attention to the youth and young adults who are doing positive things and pushing themselves academically. We have received an overwhelming response from parents, students and others in support of the edition. Many students have told us that being featured in Revive! serves as a great incentive for them and their younger brothers and sisters. We love hearing from relatives as they point out their family members in the magazine.

This year our Salute to Excellence student profile is the largest to date. The actual number of African-American high school students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher was well over 600. Within the following pages, you will see the photos and grade point averages for over 200 students who gave permission for their information to be shared. Congratulations to all of the students, their families, guardians, teachers and everyone connected with their success. We celebrate you and encourage you to keep pushing to even greater levels of achievement in school and life.

Another goal of this edition is to make sure students and parents are aware of and connected to all of the amazing opportunities available to high school students. Please take a few minutes to learn about the honors, advanced placement, dual enrollment and career education classes offered by Omaha Public Schools. We have also included profiles from our other sponsors – Metropolitan Community College, Urban League of Nebraska, Empowerment Network and Bellevue University. A comprehensive list of community-based programs and services available to youth and young adults will be included in the upcoming 2nd edition of the North Omaha Community Guide.

We want to thank all of our sponsors, contributing writers, feature columnists, photographers, and partners. Your support allows us to provide Revive! Omaha Magazine to our community. We also want to thank our readers who have stayed with us throughout the years and provided such positive feedback on the magazine. We made a commitment over eight years ago to create and publish a first-class, high quality magazine. Get ready to grow with us as we expand to even greater horizons.

We are honored to serve this community and look forward with great expectations.

Willie D. Barney
Revive! Omaha Magazine