Top students from around Nebraska came together for KLKN-TV's "Best of the Class" at the Lincoln Campus of Southeast Community College on May 5. Ninety-three students decked out in colorful graduation caps and gowns spent the morning with a television station's crew. Students were honored for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.
"It's exciting to see the end of a long process of hard work recognized," said Caleb Ziems, a senior at Lincoln Lutheran High School. He will be heading to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the fall to study computer science.
The videotaped segments feature the top students from each high school in KLKN-TV's coverage area. They will begin airing in mid-May and run through June on the ABC affiliate.
"Being a TV star is pretty cool," said Chris Nelson of Dorchester. Nelson is heading to Doane College in Crete. He received a Presidential Scholarship.
Samantha Leyden of Norris High School is proud of her accomplishments and the recognition that comes with it from being "Best of the Class."
"It's exciting to be here and to be recognized as number one in my class," Leyden said. She will be attending Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln this fall, where she will study biology and business.
KLKN-TV anchors Rod Fowler and Megan Conway congratulated the students for their accomplishments, along with General Manager Roger Moody. SCC Vice President for Student Services, Bev Harvey, was the featured speaker. She reminded them to "embrace the traits that make you special."
Students and parents were treated to lunch from Raising Cane's and drinks from Pepsi-Cola. The annual event is sponsored by SCC and Raising Cane's.