With caps and gowns in hand, some of the top high school students in the area posed for pictures with their peers and shared a luncheon specifically held in their honor. The area's top students representing their high schools were honored at the 16th Annual Best of the Class held at The Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, on Friday, May 10.

In the morning, students interacted with other students as Channel 8 KLKN-TV camera crews recorded them to be incorporated into Best of the Class commercial announcements, which will air on Channel 8 KLKN-TV.  Students posed for a group picture before being treated to a short program and a luncheon catered by Jimmy John's.  The luncheon program was hosted by Channel 8 Eyewitness News anchors Rod Fowler and Nicole Cousins.  The featured speaker was Cliff Carlson from HUDL.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts, ALLO, NECA/IBEW, Pepsi, Party America and Graham Tire sponsored the event along with Channel 8 KL




Abigail  Anderson  Parkview Christian School 
Logan  Anderson  Freeman High School 
Ryan  Arnold  Diller-Odell High School 
Krystin  Aschoff  Hastings St. Cecilia 
Curtis  Bailey  Nebraska Christian High School 
Emily  Binder  Crete High School 
Dorian  Bobbett  Lincoln Northeast High School 
Michaela  Boon  Norris High School 
Kelsey  Brady  Malcolm High School
David  Campbell  College View Academy 
Wynn  Cannon  Osceola High School 
Matthew  Case  Parkview Christian School 
Alex  Castilla  Grand Island Senior High School
Heidi  Cooper  Grand Island Northwest 
Alix  Cui  Lincoln East High School 
Tatum  Custer  Lincoln Northeast High School 
Alexandra  Danson  Waverly High School 
Shelby  Decker  Southern High School 
Bethany  Dowling  Hampton High School 
Claire  Eltze  Crete High School 
Cheney  Ensz  Tri County High School 
Lexie  Faber  Aurora High School 
Madelyn  Fitch  Doniphan-Trumbell High School 
Ellissa  Fredrickson  Raymond Central High School 
Savannah  Gerlach  Tri County High School 
Brooklyn  Gierhan  Centennial High School 
Amanda  Gyhra  Raymond Central High School 
Chloe  Hammond  Lincoln Southwest High School 
Rachel  Hartgeriuk Milford High School 
Abby  Hastings  Pius X High School 
Camdyn Hehnke  Grand Island Senior High School
Calie  Hiegel  Heartland Lutheran High School 
Grant  Hollinger  Cross County High School 
Thi  Huynh Lincoln North Star 
Julie  Jones  Silver Lake High School 
Myla  Kaufmann College View Academy 
Emily  Kraai  Lincoln Christian High School 
Christian  Lampe  Lincoln North Star 
Trent  Lockard  Lincoln Christian High School 
Ella  Moll Lincoln Lutheran High School 
Jordan  Martindale  College View Academy 
Sydney  Meyer  Aurora High School 
Hannah  Moravec  Aquinas Catholic High School 
Benjamin  Moritz  Hastings St. Cecilia 
Margaret  Nebel  Pius X High School 
Jenna  Nekl  Shelby Rising City High School 
Kristie  Nguyen  Pius X High School 
Ashley  Parde  Freeman High School 
Maximillan  Pearson  Lincoln High School 
Tiffany  Pearson  Tri County High School 
Morgan  Phillips  Diller-Odell High School 
Miriya  Pinkerman  Lincoln Southeast High School 
Brittani  Platt  Cross County High School 
Kiaya  Radke  Elba High School 
Ian  Raric-Heaton  Hampton High School 
McKenna  Reilly  Grand Island Central Catholic 
Hannah  Rethmeier  Crete High School 
Jared  Rosenlund  Grand Island Northwest 
Ben  Saathoff  Malcolm High School
Samuel  Schneider  Waverly High School 
Johanna  Schubert  Lincoln High School 
Adrianna  Smith  Aurora High School 
Abigail  Staehr  Heartland Lutheran High School 
Zac Streich  Lincoln Lutheran High School 
Walter  Turner  Lincoln Southeast High School 
Lillyan  Uhlmann  Lincoln Northeast High School 
Jayme  Ullman Southern High School 
Micaiah  Vrbka  Aquinas Catholic High School 
Ryan  Wall  Seward High School 
Michael  Walsh  Norris High School 
Kristen  Wetovick  Fullerton High School 
William  Wilton  Centennial High School 
Hope  Wise-Troxel  Southern High School 
Evan  Witulski  Beatrice High School 
Madison  Witulski  Beatrice High School 
Reid  Wortman  Milford High School 
Jack  Yelden  Seward High School 
Arwen  Zhang  Nebraska Christian High School 
Isaac  Zhang  Lincoln East High School 
Lilly  Zhou Lincoln Southwest High School 
Rachel  Ziems  Lincoln Lutheran High School