an update on former GIPS students

Hannah Huston

GISH Class of 2009

After graduating from UNL, Hannah began a career in teaching at a Lincoln Public Schools preschool. She is currently taking a break from teaching to pursue a music career after finishing third on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ this spring.

Ryker Fyfe

GISH Class of 2012

Ryker is a senior at UNL where he will graduate in May with a degree in Sociology. He started at quarterback for the Husker football team twice. In one start he threw the fifth-most passing yards in a single game in school history. The other was the final home game of his senior season.

Grant Bednar

GISH Class of 2015

Grant is currently a sophomore at Nebraska Wesleyan, taking advantage of a Jack and Lucile Martin Scholarship awarded through the GIPS Foundation, studying biology and business. He is in a program led by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute researching bacteriophages and how they interact with bacteria in soil. This last May, he traveled to Haiti for a week and stayed at an orphanage in the village of Simonette, Haiti, where he "helped love on the kids" and construct roofs on homes in desperate need of repair. It was his first time in a third-world country and "was truly an experience that I will never forget."

"Without the help I received from Grand Island Senior High teachers, I would not be able to partake in the opportunities I've been given today. The AP teachers at GISH, Mrs. Voss and Mr. Kush in particular, gave me the tools necessary to be successful in college, and for that, I'm extremely grateful. Without the teachers at GISH, college would've been a lot more difficult for me. I was lucky enough to have most of my gen-eds done through the CCC and AP dual enrollment classes at Senior High."

Diego Tum-Monge

GISH Class of 2015

A sophomore at Georgetown University, Diego is taking advantage of a Jack and Lucile Martin Scholarship awarded through the GIPS Foundation, studying government and economics.

Jordan Moreno

GISH Class of 2016

Jordan is in her second semester studying musical theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Part of her education will include auditioning for Broadway productions.

"I want to run workshops and teach others what I have learned because I find it very important to remember who you are and where you come from, and I came from Grand Island, Nebraska. I cannot thank the educators from the Grand Island Senior High Fine Arts department enough for the encouragement they gave me and the work ethic they instilled in me. I want to inspire others like my teachers and classmates in high school inspired me."