GIPS

Student Stories

We connect to one other through stories, which is why the Grand Island Senior High School Unity Council zeroed in on sharing them. Voices of the Academies of Grand Island Senior High is a simple project: One that aims to collect important life stories in an effort to educate students, staff and members of the community about the diverse staff and student body at GISH. Some of these stories were shared by staff and some were shared by students. Others were shared anonymously. Every story was shared with the hope that it'll help provide a safer, more inclusive environment for students moving forward.

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Unity Council at Grand Island Senior High

GRAND ISLAND SENIOR HIGH EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL JEFF GILBERTSON

What is the role and impact of the Unity Council?

Everything that we do at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High, we do in service of our students. I am incredibly proud of the members of our Unity Council. They're tirelessly working to create a safer environment for their peers and for the next generation of Islanders. These students meet once every month. Those interested in learning more on how to become a member should contact me at .

I encourage you to take some time to read these students' stories and consider the many ways that we can create more inclusive environments for all in our respective communities.

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STUDENT STORIES

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Greg Schlegel, Academy Principal

"Growing up in small-town Nebraska, I learned a lot of the lessons and values."

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Alejandro Amador, 10th Grade

"I was born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. when I was just 5 years old."

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Makennah Heitmann, 12th Grade

"Sports were my entire life growing up. You would never see me doing anything else."

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STUDENT STORIES

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Anonymous

"I am the only person of color in my family."

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Haley Horst, 10th Grade

"You see, I can’t learn in the traditional way."

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Jelly, 11th Grade

"I am a person who has gone through great difficulties, but who has never given up."

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Anonymous

"We get a lot of looks when we are out and about."

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Nayla Torres, 12th Grade

"In Cuba, unlike most people my age, I always wished for higher education."

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William, 12th Grade

"I do have a large community of Hispanic friends, and all of them have had a major impact on my life."

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Carlos Felipe Vargas Castano, Staff

"It is impossible to separate the person you are now from the environment that you grew up in."

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