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Student Spotlights

The University of Nebraska High School is proud to support a diverse student body located around the world. Here we highlight the successes and unique experiences and perspectives of some of our exceptional students. Enjoy!

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Equestrian Student Pursues Passion Beyond the Classroom
August 2017

The flexibility of an online program allows UNHS student to compete at a national level.


A Love for the Game Becomes a Grand Slam Friendship
May 2017

From the U.S. Open to Junior Wimbledon, 2 UNHS competitors rally a friendship off the court. 


Student Finds Passion in Both Arts and Sciences
January 2017

Jennifer utilizes UNHS to combine her passions.

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Siblings Become Part Of UNHS Family
June 2016

Two of seven siblings graduating from UNHS.

Hansel | UNHS Student

Inspired by Mozart, Dedicated to Practice
March 2016

At 12 years young, Hansel is a devoted pianist with a bright musical and academic future.

Meghan, Angola, Africa

Student Finds Her Mission
February 2016

Meghan plans to continue in her family's footsteps, providing medical care to communities abroad.


Mann Brothers Reaching Their Dreams
November 2015

We all have that one big dream, and for the three Mann brothers that dream became a reality at a young age.

Mott Parks Blair Sailing

UNHS student's passion sails strong

October 2015

Since Mott was young, he has loved sailing. Growing up on his parents' sailboat, he doesn't remember a time when he wasn't sailing

Abby Allain, gymnast

Gymnast works hard for athletic & academic goals

August 2015

Being a high-level athlete has many challenges, but Abby is conquering them.

Tanner Whorl

Illness teaches, inspires UNHS student
May 2015

"Never give up!" Tanner lives by this motto, which was sparked when he was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis at age 12.

Jayla Johnson

Student explores veterinary science
March 2015

While many high school students are just starting to consider their career path, Jayla has already begun pursuing studies in biology and veterinary medicine.

Shane Linden

UNHS is "home" for recent grad

February 2015

Shane considers China and Wisconsin home, but with 37 UNHS courses completed, the University of Nebraska High School is, too.

Patrick Rugel

Launched into rocketry
January 2015

Patrick was inspired at the age of 10 to build rockets—he's never looked back.

Laura Portrait

Academic excellence no matter the distance

November 2014

National Merit Semifinalist studies from South Afric

Kassi Abbott hockey goalie

Goal-focused student on and off the ice
October 2014

Goal-focused student on and off the ice

Wescott Sharples

Student blogs about world travels
June 2014

Student writes about world travels

Micah Dotzler

Student-Athlete pursues basketball & academic careers
April 2014

Successful wheel chair basketball player stays focused on academics with UNHS.

Christopher Madigan
Student sets goals, stays motivated
March 2014

Christopher believes in hard work and forward thinking. This has helped him meet several milestones, one of which is his upcoming graduation.
Gwyneth Talley
UNHS graduate suggests academic variety & travel
February 2014

Gwyneth can’t get enough of her favorite things—education and travel. Learning and exploring various subjects and cultures has been her passion for as long as she can remember, and she has done extraordinary things to pursue both.
Thidling Family
Studying the world from a sailboat
January 2014

For the last ten years, the Thidling family has sailed the world. From April through December, Richard and Marianne and their three children, Max, 18, Alex, 16 and Ayla, 14, experience different cultures, different people and a different way of life.
Chase Harris
UNHS student restores cars to raise money
August 2013

Chase started the non-profit organization Classics for Causes to raise money for causes such as neuro-oncology cancer research.

Sisters rescue, train horses while balancing UNHS studies
August 2013

Tiffany and Taylor run their family barn where they train rescued race horses.
Ashlyn and Gwyneht
UNHS supports home-schooled sisters
April 2013

Ashlyn and Gwyneth have flourished in their home school environment, achieving high academic success and exploring their interests in music, art and volunteerism.
Ice Skater Marika Steward thumbnail
Ice skating student pursues her dreams 
February 2013

Though Marika has lived many places around the world, there is one place that has remained consistent throughout her life
—the ice rink.
Student to attend West Point, play hockey
January 2013

With the help of UNHS, Joseph has reached two of his goals—he's attending West point and playing NCAA Division I hockey.
Philip Stark
Philip Stark earns UNL Regents Scholarship
November 2012

UNHS student Philip fulfills many roles and holds many talents, all of which prepared him for a recent honor—Philip is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Top Regents Scholar. 
ISHS student Arianna Ladd is featured on a poster for the FEI Children's International Classics Final equestrian event
Elite equestrian rider finds success, flexibility with UNHS
July 2012

When Arianna saw Olympic Equestrian for the first time she was hooked. Find out how she balances training, competing and studying.
Hannah Enns ISHS Graduate
Graduate combines educaiton, volunteerism
May 2012

After three years in Chad, Africa, Hannah will graduate from UNHS and attend university in Canada. See how her journey has inspired her educaiton and her organization, Net Focus.
Makaylo Van Peebles- Independent Study High School
Student gains new appreciation for education
January 2012

Embracing the opportunity of a lifetime, UNHS student Makaylo is traveling the world to teach English. Read his story and watch a video of his work in Thailand.