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Pancake fundraiser: Omaha South High School, 4519 S. 24th St., will host the Pancake Man from 5 to 7:15 p.m. Dec. 10 to help raise funds to send its dance team, the Luvabulls, to the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. The team was invited to perform with other high school students from across the country during the halftime celebration. Cost for the dinner is $8 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and younger. The meal includes all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes, link sausages and lemonade. The group estimates it will need $33,000 for its entire team to attend the Sugar Bowl.

Energy Bus: Spring Lake Elementary School staff, parents and representatives of the Teacher Administrative Center attended a workshop called "The Energy Bus" on Wednesday at the Kroc Center. The workshop, presented by Jim Van Allen, was based on the best-selling book "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" by Jon Gordon. Before the event, all staff and parents received a copy of the book and special T-shirts to wear to the workshop.

Grandparents luncheon: Hartman Elementary School, 5530 N. 66th St., invited grandparents to the school Tuesday to eat lunch with their grandchildren during their regular lunch hour in the cafeteria.

Standing Bear events: Standing Bear Elementary School, 15860 Taylor St., held three events this week. A Kindergarten Grandparent's Day Celebration was held Monday and grandparents shared time with their grandchildren to see what they've been learning. A Career Day Dress Up on Tuesday was sponsored by the student council. A Kindergarten Friendship Feast was held Tuesday, and students dressed as pilgrims, shared a meal and exchanged friendship bracelets.

Robotics competition: Millard South High School's robotics program delivered a world-class performance at the Mary Our Queen VEX Robotics Skills Challenge on Nov. 7. Forty-four VEX Robotics teams from across Nebraska attended the event. The middle and high school students had to execute the VEX Robotics Competition game Nothing But Net, which is played by scoring colored balls in high and low goals. Two teams registered scores that may qualify them for VEX Worlds in April against top teams from more than 30 countries worldwide. Millard South's Team 6685A (Vexecutioners) posted the fourth best Robot Skills score in the world as of that night. They also posted the seventh highest in the world in Programming Skills. Another Millard South Team, 6685R (Vexorsism), posted the fifth best Robot Skills score in the world as of that night, and the eleventh highest in the world in Programming Skills. The High School Skills Challenge Champion Award was awarded to the Vexecutioners. The Middle School Skills Challenge Champion Award was awarded to team 1073A (Decoded) from Marrs Magnet Center.

National YoungArts finalist: Omaha Marian senior Tehillah Alphonso has been named a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Popular Voice. She will attend the 35th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami from Jan. 3 to 10 as one of 165 finalists. Tehillah was chosen from more than 12,000 applications, the largest number to date. She has been recognized for her outstanding work and accomplishments and joins 819 artists from 42 states across the literary, visual, design and performing arts being presented with this honor. Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000.

Compiled by Joe Janowski

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