Although he was born with a number of challenging physical conditions — including deafness and a disability that impacted his ability to walk and required that he wear leg braces during his childhood — 2021 Gretna High School graduate James Daniel Johnson has not allowed these challenges to affect his attitude or his ability to achieve his goals.
Fourteen Nebraska students, including four in the Omaha metro area, will receive the D.J.’s Hero Award, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.
At 31, Lauressa Swedberg's had more troubles than most people her age. Her parents both had drug abuse problems, and her mother also abused alcohol. At one point, Swedberg, her mom and sister were briefly homeless.