Students, faculty and staff at Roncalli Catholic High School celebrated Black History Month this February, honoring the achievements of African Americans both in our community and throughout the country.
Throughout the month, several students participated in a poster contest highlighting Black role models who had a significant impact on their lives. In total, seven students submitted posters for the competition. The winners, decided anonymously among students through a poll, were Meleana Boer, Celia Macias and Claire Dlouhy.
To cap off Black History Month, Douglas County Treasurer and Roncalli Catholic Board of Directors member John Ewing Jr. came to speak to students about his own journey to success.
“No matter where you start, your dreams are possible,” Ewing Jr. said.
Ewing had a decades-long career in the Omaha Police Department, ultimately rising to the rank of deputy chief before being elected to public office as the Douglas County Treasurer in 2006. He is the first African American in the state of Nebraska to win a county-wide office.