For the first-ever RPAC Rundown Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete Award, we had a number of great nominees. These nominees were selected by their respective schools and then voted blindly by a panel the RPAC Rundown put together.
This panel consisted of people in the media, athletic offices, members of college academia, and upper-level management positions in corporations. The panel then selected four winners, two female and two male student-athletes, from the Western and Eastern divisions of the conference.
The criteria for the award consisted of excellence in the classroom, activities, and athletics. They also had to show consistency in their athletic involvement, competing in 10 total sports seasons.
West Male- Trey Robertson of Wallace High School
He has had an outstanding high school career. He is involved in many activities and has kept a 3.93 GPA throughout high school.
He has received multiple Academic All-State awards.
He has participated in football, cross country, basketball, track, speech, play production, music, and FFA. He has been a leader in all of these activities.
He is also part of the National Honor Society.
As a sophomore, he was the class D state champion in the 2 mile at state track.
As a junior, he was an all-district football player, and then during track season, he found out he had a blood clot in his leg. Because of this, he could not run track during his junior season. Also because of the blood clot, he could not play football during his senior season. He switched to cross country, where he became the class D state champion in that as well.
As a senior, he was an all-conference basketball player.
He is now in the middle of track season where he hopes to bring home more state medals.
Trey was noted as a very hard-working kid; very deserving of this award.
East Male- Cole Barnett of Southwest High School
Cole has been out for 12 seasons of sports over his high school career.
He will join our "Tremendous 12" award list by completing 4 years of Cross Country, Basketball, and Track.
Cole is a state qualifier in State Cross Country twice in his career and has been a four-year starter for the basketball team.
He has been an academic all-state in all three sports over his involvement making the list 9 out of 12 seasons he has participated in.
He is class ranked #1 for his class and is a Silver Medal RPAC Academic winner this year.
Cole has been a medal winner in the RPAC Cross Country Meet twice, and has won multiple medals in individual and relay teams at RPAC Track.
He is also a "peer mentor" for the elementary and has been class president for his class at Southwest.
He has been a member of NHS and completed community service for the Ronald McDonald House in Omaha.
It was noted that Cole is a highly respected and appreciated student at Southwest. He is dependable and accountable and kept in high regard by the teachers and administration.
West Female- Kiley Hejtmanek of Maywood High School and Maywood-Hayes Center Wolves
She plans to attend college and major in Exercise Science at Doane University with the intent to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy while also competing competitively in Track and Field.
Honor Roll Distinction
Class Vice President
Inducted into National Honors Society
National Honors Society Treasurer
Varsity Volleyball Team Captain
Varsity Basketball Team Captain
Weightlifter of the Year
FFA Chapter Treasurer
FFA Agriscience State Qualifying
FFA Vet Science
FFA Farm Business Management
FFA Ag Demonstration
FFA Livestock Management
FFA State Agriscience
FFA State Farm Business Management
FFA Cooperative Speaking
FFA Greenhand Degree
FFA State Degree
Omaha World Herald Honorable Mention Volleyball
Lincoln Journal Star Honorable Mention Volleyball
Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State Volleyball
RPAC 1st Team Volleyball
RPAC 2nd Team Volleyball
NCPA Academic All-State Basketball
RPAC Honorable Mention Basketball
Lincoln Journal Star All State Honorable Mention Basketball
Lincoln Journal Star Academic All State
RPAC One Act Honorable Mention
Inter High Day Participant
National Honor Society
Future Business Leaders of America
One Act Play
National FFA Association
Track and Field
East Female- Jacey Kent of Cambridge High School
It was noted that Jacey is the perfect example of a well-rounded athlete/student.
She has participated in volleyball, basketball, and track throughout high school, helping her teams be successful.
She works hard to be successful academically and athletically.
ACT Scores | Composite: 32 | English: 36 | Math: 28 | Science: 28 | Reading: 34 (March 2022)
Class Rank: 1 out of 26
High School GPA: 99.76
Summer Honors Summers of
Future Business Leaders of Americ
National Honors Society
Assisted with the Community Easter Egg Hunt
Delivered Meals On Wheels
Nebraska Department of Roads Trash Pickup
Served Coffee & Rolls After Church
K-4 Bouncy House Volunteer
Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer
Cambridge Youth Basketball/Volleyball Camp Volunteer
Cambridge Youth Basketball Tournament Volunteer
Furnas County Fair Volunteer Worker
Academic All-State Basketball
Academic All-State Music
Academic All-State Play Production
Academic All-State Volleyball
Academic Decathlon State Qualifier
Class Officer: Vice President
Distinctive Honor Roll
Lincoln Journal Star Volleyball Honorable Mention
Omaha World Harold Volleyball Honorable Mention
RPAC Play Production Outstanding Outstanding Actress
RPAC Volleyball Second Team
State FBLA Business Law Champion
State Play Production
State Track & Field Qualifier
Published Author, Our Living Journal (Entry No. 06) Just Our "Family Dog" essay was published on page 43 of this magazine.