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by Gary V. Javitch

“It came as no surprise that Omaha metro area athletic directors and sports media representatives chose Lauren Meyers and Joe Imig as their top metro high school student scholar/athletes for 2012,” said B’nai B’rith Athlete Selection chair, Larry Goldstrom. “They both have such outstanding academic and athletic achievements.”

“To help honor these two star student athletes, B’nai B’rith will host them at the 58th Omaha Sports Banquet, presented by B’nai B’rith,” Howard Shandell, Banquet chair, informed the community in a press release. “This occasion becomes extra special as Mike Leach, the new Washington State University Head football coach, will be the guest speaker at the dinner. ”

The event takes place on Wednesday night, May 9 at 7 pm, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Tickets are available at www.omahasportsbanquet.com or by calling 402-334-6443. Patron tickets are $110 each. VIP tickets are $160 and include a private reception with the head table guest. Tables of ten are also available; other sponsorship opportunities are too. Two special events will precede the steak dinner: A raffle to win Cornhusker vs. UCLA game tickets, hotel and airfare plus a magnificent silent auction of great sports memorabilia.

Lauren Meyers

To highlight just a few of many performance accolades Lauren received during her scholastic career at Westside High, B’nai B’rith noted that the graduating senior earned letters in four sports (Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Track), ten in all. In Basketball, for example, the senior captained her team, took home Academic All-State honors, All State and All-Metro tags as well. In one year Lauren was first in the state in free-throw percentages; in another season, she ranked second in the metro area for her average points scored per game.

Lauren starred academically, too. Even while volunteering as a mentor or working in DECA or Spirit Club, Lauren was elected to the National Honor Society and received that same recognition for work in Spanish, too. When not studying or playing ball, the daughter of Paul and Laurie Meyers still found time to participate in her Church youth group activities. She has accepted an Athletic & Academic Scholarship to Rockhurst in KC to play Basketball and on banquet night, she will receive the B’nai B’rith’s Special Earl Siegel Award.

Joe Imig

At the same time, Bryan High School senior, Joe Imig, will accept the B’nai B’rith Henry Monsky Lodge’s prestigious Bert Render plaque. Joe excelled on and off the playing fields as well. The soon-to-be graduate earned a total of seven letters, playing four years of hoops, two on the gridiron, and three on the diamond. Joe also earned honors as a “Silverstone Athlete of the Week,” and All-State Honorable Mention in both football and basketball and Third Team All-Metro designation in basketball.

Academically, Joe exceeded all expectations by gaining recognition as an NSAA Academic All-State student and an Honor Roll member in every semester during his high school tenure. Still, he found time to volunteer at the Sienna Francis House, Saint Peter, and Paul Church, and in Relay for Life program as a writer and as a participant. With a 4.52/5 GPA, Joe ranked fourth in a class of 341 students. At press time, he was considering scholarship offers in Basketball and Baseball. His parents are John and Rose Imig.

Each Athlete will also receive the Adam Jacobs Memorial Tribute scholarship of $2,000. The B’nai B’rith banquet is sponsored by WEB.MD, Greater Omaha Packing Company, and 1620 The Zone.