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2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

  Piper (Marsh) Porras

Piper Porras is a 1999 graduate of Lincoln Lutheran High School. When asked how her education at Lincoln Lutheran prepared her for life, Piper said: “It has helped me to keep God first and foremost since He is my foundation, my strength, my Creator and the One who can see beyond my circumstances. Christ has given me my talents and therefore He gets all of the glory and honor for the successes I’ve been blessed to experience. I also believe that the school promotes faith in action, which is something I’ve tried to always keep integrated in my adult Christian life.”

Following her time at Lincoln Lutheran, Piper went on to attend UNL, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education – 7-12 Spanish and was honored as the outstanding senior education student in 2005. After graduation, she taught as a Christian elementary teacher in Central America for two years.  Upon returning from Guatemala, Piper began working as a Spanish teacher at Lincoln Northeast High School and was named the Young Nebraska Educator of the Year in 2008 for World Language teachers. Piper currently teaches at Bellevue East High School serving as the chair of World Languages since 2011. In 2014 she was honored as the Bellevue Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year.  She recently earned her Master’s degree in K-12 Education with an ELL endorsement from UNO.

Piper has utilized her background in Spanish to make a strong impact in her community.  She has served as a translator in a variety of settings including church and the Open Door Mission in Omaha.  She has been blessed to serve as a presenter both personally and professionally on topics ranging from culture and language to educational strategies for the language classroom.

Some of Piper’s favorite memories from Lincoln Lutheran include:  “English w/ Miss Bockelman. She was always caring, loving, prayed for us and had us keep journals that were quite cathartic for me. I always enjoyed her class. I also enjoyed Jr. High dances - girls having a blast and boys with arms crossed standing against the gym walls.”

Her advice for current Lincoln Lutheran students: “Experience God for yourself! You must know the Lord personally, as faith is not something that is inherited. While your parents can try to pass down their beliefs and first-hand knowledge of the Lord, we each need to know Him for ourselves. When you experience God, all things fall into place.”

Piper and husband Ricardo reside in Bellevue, NE and are blessed with a son, Javier.  Piper is also blessed to have 2 stepsons and 1 stepdaughter – Richie, Abraham and Karin.