We are hosting our second Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday, January 4. Skutt Catholic’s Hall of Fame honors the individuals, teams, and groups who have contributed to our rich tradition of excellence. Seeking recipients from all areas of the school, members of this group have helped define and advance our institution and its mission. Recipients of the Hall of Fame award are exemplars of exceptional accomplishments and service and thereby set high standards for Skutt Catholic students. The honorees for the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction are:
Sue Dobel – Contributor
Sue Dobel joined the Skutt Catholic family in the mid 90’s when she first served as a member of the board of directors. She became an active volunteer before her children, Andrew ‘99, Sarah ‘01, Susan ‘03, and Christine ‘06, were even enrolled at Skutt Catholic.
Sue helped with the first-ever Angel Flight in 1994 and has continued to play a key role in the event every year since. Sue and her husband, Mike, co-chaired the event in 1996 and 1997 and were honorary chairs in 2010. Sue’s current role as “Auctioneer Goddess” has been vital to making Angel Flight what it is today.
She says she has thought about stepping away many times but has been drawn back by the people involved and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the school. “I always feel like part of the family when I’m in the building, and the Angel Flight room is basically my home office,” she said.
Bruce Haney – Contributor
Bruce Haney is one of the founders of Skutt Catholic, spearheading the effort that made the dream of a west Omaha Catholic high school a reality.
As a result of Bruce’s involvement with board at Ryan High School and other archdiocesan boards, Bruce developed a strong relationship with Archbishop Sheehan. When Ryan High School was closed the archbishop asked Bruce what he should do and Bruce said: “Go West and build a new high school.” Archbishop Sheehan then asked Bruce to spearhead the committee to create the new high school in west Omaha, that became Skutt Catholic as we know it today.
He served as the chairman of the entire project from start to finish. For seven years, Bruce was committed to building the new school: finding land, helping with the design and seeing the project through. He says that this school was the crowning jewel of his volunteer career and he feels blessed to be a part of the development of Skutt Catholic, making it possible for generations to receive a quality, Catholic education in west Omaha.
Sarah Menghini Percival ’00 – Athlete
Sarah Menghini Percival ‘00 was a standout track athlete at Skutt Catholic, where she was not only a state champion in the 100 and 200-meter dashes but also an All-Class Champion in the 100-meter dash in 2000. By winning the all-class gold in the 100 meter she was the fastest woman in the state of Nebraska. Her performances led the girl’s track team to their highest state meet finish (7th) in school history. Sarah went on to compete at UNO where she was a four-time All American and co-captain of the team. She holds several meet and stadium records that are still standing today.
2002 Girls State Champion Tennis Team
The 2002 women’s tennis team was the first female team to win a state title at Skutt Catholic. Allison Wilkie was the #1 singles champion and the team title was the first of nine all-time girls tennis team titles. They catapulted future women’s tennis success at Skutt Catholic and initiated conversations about the building of our current tennis complex.
Coached by Jeanne Wilkie, the 2002 state team members are: Allison Wilkie-Miller, Kelcey Hamilton, Angela Polodna-Kenney, Emily Strawhecker-Kaufmann, Normandy Fox-Smith, Diana Arp. Other team members were Lauren Burns, Julie Dunning-Farmer, Elizabeth Gawley-Bullington, Michelle Koenig-Vu, Dani Latham Brink, Jenna Marchese-Anzalone, Sofia Parmes, Megan Roche, and Michelle Zych-Rhoden.