2019 Distinguished Alumni Announced

David Pederson

Class of 1973

Service to the North Platte Community

Dave Pederson was nominated by his children Tim and Matt Pederson and Laura Troshynski. Since his graduation in 1973, Dave has continued to serve his community. Dave has his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court in 1980 as well as the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He has spent 38 years in private practice in North Platte. While accomplishing many accolades in his professional career, he has also given back at the local level. He was the President of the North Platte Public Schools Board of Education from 1993-1997, a founding member of the North Platte Public Schools Foundation as well as the Great Plains Healthcare Foundation, Chair of the Great Plains Health Board of Directors and the 2011 Nebraska Hospital Association Hospital Trustee of the Year. He is actively involved on his church council, Noon Rotary Club, Heartland Singers and the North Platte Community Playhouse. Dave truly believes that working to make North Platte a great community is as important as working in the community. He leads by example and has proven that it is possible to build a successful career while taking time to prioritize family and community. Dave and his wife Judy are valuable assets to the North Platte Community.

Dave Pederson was nominated by his children Tim and Matt Pederson and Laura Troshynski. Since his graduation in 1973, Dave has continued to serve his community. Dave has his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court in 1980 as well as the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He has spent 38 years in private practice in North Platte. While accomplishing many accolades in his professional career, he has also given back at the local level. He was the President of the North Platte Public Schools Board of Education from 1993-1997, a founding member of the North Platte Public Schools Foundation as well as the Great Plains Healthcare Foundation, Chair of the Great Plains Health Board of Directors and the 2011 Nebraska Hospital Association Hospital Trustee of the Year. He is actively involved on his church council, Noon Rotary Club, Heartland Singers and the North Platte Community Playhouse. Dave truly believes that working to make North Platte a great community is as important as working in the community. He leads by example and has proven that it is possible to build a successful career while taking time to prioritize family and community. Dave and his wife Judy are valuable assets to the North Platte Community.

Lt. Colonel Tamara (Davis) Murphy

class of 1993

outstanding service to the military

Lt. Colonel Tamara Murphy is a 1993 graduate of North Platte High School and was nominated by her brother MSgt, USAF (Retired) Marty Davis. She was nominated to the United States Air Force Academy Senator Jim Exon and Congressman Bill Barrett. She served as a United States Air Force officer for 20 years and retired in 2017. During her military career, she served in thirteen assignments worldwide from Japan to Qatar including two combat tours in Iraq. She has a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science, attended the USAF special Investigations Academy Officer School, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Air War College. Lt. Colonel Murphy has led many operational missions as a counterintelligence officer and was personally responsible for battle space coordination with three U.S. Army battalions securing safe travel for special agents meeting with informants. Selected twice to command, Tamara served as the Commander of Detachment 407 at Keesler Air Force Base and also at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. She led an elite nine-member team responsible for protecting over 11,000 US military personnel in Qatar. She was awarded the Bronze Star for exceptional wartime service after her second tour in Iraq. Tamara resides in Alexandria Virginia with her husband Michael.

Mary (Huffman) Hepburn

Class of 1968

Outstanding Accomplishments in Journalism

Mary was nominated by her classmates Paulette Stefka and Keith Bystrom. Mary is a 1968 graduate of North Platte High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Nebraska. In high school she was the managing editor of the Bulldog and continued her passion for writing, pursuing a career in Journalism and Education. Mary moved to Canada in the early 70’s where she taught journalism at the high school and college level and also did freelance work, writing for magazines in Montreal and Ottawa. In 1985 she moved to Washington D.C. and began working for the National institute of Health as a Communications Writer and Editor. Returning to North Platte in 1995 she began working at the North Platte Telegraph writing her own column “Church News & Views” which she still writes today. Mary was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1981. As her friend Paulette Stefka wrote: Many people would have quietly gone into obscurity, but not Mary. She returned to North Platte and stayed in her chosen field of journalism and chose to write a column that would be uplifting to others in our community.

Mary was nominated by her classmates Paulette Stefka and Keith Bystrom. Mary is a 1968 graduate of North Platte High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Nebraska. In high school she was the managing editor of the Bulldog and continued her passion for writing, pursuing a career in Journalism and Education. Mary moved to Canada in the early 70’s where she taught journalism at the high school and college level and also did freelance work, writing for magazines in Montreal and Ottawa. In 1985 she moved to Washington D.C. and began working for the National institute of Health as a Communications Writer and Editor. Returning to North Platte in 1995 she began working at the North Platte Telegraph writing her own column “Church News & Views” which she still writes today. Mary was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1981. As her friend Paulette Stefka wrote: Many people would have quietly gone into obscurity, but not Mary. She returned to North Platte and stayed in her chosen field of journalism and chose to write a column that would be uplifting to others in our community.

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