GERING, Neb. - A local woman has been selected to help plan the celebrations for the state's upcoming 150th anniversary.

Gering Junior High school principal Dora Olivares has been selected by the Governor to serve on the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission.

Olivares and the commission will develop programs and plans for the official observance of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska's statehood in 2017.

Seventeen other members from across the state were also chosen to serve on the commission, but Olivares is one of only two selected from the panhandle.

She says she is honored to have been chosen and excited to represent western Nebraska.

"There's a lot of history here on this end of the state and I think those sires would be a goof place, or a good starting point anyways for some of the celebrations."

Olivares says the commission will meet several times a year to plan the anniversary, which will occur on March 1, 2017.