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  • Building a new generation of community helpers

    May 15, 2024

    Community helpers have been teaching the first grade students about their jobs, so students can learn about careers. A photographer, Jamie Thiele, taught students about taking photos and showed her camera equipment. She owns Jamie Thiele Photography. Jaimie Hartigan, a hair stylist from Ewing who owns Shear Attitude, taught us how to style and make a mohawk. She also styled girls' hair! LuAnn Schindler and Scott Schindler, publishers of the Summerland Advocate-Messenger, came and taught us how...

  • Saying Goodbye

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|May 8, 2024

    While a few tears flowed Saturday, most of the members of the Summerland Public School class of 2024 beamed during commencement exercises held in the main gym. The Summerland band played the processional. Adyson Mlnarik and Superintendent Kyle Finke welcomed faculty, family and guests. Pastor Mark Hoffman urged the class to live their best lives before leading the assembly in prayer. A packed house watched 19 students receive diplomas and listened to words of wisdom from co-valedictorians...

  • Class of 2024

    May 8, 2024

    Scholarship Recipients CHRISTIAN BEHNK UNL Husker Power Scholarship UNL O & G Kammerer Scholarship Paul D. Cooper Scholarship KELTON BRUHN Northeast Community College Livestock Judging Scholarship ALANNA DOLL Creighton University Award Scholarship Menard Family Business Scholarship Father John Labaj Scholarship The John Greer Memorial Scholarship Timothy J. Thramer Memorial Scholarship AISLYNN KESTER NECC Scholastic Contest Waiver Clearwater Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Scott L. Reynolds...

  • Valedictorians, salutatorian announced for Summerland class of 2024

    May 8, 2024

    Summerland Public School introduced the salutatorian and valedictorians during Saturday's commencement ceremony. Adyson Mlnarik was named salutatorian. She welcomed faculty, students, parents and guests at the beginning of graduation activities. Co-valedictorians include Kelsey Schlecht, Aislynn Kester and Preslie Robertson. Their speeches are included below: Kelsey Schlecht: Good afternoon family, friends, faculty, staff, and board of education. Since Aislynn, Preslie, and I are all sharing...

  • Summerland prepares to celebrate graduation of 19 students

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|May 1, 2024

    Summerland Public School will bid farewell to its graduating class, Saturday, May 4. Commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m., at the school, located at 51293 857th Road, Ewing. Summerland band, under the direction of Emily Heithoff, will play the processional. Superintendent Kyle Finke will present the welcome and the senior welcome will be presented. Principal Zach Rosenboom will announce senior scholarships, followed by the valedictorian's and salutatorian's addresses. Honor graduates...

  • Kester receives prestigious music award

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|May 1, 2024

    Lenora Kester's instrumental music performance at district competition struck a chord with judges. The Summerland musician received an outstanding performance award for a flute solo at the April 19 event in Ainsworth. Kester joined band in fifth grade, spending nearly seven years honing her musical craft. At districts, she performed "Sonatina" by Muzio Clementi, arranged by Larry Clark. High school music instructor Emily Heithoff said Kester chose the piece from a collection of songs for the...

  • Wayne State graduation planned for Saturday

    May 1, 2024

    Wayne State College will hold commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students on Saturday, May 4, in the college's historic Willow Bowl amphitheater. The graduate student ceremony will be at 10 a.m. and the undergraduate ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in Rice Auditorium. The ceremonies will be livestreamed at www.wsc.edu/watch-live. A total of 569 degrees will be conferred by Wayne State President Marysz Rames. Those...

  • Musicians make their mark at district music contest

    Apr 24, 2024

    What does success sound like? A vocal soloist nailing a high note, a choir blending in perfect harmony and a band blasting its way through a peppy march. Summerland musicians experienced sweet success, Friday, at the district music contest in Ainsworth. High school music director Emily Heithoff reported both the band and choir earned a I, or superior, rating. Several musicians received superiors in individual or small group performances, including Brandon Pruden, vocal solo; Lenora Kester,...

  • CTE organizations have outstanding showing at state conventions, competitions

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 24, 2024

    This month, three career and technical education organizations at Summerland Public Schools have attended state conventions, giving students an opportunity to show knowledge gained in the classroom and compete in a variet of events. FFA The Summerland FFA Chapter attended its state convention, in Lincoln, April 3 to 5. Two students received gold medals, including Jenna Funk in cooperative speaking and Braelyn Bergman, discovery speaking. Two groups received silver awards. The Conduct of Chapter...

  • Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference finalized, details released

    Apr 17, 2024

    In an exciting development for high school athletics and activities in Northeast Nebraska, eight schools have announced the formation of the Greater Northeast Activities Conference . The participating schools include Elkhorn Valley, Hartington-Newcastle, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast, Neligh-Oakdale, Plainview, Summerland and West Holt for the 2024-2025 school year. The decision to establish the GNAC comes as a testament to the shared commitment of these schools to enhance...

  • Stretch Your Imagination

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 17, 2024

    "I've never met a real author before." Summerland elementary students were buzzing about books and articulating about art mediums, Friday, during a visit by children's book author Bruce Arant. The Omaha-based writer met with Summerland third- through sixth-grade students for a writing and illustration workshop. Students observed his creative process, watching him doodle designs. They learned how to pair pictures with text, develop facial expressions and, most importantly, stretch their...

  • As ESSER funds come to an end, school board considers transportation, staffing

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 17, 2024

    Summerland Public Schools will potentially add two vehicles to its fleet, using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to pay the bill. The district currently has $153,629 in untapped pandemic-related federal funds available. During the board's April meeting, held Monday, Superintendent Kyle Finke suggested the district purchase a 65-passenger Thomas bus with approximately 32,000 miles, for $92,650. "It's coming off a lease," he said. A year ago, the district purchased a bus...

  • Melcher receives State degree

    Apr 17, 2024

    A Summerland FFA student received a state degree, April 5, at the Nebraska State FFA Convention, in Lincoln. Ashley Melcher, of Page, received the honor. State degree candidates must meet a checklist of requirements, including being an active chapter member for the past two years, holding Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees, completing at least two years of agriculture classes and at least 25 hours of community service in at least two different activities. Students must also present earnings,...

  • Schumacher's work earns top prize at ESU8 art show

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 17, 2024

    The purple ribbon atop the pencil drawing of a famous icon says it all: Best of Show. Caydence Schumacher, a sophomore at Summerland Public Schools, submitted a pencil drawing of Marilyn Monroe to the ESU 8 Art Show, held April 5 to 7 at the Antelope County Fairgrounds in Neligh. Judges awarded it the top prize. Schumacher said when she's decided what to draw, she sometimes has an individual in mind or she'll search for famous people she's a fan of. "I decided to do Marilyn Monroe because she...

  • Students recognized for participation in multiple activities

    Apr 17, 2024

    The Nebraska School Activities Association and the Nebraska State College System have announced the 15,970 recipients of the 2023-2024 Nebraska State Colleges Multi-Activity Student Award. The award recognizes students in grades 9-12 who participate in at least three NSAA-sanctioned activities during the academic year. Each high school student who participates in at least three NSAA activities will be recognized and awarded a certificate of achievement by the NSAA and the Nebraska State Colleges. Activity participation will be tracked using...

  • Board will consider contracts, calendar

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 10, 2024

    Two contracts will be extended when the Summerland School board of education meets in regular session, April 15. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., in the board meeting room at the school. Action will be taken on a contract for Jacob Birch, who accepted the junior/senior high school principal and athletic director position. Birch currently teaches mathematics at Summerland. A second contract offer is listed on the agenda; however, details of the offer are not listed. Board members...

  • Anson, Kester named Summerland prom royalty

    Apr 10, 2024

    Summerland seniors Caige Anson and Aislynn Kester reign as the 2024 prom king and queen. The two were crowned Saturday, following the Grand March, at the junior-senior prom....

  • Six Summerland students win academic medals

    Apr 10, 2024

    Seventeen Summerland Public School students participated in the Northeast Community College Scholastic Contest, on March 27. Six students placed in seven events. Raina Krebs took first in accounting. Carter Bergman brought home two medals. He placed second in anatomy and physiology and third in personal finance. Aislynn Kester placed second in medical terminology. In parenting and child development, Emma King finished second. Sarah Wiese placed second in child development. In biology, Shaylie...

  • Glitz and glamour at Summerland prom

    Apr 10, 2024

    Summerland's junior class hosted the junior-senior prom, Saturday, April 6, at the school. Following photos in an enchanted forest, students participated in the Grand March....

  • Birch moves into Summerland principal role

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 3, 2024

    Jacob Birch will serve as junior/senior high principal, beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 2, after Summerland Public School faculty were notified of his hiring. Candidates for the position went through the interview process last week, according to school officials. The board of education will approve the offer when they meet April 15. Birch, a Burwell native, received his undergraduate degree in mathematics education at the University of...

  • Bobcat musicians participate in Class C music event

    Apr 3, 2024

    Four Summerland music students - Jennie Mejia, Lenora Kester, Raina Krebs and Jack Heim - represented the school, March 23, at Class C All-State Band, at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Mejia, an eight-grade alto sax player, was fifth chair in the junior high band. Kester, a junior, was selected as fourth chair in the wind ensemble. Krebs, a junior, was picked for sixth chair in the symphonic band. Heim, a seventh-grader, played baritone, first chair, in the junior high band. Emily Heithoff...

  • School board plans Norfolk workshop

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 27, 2024

    Summerland School Board of Education will hold a workshop session, Tuesday, April 2, in Norfolk. The lone agenda item currently listed is discussion on the transition to the new superintendent. The workshop will be held at the board room at Elkhorn Valley Bank, 404 S. 25th Street, and will start at 4:30 p.m. The agenda is tentative and may be adjusted, up to 24 hours before the beginning of the workshop. A current agenda is available for public inspection at the school's administrative...

  • Livingston advocates need for grain bin safety equipment at state speech contest

    Mar 27, 2024

    Sometimes, it's not about the medal but more about mettle and message. Battling a stomach bug, Carlee Livingston pushed through three rough rounds of competition in the persuasive speech division at the Class C2 State Speech Tournament in Kearney last Thursday. Though she placed 16th, her impact transcended any medal. After hearing her speech about the dangers of entering grain bins and the importance of safety equipment for agricultural workers and rural fire and rescue departments, strangers...

  • Bobcats recognized for academic excellence

    Mar 27, 2024

    Since 2006, the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association recognize students who have been nominated by their schools, based on their individual academic excellence, leadership, and significant contributions made to their NSAA activity. Ten Summerland Public School students were named Winter 2024 Academic All-State recipients, including Carter Bergman and Barrett Stearns, boys' basketball; Adyson Mlnarik and Preslie Robertson, girls' basketball;...

  • Windmill project places third in Ken Iverson Project competition

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 20, 2024

    That's where a 12-foot windmill, designed by Summerland art student Caydence Schumacher and constructed by advanced welding students Garrett Napier and Mike Umphress, finished in voting at the Norfolk Home and Garden Show. Summerland industrial technology instructor Michael Odell announced how the project fared on Monday. The competition honors the legacy of Ken Iverson, former president of Nucor Steel. The windmill will be displayed at Johnson Park in Norfolk for a year. Odell said the IT...

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