Clearwater and Orchard students are taking on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. as part of the Close Up program.
On Wednesday, the students met with Congressman Adrian Smith and senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer. The students visited the Nebraska Breakfast as part of the Close Up program.
"I'm thankful that these students were up early to join us at the Nebraska Breakfast," said Sasse. "Hopefully their firsthand look at Capitol Hill proves to be a valuable experience."
The Wednesday morning Nebraska Breakfast began after U.S. Senator Hugh Butler initiated a weekly informal meeting of the Nebraska delegation to discuss legislation in 1943. Members of the delegation began inviting guests, and soon a tradition was born. The Nebraska Breakfast is the oldest ongoing gathering of its kind on Capitol Hill. All Nebraskans visiting Washington D.C. and their guests are invited to attend and visit with their Congressional delegation.
Clearwater and Orchard artists brought home more than 20 awards from the Keya Paha Art Show, with two Clearwater students earning Judge's Merit awards.
On April 11, the students competed in the Keya Paha Art Show in Springview, featuring 1200 works of art from 13 schools: Ainsworth, Burwell, Clearwater, Cody-Kilgore, Colome, Keya Paha, Mullen, O’Neill Public, Orchard, Stuart, West Holt, Valentine, and Wakefield.
The two Clearwater students earning Judge's Merit awards were Katie Stearns and Clay Thiele. Stearns painted with a pallet knife and ships and details with a brush, and Thiele did a Jackson Pollock-inspired splatter painting.
Clay Thiele = 1 Judges Merit
Katie Strearns = 1-Judges Meri, 1-1st, 1-2nd, 1-3rd
Taylor Sanne = 3-1st place awards, and 1-3rd
Taylor Bolling = 2-1st place awards, 3-2nd place awards, 1-Honorable Mention
Rafe Grebin = 1-3rd
Haley Blecher = 1-2nd, 3-3rd place awards
Perla Roman = 1-3rd place award
Hunter Klabenes = 1-3rd place
Tessa Peed = 1-1st, 2-2nd's, and 1-3rd
While merger talks have stalled, Clearwater remains open to discussions — but has made one thing crystal clear. They will not be absorbed.
Following a unanimous 6-0 vote by Ewing on Wednesday night to withdraw from merger talks with Neligh-Oakdale, Clearwater Board President Amy Thiele made her district's intentions clear.
“We are always open to keeping doors open. However, I would like to address that we have never once said that we are interested in closing our building down and sending all of our students to Neligh. Some people call it absorption. We are not interested in being absorbed," she said. "That’s never been on our radar. We started this project to increase our offerings for our students, flexibility in our staff schedules and there was a bonus on some tax savings on the side of that. We don’t want to be absorbed. And we can keep the doors open but, if that is the road you want to pursue, we just want to say that we are not interested.”
Although Ewing withdrew from talks, the motion was only toward Neligh-Oakdale. There was no mention of Clearwater.
Just two nights earlier, Neligh-Oakdale board members discussed absorbing Clearwater and no longer including Ewing in the mix. Neligh-Oakdale also suggested four potential sites for a new school, all of which were no further than 4.5 miles from Neligh. Three of the sites would be within city limits, pending annexation.
Thiele, who is originally from Neligh, said no board should have more control than any other in making decisions.
“I’d like to address, our doors are open. But, I think there were some concerns that because one school was bigger that the other’s district, people were worried that they were going to have more say. Or they were going to have more control. Well, we are all on an equal playing field. I remember hearing Ryan (Koinzan) say at one meeting, 'I grew up on 411 K, and I am from Neligh.' Well, I would just like to say, I grew up at 210 D, and I was from Neligh," Thiele said. "And we are all here to educate our kids. It doesn’t matter how big our town is, how many students. We are on an equal playing field because we all have one job sitting up here. And that is to provide the best education for our kids. And nobody is compromising down. Nobody. We are equal.”
It's unclear if talks between Neligh-Oakdale and Clearwater or Clearwater and Ewing will continue at this time.
Student’s School: Clearwater Public School
Parents Names: Ted & Shelly Mlnarik
Siblings Names/Ages: Trevor (20), Kellen (13), Adyson (11)
Birth Date: August 9, 1999
What activities did you participate in while in high school? I participated in Golf for 3 year going on 4. Powerlifting for 3 years and Skills for 2 years.
What is your favorite memory of high school? My favorite memory of high school was having hands on all projects. I believe it is easier to get and understanding by hands on rather than talking about a subject.
What advice can you offer underclassmen? The advice I have to give is to take all shop classes that are open if you like hands on activities and do some sport, it keeps you active. Make the day count, don’t count the days!
What are your future plans (college with major if known or workforce) and where do you hope to be in five years? I plan to go to Northeast Community College to major in Auto Technology. In five years, I plan to be back around Clearwater helping and being involved in the community as much as possible.
Student’s School: Clearwater High School
Parents Names: Regina Krebs, Shane Krebs
Siblings Names/Ages: Sean (20), Raina (10), Aiyana (9)
Birth Date: September 26, 1999
What activities did you participate in while in high school? Football Student Manage (4 yrs.), Golf (4 yrs.), Band (4 yrs.), Skills (1 yr.), Powerlifting (1 yr.)
What is your favorite memory of high school? Helping teachers & students with technology and chromebooks.
What advice can you offer underclassmen? My advice is to keep going strong, don’t let others get you down, and help raise them up when they need it.
What are your future plans (college with major if known or workforce) and where do you hope to be in five years? Attend Northeast or WIT to major in computer science. In 5 years, I hope to be working as what I like and good at with computers and growing in it.
Student’s School: Clearwater Public High School
Parents Names: CW and Amy Schonemann
Siblings Names/Ages: Percy Schonemann (12), JoBeth Humphries (20), and James Schonemann (4)
Birth Date: August 28, 1999
What activities did you participate in while in high school? I was in band freshman year. I have been in choir all four years. I have been in art for two years, and I have been in powerlifting for three years.
What is your favorite memory of high school? I liked the dodgeball tournaments and my class winning dodgeball for two years in a row. Getting second place on my first powerlifting meet. Being nominated for homecoming queen.
What advice can you offer underclassmen? Follow your dreams and dream as big as you can.
What are your future plans (college with major if known or workforce) and where do you hope to be in five years? I want to become a nurse and help my mom and dad out as much as I can and in five years I place to be in my last year of college, and have a successful job.
Student’s School: Clearwater Public School
Parents Names: Lynette Trease and Richard Trease
Siblings Names/Ages: Summer Hickman (18), Nicole Trease (19), and Kadin Hickman (16)
Birth Date: August 15, 1999
What activities did you participate in while in high school? Golf
What is your favorite memory of high school? Hanging out with friends at the lunch table everyday at lunch, and helping students out.
What advice can you offer underclassmen? Never give up on your dreams and keep working to get to that dream.
What are your future plans (college with major if known or workforce) and where do you hope to be in five years? Northeast Community College and become a child psychologist with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Student’s School: Clearwater Public School
Parents Names: Chipper and Amy Chipps
Siblings Names/Ages: Wyatt (14), Abbey (9), Wilyam (4)
Birth Date: April 22, 2000
What activities did you participate in while in high school? Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, and Powerlifting.
What is your favorite memory of high school? There isn’t just ONE favorite memory of high school because high school have been four years of my life! So, overall, the most favorite memories were made with my close and new friends over the years.
What advice can you offer underclassmen? Play the sport, to your homework, stay focused and positive, and be a respectful outgoing person; high school doesn’t last forever.
What are your future plans (college with major if known or workforce) and where do you hope to be in five years? I will be attending Northeast in Vet Technology, In five years, I hope to be working and HOPEFULLY starting a family of my own… of dogs.
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