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OC Cyclones qualified six youth wrestlers for the state tournament this weekend in Grand Island.
Ethan Kester: 3rd at 70, third-fourth division
Keaton Thiele: 4th at 105, fifth-sixth division
Alex Arroyo: 4th at 150, seventh-eighth division
Colton Thiele: 2nd at 195, seventh-eighth division
Logan Mueller: 2nd at 275, seventh-eighth division
Clearwater Public School's P.E. teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach, Scott Leisy was recently diagnosed with Rectal Cancer.
The staff at Clearwater are helping offset some of Leisy's traveling and medical expenses by selling "Scott's Squad" t-shirts. All proceeds will be given to the Leisy family to use where it is needed.
Shirt sizes include youth and small adult to XL for $15. Sizes 2XL are $17 and 3XL are $18. All forms must be turned in with money. Check can be made payable to Clearwater Public School.
Forms can be sent to:
Clearwater Public Schools
Atten: Shelly Mlnarik
PO Box 38, Clearwater, NE, 68726
Order forms must be submitted by March 28. Forms have been sent to St. Mary's, O'Neill Public, Thedord and McCook schools. If you have further questions, contact Shelly Mlnarik at the Clearwater School at (402) 485-2505.
Several Clearwater students performed at Sing Around Nebraska in Bartlett on Saturday.
Among the students from Clearwater were Lenora Kester, Caydence Schumacher, Raina Krebs, Irelyn Bearinger, Shaylie Kester, Daley Bearinger, Julie Olivan, Bennet Flenniken andKelsey Schlecht.
Sing Around Nebraska is held every other year and is sponsored by Nebraska Choral Directors Association. NCDA is dedicated to excellence in choral music. It is this dedication, combined with the belief that art must be experienced, especially at a young age, which inspired the organization to support the development of these festival concerts.
The Clearwater-Orchard speech team claimed runner up at the Niobrara Valley Conference Meet in Neligh on Monday.
OC earned second place in the team sweepstakes with 222 points behind first place Verdigre with 305. Elgin Pope John was third, followed by Elgin Public in fourth and Ewing in fifth.
Clearwater-Orchard's team members all received medals: Travis Rudloff, first, informative; Andrew Steskal, first, extemporaneous; Nalleli Zermeno, fifth, poetry; Allison Kerkman and Grace Rittscher, third, duet acting; Grace Rittscher, second, entertainment; Jackie Olivan, fifth, entertainment; Julia Thiele, fifth, informative and fourth, extemporaneous; and Erin Schwager, third, persuasive.
Oral Interpretation of Drama
1. Elgin Public - Ashton Evans, Hunter Reestman, Adam Dreger, Kira Widger and Lydia Behnk
2. Verdigre - Max Hollmann, Morgan Hrbek, Ashlyn Hamilton, Blake Bartling and Anthony Vakoc
3. Elgin Pope John - Sydney Kerkman, Taralyn Baum, Maddie Schrage and Lauren Seier
4. Ewing - Skylar Eacker, Emily Eacker, Sidney Stalbaum and Katie Hawk
5. Verdigre - Gunner Vargas, Allie Kotrous and Serina Babcock
6. Elgin Pope John - Simon Beacom, Skylar Reestman, Brynn Dilly and Alyssa Burenheide
1. Parker Klein - Elkhorn Valley
2. Isaac Cook - Verdigre
3. Cole Belitz - Neligh-Oakdale
4. Shelby Dohmen, Elgin Public
5. Alexis Hrbek, Verdigre
6. Kyra Nilson, Ewing
Oral Interpretation of Serious Prose
1. Stephanie Shakespeare, Verdigre
2. Emily Eacker, Ewing
3. Brianna Hupp, Elgin Pope John
4. Rachel Higgins, Neligh-Oakdale
5. Skylar Eacker, Ewing
6. Rachal Hahne, Elkhorn Valley
Oral Interpretation of Poetry
1. Stephanie Shakespeare, Verdigre
2. Brooke Swanson, Niobrara
3. Grace Maxwell, Ewing
4. Angel Qualset, Elkhorn Valley
5. Nalleli Zermeno, Clearwater-Orchard
6. Alexis Hrbek, Verdigre
1. Hunter Reestman and Kira Widger, Elgin Public
2. Sidney Stallbaum and Katie Hawk, Ewing
3. Allison Kerkman and Grace Rittscher, Clearwater-Orchard
4. Megan Cook and Isaac Cook, Verdigre
5. Kyra Nilson and Grace Maxwell, Ewing
6. Sydney Kerkman and Madison Dilly, Elgin Pope John
1. Lydia Behnk, Elgin Public
2. Grace Rittscher, Clearwater-Orchard
3. Megan Cook, Verdigre
4. Wenting Yu, Elgin Pope John
5. Jackie Olivan, Clearwater-Orchard
6. Abby Swanson, Niobrara
1. Travis Rudloff, Clearwater-Orchard
2. Angel Qualset, Elkhorn Valley
3. Morgan Hrbek, Verdigre
4. Lauren Seier, Elgin Pope John
5. Julia Thiele, Clearwater-Orchard
6. Allison Schrunk, Ewing
1. Andrew Steskal, Clearwater-Orchard
2. Max Hollman, Verdigre
3. Caleb Miller, Elgin Public
4. Julia Thiele, Clearwater-Orchard
5. Brea Carr, Elgin Public
1. Marie Meis, Elgin Pope John
2. Nickol Payne, Elgin Pope John
3. Erin Schwager, Clearwater-Orchard
4. Bailey Frank, Verdigre
5. Abbigail Holz, Niobrara
6. Audrey Chvala, Elkhorn Valley
Robert Johnston of Clearwater was elected to a first term as president of the Nebraska Soybean Association and will oversee the functions of the organization. Johnston will serve a two-year term. He was elected in December at the annual meeting held in Grand Island.
Other officers elected include Shane Greving of Chapman serving as Vice-President, Nathan Dorn of Firth serving as Treasurer and Adam Ickes of Roca serving as Secretary. Dennis Fujan of Prague will serve as the Chairman. Shane Greving, Wade Walters of Shickley and Robert Johnston were all re-elected to another term as district directors.
The 2017 recipient of the Nebraska Soybean Association Soybean Promoter Award was awarded to Jim Miller of Belden. This award is presented annually to recognize an individual who has shown outstanding leadership and support of the soybean industry in Nebraska.
Jim began his soybean service upon his election to the NSA board of directors in 2000. He served from 2000 – 2008 as a district director serving as president in 2006 and held the offices of Treasurer and Chairman. During his term he was top recruiter for many years recruiting more than 30 members each year. In 2008, Jim was elected to serve on the American Soybean Association board of directors. While on the ASA board, he has served on the biotechnology working group, Finance committee, Investment committee, a representative of the National biodiesel board, the Public Affairs committee, the regulatory task force and the Trade policy and international affairs committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Jim has participated in numerous trade missions and market development programs while on the USSEC. Jim’s term on the ASA board concluded in December and he will term out as the US Export Council chairman in March of 2018.
NSA is a statewide, not-for-profit, grassroots membership organization that develops and implements policies to improve the profitability of its members and the entire soybean industry. NSA is one of 26 soybean producing states affiliated with the American Soybean Association.
Were you a 2006 customer of Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company? The company may be looking to give you some money.
About 100 refund checks didn't make it to their intended customers and were recently returned to NNTC with no forwarding address. If you were a customer in 2006 and did not receive a check, please call Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company at 1-888-397-4321.
At the end of 2017, nearly 6,000 NNTC customers received checks averaging between $500-$1,000. Clearwater is one of the communities served by the phone company. Joni Merical with NNTC issues the checks by direction of the board of directors. She said customers are often surprised about the money showing up in their mailboxes.
“They’ll call and say, ‘Is this for real?’ and I say you were a member of NNTC during a financially profitable year,” Merical says.
The capital credits sent out at the end of 2017 reflect the amount of money those customers paid for their telecommunications services in 2006. The payout is behind eleven years due to non-payout in early years when the company was re-investing in itself. NNTC was founded in 1955. Merical and other employees do their best to find all the 2006 customers, but about 100 checks were returned to the company with no forwarding address.
Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company is one of the few telecommunications providers in Northeast Nebraska to provide capital credits or money back to its customers. NNTC provides phone, internet and digital television to 30 communities in Northeast Nebraska. Capital credits are unique to the Northeast Nebraska company because of its standing as a cooperative or co-op. Telecommunication co-ops have the ability to pay their customers back as the company’s financial situation allows. Since money was made by NNTC, that money stays in Northeast Nebraska, giving the area an economic boost.
According to Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company’s Board President David Armstrong, the company pays out when they can.
“We pay our owners [customers] their capital credits as quickly as possible while maintaining the ultimate goal of reinvesting in the finest fiber lines in Northeast Nebraska,” President Armstrong said.
At this time of year, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses like the flu can prevent regular donors from giving. This makes it particularly important that healthy donors make an appointment to donate blood.
A blood donation opportunity is planned in Clearwater on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Clearwater Legion. For more information on the blood drive, call 402-485-2505.
Breaking school records in college forensics is something that a small-town Clearwater-Orchard graduate had never dreamt of as she stepped into her speech suit for the first time as a high school freshman.
But, six years later, Katie Funk could never imagine where she would be without the opportunities, relationships, skills and passion speech has given her.
At a young age, Funk’s interest for speech grew more and more each Saturday as she watched her older sister perform countless times. Not only did her older sister influence her love for speech, but Funk also said that it was nice growing up in a smaller school where she was able to be involved in so many activities.
Unsure of what she should compete in, Funk began her high school career performing in duet acting and persuasive. Moving on into her junior and senior years, she found success competing in entertainment and serious prose. Funk finished her high school career with a third place medal at state in entertainment her junior year, and a second place medal at state in entertainment her senior year.
Although her memories from high school speech are endless, she said one of her favorite memories was from her freshman year with her duet partner, Jake Allemang.
“We had a part in our speech where he had to stand on the table. We were in a room where the ceiling was really low and I told him not to stand before we performed, but he forgot,” said Funk. “When we were performing, Jake stood on the table and hit his head on the ceiling and knocked the ceiling tile out of place. I was laughing so hard that I could hardly say my lines.”
Throughout the years, Funk has had constant support from her siblings, friends, coaches and most importantly, her parents. She said throughout the years, her mom and dad have been her biggest supporters, helping whenever they can and being sure to attend as many competitions as possible.
“Last year, they traveled to Wisconsin to watch me compete at Nationals, and it honestly meant the world to me,” she said.
Not evening knowing the possibility of competing in speech at the college level, Funk was surprised when the Concordia speech coaches reached out during her visit. Sitting down with the coaches, she was given the opportunity to play volleyball and compete in speech.
Funk said, “I knew immediately it was what I wanted. All of my coaches and teammates have been really flexible and patient, so I’m able to be involved in both programs and it’s been amazing.”
Currently in her second year at Concordia, she has competed in Dramatic Interpretation, which has qualified for two national tournaments; Prose, which has qualified for one national tournament; and Duo, which has qualified for one national tournament. Funk is putting in more work this season as she prepares a Program of Oral Interpretation (POI), as well as a Persuasive speech.
Speaking with Forensics Director, Andrew Moffitt, there was no doubt how important Funk has been to the team.
“Katie has been one of our most dedicated competitors in the last few years. We are in the process of completely rebuilding the speech team at Concordia, and she has been key in not only achieving renewed competitive success, but she also has helped mold a team culture that stresses not only competitive success, but one of trust and support as well,” said Moffitt, who is in his third year as director.
This year Funk’s team has broken several records, including the number of finalists in a single weekend of competition, number of national bids achieved in a single month, and fastest time to qualify an event by a single competitor. Speakers for Concordia, including Funk, have qualified for a total of 13 events to the NFA National Championship, which will be held in April at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
“I have really enjoyed finding a passion for change. I have really become fascinated with finding passion in things I was never really interested in before because I never took the time to learn about them. I have also cherished all of the amazing people I have gotten to meet because of it. I have teammates from all over the country, and a couple from around the world,” she stated.
Funk will continue her career this season as well as her junior and senior year at Concordia, as well as continue studying for a major in Marketing and minor in Graphic Design. After finishing college, she plans to share her passion for speech as a judge or coach, and be sure to do her part to make sure to use her voice for those who don’t have one.
Just over 16 years ago, a baby girl was given up for adoption by her birth mother.
Alyssa Moser of rural Clearwater said she knows what a special gift she was given that day.
Her adoption came rather unexpectedly to Chris and Sandy Moser. She said her dad received a phone call right after she was born. When he told his wife there was a baby girl to adopt, they cried tears of joy. At one week old, she went home with the Mosers.
A recent trip to Washington, D.C. made Alyssa realize things could have turned out very differently.
She was one of the area students who participated in the 45th Annual March For Life on January 19.
Some of her friends and cousins have attended the march in the past and encouraged her to go. Moser signed up to participate last year, but the group couldn’t travel due to the weather.
“I was bound and determined to go this year,” she said.
Fifty-two people traveled day and night for 28 hours on a charter bus from Norfolk to Washington, D.C.
Moser, who is a sophomore at O’Neill Public School, said their bus included chaperones and other students from Elgin Pope John, O’Neill St.Mary’s, Norfolk Public, Norfolk Catholic, and one student who was homeschooled. Her mom, Sandy, was one of the chaperones.
On the day of the march, it was sunny as hundreds of thousands of people chanted and held signs, filling the street as they marched toward the Supreme Court building. They peacefully protested Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. She said her group wore bright yellow hats so they could stay together in the crowd.
“It was really loud, we were in the middle,” Moser said. “There were so many people packed in surrounding you. I really didn’t see any counter protesters. Everyone was really positive and smiling.”
She said they spent about three hours marching. At one point, it became clear just how big the crowd really was.
“We went up a hill, and at the top, I looked forward and then backward,” Moser said. “There were so many people, I couldn’t see the end in either direction.”
That was just one of the powerful moments she experienced during the trip.
“Looking at all those people and knowing they were all there for the same cause was amazing,” she said. “We were all joining together to be a voice for the voiceless ones.”
Speakers at the march included President Donald Trump via satellite, House speaker Paul Ryan, and Pam Tebow, mother of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.
However, it was the day after the march that was the most emotional for Moser.
Her group went to Planned Parenthood for an hour of prayer. As she prayed in front of the clinic, she watched escorts walk women and couples in the door.
“Since I’m adopted, it hit home,” Moser said. “You can always choose adoption. I was just bawling for awhile standing outside Planned Parenthood. That was when I really understood how much I cared.”
Although she has never met her biological father, she has been able to meet with her birth mother several times, as well as two of her biological siblings.
“(My birth mother) always said that abortion was never an option for her,” Moser said.
And for this act of love, she is truly grateful. Moser said the theme for this year’s march couldn’t be more fitting, “Love Saves Lives.”