A Pope John senior was named one of four scholarship recipients from the Nebraska Press Association Foundation this week.
Marie Meis of Elgin was awarded the prestigious $2,000 scholarship during during the annual spring NPA conference.
Meis plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Agriculture Communications and is the daughter of Jim and Anne Meis. Other scholarship winners were Kamrin Baker, Omaha, NE; Kalli Meyer, Scribner, NE; and Katie Pearson, Wahoo, NE.
The Nebraska Press Association Foundation was established in the fall of 1991. Under the established guidelines, scholarship applicants must be residents of Nebraska who will be enrolled, either as incoming freshmen or upper classmen, in Nebraska-based colleges and universities this fall in a print journalism program.
This year the Foundation has awarded four scholarships. Two are to high school students planning to attend a Nebraska college or university and two are to students who are currently attending a Nebraska college or university.
Elgin Public will perform their spring concert on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. This will feature the 7-12 Band, 7-12 Choir, and soloists in grades 5-12.
The elementary spring concert will be on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m., featuring preschool through 6th grade, including singing, recorders, 5th and 6th grade bands, and "Joust!" - the mini-musical.
In addition, the Elgin Music Boosters are selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Five types are available: original glazed, chocolate iced, lemon filled, raspberry filled, and kreme filled. Doughnuts are $10 a dozen, and delivery will be on May 3. The boosters will be selling until April 23. If you would like to buy some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, talk to any Elgin Public music parent, or Mr. Heithoff at the school.
This year Elgin attended the Life on the Farm gathering at the Harm and Tulleys Event Center at the fairgrounds located in Bloomfield. The festival had just over 275 third and fourth graders in attendance.
The children came from all over Northeast Nebraska and took a turn at all seven stations. The stations consisted of an ATV Simulation, Corn and Soybean, Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine and Poultry. Honey bees were on the agenda but unfortunately couldn’t make it this year due to weather conditions.
Krista Podany from the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation puts this event together. Podany says this type of learning is a fun alternative to the classroom and reading books. “They actually get to see a cow and see how big it is, instead of just reading about it.”
Life at the Farm really educates on food, fiber, fuel. “Sometimes kids think eggs come from cows,” Podany goes on to explain. “Because they see the eggs and the milk at the store and are told that this is what dairy is.”
“It’s not only important to tell them where their food is coming from but also show them farmers are treating their animals well,” said Kristen Sindelar who spoke at the swine station.
Kids got to interact with many farm animals, including a dairy cow, beef cows, sheep, a pig and chickens. The animals come from all over Knox County.
Podany says Elgin and Neligh are considering setting something like this up next year for Antelope County.
Elgin and Petersburg representatives were selected to attend Cornhusker Girls and Boys State in June.
Kaylee Martinsen of Elgin Public and Lauren Seier of Pope John were selected as Elgin delegates for Girls State. Maddie Schrage of Pope John was chosen as the Petersburg representative.
Martinsen is the daughter of Chad and Jamie Martinsen, Seier is the daughter of Craig and Virginia Seier of rural Petersburg, and Schrage is the daughter of Jerry and Tami Schrage.
Allyson Wemhoff of Elgin Public was chosen as the alternate. She is the daughter of Greg and Joyce Wemhoff of Elgin.
Representing Elgin at Boys State will be Hunter Reestman of Elgin Public, and Kyle Schumacher and Ervin Dohmen, both of Pope John.
Reestman is the son of Ryan and Jessica Reestman, Schumacher is the son of Kevin and Lisa Schumacher, and Dohmen is the son of Angela Cuffe and Jeff Cuffe.
Girls and Boys State will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, June 3-9. The programs are designed to provide youth with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate.
Elgin Public School celebrated its prom on Sunday night at the KC Hall. Due to the weather, school officials moved the prom from Saturday to Sunday.
The grand march kicked off events at 5 p.m., followed by photos. The meal was served at 6 p.m. with traditional prom activities following. The event was to end at midnight. Students participating in prom were given a late start to school on Monday.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference.
There will be an opportunity to donate at the Elgin Public School on Monday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kay Whaley knows the impact of blood donations. When she was 9, she was in an accident and received many transfusions. That experience inspired her to become a blood donor. “It takes about an hour of your time and could save the life of a friend, neighbor or even family member,” she said. “It doesn’t cost you anything and is the greatest gift you could give.”
Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed to help meet patient needs this spring.
Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All those who come to donate from April 9 to May 13, 2018, will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply. More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Lets-Do-More.)
Due to the impending weather conditions Pope John has moved their performance times for their musical "Starmites."
Friday's performance will now begin at 6:00 p.m. and a performance will be scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Boniface Gym. There will not be a Saturday evening performance.
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An Elgin Public sophomore earned a gold medal at the State FCCLA Conference on Tuesday morning.
Mackenzie Rudolf was presented a gold medal for her work in national programs and action - senior.
Medalists were announced during the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
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