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Ninety-six participants teed off at the Antelope County Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament on Friday at the Antelope County Country Club in Neligh.
Teams were split into first and second flights. Six of those teams with the best scores in the first nine holes were in contention for the championship.
Pinnacle Anesthesia was the grand champ, as its team won first place in championship with an overall score of 55. Members of its team were Austin Gadeken, Chris Funk, Mark Funk and Tim Johnson.
Clearwater Feed and Grain followed close behind for second place with a score of 56. Third place went to Roger Rudloff with an overall score of 57.
Neligh Family Dentistry also finished with a score of 57 in the championship, but Roger Rudloff was decided on for third place based on a randomizer.
For the first flight, Wanek Pharmacy placed first with a score of 56. Pinnacle Bank followed in second with a score of 60, and Cowboys & Indians finished in third with a score of 61.
Cowboys & Indians were tied with Troy Dawson, but were chosen for third by a randomizer.
In the second flight, the Hild Family earned first place with a score of 62. Hausmann Construction got second with a score of 63, and Overland Rehab finished in third with an overall score of 64.
The tournament was a four-person scramble with a fee of $375 per team.
Proceeds from the tournament went to health care needs in Antelope County.
The mobile food pantry, sponsored by various churches, individuals and businesses in Antelope County, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, July 17 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Club in Neligh.
The goal is to provide free food to those whose needs are great and resources are limited without being restricted by income guidelines.
Due to liability reasons, recipients will not be allowed in the building until 4 p.m. Remember to bring your own boxes and a completed proxy form signed by the person you will be picking up food for.
The man who is accused of the murder of Neligh native Sydney Loofe entered not guilty pleas during his arraignment in Saline County District Court on Friday morning.
Aubrey Trail, 51, pleaded not guilty to murder in the first degree, a class 1 or class 1A felony, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison (Class 1) or the death penalty (Class 1A); and improper disposal of human skeletal remains, a class IV felony, which carries up to 2 years in prison and a fine. He had previously waived his preliminary hearing and the case was bound over to district court.
Benjamin and Joseph Murray were both present as Trail’s counsel. There were originally appointed as standby counsel and told the judge they will now represent Trail from this point forward.
On Thursday, state prosecutor Sandra Allen of the Nebraska State Attorney General's office filed court documents indicating that the state intends to seek the death penalty in the case.
Allen, who is serving as a Special Deputy Saline County Attorney, alleged that Trail has a history of "serious assaultive or terrorizing criminal activity" and that Loofe's murder "manifested exceptional depravity by ordinary standards of morality and intelligence." She also named 457 potential witnesses in the murder case.
Trail's next court appearance will be a status hearing on August 20 at 10 a.m.
Bailey Boswell, 24, is also charged in Loofe's murder. She is set to appear in court on July 24.
On a scorching hot day, it was cool inside The Flats on 8th.
Nearing completion, the owners of The Flats on 8th, Holly and Pat Meuret, held an open house on July 4 during Neligh’s Old Mill Days.
With about 60 visitors within the first hour of the open house, manager Trisha Howard was very happy with the turnout.
The Meuret family decided to hold the open house during Neligh’s Old Mill Days in order to draw a larger crowd. They also drew in a lot of out-of-towners, as well as a very diverse age range, she said.
Although she predicts the primary occupants of the Flats to be older, she said they have received inquiries from people in their mid-20s and early-30s about the complex.
Being an all-inclusive apartment complex, Howard commented that The Flats is a great place to live for those who do not want to worry about all that comes with home ownership.
Some interior and exterior projects need completed yet, but the 12-unit apartment complex has been cleared for occupancy, and a few tenants are set to move in within the next few weeks.
Visitors had the chance to experience the history of Antelope County during a night at the museum on Tuesday.
The “Evening At the Museum” was held on Tuesday, July 3, at the Antelope County Museum in Neligh.
Dr. George Strassler, the former president of the Antelope County Historical Society, said that events like this are put on with the hopes that it will attract locals around Antelope County.
“This is a promotion intended to get people to come into their own museum,” he said.
Dr. Strassler said that the museum has allowed him to meet visitors from all over the world, but not as many from around the area.
“It’s a funny thing. We get a lot of people from out of town. From Canada, from Mexico. I’ve talked to people from all over the world at this museum. Can I get people who live in Neligh or in Elgin or Orchard to come through the door?” he said.
Strassler said he hears people saying they want to visit the museum and see the exhibits. This event, Strassler said, allows them to do just that.
“They always say, ‘Geez, I want to get down there some time. I ought to do that.’ Well, we are supplying the ought to do that!”
The Antelope County Museum, which opened in 2014, set out to “Preserve and collect the history of Antelope County.” Since its opening, the museum has expanded to include exhibits from each town as well as a schoolhouse, which was moved into town to sit across the highway from the museum in the spring of 2018.
Strassler said that they do not only seek out objects from the time period, but anything related to important events of the time period.
“We are constantly collecting items of interest. I refer not only to pots and pans but to newsworthy events which people will talk about in 50 years.”
The history that makes up Antelope County is filled with both good and bad. Strassler went on to say that the negative side of the history is just as important as the positive.
“No better example can be found today than the tragic murder of the local girl in Saline County,” Strassler said. “That is a part of the history of Neligh. Someone may say ‘Well, it’s a terrible thing. We don’t want to talk about that.’ But, we talk about the hanging of Nick Foley, Antelope County’s only lynching. Not all history is positive, but it is history.”
Strassler said that he hopes that visitors will come to the museum prepared with any and all questions they have about the county’s history .
“I just hope that people come to these events or come to this museum and bring their geology questions, their history questions, anything like that. We would love to help!”
Amid concerns of supervision, security, bullying, tardies, the lunch program and respect for its new principal, four Neligh-Oakdale staff members spoke out against an open campus policy at Monday’s school board meeting.
Several other staff members and teachers wrote letters to the board in opposition of the policy. After much discussion and a failed motion to approve the new policy, the board later voted to table the policy until its December meeting.
Nate Metschke, N-O’s band director, told the board he thinks they have good intentions with the policy but wanted to make sure that the policy isn’t just thrown together quickly.
“I think you have great intentions,” Metschke said. “I just wonder if we should tap the brakes and let the teachers here be a part of this. And the school improvement team.”
Metschke cited several reasons for his opposition to the open campus policy, including security. “I feel we would really compromise our security just leaving that front lobby door open for 50 minutes every day
for kids to get in and out,” he said.
Another concern of Metschke’s was that about 40 percent of students at Neligh-Oakdale are on free and reduced lunches.
“I know that would be a real strain on their families to have to pay for that fast food or wherever they’re going because they’re going to want to do that whether they can afford it or not,” he said, citing peer pressure. “They’re prideful ... some will just skip their healthy meal for the day and just go be with their friends just to get out of the building.”
Another staff member who spoke out against the policy was science teacher Lia Heckert, who told the members she’d only attended one other board meeting in her eight years at the district and had never spoken at one. Heckert said she chose Monday’s meeting to speak because she felt so strongly against the proposed policy.
“I think open campus is a very bad idea, and I think an even worse idea is to discuss and vote upon this matter without asking for input from the people who have to deal with the policy,” she said. “I’ve taught more than 15 years in five different schools, and I have never before seen a school board make a decision like open campus without first having the common courtesy to at least ask the teachers or principals about it.”
Heckert said with the exception of board member Ron Gilg, who is a substitute teacher, none of the members “will be regularly watching students come to class late from lunch, none of you will have your classes interrupted by kids roaming the halls with nothing else to do, none of you will have to wonder if your students have returned to the building drunk or high.”
Heckert said the staff tries its best to make “Neligh-Oakdale a very wonderful, fun, safe, supportive place to be. As a collective group, we know a whole lot about how to work with kids in this school, and that wisdom should be respected instead of ignored.”
Donna Keetle, food manager at Neligh-Oakdale, and Becky Kerkman, elementary guidance counselor, also spoke out against the open campus policy.
Keetle’s main concern about the policy was a decrease in participation in the lunch program and what would happen if the students went out for open campus, did not get what they wanted, and came back to the school expecting to be fed lunch.
Kerkman’s main concern with the policy, other than what had been previously stated, was that the open campus policy doesn’t promote wellness like the school lunch program, which has a fruit and vegetable bar.
Ben Dempsey, Neligh-Oakdale’s new principal, was in attendance during the meeting as well. After explaining his experiences with open campus policies, Dempsey asked if the policy could be tabled until he had a chance to familiarize himself more with the school.
“If we go ahead with this, there’s a lot of things I would like to see set in place,” he said. “If we could table it until we get more information, more input from everybody involved, that would be a great first step, I think.”
Several board members also spoke against moving forward with the policy, which was approved on first reading last month and on the agenda for final approval Monday. Gilg said from a recent experience at a Neligh convenience store, he didn’t believe a 25-minute lunch period was sufficient time for students to walk from school, get lunch and return.
Vice President Ryan Koinzan said he had “put the cart in front of the horse” and was appreciative of the input he had received since voting to approve the policy last month. Cory Furstenau, who made the original motion last month, said he, too, wanted to look into the policy further before moving forward.
However, President David Wright instead moved to approve the second reading of the open campus policy. No board member seconded, and Wright’s motion failed. Ron Gilg then moved to table the policy. This motion was passed unanimously by the board.
The Antelope County Healthcare Foundation is holding its annual golf tournament Friday at the Antelope Country Club in Neligh.
The 14th annual golf tournament starts at 9:45 a.m. It is a four-person scramble and the cost is $375 per team.
The entry fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, meal at the end of the tournament, flight prizes, golf carts, green fees and flag prizes. Additional meal tickets are $10.
Proceeds go towards health care needs in Antelope County.
To register or become a sponsor, contact Natalie Bitney at 402-887-6224 or Jack Green at 402-887-6213.
Checks can me made payable to Antelope County Healthcare Foundation and sent to James Meuret, PO Box 229 Neligh, NE 68756.
Many lined the sides of 7th Street in Neligh on Wednesday waiting to see if they were the lucky duck in the 2018 Ducky Derby.
Due to the rising waters in the Elkhorn River, the contest was moved to 7th Street, east of the Neligh-Oakdale High School. The ducks followed a stream of water released by a fire truck, and the duck to travel the furthest was deemed the winner.
The winners of the 2018 Ducky Derby were:
Competitors fired away at the trap shoot tournament at the Antelope County Shooter's Club trap range on Wednesday as part of Old Mill Days.
Five at a time took aim at stations during the fun random prize rounds before the winner-takes-all tournament started for a cash reward.
While they were able to complete the fun rounds and receive prizes, the tournament was rained out and participants were reimbursed.
The tournament will not be rescheduled. However, the regular trap league competition, which occurs every Thursday, will still take place tonight, July 5, as long as it doesn't rain more.
Nearly 50 participants, ages 4-7, competed for trophies in the annual Neligh Young Men's Club Kiddie Tractor Pull. The event was held in front of the courthouse in Neligh on July 4.
Winners by age division:
1. Asher Arehart
2. Synclare Mack
3. Palmer Wieneke
1. Jhett Maudline
2. Lexy Tillema
3. Hailey Poldberg
1. Brenden Wieneke
2. Trigg Bennett
3. Emmy Tillema
1. Kanyon Allemang
2. McCoy Martensen
3. Kellen Roush
The turtles races continue to be one of the favorite youth events of the annual Old Mill Days celebration.
The event was held on the courthouse lawn following the parade on Wednesday.
Turtles competed in 10 heats with two winners selected in each heat. Those turtles moved on to two rounds of semifinals, and from each round, two continued to finals. In the final round, four turtles raced for glory.
Everyone in the finals received a trophy. Max Brudigam won first place with his turtle, Blue. Kaden Wortman took second place with his turtle, Toughy, which only had three legs. Third went to Linkin Rahn with her turtle, Speedy Junior, and fourth went to Lane Furstenau with his competitor, Speedy.
The Rolly Johnson Memorial Horseshoe Tournament drew a crowd following the parade on Wednesday afternoon in Riverside Park.
Results from the horseshoe toss:
Class B (pairs)
The Antelope County News uploaded thousands of photos from the annual Old Mill Days parade hosted by the Neligh Young Men's Club.
Steve Simonsen of Antelope County Chiropractic won NYMC Club Choice. The commercial winner was Morrison Farms, community pride was Blackburn Manufacturing and individual was Richard Sanne, WWII veteran and 70-year member of the Neligh American Legion.
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About 60 youth turned out for the annual fishing derby at Neligh's Old Mill Days at Fred Penn Park.
Sponsored by the Neligh Young Men's Club all of the youth were treated to pop and water afterwards and small packets of fishing tackle courtesy of the Nebraska Game and Parks.
Taylor Sonnenfelt of Hadar had the top weight of all participants with 4 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 6-10 age division. Winning the 11-13 age group was Izzy Pitzer with 4 pounds, 3 ounces. The top fisherman in the 0-5 division was Hannah Elder of Neligh at 3 pounds, 6 oz.
1. Hannah Elder, Neligh, 3 lbs. 6 oz; 2. Skylar Thomas, Neligh, 3 lbs.; 3. Kaden Carver, Ames, Iowa, 2 lbs. 14 oz.
1. Taylor Sonnenfelt, Hadar, 4 lbs. 14 oz.; 2. Cain Mortensen, Neligh, 4 lbs. 3 oz.; 3. Hunter Sonnenfelt, Battle Creek, 4 lbs. 2 oz.
1. Izzy Pitzer, Oakdale, 4 lbs. 3 oz.; 2. Taisha Hurtig, Clearwater, 3 lbs. 5 oz.; 3. Kate Furstenau, Neligh, 3 lb. 3 oz.
Many high school students aren’t sure what they want to do when they graduate.
But Garrett Jacobsen figured out his career path early and has returned to Neligh to fulfill his goal.
He plans to become a third generation business owner.
Jacobsen, 22, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on May 5, and started working for Taylor Realty and Appraisal and Schacht Abstract and Title Company in Neligh just two days later. The businesses are owned by Bennie and MaryEllen Taylor of Neligh.
“I knew I wanted to come back and work with my grandpa,” Jacobsen said.
The 2014 Neligh-Oakdale graduate said it was his high school’s work release program that led him to his career. The program allows seniors to work part-time during their final semester if their graduation requirements have been met. He started working for his grandpa in January of his senior year.
“I think from the very first day he started working here he knew this is what he wanted to do,” Bennie Taylor said. “He likes being outdoors and enjoyed going out on inspections with me.”
Jacobsen said he also experienced similar work with another company in high school.
“In my senior strategies class with Mrs. (Cindy) Hild, she encouraged me to shadow someone else,” he said.
Jacobsen went on a one-day job shadow with Lori (Eichberger) Johnson, a Neligh native who worked at a Lincoln-based appraisal company. He said the Lincoln company does more commercial appraisals, rather than agricultural, but he still enjoyed the experience and knew that’s what he wanted to do.
After high school, Jacobsen enrolled at UNL as a business administration major.
“I switched majors second semester of my freshman year to do something more ag-based because we do a lot of ag appraisals,” he said.
Jacobsen earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.
Taylor said his grandson was a good student at UNL and is a good employee. Jacobsen worked in Neligh during some holiday breaks and the summertime while he was in college.
“Now he understands how this all works,” Taylor said. “A lot of times when you have a trainee come in, it takes a few weeks or months to get up to speed. He was able to walk in the door ready to go. I could turn him loose on it. I just have to answer a few questions and sign off on it.”
Jacobsen still has classroom hours and work experience hours to complete before he can get the licenses he needs to operate on his own.
“It will take him a couple years to get all he needs to get his certified general license,” Taylor said. “The new rule says you can’t do it in less than 2 1/2 years. He has to have someone review his work, and that’s why grandpa’s still hanging around.”
The 78-year-old business owner said the timing works well.
“I’ve thought about retiring a few times,” he said. “When people turn 62 or 65 they usually start to look at retirement, but I knew that I didn’t want to retire that early.”
Taylor has been in the abstract business for more than six decades.
His uncle, Walter Schacht, started the business in 1948 with a desk and a typewriter. He asked Taylor to work with him and learn the abstract business.
“I must be a slow learner because it’s been 61 years, and I’m still here,” he said with a laugh.
After purchasing the business from his uncle in 1965, Taylor later expanded his services to include title insurance and a real estate brokerage firm and appraisal.
Not only is the timing right for his retirement, he said his grandson is a good match for the business.
The son of Dave and Traci Jacobsen, Taylor said Jacobsen’s family has lived in Neligh for many generations, so many people are familiar with him.
“And I have introduced Garrett to a lot of people while he’s been working for me,” he said. “He will have his foot in the door because he has already made those connections. I think it will be a good situation.”
Jacobsen said some changes to the business may include upgrading technology and possibly adding farm management services in the future. He plans to keep the same 420 M St. location and hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Jacobsen said he is adjusting well to moving back. He has purchased a home, helps coach Legion baseball and plays in the men’s golf league at the Antelope Country Club. Jacobsen said he likes living in Neligh again.
“I have a lot of friends in the area still. All my family is here and all of my grandparents live here,” he said. “I enjoyed growing up here. So far, it’s been good being back.”
Wine boxes, home decor and T-shirts oh my!
The Neligh Public Library’s Library Innovation Studios offers technology that people can use to make projects galore. With so much equipment and a dash of creativity, the options are limitless.
However, these creations have a chance to be displayed on more than just walls, shelves or mom’s fridge.
This summer, people have an opportunity to have their work presented in a makerspace showcase at the 2018 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, which begins on Aug. 24.
According to Neligh Public Library director Jennifer Norton, the goal is to exhibit their work by bringing all of their projects together in one location for people to see, as the grant is intended for rural libraries.
“If people have made things and would like to show them off, we will get them to Grand Island to showcase what we’ve done right here in town,” Norton said.
Technology, including a 3D printer, vinyl cutter, CNC router, laser cutter, heat press, embroidery/sewing machine, laminator and button maker kit, is all part of a $530,000 grant from the Nebraska Library Commission.
4-H members’ creations can count as projects if they match the specific requirements. They can then be entered into the county fair and possibly advance to the state fair.
So far, Norton said they’ve had quite a bit of people use the equipment and attend training events, but she’d like to see more.
“We’ve had people working by themselves on the laser cutter, or the vinyl cutter and the heat press, especially,” she said. “So, we’ve had people to some extent, but I’d really like to see a whole lot more come on down and utilize the machines.”
Some projects that have been completed using the gear are on display in the library. A few of them include welcome signs using the vinyl cutter, etched wine glasses using the laser cutter and even a plastic owl created with the 3D printer.
Norton said the material versatility of the laser cutter has made it a popular selection in which people have used it to etch wine bottle boxes, decorative signs and coasters. Also in high demand is the heat press, which can be used to make T-shirts and mouse pads.
The machines are free to use, but people are required to bring their own materials or purchase them at the library, as it provides them for economical prices.
For example, Norton said one can make a T-shirt printed on both sides for $6.
If the community takes enough interest in the machines, she said the library could possibly look into acquiring them on a regular basis.
“The idea is to expose people to these technologies that they otherwise would not have any exposure to,” she said. “And, if there are certain machines or equipment that really strike the interest of community members, then the potential lies for us to purchase equipment, whether through a donation, a grant or fundraising.”
There are still more training events planned on July 10, July 24 and July 31 from 5-7 p.m. If people are unable to make those times, they can call the library to set up an individual session.
In order to complete projects on their own, Norton said children need to be 12-16 years old depending on the machine but need a parent to train alongside them first. From there, the library will determine if they are able to work on their own.
Regardless of whether or not people want to submit their creations for 4-H projects or the state fair, Norton said there are entrepreneurial and education advantages to using the equipment.
“I think the biggest thing is just exploring your creativity, and the fact that this is technology that otherwise would not be available for the general public,” she said. “There are benefits to getting your hands on these technologies, learning how to use them and being creative, either creating things for yourself or others.”
Library Innovation Studios will be at the Neligh Library until Aug. 29.
Neligh native Hunter Bergman (third from left) and his teammates Shanae Baker, Shayla Kramer and Zaine Gallagher, received seventh in the nation in both social media challenge and community service project at the 2018 PBL National Leadership Conference.
The team’s social media and community service projects focused on raising money for and awareness of anti-human trafficking efforts.
The national conference was held June 23-26 in Baltimore, Maryland.
An individual was rescued in the Elkhorn River early Saturday evening after jumping off of a bridge just east of Oakdale.
Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said officials were notified of a missing person around 6:40 p.m. who had jumped into the river from the bridge east of Oakdale. Moore said those individuals with the man lost sight of him after he jumped into the river.
Mikel D. Palmer, 19, of Hastings drifted to the next bridge near Tilden and was pulled out there. Moore said Palmer and those who pulled him out of the water returned to the bridge from where he jumped and met rescue personnel.
“We tell people not to jump off the bridge. It's our fear that there will be a fatality,” Moore said. “It's one thing to go swimming in the river, but it's another thing to jump off of a bridge. The current is constantly changing. There are trees floating in it, and it's dangerous.”
Moore said law enforcement has repeatedly warned individuals not to jump into the river.
"We don't have the manpower to sit down at the bridge all day, and kids are not yielding to the dangers," Moore said. "We need parents and others to help stop kids from jumping into the river. It's just too dangerous."
Multiple rescue personnel were called to assist in the missing person situation, including the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department and Neligh Rescue.
More than 60 runners and walkers competed Saturday morning in the 3rd annual Color Run in Neligh. The event not only kicked of the Old Mill Days celebration, but it also served as a fundraiser for the Neligh-Oakdale Track Committee.
Jonathan Kittelson of Norfolk was the overall winner, finishing in a time of 15:57. He also won the male division, grade 10-12.
Grades 2-6: 1. Jordan Aschoff 25:12; 2. Abby kerkman 32:44; 3. Kenyan Allemang 33:18;
Grades 7-9: 1. Brittany Olson 32:45; 2. Sydney Olson 33:56; 3. Brooklyn Behmer 35:01
Grades 10-12: 1. Lydia Behnk 23:42; 2. Kaydi Daudt 33:21
Graduates-Age 34: 1. Tessa Hain 18:50; 2. Becky Lichtenberg 24:08; 3. Cassidy Curtis 25:21
Age 35+: 1. Tanya Curtis 22:57; 2. Ann Daudt 23:22; 3. Molly Aschoff 29:46
Grades 2-6: 1. Evan Hammon 23:18; 2. Chase Thomas 24:57; 3. James Lodge 45:17
Grades 7-9: 1. Isaac Guenther 17:28; 2. Griffin Claussen 17:50; 3. Ashton Higgins 19:26
Grades 10-12: 1. Jonathan Kittelson 15:57
Graduates-Age 34: 1. Connor Miller 19:37
Age 35+: 1. Jeff wickett 19:08; 2. Henry Aschoff 25:37
Luke Jacobsen of Neligh earned national championship honors in Broadcast News Production on Friday at National SkillsUSA in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jacobsen, a 2017 graduate of Neligh-Oakdale, was part of the Northeast team of Henry Hagge, Dustyn Stortzum and Kaylee Dankert. Jacobsen is the son of Dave and Traci Jacobsen of Neligh.
Jacobsen knew heading into the awards that his team was among the top three, but he admitted that he was nervous as the teams were read.
“At one point, second place pulled up and we weren’t there. Right when it happened, I was think we didn’t place,” Jacobsen said with a laugh.
Not only did they place — they won the national championship.
Jacobsen, who was the only freshman from Northeast, joined the team as a replacement when one of the recent graduates moved to another state. Jacobsen stepped up and became a huge asset to the team.
For the competition, the teams met on Tuesday to go over rules, dress code and expectations. For the event on Wednesday, Jacobsen said the teams were given 20 Associated Press stories and had to sync them down to just a three-minute news cast with five stories.
They then rewrote the stories, used the teleprompter and recorded the newscast live in front of the judges, who then critiqued the students.
“Right away the judges said they liked the way we worked as a team. I didn’t know how we did for sure, but I felt pretty good about it,” Jacobsen said.
As a freshman, Jacobsen worked two live shifts per week with the college station and recorded a voice track for the weekend shift. He also worked on a news or sports show weekly besides working other games and events.
Jacobsen is spending the summer as the voice of the Nebraska Lawdawgs and is calling several Legion baseball games as well.
Four shiny medals will be returning to Neligh soon as all of the FCCLA participants bring home hardware from their national competitions.
Four Neligh-Oakdale students qualified for and competed in the 2018 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, June 28-July 2.
In her first trip to nationals, incoming freshman Mercedes Heckert earned first place in her event, chapter service portfolio - junior for a gold medal.
Twin sisters Emma and Hailey Bixler, who will be juniors this fall, competed in the interpersonal communication, senior division. The Bixler duo earned gold medals and second place in their category at nationals.
Incoming sophomore Aleesha Bergman placed 20th in the nation in life event planning - junior and earned a silver medal for her efforts.
Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA sponsor Kim Scarborough and Vicki Haddock traveled with the local participants.