After a strong fall sports season in a number of aspects, Elkhorn Valley recognized their athletes at their Fall Activities Night on Monday.
Athletes were recognized for earning varsity letters, academic all-state and all-conference honors.
The season included a state volleyball berth for the Falcons, as well as three different athletes qualifying for state cross country in Alison Stineman, Brayden Effle and Hunter Bennett. Those students were all recognized during the activities night as well.
All fall varsity athletes earned a letter for the Falcons this season.
Elkhorn Valley Fall Activities Night Honors
Amber Miller, volleyball
Delilah Sierra, volleyball
Adam Miller, football
Prestin Vondra, football
Kimberly Frey, girls golf
Brayden Effle, cross country
Alison Stineman, cross country
Niobrara Valley Conference all-conference volleyball
Amber Miller, first team
Hannah Ollendick, first team
Bri Werner, honorable mention
All-district football honorees
Josh McFarland, first team offense
Prestin Vondra, honorable mention defense
Get to know our teacher feature of the week, Scott Amend. The 4th grade teacher at Elkhorn Valley Public Schools.
Where did you graduate from high school? What year? Caro, Michigan 1996.
What college did you attend? (years & degree) UNK 4 years Elementary Education.
What places have you taught? Elkhorn Valley Schools, Tilden, NE.
How many years have you taught? This is my 8th year.
What subject/class do you teach? 4th grade.
What is your favorite part of teaching? I always learn something new.
What are most excited about for 2017-18 school year? Implementing new ideas and technology.
What are your classroom goals for the year? Teach my students to set goals, create action plans, and reflect on their progress.
What brought you to teach here? The area, the people, the community.
Can you tell me a little bit about your family? Mother and father both live in Michigan during the summer, both are remarried, one younger brother.
What are your hobbies? Hunting, Fishing, pretty much any outdoor activity.
Verdigre played host to the Niobrara Valley Conference East One Act Competition on Tuesday, much to the delight of those in attendance.
Clearwater-Orchard, Elkhorn Valley, Elgin Public, Pope John and Neligh-Oakdale represented Antelope County as part of the eight schools competing.
Elkhorn Valley’s Kaitlin Fleetwood, Rachal Hahne, Angel Qualset, Amber Miller and Parker Klein all represented their school in the awards portion.
An Elkhorn Valley graduate was among those to receive awards for their artwork in the AIGA competition.
In a press release, the Creative Center announced that Ashley Hale won a Bronze award in the AIGA competition in the category of Illustration.
Students entered original creative projects into competitive categories which were judged by area professionals. CC students won six awards at this year’s AIGA competition.
The Creative Center is a college of art and design in Omaha, Nebraska offering a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, and a two-year Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Graphic Design. Students attend class Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 3:30 and learn multiple aspects of graphic design. Every student receives a Mac laptop computer and software as a part of the tuition and fees, and gets plenty of chances to use it exploring as many of the computerized visual realms as possible, from branding to web design, from package design to multimedia, and from advertising to illustration.
2017 AIGA Bronze winners:
Ashley Hale – Elkhorn Valley Public School (NE)
Every year the Elkhorn Valley Art Students are challenged to create a pumpkin design. The pumpkins are displayed and voted on by the students and staff at EV. The winners were Paige Harvey, Brianna Maughan, Jace Thompson, and Ashleigh Nelson.
Overall Winner: Dragon in a Tree by Paige Harvey
Staff Choice: Strawberry by Jace Thompson
JH/HS Choice: Sugar Scull by Brianna Maughan
Elementary Choice: Mummy by Ashleigh Nelson
The Tilden Young Men's Club will host a haunted trail on Sunday.
Free-will offerings will be taken. They will begin at 4 p.m. for younger kids and will offer more terror after dusk.
People are asked to park by the new city office and hospital parking lot, where a trolley will pick up participants and return them after the scare.
The library was quiet except for a slight hum. Within seconds the hum was interrupted as chatter filled the room with excitement from the first grade class as they gathered around Elkhorn Valley’s newest additions.
Each student had a unique question, but they all shared the same fascination as they watched the machine create figures like nothing they had ever seen before.
Half-confused, half curious, one student asked the question that was clearly burning in everyone’s mind. “What is that thing?”
The “that thing” happened to be the first 3D printers in an Antelope County school.
Since their arrival, the Elkhorn Valley library has experienced as much buzz as it has hums with the excitement that Tracy Larson was hoping for when she sent in the school’s grant application.
“It's really fun to see everyday what new things we discover with it. Because that is part of the excitement of receiving this grant, and now having it within our building. It's now at our fingertips all of the time so we can keep learning and growing,” said Larson, Elkhorn Valley’s media specialist.
Last winter, Larson received an email which sparked her interest to apply for the grant awarded by General Electric (GE), which included two 3D printers. Elkhorn Valley was 1 of 400 schools in the nation to receive the grant.
Elkhorn Valley received a Polar 3D Printer, an XYZprinting Printer, Polar 3D’s STEAMtrax curriculum with a 2 year license, 6 rolls of filament for each printer and the STEAMtrax module kit “Tinkering with Turbines.”
“I really think 3D printers have become huge within the workforces, so I think it is great for our kids to be graduating here with some experience with the design elements of that,” Larson said. “And I just think with our gifted program, our shop class, our future ag, and our science programs; I think we can really add a lot of real-life experience for our kids to be able to use in the future.”
Since setting up the new technology, Larson has began experimenting to discover the potential of both printers. She began by testing the intricacy with a replica of the eiffel tower.
Larson was surprised with the details; however, she found that curvature of the tower as well as the details caused the design to be more fragile. To solve this problem, she then developed a thicker scaled tail which proved to be just as intricate but a little more sturdy.
Next, Larson decided to take a more complex route when developing the marble maze run. This print began early on in the school day which gave students the opportunity to watch the printer at work. After 19 long hours and the four separate pieces were assembled, the maze was finally finished.
Larson said students and staff have taken the bull by the horns to learn more about the new printers and how they can be implemented in the school. To receive training, GE has provided links to youtube videos for anyone who is interested in putting in personal time to learn how to design and print.
“They made it really easy to access all of the training. You didn’t have to sit down at one time and attend a webinar,” she said. “You can do it on your own time with what fits your schedule. So, that’s really nice.”
As of now, three teachers have been officially trained and are planning to train more teachers in the future once more interest strikes in the other classrooms. But, there is no doubt that the Elkhorn Valley students are excited for the new programs. Larson explained how many high school students have taken the time to help setup the printers, troubleshoot, and experiment.
“I am really excited to see what the kids design on their own. We had some trouble getting them set up initially, and our high school kids in study hall were so excited about getting these going that they were trying to troubleshoot along side our tech coordinator,” she said. “Some of them actually found solutions on how to get these set up correctly for us. So, it's just really fun to see the problem solving in these kids coming out. And how much more they know than what the adults do.”
Fire Prevention Week runs through Oct. 14, and Antelope County is proud to honor the volunteers with the Tilden Fire Department. Thank you for your dedication.
Members are: Chris Hansen, Kelli Fleetwood, Michelle McIntosh, Jeremy Poulsen. Middle Row: Matt Jensen, Stephanie Thompson, Allan Miller, Brandon Fulsaas. Back Row: Dean Thies, Mark Dietz, Aaron Sauserhere