Clearwater celebrated Homecoming with Orchard last week.
Along with crowning the 2018 King and Queen, Zach King and Katie Stearns, students showed their school spirit by parading around Orchard, followed by games for the elementary students and a dodgeball tournament.
The top classes in the sign contest were the seventh grade class in third place, the junior class in second and the senior class in first.
The sophomore class came out on top with their parade float, followed by the eighth grade class in second.
Winning the dodgeball tournament was the senior class, barely scraping by the freshmen class.
The overall school spirit points winner was the senior class.
Julia Thiele, a senior at Clearwater High School, is one of the 48 finalists in the state for Believers and Achievers who will be honored this school year.
The U.S. Bank® and the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) announced the 2018-2019 Believers and Achievers this week. Beginning in October and continuing through March, 48 Nebraska high school seniors will be honored as Believers & Achievers.
From those 48 finalists, eight will receive $500 scholarships from U.S. Bank® to the college or university of their choice at a scholarship banquet to be held on April 28, 2019. These students will be recognized at NSAA State Championships throughout the 2018-19 activities year and on posters sent to all NSAA member schools and U.S. Bank® branches throughout the state. All of the students nominated for the Believers & Achievers awards program represent the very best of Nebraska’s high schools.
The 48 finalists and their high schools are:
Benjamin Arens, Ainsworth
Katie Bathke, Allen
Leighton Bubak, Arnold
Kyla Wykert, Arthur County
Trevor Cumpston, Aurora
Lane Bertrand, Axtell
Michaela Bartels, Bennington
Elijah Vedral, Bishop Neumann
Brianna Danehey, Blue Hill
Sydney Atkinson, Boyd County
Kalen Dockweiler, Callaway
Grace McDonald, Centura
Julia Thiele, Clearwater
Elizabeth Blaser, Columbus
Alex Lamoureux, Conestoga
Ashtyn Fritz, Creighton
Tristan Larson, Doniphan-Trumbull
Megan Raszler, Elkhorn
Michael Kelly, Elkhorn South
Franklin Fields, Falls City
Avery Decker, Fremont
Kylee Sodomka, Grand Island
Seerat Balraj, Grand Island Central Catholic
Liby Lange, Hartington-Newcastle
Grace Kanel, Humboldt-Table Rock - Steinauer
Lorna Maxon, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
Edvin Ramierez Carrillo, Lexington
Danielle Higgins, Leyton
Jaden Ferguson, Lincoln Southwest
Olivia O'Clair, Loomis
Paige Wood, Maywood
Aubrey Schultis, McPherson County
Brianna Barton, Meridian
Logan Hoover, Nebraska City
Whitney Jensen, Northwest
Amanda Zhang, Omaha Brownell-Talbot
Emma Hansen, Omaha North
Madigan Brodsky, Omaha Westside
Leah Palensky, Papillion-LaVista
South Ali Ebada, Ralston
Kasey Brabec, Schuyler
Jatin Cranmore, Scottsbluff
Rebekah Klenke, Seward
Luryn Hendrickson, Shelton
Allison Nesbitt, Sidney
Malayna Wingert, Sterling
Jarod Hergott, Thayer Central
Leighton Mlady, West Holt
U.S. Bank® and the Nebraska School Activities Association are proud to announce the 2018-19 local school winners of the Believers and Achievers award. Every member school is able to submit two senior students for recognition in this awards program.
Jacob Long and Julia Thiele been chosen to represent Clearwater. The announcement of the 48 statewide winners of the U.S. Bank® Believers & Achievers award will be announced by the NSAA at a later date.
The Clearwater homecoming candidates and court have been announced.
Candidates for king are Chris Kester, Zach King, Jake Long, Austin Pokorny and Clay Thiele. Queen candidates are Taylor Sanne, Katie Stearns and Julia Thiele.
Members of the court are first-grade crown bearers Grace Ahlers and Wyatt Bolling; freshmen attendants Cassidy Bearinger and Ty Rix; sophomores Elly Herley and Rafe Grebin and juniors Taylor Rose Bolling and Tyler Hupp.
The annual homecoming parade will start at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 and the dance is set for Saturday, Oct. 6.
Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company Director Omer Hoffman of Clearwater will officially retire from the NNTC Board of Directors after serving as a board member for nearly 60 years.
According to NNTC, it all started because Hoffman wanted a telephone in his home. In the late 1950s, Hoffman, along with Joe Knievel and Maynard Sterns, worked to raise $27,000 with the goal of bringing dial telephones to their area. They went door-to-door asking residents in Clearwater and Bartlett to donate $30 with the promise of a phone.
The men raised the money needed to get a government loan which allowed them to buy into Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company. NNTC had just been established in Jackson in 1957. Clearwater and Bartlett joined the company in 1958. From there Hoffman was hooked. Once he established phone service in his area, he stayed on the Board of Directors for six more decades.
“I wanted to go off the board the last time and they insisted that I stay on, but do you realize that I’d be 100 years old when I got off the board,” he joked.
The 97-year-old rancher has spent two-thirds of his life advocating for telecommunication service in rural Nebraska. He said the biggest change over the years was the addition of providing internet services.
“Can you imagine the old ringer phones up until now? It’s all electronic age so you wonder where it’s going, “ Hoffman said.
Hoffman has been driving from Clearwater to Jackson to attend meetings for the company for decades. He estimates he has spent three years of his life in total, attending meetings and volunteering for NNTC.
“If you live in an area, you should do something to help support the area. We’ve got volunteer firemen, school board members. This was an opportunity for me to be doing something. And I was glad to give back and to get a phone!” Hoffman said.
Omer Hoffman will be recognized for his contributions at NNTC’s annual membership meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the NNTC facilities in Jackson.
Visitors can enjoy a free meal this afternoon during the Clearwater Market's Grand Opening at their store in Clearwater.
The public can enjoy a meal of grilled hamburgers, brats and hotdogs with sides of salads, chips and cookies until 2:00 Friday afternoon. Customers will be entered to win one of five $20 gift cards with every $50 purchase during business hours today.
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