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Pope John Musical To Take Stage In April

February 27, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Students at Pope John are preparing for the school’s 47th annual musical on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Long-time musical followers and alumni may remember the 1974 and 1989 productions of “Once Upon a Mattress.”  This fun and zany fairy-tale will again come alive on the St. Boniface stage, featuring a variety of talented cast and crew members.
“Once Upon a Mattress” tells the story of the well-known fairy-tale, The Princess and the Pea.  However, the minstrel telling the story recounts the tale a little differently than you might remember!  King Sextimus has been struck mute due to an unfortunate curse, and his controlling wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over the kingdom.  In order to ensure her reign will continue, she has decreed that every princess vying for her son’s hand in marriage must pass a test.  No one else in the kingdom can marry until Prince Dauntless is wed.  The knights and ladies in the kingdom, led by Lady Larken and Sir Harry set out to find a princess who can pass the test.  Their hope is heightened when Winnifred the Woebegone arrives at the castle.  A jester and wizard round out the cast of characters.  Join the entire kingdom as they wait to see if Princess “Fred” can pass the test!

EPS Speech Team Excels At Meets

February 20, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The EPS Speech Team is off and running.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the team traveled to the Howells-Dodge Invite. Participants competed against some large schools and some tough competition.
“It was a great first outing, as we gained lots of experience,” said co-coach Stacy Shumake-Henn. “We had some close calls as far as breaking finals.”
Superior ratings were earned by the following:  Ivy Prater and Ethan Fischer-Duet,  Ivy Prater-Entertainment Speaking,  Katie Polk-Serious Prose, and Stevey Hatch-Extemporaneous Speaking.
Those earning Excellent ratings were as follows:  Allison Koenig, Hunter Thramer, Jamie Hoefer, Taya Voborny,  and Zoey Bergman-OID, Lisa Dohmen-Humorous Prose, and Travis Grosserode, Christopher Bush, Dylan Widger, Alois Warner, and Kenny Bush-OID.
On Friday, Feb. 14, the team took their experience to the Lindsay Holy Family Meet, where three events earned medals.
Katie Polk earned 2nd in Serious Prose,  Ivy Prater received 4th in Entertainment Speaking, and the OID of Travis Grosserode, Christopher Bush, Alois Warner, Dylan Widger, and Kenny Bush earned 5th place medals.
Superior ratings were earned by the following:  Lisa Dohmen, Humorous Prose, Paige Nichols and Katrina Gross-Duet, and Bailey Carpenter-Poetry, and  Hunter Thramer, Allison Koenig, Taya Voborny, Jaime Hoefer, and Zoey Bergman-OID.
Tyler Smith was awarded an Excellent rating in Entertainment Speaking.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

ECF To Award Grant For Community Sign

February 20, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The fundraising campaign to acquire a new electrical sign for the community received another big donation last week.
The Elgin Community Foundation met last week and the consensus was, according to ECF President Todd Heithoff, to award a grant in the amount of $2,500 towards the new sign. Created several years ago, the Elgin Community Foundation issues grants every year from interest generated by donations through the Nebraska Community Foundation.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Payne Completes Basic Training

February 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Air Force Airman Kix R. Payne graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Payne is the son of Peggy and Ray Payne of Elgin.
He is a 2013 graduate of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic School, Elgin.

Red Cross Bloodmobile Coming February 19

February 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be coming to Elgin on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Sponsored by Pope John, it will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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