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PJCC, EHS Students Earn Superior Marks At Music Contest

April 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elgin High School and Pope John CC music students displayed their talents at the District Music Contest held recently in Norfolk.

Pope John music students were among those competing at the District Music Contest held in Norfolk Friday, April 22. Awarded Superior (1) ratings were:
• Men’s Quartet
• Logan Henn: Vocal Solo
• Scott Moser: Vocal Solo
• Jordan Mescher: Vocal Solo
• Erin Beckman: Vocal Solo
• Karissa Dicke: Vocal Solo
Receiving Excellent (2) ratings were:
• Mixed Choir
• Women’s Choir
• Sydney Kerkman: Flute Solo
• Brody Hupp: Vocal Solo
• Wenting Yu: Vocal Solo
• Taralyn Baum: Vocal Solo
• Nicole Beckman: Vocal Solo
• Madison Dilly: Vocal Solo
Music director at PJCC is Rachel Becker.

Elgin High School students competed Friday at the District Music Contest held in Norfolk.
Receiving Superior (1) ratings were:
• Solo - Leslie Linares
Receiving Excellent (2) ratings were:
• Elgin Public Choir
• Elgin High Band
• Duet - Ingvild Bekkeseth and Leslie Linares
• Duet - Baylee Wemhoff and Allyson Wemhoff
• Duet - Kaitlyn Polk and Dylan Widger
• Solo - Ingvild Bekkeseth
• Solo - Kaylee Martinsen
• Solo - Kaitlyn Polk
• Solo - Allyson Wemhoff
• Solo - Baylee Wemhoff
At Monday night’s spring concert, music instructor Eric Heithoff explained the rankings (numbers) used by the NSAA.
Division (1) — Shall represent an outstanding performance.
Division (2) — Shall represent an excellent performance that is outstanding in some respects.
He said he was very pleased with the students’ performances at the music contest.

Loos Tells FFA Members To Promote Agriculture

April 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

By Marie Meis
Thursday night, in the Elgin High School gymnasium, there was a celebration of all things agriculture.
The occasion was the 49th annual Elgin FFA banquet. Awards were handed out, new officers installed and a special presentation was made featuring Trent Loos.
This sixth generation agriculturist spoke to all those present about the importance of educating those who don’t understand the agriculture industry. He explained that with so many people working against the industry, it’s our job to work together to educate them.
Loos explained that it isn’t a rare occasion for someone to come up to him and ask if he is a “real cowboy”. This gives him an opportunity to educate the public on what those in agriculture are doing. Many are very accusing, saying things such as our meat products are filled with unhealthy hormones. Loos said our meat products are safe, and many of the “scientific claims” can easily be debunked.
Another of Loos’ main points was that it is those in agriculture’s job to educate the consumers about what they are eating. It’s very important to remember that even though you may just be one person, you can make a difference. It’s hard for producers to feed the world when the consumers are working against them.
The room was filled with laughter during the duration of his speech. He was entertaining, as well as educational on the importance of spreading the word of agriculture. Mr. Loos received a very deserving standing ovation at the end of his speech.

Hensley Receives FFA “VIP” Award

April 28, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Earlier this month, the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln was filled with blue jackets. Corduroy blue FFA jackets that is. It was the awards ceremony at the 88th Nebraska FFA State Convention, and students flooded into the arena to hear their State Officers deliver awards to outstanding chapters and individuals who help FFA thrive in the state of Nebraska.
Karl Hensley, Central Valley Ag’s Senior Vice President was honored to accept the VIP Award during the ceremony. This award is given to an individual who assures that the association is on point, and helps sustain FFA for the future. Over the past six years Karl has committed his time to helping influence the agricultural industry to invest in, engage with and support FFA programming through his role in serving as a volunteer on the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board of Directors.
Through his work with the NE FFA foundation he has helped create programming for industry supporters to engage with agricultural education students in the classroom and across the state. He helped create collaboration with industry supporters to develop key programming with the NE FFA Foundation to share the story of FFA through the “I Believe in the future of FFA” campaign. Through this campaign over 2 million dollars have been raised to support local and statewide FFA programming.
This would not have been possible without Hensley’s passion and commitment to FFA.

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

FFA Banquet To Feature Guest Speaker Trent Loos

April 20, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A year of accomplishment will be celebrated Thursday night at the 49th Annual Elgin FFA Banquet.
The event will be held in the EPS gymnasium, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
EHS and PJCC students, as members of the Elgin FFA, will be recognized for their accomplishments during a very busy year. Awards will be handed out, there will be a “year-in-review” slide show, and officers for the 2016-2017 school year will be announ-ced.
Guest speaker for the event will be nationwide rural radio talk show host Trent Loos from Loup City.
Known for his radio show entitled “Loos Tales,” Loos will inspire and challenge FFA members, their parents and others connected to the agriculture industry to speak up for agriculture.
He launched his radio show back in 2001 and today it airs on over 100 stations nationwide and boasts three million listeners on-air and online. In 2008, he was recognized as the “Voice of Rural America” by the West Quest organization for his ground-breaking work in advocating for agriculture and speaking on behalf of “folks who would rather stay home and tend to their crops and livestock than take on those attacking their life-sustaining industry.”
The banquet is for FFA members, their parents and invited guests.

Dirt Work Begins For New Parish Hall At Raeville

April 20, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Progress continues to be made towards the construction of a new parish hall for St. Bonaventure Parish at Raeville.
Just last week, dirt work began on the new hall construction project.
While rain over the weekend may have temporarily slowed down efforts, the parish is moving forward with a planned fundraiser later this month.
The parish is planning a rummage/bake sale to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1. Money raised from the event will go towards construction of the building which, when completed, will be 120 feet long and 60 feet wide. The new building will be located south of the parish rectory around the orchard area.
Persons wishing to drop off items for the rummage sale may do so this weekend, April 23-24. On Saturday, volunteers will be at the Raeville Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and again on Sunday after Mass to 5 p.m.
Hours for the rummage/bake sale will be:
Friday, April 29 — 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Church and rectory tours will be available during that time. Old and new items will be for sale and there will be product vendors in the rectory.
Also, a lunch stand will be available for those looking for a bite to eat.
In February, parishioners received approval from Omaha Archdiocese Archbishop George Lucas to go forward with the project. More than two-thirds (nearly $268,000 has been collected/pledged) of the $350,000 has been raised so far.
Other activities planned later this year is a “last” Raeville Dance in June, and a family fun day during the summer.

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