April 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
(Top photo) The Pope John MathCounts team of Faith Kinney, Maddie Schrage, Lauren Seier and Kyle Schumacher participated in the 32nd Annual Nebraska State Competition at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln on March 21st. Having qualified as a team by placing second in the regional competition in Columbus in February, they were among the 71 students from 26 schools in the state competing for a spot in the national competition. They were faced with difficult, challenging problems.
Kyle Schumacher, son of Kevin and Lisa Schumacher, had the highest individual score of the Pope John students. The Lux Middle School team, coached by Ingrid Zhang, was the overall winner. The Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers coordinates the state MathCounts competitions.
American Mathematics Competition
(Lower photo) Once again some of the Pope John students were given the opportunity to take the annual American Mathematics Competition 10 and 12 tests. Ten of the freshmen and sophomores wrote the AMC 10 exam while ten of the juniors and seniors took the AMC 12 test.
School results from the AMC 10 test show that Logan Henn, son of Denis and Jan Henn, placed first among Pope John students. Placing second was Shantel Preister, daughter of Scott and Kay Preister, while the third place honor was earned by Calli Krebs, daughter of Jeff and Lynette Krebs.
There was a tie for first place in the AMC 12 division. Zach Eischeid, son of Karen and the late Paul Eischeid, and Nicole Beckman, daughter of John and Tracy Beckman, earned the top school score. Morgan Childers, daughter of Duane and Chelli Childers, placed second. Jack Borer, son of Merle and Emily Borer, placed third.
All school winners receive certificates. Those placing first receive s special math medal and have their names engraved on the school winners’ plaque. Photos & information submitted
March 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
It took 800 eggs divided up among 77 kids to make a successful Easter Egg Hunt in Elgin on Saturday. And the winners were… Age up to 2 years winner was Chase Pickrel (2), Neligh; Ages 3-4 was Emma Hortsmann (3), Neligh; Ages 5-6 was Annastasia Smith (6), Elgin and Ages 7-9 was Chloe Henn (7), Elgin. The hunt was held at the Elgin City Park with sunny skies and cool temperatures. As always, the actual hunt lasted just a few minutes. E-R photo
Anticipation had been building for weeks, ever since it was announced that a time capsule had been found in the corner stone of the St. Boniface School which was recently demolished.
On Sunday afternoon, during the annual consignment auction for St. Boniface Catholic Church, the mystery of the contents of the time capsule was exposed.
Father Ross Burkhalter had the honors of opening the time capsule, but not before Carol Eischeid read the history of the time capsule as published in The Elgin Review in 1908.
To put it all in perspective, one need only look to the history books. When the builders of Catholic school were placing brick upon brick the following were true:
• Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States
• The Titanic was only a dream, it would be years before the ship would sail on its fateful maiden voyage.
• The world would change in less than a decade when World War I would break out.
• Then there was Elgin. The community was just 19 years old.
• The Great Depression from which the U.S. would emerge as a world superpower was more than two decades away.
With that as a backdrop, the builders of the school placed items in the time capsule which would reflect their time, their place in the world.
With the help of auctioneer Ted Baum, Father Burkhalter was careful to open the time capsule with a hammer and a screw driver.
The first item pulled from the capsule was an official document commemorating the day the corner stone was laid on August 7, 1908.. Familiar names like Venteicher, Geist, Hoefer, Meis, and Beckman were mentioned on the document. The next item removed was the July 31, 1908 issue of The Elgin Review. Burkhalter read from the front page of the newspaper, noting how well the newsprint had stood the test of time.
More papers were pulled from the capsule. Two German language papers, O’Fallon Hauffreund and Amerika. Another newspaper retrieved from the time capsule was True Voice. All the papers dated back to July 1908.
Harder to discern the date on a number of coins from that period of time.
And then it was over. Some were left wanting more from so many years ago.
However, the time capsule itself looked to be no bigger than a safety deposit box one might rent at the Bank of Elgin.
Yet, for a few moments, everyone stepped back in time.
Women from the area can count on being treated to a fantastic night of food, entertainment and inspiration at the 2015 Da Ladies Nite Out, sponsored annually be the Elgin Knights of Columbus.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 8 at the Elgin Knights of Columbus Hall.
This year’s entertainment will feature a northeast Nebraska wife and mother of three, Jill Junck.
Junck, her husband Scott and three boys Chase, Owen and Emmett live on their family farm near Randolph. Along with the normal trials and tribulations inherent in the life of a family farm, the Junck family faced a life-altering crisis seven years ago.
In 2008, their oldest son Chase was a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Then 16 months old, Chase suffered his injuries courtesy of his daycare provider. After being revived and facing severe health setbacks due to his injuries, Chase spent months in rehabilitation and defied all odds to fight his way back to a normal life.
Jill and the family had nothing but their faith to hold on to during this time when the outcome was unknown at best.
Their faith was further strengthened as Chase shared his feelings about Jesus that he experienced as he healed and fought to recover from this syndrome that often does not have a happy ending. As he grew and could communicate better, he continued to share his experiences of faith from this traumatic time in his life.
While his health improved, the family continued to face and had to overcome additional struggles in the following years.
Jill will make you laugh, smile, cry, count your blessing and grow in your own faith - all at the same time.
Tickets for the evening are now on sale so mark your calendars and “save-the-date”! Tickets can be purchased at The Elgin Review, Lordemann Insurance, Dean’s Market or from any KC member.
The Pope John XXIII Central Catholic junior high band recently received honors at a northeast Nebraska contest. They performed at the Wayne State College Middle School Solo & Ensemble Festival on March 10th. The full band received a superior rating on their two selections. The following students received superior ratings on their solos: Kyle Schumacher (trumpet), Luke Henn (alto saxophone), R.J. Lierman (snare drum), and Faith Kinney (trumpet). Also receiving superior at that contest were Breanna Bartak and Haley Zegers on their trombone duet. Kayce Kallhoff performed at the Elgin Band Contest on March 21 and received an excellent rating on her clarinet solo.
Pictured are, Back row: Kyle Schumacher, Luke Henn, R.J. Lierman. Front row: Kayce Kallhoff, Breanna Bartak, Haley Zegers, and Faith Kinney Photo submitted