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Pope John Graduation To Be Sunday

May 5, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The 49th graduating class of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic will receive their diplomas during commencement exercises on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8.
Seventeen seniors will don caps and gowns in front of family and friends to participate in one of the biggest days in their young lives, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Gymnasium.
The program will feature a processional by Pope John Band students led by music instructor Rachel Becker. The invocation will be given by Father James Kramper.
Special music will be performed by Scott Moser.
Chosen as class speaker was Jenna Parks, the daughter of Ed and Anne Parks of Elgin. Following a video presentation, Principal Betty Getzfred will present the graduates for the conferring of diplomas by Ed Moser.
The benediction will be given by Father Ross Burkhalter.
Seniors this year are Maria Bartak, Trey Baum, Nicole Beckman, Karissa Dicke, Andrew Fangman, Lexus Heithoff, Kalin Henn, Kyle Kallhoff, Austin Meis, Scott Moser, Jenna Parks, Ryan Pelster, Chase Preister, Jill Schindler, Seth Schumacher, Terri Seier and Whitney Walker Moore.

City Council Receives Formal Complaint Filed On Two Elm Street Properties

May 5, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The City of Elgin has asked City Engineer John Zwingman to investigate a formal complaint filed concerning two homes in the 200 block of Elm Street.
Meeting Monday night, the Elgin City Council received a preliminary report on the two properties which, according to City Clerk Vicki Miller, due to their current state, do come under the city’s dangerous building standards.
Zwingman, who was at the meeting, said viewing the properties from the public right of way, they appear to have foundation and roof issues. One house has, among other issues, missing windows.
Before he can prepare a formal report, Zwingman asked City Hall to provide him with what legal rights the City has before going onto the properties for a thorough inspection.
Mayor Mike Schmitt said he would get that information to Zwingman so City Hall can proceed on the matter.

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

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

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