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New Mail Collection Hours At Elgin Post Office

August 14, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

postal-servicePatrons of the Elgin Post Office will need to have their mail “in the mail” a bit earlier beginning on Monday, August 24, 2015.
“Due to operational changes”, new collection hours (effective August 22) have been announced at the Elgin location.
For mailers utilizing the counter or inside drop box, mail will need to be dropped off/in by 12:20 p.m. Monday through Friday.  On Saturdays, mail inside will be collected at 9:45 a.m.
The drive-up mail collection box, located on the southeast corner of the building along the alley, will be picked up daily at 1:20 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Elgin FFA Members Awarded National American FFA Degree

August 14, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

FFA logo

FFA logo

Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,434 American Degrees will be awarded. Bailey Carpenter, Brandon Funk, Mallory Fangman and Corin Pelster, members of the Elgin FFA Chapter will be awarded the American FFA Degree at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky.

Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at that national convention.

Elgin FFA Again Gains National Attention! Brandon Funk To Compete At The 88th National FFA Convention

August 13, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Brandon Funk. Elgin Review file photo

Brandon Funk. Elgin Review file photo

The National FFA Organization (FFA) announces its national finalists in August.  Brandon Funk of the Elgin FFA was selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Grain Production - Placement. Funk, the son of Ron and Angela Funk of Clearwater, he is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals to be held Oct. 28 during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.
Elgin FFA Advisor Julia Schwartz provided information Thursday indicating the proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience.
The Grain Production - Placement Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.
Funk, a member of the Elgin FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Nebraska state FFA competition earlier this year.
This award is sponsored by CF Industries, Inc., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists received a plaque and $500.  The national winner of the Grain Production - Placement Award will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the national FFA convention. Also, Schwartz said two other Elgin FFA members earned honors.
Silver Merit Awards
Two other Elgin FFA members earned national recognition. Trey Baum, the son of Chris and Jeanine Baum, and his proficiency of Beef Entrepreneurship, received a Silver Merit award at Nationals while Trent Bauer, the son of Terry and Mary Bauer, with his proficiency of Small Animal Care and Management Entrepreneurship, also received a Silver Merit award.

Two Foreign Exchange Students To Attend Elgin High School

August 13, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

For students, school beckons in a couple of days.
It marks the end of summer recess and the beginning of a new school year.
At Elgin High School, the start of school will bring two new foreign exchange students — Vîctorîa Nika and Ingvild Bekkeseth.
Both girls are 17 years of age and will be staying for the next 10 months with Kurt and Peggy Hanlin who reside here in Elgin.
Vîctorîa comes to Elgin from Taoyuan, Taiwan. Her father is an engineer and her mother works as a professor’s assistant at the university there.
Ingvild’s home is Vikersund, Norway, a community of approximately 3,000. There, her mother is an optometrist.
The community is known worldwide as the home of the world’s biggest skiflying hill, Vikersundbakken, which regularly hosts the World Cup in skiflying.
“Winter lasts forever (where I come from),” Ingvild said. “Snow can come in October and won’t melt on the ground til sometime in March or April.”
Both girls said they are looking forward to attending Elgin High School and participating in school activities as each enjoys dancing and music.
Vîctorîa said she wants to improve her English while Ingvild said she’s looking forward to not only improving her English skills, but to experience another culture.

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

Schools To Welcome Back Students Friday

August 13, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

By Terri Seier
Intern
Back to school advertisements are attacking us everywhere. Students are buying school supplies before they are put through their daily routine of classes and homework. Some students will complain and cry at the sound of school starting, but there are the young few WHO are excited to be put into a routine and see all of their friends again.
Teachers must be the most excited as they decorate their rooms and make up a syllabus for the school year.
They are ready to fill the minds of children with the knowledge of their past, present and future. They are skilled artist painting a model image for each student that crosses their path.
This year the bus routes are the same as last year. Elgin Public will be running the North and West, Neligh and Ewing, bus routes while Pope John’s bus will be running the South, Raeville and Petersburg, route. This will be starting up on the first day of school on Friday, August 14.
On Friday both schools will be dismissing at one o’clock and will be running shortened class periods to run through the schedule and make sure that there are no problems.
For both schools the half-a-day is to allow the students to learn their schedule and also for the teachers to introduce their classes with their syllabus. “It’s more of an orientation day.” Pope John Principal Betty Getzfred said about the first day.
Elgin Public Principal Greg Wemhoff agreed, saying, “The half-a-day is good because it helps get the house cleaning out of the way with handing out books and assigning the students’ lockers.” This allows the teachers, he added, to start lecturing on the first full day, Monday August 17.
Both Wemhoff and Mrs. Getzfred are excited to start the school year as well. The summer projects that have been keeping the school busy are all done and ready for the bustling school life of students and teachers.
“All of the teachers are excited to be back in school and working with the students. We’re wrapping up just a couple of our finishing projects and putting on the finishing touches, but we will be ready for school on the 14th,” Wemhoff said.
Pope John is even having an open house on Wednesday August 12 (tonight), for the parents and students to bring their supplies in and decorate their lockers.
“There will also be a grill out where everyone can sit down and visit with each other while eating.” Mrs. Getzfred said.
Overall, the parents are happy to get their children out of the house and to school, the students are excited to see their friends, and the teachers are ready to fill the youthful minds. It is a school year worth preparing for and will be one to remember.

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