March 30, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
According to PJCC’s Julie Buhrenheide, “Overall, we finished 2nd as a team in Class D!” Excellent job!
The PJCC students and how they placed:
1st place- Kyle Schumacher in Agriscience, Brody Hupp in American History and Logan Henn in Biology
2nd place- Logan Henn in World History, Wenting Yu in Chemistry, Chase Preister in Body & Frame Dimension Diagnosis, Kyle Schumacher in Geometry, Sydney Kerkman in Music and Brody Hupp in Vocabulary
3rd place- Marie Meis in Public Speaking
4th place- Marie Meis in Algebra II, Ryan Pelster in Technical Math and Whitney Walker Moore in Computer Literacy
5th place- Terri Seier in English Composition and Shantel Preister in Parenting/Child Development
6th place- Sydney Kerkman in Business English and Jenna Parks in Intro To Psychology
March 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
A family instrumental in the growth of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School was recognized with the prestigious Roncalli Award Sunday night.
During the 30th annual PJCC Development Dinner, held at Werner Hall in Petersburg, Father Ross Burkhalter presented the Roncalli Award to the Leonard and Juan Hoefer Family.
“Leonard passed away in 2000 and Juan continues to be actively involved in supporting Pope John. All seven of their children attended Pope John,” Fr. Burkhalter said.
“Both Leonard and Juan were actively involved in CCPJ for many years. In fact, Juan and the St. Boniface Quilters are currently working on the next CCPJ Quilt for next year’s raffle.
“Leonard and Juan placed a high value on Catholic Education. All seven of their children attended St. Boniface School and graduated from Pope John. Leonard and Juan have had 16 grandchildren attend Pope John and one great granddaughter will graduate this year. They have one granddaughter and two great grandsons at St. Boniface.
“Leonard and Juan’s commitment to Catholic Education is part of their family legacy! It’s also something that has been instilled and active in the entire Hoefer family.
“Gary generously serves as MC during Evening with Friends and alumni banquets and continues to help sell Pope John Booster Club tickets. He also had two sons attend Pope John.
“Alvin who passed away in 2003 was active in CCPJ and a top salesman for Pope John fundraisers. He and his wife Sally had five children attend Pope John.
“Tom and wife Bonnie have co-chaired Evening with Friends for 16 years. During this time they raised $542,000 for Pope John. They sent all four of their children to Pope John as well. They currently have 3 grandchildren at St. Boniface and Pope John.
“Dave and wife Tracy have served on the Evening with Friends Committee for many years and sent all three of their children to Pope John.
“Duane has been class representative for the Alumni Banquet and has waited tables at the Evening with Friends. He and Sheila have a daughter currently attending St. Boniface.
“The Hoefers are regulars at all PJ fundraisers including the Development Banquet and are strong supporters of the Capital Campaigns.
Named after Guiseppe Roncalli which is the given name of our beloved patron Saint John XXIII, this prestigious award is presented each year to an individual or family in appreciation for their contribution to the long term advancement of Pope John.
March 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Attendees of this year’s “Da Ladies Nite Out” are in for a special treat as the Elgin Knights of Columbus celebrate a milestone, the 20th year of the event.
According to Grand Knight Jerry Heithoff, over twenty years ago, Father Owen Korte made a suggestion to the Knights. “He saw somewhere that a men’s group did an event just for women,” said Heithoff. Fr. Korte thought that would be a great idea for the council to do here in Elgin.
Let the planning begin.
That first event was held in the St. Boniface Auditorium on April 16, 1996 and was dubbed “A Spring Fiesta”. According to the April 24, 1996 issue of The Elgin Review, over 300 ladies attended and Philip Stoltz was the chief chef. Eddie Starman provided dinner music while “da ladies” dined on Taco Salad followed by dessert of a lemon torte. The evening’s servers were members of the Elgin Knights of Columbus council, dressed in formal attire. The Clearwater Barber Shop Quartet serenaded the crowd following dinner. Next up was the main event. Featured speaker Joan Burney from Hartington shared stories how, no matter your age, or station in life, what you have gone through or what you are currently going through, the two most important things to retain are faith in God and a sense of humor. - excerpt from The Elgin Review.
Jump ahead to now, twenty years later. Juli Burney, Joan’s daughter, will be the featured speaker at this year’s event. Juli was also the featured speaker in 2008. This year, she will be bringing someone special with her, Joan.
“I am excited to be with Mom to celebrate this 20 years,” Juli told The Elgin Review. “Mom and I worked together on several occasions before she had her stroke in 2013. Since then she has been unable to give speeches because the stroke caused aphasia (struggle to speak correct words) which has really been something for a woman who made her living with words. She continues to be a role model however, with a positive attitude and a great sense of humor about her struggles,” she continued. Reflecting on Joan’s message at the first Da Ladies Nite Out, one would have to say the woman “talks the talk and walks the walk”.
Because of the effects of the stroke, Joan’s participation will likely be limited. According to Juli, “She will get up and say ‘hello’ that evening but I’m not sure how much else. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her for this and she is very excited about coming to share in the celebration. This will be the first time we have shared an event like this since the stroke!”
But wait, there’s more! Grand Knight Heithoff says that Father Korte and Father Bernie Starman will also be returning for the night’s festivities. Sadly, some of the key players in that first event are gone….Phil, Eddie and more. The Knight’s would like to encourage those who attended that first event to return this year. Join your friends and family - reminisce about that night many years ago and enjoy this year’s celebration.
Doors will open at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 30 at the Elgin Knights of Columbus Hall. The dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are on sale at Dean’s Market, Lordemann Insurance, The Elgin Review or from a member of the Knights.
March 24, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elgin High School and Pope John XXIII Central Catholic speech teams earned well-deserved honors at the D2 State Speech Competition held today (Thursday, March 24) in Kearney. The highest finish of the day was an impressive 1st place finish in Duet Acting by EPS’s Kenny Bush and Alois Warner. Competing at the University of Nebraska-Kearney campus, all three OID teams (2 from EPS, 1 from PJCC) finished well also. The Pope John OID team consisting of Lexie Heithoff, Lizzie Mlnarik, Maria Bartak, Terri Seier and Whitney Walker placed second; Elgin Public’s OID of Dylan Widger, Kira Widger, Leslie Linares, Morgan Carpenter and Lydia Behnk finished fifth; and the EPS OID team of Kenny Bush, Alois Warner, Zoey Bergman, Taya Voborny and Jaime Hoefer finished seventh. Individually, Leslie Linares (EPS) finished fourth in Entertainment. Great job at state to all our students — making the community, friends & family extra proud! E-R photo
March 24, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Old Man Winter just won’t let go. At least another 10 inches of wet snow fell yesterday evening and through the night. After rain throughout the day, there was plenty of ice under the snow making for hazardous driving conditions. Law enforcement and rescue units responded to a number of accidents including at least one rollover on the Oakdale cut across and several vehicles in the ditches on Highway 14 just north of Elgin — in the curve. The good news is, late March snow doesn’t seem to last very long. Most businesses in town are open but a few have rural employees who can’t make it into town yet. Would suggest you call before heading out.