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SHS and SHS FCCLA Honored for Recycling Efforts in 2019 by Keep Nebraska Beautiful!

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The Community of Seward and local, Seward Civic and Service organizations won six awards at the recent Keep Nebraska Beautiful State Conference in Lincoln at the Awards Luncheon sponsored by Keep Nebraska Beautiful at the Graduate Hotel on August 22, 2019. 

The SHS Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) was named First Runner-Up in the High School Civic Groups  for their numerous recycling projects during the school year-especially for their “Recycled Shoe Drive” held in conjunction with the annual “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” Campaign in the school.  Representing SHS FCCLA at the Awards Luncheon were Hannah Kolterman Wagner and Miriam Voehl-co chair of the SHS Suicide Awareness Program last year at SHS and the shoe recycling program.

Seward High was also complimented with an Award of Excellence for their annual recycling campaign and efforts, under the direction of Mr. Pat Piskorski and his Fifth Hour Classes for recycling paper and plastic.

The new “Seward Statue Courthouse Plaza” on the Seward County Courthouse Square was named “Best Beautification Project in Nebraska for 2019” –winning the new ”Jane Paulson” State of Nebraska Beautification Award by Keep Nebraska Beautiful. Accepting the award was Jean Kolterman and Bonnie Kruse, who both served on the Seward Plaza Committee representing the GFWC Seward Woman’s Club and Seward Rotary Club. The First Place Award for “Nebraska’s Best Overall Beautification Project” was named to honor the former Executive Director of Keep Nebraska Beautiful and presented at the recent Keep Nebraska Beautiful Conference in Lincoln at their awards luncheon.  

The Seward Courthouse Plaza, located on the Seward County Courthouse Square, features a life-size, bronze statue of William Henry Seward, donated by the Mark Kolterman family of Seward as a memorial to his wife, the late Suzanne Kolterman.  The finished plaza was funded with major donations by civic groups-The GFWC Seward Woman’s Club, the Seward Rotary Club, the Seward Kiwanis Club and the Seward Arts Council.  Major business donors to the project included the Jones Bank, Hughes Brothers Inc., Hartmann Construction-Bill and Doris Hartmann and TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, Inc., along with a host of other contributors both financially and with many “in-kind” services.  

 Seward Community won the top award –First Place-Award of Excellence in the “Great American Clean-Up” competition for their outstanding recycling and clean-up day sponsored by the Seward Kiwanis and Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership and Seward County. The special Seward Clean-up Day was coordinated by the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership and various Civic Groups-directed under the leadership of Jill Perdue/Seward Kiwanis and the Seward County Chamber Development organization (SCCDP), as well as the Seward County Board’s support. 

The City of Seward won First Place in the “Deanie Anderson” Outstanding Community Environmental Award division for Large Communities for their outstanding total community recycling effort, beautification projects and clean-up campaigns. Accepting the award for Seward was Betty Jean Kolterman for the City of Seward Keep Seward Beautiful Committee (Chairman), who prepared all the nominations.  ‘

The GFWC Seward Woman’s Club received the First Place- Award of Excellence for their beautification and betterment efforts in the Division of Civic Organizations by “Keep Nebraska Beautiful” for their support of the Seward Plaza Project and their annual, numerous efforts to support local beautification, such as sponsoring the annual Arbor Day in Seward.  Jean Kolterman and Bonnie Kruse accepted the awards for the GFWC Seward Woman’s Club. 

The SHS Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) was named First Runner-Up in the High School Civic Groups  for their numerous recycling projects during the school year-especially for their “Recycled Shoe Drive” held in conjunction with the annual “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” Campaign in the school.  

Seward High was also complimented with an Award of Excellence for their annual recycling campaign and efforts, under the direction of Mr. Pat Piskorski and his Fifth Hour Classes for recycling paper and plastic.

There were eleven delegates from Seward at the recent Keep Nebraska Beautiful Conference in Lincoln at the new Graduate Hotel in the Hay Market on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Representing Seward High School were SHS FCCLA representatives –SHS Juniors-Miriam Voehl and Hannah Kolterman-Wagner, GFWC Seward Woman’s Club representatives were members Bonnie Kruse and Jean Kolterman, (who is also the Seward Keep Nebraska Beautiful Committee Chairman), representing Seward Rotary Club was Rotarian Roger Glawatz and his wife Sharon Glawatz, Rotarians John and Bonnie Kruse, Rotarian Bill Hartmann and his wife Doris Hartmann and Rotarian Clark Kolterman. Representing the Seward Kiwanis Club was Dr. Louis Reith.  Clark Kolterman also represented the Seward County Visitor’s Committee.

The Keep Seward Beautiful Committee, under the longtime direction of Keep Seward Beautiful Chairman Betty Jean Kolterman, who serves as a volunteer and co-coordinated the application efforts for the annual awards contest and presentations.  The awards were presented by the KNB Board Chair Michael Miller.