Seward High was named the overall Sweepstakes Winner in the Nebraska High School Division of the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair-2017. Their win was based on number of entries, compared to size of the school and number of wins by the students in their school. Lincoln Public Schools placed second. This is the fifth year that Seward High has captured the High School Sweepstakes award.
In the area of individual Student Sweepstakes awards, Ryan Wall, a Junior at SHS, placed fifth in the Student Individual Sweepstakes award and Thomas Bosmeniel, a senior at SHS, placed sixth in the Sweepstakes contest.
Twelve First Place awards were won by Seward High students in the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair during the Fair’s Education Division competition. They were recognized at the recent SHS PRIDE Rally in the New SHS Theater on Friday, October 13, 2017. Winning First Place Awards and recognized were Evan Nottingham with First Place in both Science and Math Gr 11-12, Ryan Wall First Place in Science Gr 1-10, Stacy Damanhoury First Place in Cup Stacking, Thomas Bosmeniel First Place in both Monologue and Poetry Recitation Presentation, Makayla Olgevie First Place Short Story 11-12, Audrey Schanou First Place in Poetry Gr 11-12, Carson Core First Place in Poetry Gr 9-10, Sydney Erickson First Place Essay Gr 11-12, and Bailee Baack First Place Penmanship Gr 9-10! Congrats to Thomas Bosmineil honored as the Top Overall Presenter at the Fair and to Mrs. Pam Franck winning one of the major “Cipher Down” Awards! (Ask her about it!) All first place winners won a $100 Scholarship, a plaque, rosette ribbon and hand shake from Mr Kolterman!
Sponsors for the two days of contests were Mrs. Pam Franck and Clark Kolterman, instructors at SHS.
Seward High lead Ag instructor, Craig Frederick and SHS FFA Chapter President-Shea Thompson were the program at the recent Seward Rotary Club noon luncheon meeting on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 at the Jones National Bank and Trust auditorium. They were introduced by Rotarian of the Month-Greg Zabka.
Fredrick spoke on the new, unique Agronomy Academy 2016-17, a cooperative ag class for Seward, York and Centennial High Schools, sponsored by Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgriScience and Mycogen Seed. He is the lead instructor all year for this program, which is the only one of its kind in the state.
He also spoke on the Middle School program, which promotes Ag Literacy and Ag Education, and the high success level of participation at the Seward Middle School.
Fredrick commented on the variety of Ag programs offered by the Seward School District and commented on the high level of success of the local program. He spoke of the various local Ag Trips, sponsored by the FFA Chapter and thanked the community for their support of the program-highlighting some of the successful graduates from the local FFA program.
SHS Senior, Shea Thompson, the SHS FFA Chapter President, commented on the local SHS FFA program and the leadership opportunities of the 120 member FFA Chapter at Seward High. She gave some personal reflections and personal examples, on the SHS Ag programs influence on her career choice and the impact of the program for her.
She also spoke on the SHS Greenhouse program and that over 60% of the FFA Chapter in Seward are females and many do not even live on a farm.
The program concluded with a series of questions and answers concerning the program.
SHS Senior, Evan Nottingham of Seward, was named the October Youth Rotarian of the Month by the Sewa Rotary Club. He is the son of Dana and Danna Nottingham of Seward. He was honored at the weekly meeting of the Seward Rotary Club on September 27th at noon at the Jones National Bank and Trust in Seward and presented with a bag of Rotary and Seward mementos and information, along with a Rotary Club banner and a book scholarship. The corporate sponsor for the book scholarship is the Jones National Bank and Trust of Seward.
Evan is one of the top scholars in his class. He has consecutively been on the SHS Honor Roll since he moved to Seward from Colorado. He is a leader of the SHS National Honor Society and has taken many Advanced Placement and college level classes during his high school career. His ACT score is 35 and he is a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist.
He is very involved in various extracurricular activities at Seward High. He recently competed in the State Fair Education Division testing program and was named first place in the Grades 11-12 in Math and Science, Second in History, and Third in Grammar. He also won the Cipher Down contest.
Evan loves math and is a student leader in our math department, as he placed First in the 2015 Doane College TriMathlon, First in the 2016 UNL Math Days Quiz Bowl, and First in the 2016 American Math Contest (AMC) 10 and 2017 (AMC) 12!
He is a captain of the SHS Academic Decathlon team, captain of the SHS Academic Decathlon Quiz Bowl team and Captain of the very successful SHS Quiz Bowl team-competing is a variety of tournaments. Last year, their quiz bowl team was District Runner-up and Conference Champions.
Evan is also a member of the SHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter and chaired the very successful toy drive for the CASA Children last Christmas-which now serves as a model for other CASA and FBLA Chapters.
He is a leader and captain of the SHS Speech team, competing in the area of Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. He also competed and was a state finalist in the Optimist State Speech contest, placing Honorable Mention as a sophomore and Third Place as a junior. He also placed Second in the Seward VFW Voice of Democracy Speech contest last year.
He served as a counselor for the annual Seward Middle School Outdoor Education program this year and last. He is also a member of the SHS Ambassadors program.
His hobbies include the piano, Spanish, and public speaking. He enjoys working with computers and various programs involving the computer, and in very involved in the STEM program-promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Evan is a leader in his local Boy Scout Troop at his church and was recently installed as an Eagle Scout. He has served in all the leadership positions for the troop and continues to serve helping the younger scouts.
He is extremely involved in his church in Seward, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and serves as the leader of his church youth group. Evan is also involved with the Seward LDS Early Morning Seminary program and has been since 2014.
Evan has been employed with Syngenta in the summer, working the fields and monitoring the growth of the crops. He has also personally owned a lawn care business: H”EVAN”LY Lawn Care.
His area of “Service Above Self” revolves around his volunteer work with the church--in a variety of avenues including leadership and music--involving hundreds of hours of service. He also chaired the CASA Children’s Christmas toy drive and almost single handedly collected a car load of toys for the local CASA program, involving his local SHS FBLA Chapter as well.
Evan currently plans to attend Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. He will focus on the major of Chemistry with a minor in Spanish.
Evan is now a finalist for the Youth Rotarian of the Year award and scholarship and will be recognized again at the SHS Honors Night in May.
The Youth Rotarian is recognized monthly during the school year, honoring one SHS Senior a month, based on leadership, service and scholarship. Applications are available at the SHS Counselor’s office, online and in room 116. Students must only apply once to be nominated.
SHS Senior, Abby Rood is the SHS Fine Arts Student of the Month for the month of October. She is the daughter of David and Jennifer Rood of Seward.
Abby is a leader/member of the SHS National Honor Society and continues to be on the SHS Honor Roll every quarter.
Abby has been involved in a host of activities at SHS related to Fine Arts and most of them involve some aspect of music. She is a four year member of the SHS Marching Band and serves as a Drum Major this year. She is also a member of the SHS Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Pep Band. She has participated in Conference Honor Band and the Doane University in Crete Honor Band, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Honor Band.
Abby has been a longtime member of the SHS Swing Choir and a member of the Select Choir. She is involved each year in the Concordia University Musical Arts Day.
She participated in the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest and Poetry Out Loud competition at SHS. She also participated in the writing contests for the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair.
She has been selected as a Student of the Month, and the recipient of various PRIDE awards at SHS.
Abby is a voice of the youth at her church, The Seward United Methodist Church in Seward and active in her Godparent program and the church choir.
Abby plans to attend the University of Nebraska with the major in Music Education.