Hannah Kolterman-Wagner and Miriam Voehl, SHS Freshmen member of the Family Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) Seward Chapter, volunteered to serve as the co-chair for a local campaign to collect new and “like new” tee shirts for those in need or homeless-hoping to recycle the many shirts “just laying around.” The local collection sites are at the Seward Civic Center-616 Bradford Avenue, by the front door and in the SHS lobby, 532 Northern Hgts, through the holidays.
The FCCLA Committee is focusing on this as way to assist the homeless and is coordinating this effort with the general SHS FCCLA Chapter. “We felt that most young adults have a drawer full of tee shirts that they may have collected through the years and never wear” said Hannah Kolterman-Wagner. “We always get tee shirts at the many events and activities we attend and yet often find ourselves wearing our favorite tee shirts over and over.”
“This has been a very successful project for the SHS FCCLA Chapter in the past and almost become an annual drive for the students, sort of like the annual food drive,” stated Miriam Voehl-co chair.
“We just feel that we can put these tee shirts to better use and invite others to join us in this campaign to collect a “ton of tees” for others!” stated Hannah Kolterman-Wagner. “It would be great to collect a ‘Ton of Tees’!”
The FCCLA members are collecting new and like new tees in all sizes and regardless of the message on front (as long as it is appropriate.). “It would be great to collect a “Ton of Tees!” but the theme has a nice sound and yet we are also realistic, knowing a ton is a lot of tee shirts. However, whatever is collected will help those without,” said Miriam Voehl.
The members plan to personally deliver the tees before the start of the next school term on behalf of their FCCLA Chapter, SHS and the Seward Community. “We have been given so much in our lives, it is nice to be able to share some things with others, and a good way to start the new year.” Stated Miriam Voehl.
Collection boxes will be available during the hours the Civic Center front lobby and High School lobby are open.
Thomas Bosmeniel, representing the American Legion District 12, defeated representatives from three other Districts to win the Regional Oratorical Speech contest in Minden on Saturday December 2! He is now, one of four state finalists with the finals in January in North Platte! He gave a ten minute memorized speech on the US Constitution and a five minute extemporaneous speech. He is a senior at Seward High!
SHS Sophomore, Madalyn Lobmeyer of Seward was selected the Poetry Out Loud Champion at Seward High and the representative to the Regional contest in Norfolk next spring: selected over 40 other contestants in the local contest at SHS. She presented the memorized poem “The Last Laugh” by Wilfred Owen. First runner up was Thomas Bosmeniel-SHS Senior, with the poem “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Julia Ward Howe. Third place was awarded to SHS Senior Kenna Gottschalk presenting the poem “The Daring One” by Edwin Markham.
Other awards were presented to Outstanding Sophomore presenters-(Tie) to Cordell Vrbka presenting Ted Kooser’s “So This is Nebraska” and Hannah Bales presenting “Bookshelf of the God by Jeffrey Skinner. Bailey Mooney was “Outstanding Junior” presenting Invictus by William Ernest Henley and John Mark Myers was named “Outstanding Senior” with his presentation of “In Flander’s Field” by John McCrae. All of the winners received engraved medallions, honoring their award sponsored by the Seward Arts Council.
The “Poetry Out Loud 2017” recitation contest was held at the new Theater of Seward High School on Monday, December 04, 2017. It is a local Poetry Recitation Contest to select a representative for the Regional contest. Speech coach at SHS Clark Kolterman served as the emcee for the evening.
Local SHS students competing in the contest and their poems included….
The students were evaluated on Physical Presence, Voice and Articulation, Dramatic Appropriateness, Evidence of Understanding, Overall Performance and Accuracy.
Judges for the evening were Ms. Melissa Pohl-Accuracy Judge, with Poetry Judges-Eric James-Student at Concordia University, Erin Collings-School District of Seward Curriculum, Nancy Schulz-East Butler HS (Retired). Pam Franck and Kyle Hinkel of the SHS Math Department compiled the judge’s tallies and presented the results. Riley Nuttleman, SHS Senior, served as the lighting and sound tech crew and assisted in the tally room.
Pippa White of Lincoln, a nationally acclaimed writer and actress, served as our SHS “Poetry Out Loud” Guest Artist in Residence in November. The state level of the Poetry Out Loud Contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council under the supervision of Anne Alston and nationally by the national Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts!
Madalyn will now compete at the Regional level in Norfolk in the spring and hopefully at the State Contest in March in Lincoln. At the regional she will recite two poems and at the state level three poems.
The SHS Wiesen twins, Jake and Jacee, were selected to be the November Fine Arts Youth of the Month. They are the children of Josh and Cindy Wiesen.
Jake is a member of the SHS Marching Band, and plays tenor sax. He is also in Symphonic Band, with the bass clarinet, plays in Pep Band and SHS Wind Ensemble. He is a member of the SHS Select Choir and a longtime member of the SHS Swing Choir. He has been involved with the SHS musicals as well.
He was selected for the Central Conference Honor Band and participated in the Concordia Musical Arts Day.
Jacee is a member of the SHS Marching Band, playing the trumpet and serving as one of the Drum Majors. She is also in Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and is also in the SHS Jazz Band and Pep Band. She participated in the Central Conference Honor Band and the Concordia Musical Arts Day.
She is a member of the SHS Select Choir, the SHS Swing Choir and participated in the SHS Musicals as well.
Both are leaders and longtime members of the SHS National Honor Society and participated in local VFW Voice of Democracy Speech contests, along with various educational contests at the Nebraska State Fair, as well as the local Poetry Out Loud recitation contest.
Four SHS Quiz Bowl Teams competed at the recent Omaha Bryan High School Quiz Bowl tourney, billed as Nebraska’s Largest Quiz Bowl, on Saturday, Nov. 11 in an all-day happening. The teams competed in a round robin event in the morning, each team playing three to four rounds and then a single elimination tourney followed in the afternoon.
The teams included SHS A Team-Chris Galusha, Thomas Bosmeniel, Chase Prochnow and Clint Koetter. The SHS B Team included Ryan Wall, Jack Yelden and Wade Slepicka. The novice Freshman/Sophomore teams included A Team: Nathan Miller, J. J. Metschke, Braden Adams and Aston Conner. The SHS Novice B team included Madalyn Lobmeyer, Rory Nolan, Ross Brown, and Andrew Alley.
In the morning the A Team Varsity won two matches and lost one, the B Team Varsity won three matches and lost one and the novice teams lost all of their rounds-some in very close matches!
In the afternoon, the teams from Seward were all eliminated early except for the Varsity B team-with Ryan Wall as the Captain, and they made it all the way to the semi-finals, defeating some very big schools and losing to the eventual winner Creighton Prep.
The Quiz Bowl teams are sponsored by the High Ability Learner program at Seward Schools and the School District of Seward. Clark Kolterman serves as the team’s coach/sponsor.
SHS senior, Kelsie Zadina was named the Youth Rotarian of the Month for November and honored at the November 15 Rotary meeting. She is the daughter of Kevin and Angie Zadina of Seward. She was introduced, presented with some Rotary information and mementos and a book scholarship. She is also a finalist for the Youth Rotarian of the Year award.
Kelsie is an Honor student and on the SHS Honor roll every quarter. She is a leader and longtime member of the SHS National Honor Society.
Kelsie is an involved leader in numerous athletic activities as Seward High. She participated in SHS Volleyball for all four years of her high school career. She is also a four year member of the SHS Basketball team and participated in SHS Track for two years. She has garnered many athletic honors as a result of her athletic ability-earning Varsity letters in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. She was named Academic All State in Volleyball 2016 and Basketball 2016 and named First Team All-Conference in Basketball, Second Team All-Conference in Volleyball and All State Honorable Mention in Basketball.
She is also a very involved young lady in service to others, as she is a longtime member and leader in the SHS Key Club, FFA and Skills USA. She is very involved in various service projects through these clubs at the high school, as for example she collected money for UNICEF for Key Club and was a leader in the Key Club Multi-Cultural Fair in January every year, and worked with the Avenue of Flags ceremony as well.
Kelsie is involved in the Jr. Jays’ Mentoring Program and continues to work with young children in the SHS Youth Volleyball and SHS Youth Basketball Camps.
She is employed at the Seward County Independent during the summers, working at various jobs and holding several responsibilities at the paper.
She enjoys working with Senior Center Computer Class participants at the Seward Senior Center.
Kelsie is a loyal member of St. John Lutheran Church in Seward and also a voice in her church’s youth group and very active with her local Godparent group in her church.
Her “Service Above Self” is in the extensive hours devoted to the Youth Basketball and Volleyball camps over the years, assisting and working with the younger girls, to develop them into stronger players and teammates.
Her plans after high school are undecided as to which college to attend, however she thinks she will be involved in some aspect of architecture.
The Seward Youth Rotarian Award is presented monthly during the school year and forms are available at the SHS Counselor’s office. The finalists will all be honored and recognized at the annual Honor’s Night in May, where the Rotary will announce the Youth Rotarian of the Year award.