SHS Senior Thomas Bosmeniel is the February Fine Arts Student of the Month. He is the son of Anna Downing of Ulysses and Raul Bosmeniel of Lincoln.
He has been very involved with the SHS Speech and Drama program. He represented NE American Legion District 12 and is sponsored by the Seward American Legion Post #33, and was a State Qualifier/Finalist in the American Legion Speech Contest. He wrote, memorized, and presented his ten minute speech-“The Living Constitution” and was then required to draw an amendment and speak extemporaneously on the amendment for five minutes. He presented at their State Conference and was Runner-up in the competition. He also is a State Finalist in the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest featuring a presentation on the topic “American History-Our Hope for the Future.”
Thomas was the State Oratorical Champion for the Nebraska Optimist Speech contest in 2017 and was named top presenter-qualifying to represent Nebraska at the National Contest in St. Louis. His speech theme was “What the world gains from optimism.” He also the Poetry Out Loud Seward High representative at the State Contest in 2017 and was named First Runner up at the State Contest in Lincoln at the Sheldon Art Gallery.
Thomas is also a leader in the SHS Drama program, and was in the SHS One Act Play Production programs the last two years, with leads in the program both years. He was named Outstanding Actor at the Central Ten Conference Contest and District One Act Competitions both years. He was awarded the NSAA Academic All State Award in the area of Drama for SHS.
He is one of the Captains of the SHS Speech team and double entered in the Drama Team event (OID) and in Serious Prose Literature. He has also participated in Duet, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Persuasion, and Poetry.
He is the FFA District Champion in Cooperative speaking and a state finalist in the FFA speech program for the last two years on the topic “The Cooperative Way.” He will compete at the State FFA Speech contest this spring.
Thomas is one of the leaders in the local Skills USA Chapter. He is also competing this year in the Skills USA Public Address contest on the topic “Champions at Work-Job Ready, Day One!” He was a national finalist last year in the Skills USA Three D Animation contest in Louisville, KY. He was named Champion speaker at the Mid America Skills USA Conference in Columbus in 2017.
He is a member of the SHS Mixed Choir and participated in the SHS Musicals. He is a member on the award winning Senior Quiz Bowl Team, competing in a host of area tourneys.
He is a member and one of the leaders in the SHS National Honor Society and always on the SHS Honor Roll. Thomas is the student representative on the Seward School Board and named a Youth Rotarian of the Month in August 2017, SHS Student of the Month and has received numerous PRIDE awards. Thomas serves as the Vice-President of the Seward High Student Council.
Thomas was the local champion in the Seward Optimist Essay Contest and his essay competed on the State Level last year on the topic “Facing Challenges with Optimism.” He was selected and attended the American Legion “Boys State” last year, representing SHS, and was one of two selected for the Rotary RYLA leadership program.
He has been very involved with the State Fair Education Division and competed and won a host of the competitions in the Arts at the State Fair.
Thomas is the “voice” of SHS every morning and makes all of the announcements and morning welcome to the students mornings on the SHS public address system, reminding us “It is a great day to be a Jay!”
He plans to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in the area of Broadcasting.
SHS Senior, Jenna Williams is the Seward Rotary Club Youth Rotarian of the Month. She attended the Feb. 7th Rotary Club weekly luncheon meeting at the Jones National Bank and Trust in Seward. She is the daughter of Craig and Lori R. Williams of Seward. Following the luncheon, she was introduced and applauded for her “Service above Self” and involvement in her school, church and community.
Jenna is always a member of the SHS Honor Roll and a leader in the local Chapter of the National Honor Society. She has been an SHS Student Ambassador for three years, Student Helper at Freshman Orientation, Student of the Month twice and received numerous PRIDE awards.
Jenna is a scholar athlete, as she is a four year member of the SHS award winning Volleyball team and was the team captain this last year. She received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership on the volleyball court over the years.
Jenna is a four year member and leader in the Seward High Singers/Show Choir. She is has been a longtime leader of the organization and worked hard to make the group successful. She also has been in the SHS Choir and participated in many of the SHS musicals.
Jenna has served as an Outdoor Ed Counselor, a member of the Circle of Friends and participated in Poetry Outloud and the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech contests at Seward High.
Jenna was employed the last five years in the fields and with the detassling, roguing for three years and served as a babysitter/Nanny. She is now working at Ridgewood Rehabilitation Center in Seward.
She is a member of the Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church, involved with their Godparent program and a leader in the youth program, Vacation Bible School and the New Orleans Mission Trip three times! Jenna is a Nursery worker at her church and involved in their numerous church activities.
Her plans include attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln/Bryan School of Nursing with the goal of coming a Registered Nurse.
Her “Service Above Self” service has revolved around her activities through her church work, the four mission trips and also working with young girls at the many summer volleyball camps at Seward High.
She was thanked for her many years of service to others and being a role model for many at SHS. She will be recognized again at the SHS Honors Night, where the monthly finalist will be introduced and the Youth Rotarian of the Year will be announced.
The Seward Rotary Club Youth Rotarian award is presented monthly at the Seward Rotary Club meeting. Applications are on the Google Drive at SHS or can be obtained from Clark Kolterman in Room 116.
Seward Elementary is currently accepting registrations for students eligible for Kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year. In order to be eligible, students must turn 5 years of age by July 31, 2018. Registration information has been sent out. If you did not receive one, or you have any questions, please contact our office at (402) 643-2968.