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.
Seward High Senior, Thomas Bosmeniel of Ulysses won the District 12 American Legion Oratorical/Speech Contest on Sunday, November 4, 2017 at the new Nebraska National Guard Museum in the Jones National Bank Theater at the American Legion oratorical competition. He is the son of Raul Bosmeniel of Lincoln and Anna Downing of Ulysses. Local Post Commander, Jim Ehlers welcomed the group and led them in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States. Ken Meyer, also with the Seward Legion Post, hosted the group and assisted with arrangements. District 12 Chair of the Event is Bonnie Brewer of Elmwood. Gerry Meyer, Director of the Nebraska National Guard Museum, hosted the activity.
Thomas wrote and presented a ten minute memorized speech on the US Constitution and then drew Amendment #2 and spoke for five minutes in an extemporaneous speech on that amendment. The title of his memorized, prepared speech was “Our Living Constitution!” Bosmeniel was selected the District Champion last year and continued in the contest, winning his regional contest and placing third overall at the State American Legion contest last year.
Volunteer judges for the event were Sergeant First Class Roberto Vega-Lincoln of the Nebraska National Guard, CU Senior Zane Francescato of Alamosa, Colorado and US Veteran/Legionnaire and VFW member Greg Holloway of Bee. SHS student Madalyn Lobmeyer served as volunteer timer and score keeper.
Thomas was sponsored by the local Seward Nebraska American Legion Post-#33. His speech coach and sponsor for the contest was Clark Kolterman. Thomas won a medal, certificate and a check for $100. He will now advance to the American Legion Area/Regional Oratorical Contest on December in Minden.
Refreshments followed compliments of the Nebraska National Guard Museum Historical Society.
The Seward Public Schools was presented the NebraskARTS Award by the State of Nebraska and the Nebraskan’s for the Arts and named Nebraska’s Fine Arts School of the Year in a special awards ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The award was presented by Doug Zbylut, Executive Director of the Nebraskan’s for the Arts. Accepting the award for the School District of Seward was Dr. Josh Fields. Also recognized was Schuyler Community Schools with the same award, as two schools are recognized annually. This is the fifth year for the program.
Comments were presented to the honorees and those in attendance by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry –as both schools are in Congressional District #1. Congratulations was also extended by Nebraska State Senator Mark Kolterman, who is also an alumni of Seward High and was involved in a variety of the SHS Fine Arts Programs while attending Seward Public Schools.
The Seward School District’s Fine Arts Department was invited to present and showcase some of the examples of Fine Arts at Seward High. Former SHS Art Instructor, Elizabeth Thomson and current SHS Art Instructor, Nate Knott prepared a slide show of examples of student art work that was projected on the wall of the Capitol during the presentations.
The Seward High Jazz Band, under the direction of Amanda Kenney, presented two selections, including El Rey Del Sol by Gregory Yasinistky and American Patrol by Art Dedrick. The members of the SHS Jazz Band include: Nathan Snavely, Emily Lintt, Samantha Rowjeski, Sheldon Bale, Claire Novak, Samantha Warren, Jacee Wiesen, Thomas Ringler, Vilynn Decker, Stefan Gligorevic, Abby Rood, Blair Souchek, Nikolas Gligorevic, Kiernan Baker, Camryn Jensen, Jacob Potratz, Ryan Wall and Levi Homp.
The Seward High Speech/Drama Department, under the direction of Clark Kolterman, featured Poetry- So This is Nebraska by Ted Kooser, presented by Thomas Bosmeniel.
Seward High’s Fine Arts presentation concluding with the song “Beautiful Nebraska” by Jim Fras –presented by Abby Van Velson-Violin and sung by Tabitha Ristvedt.
Fine Arts Instructors at Seward Schools were recognized and thanked at the ceremony and include…Adam Janda-Seward Elementary Music, Jill Bisbee-Seward Middle School Vocal Music, Dan Frisbee-Seward Middle School Instrumental Music, Amanda Kenney-Seward Middle School Instrumental Music, Tyson Horn-Seward Middle School Art, Leslie Stratton-Seward High Vocal Music, Dory Von Kampen-Seward High Musical, Pam McConnell-Seward High Vocal Music Accompanist, Amada Kenney-Seward High Instrumental Music, Jim Krutz-Seward High Instrumental Music, Nate Knott-Seward High Art, Clark Kolterman-Seward High Drama/Speech, Melissa Pohl, Seward High Speech, Jenny Pinkall-Seward High Dance Instructor, Stacy Piskorski-Seward High Dance Team Sponsor, and Pat Brauer-Seward High Language Arts Department Chair.