SHS Senior, Kevin Lyon is named the SHS Fine Arts Youth of the Month of November for his longtime participation and leadership role in the area of Fine Arts at Seward High. He is the son of Pastor Rod and Dr. Ann Lyon of Seward.
Kevin is a leader in the SHS Marching Band, involved in percussion section and is also a member of the Jazz Band, Pep Band, Symphonic Band and a Marching Band section leader. He performed solo xylophone pieces at District Music and has been selected for Doane College Honor Band, Concordia Musical Arts Day and Central Conference Honor Band. He also plays the piano and assists with his talent at the piano at the Raymond Methodist Church.
He has been a longtime member of the SHS Speech Team, participating in Extemporaneous and Oral Interp of Drama (OID) events and was a team medalist in several tournaments. He has also participated in the annual “Poetry Out Loud” local poetry recitation contest, and the local Seward VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. He has been in many of the SHS One Act productions and a member of the cast for the SHS Competition show this year for Conference and District contests.
Kevin is a member of the award winning SHS Quiz Bowl team and served as the team captain. He was also the SHS Boys State Representative sponsored by the Garland American Legion his junior year.
He is also longtime volunteer with the Seward United Methodist Church in Seward in a variety of volunteer capacities.
Kevin plans to attend UNL in the Field of Study of International Relations and hopes to be involved in some aspect international activities after college.
The SHS Freshmen Quiz Bowl Team A captured the State NE AMI Middle School/Freshman Quiz Bowl Championship at the recent Freshman Quiz Bowl on Wednesday, Nov. 9th in an all day Quiz Bowl Tourney at the Seward Civic Center. There were 50 teams and 30 schools represented at the tourney from across Nebraska. The Championship Freshmen defeated two Norris teams, a Ralston team and a Gretna team to win the Championship. Team members included SHS Freshmen Jared Harris-Captain, Austin Drobrusky, Andrew Gokie, Wade Slepicka, and Nolan Whitney. The Freshman Girl’s Team enjoyed a strong showing as well and included Madalyn Lobmeyer-Captain, Brie Johnson, Emily Lintt, MacKynna Gross, Camryn Jensen, Emily O’Kief and Alexis Hiser. Clark Kolterman serves as the team coach/sponsor. The Seward Teams are sponsored by the School District of Seward High Ability Learner Program (HAL).
The annual Middle School/Freshman State AMI (Nebraska American Mother’s Inc. /Nebraska Mother’s Club) Quiz Bowl was held throughout the entire Civic Center in Seward on Nov. 9th, 2016 to encourage youth to work together in a knowledge building process-through a team effort-quiz bowl. The contest was a general knowledge quiz bowl-featuring a “round robin” event in the morning and a single elimination tourney in the afternoon. Middle School and High School Freshmen Teams from across the state competed in the all-day event.
There were three tournaments featured in the Quiz Bowl event-a Small Middle School tourney, a Large Middle School tourney and a Freshmen Tournament. The top two teams in each tournament won trophies and the wining team received individual medals for their team members as well.
Capturing first in the Small Middle School tourney was Pender High A Team, followed by St. Joseph Middle School in Lincoln with Second, Pender B placed Third and Howells/Dodge placed Fourth. In the Large Middle School tourney, placing First was Norris Middle School Team A, and Second place was awarded to Gretna MS Team A, with Milford MS placing third and Gretna Team B placing Fourth. The Seward High Freshman captured the Championship in the Freshman Tourney, with Norris Freshman Team A placing Second, Norris Team B placing third and Ralston placing Fourth.
Volunteer readers for the contest included Sue Imig, Pat Ohlmann, Bonnie Kruse and Myrna Swanson all of Seward, Joyce Stevens and Mary Ann Wortman of Crofton, Lanae Tryon of Omaha, Donna Lefter of Exeter, Nancy Meyer of Geneva, Shelia Monke of Arlington and Sue Venteicher of ????. The SHS volunteers for the Quiz Bowl included Kiernan Baker, Jack Yelden, Brady Smith, Garrett Kuss, Alex Sackschewsky, Ryan Wall, Clarke Chandler, Wyatt Shafer, Quentin Chesterfield, Jacob Spidel, Ben Myers, Parker Stroup, Sam Briggs and Savannah Baldesono. Charles Gebhardt served as the Quiz Master for the tourney and was assisted by Clark Kolterman. Jean Kolterman served as the local NAMI Project Chairman.
Schools participating included Norris, Wilber/Clatonia, Utica Centennial, Seward, Gretna, Crete, Norris, Thayer Central, Milford, Kearney Catholic, Cross County, Wahoo, Sandy Creek, McCool Junction, Howells-Dodge, Fillmore Central , St. Joseph of Lincoln, Friend, Heartland of Henderson, St. John of Seward, Our Redeemer of Staplehurst, Pender, Hampton, Fullerton, Hampton, Shelby/Rising City, Columbus and Osceola.
Photo: LR The NE AMI Championship Quiz Bowl award is presented to the SHS Freshman team by NE AMI Past State President and AMI NE Mother of the Year-Joyce Stevens of Crofton, who also served as a reader and judge for the Quiz Bowl. Pictured LR are Nolan Whitney, Wade Slepicka, Joyce Stevens- NAMI Representative, Jared Harris, Andrew Gokie, Austin Dobrusky
Sydney Erickson, SHS Senior, was honored by the Seward Rotary Club on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at their weekly noon meeting as the November Youth Rotarian of the Month. She is the daughter of Brenda and of Seward. Sydney was recognized for outstanding achievements, both in the class room and with her numerous extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. She was presented with Rotary mementos and a Rotary banner, and will now be a finalist for the Youth Rotarian of the Year and the recipient of a Rotary Book Scholarship.
Sydney is a leader in the classroom at SHS. She is one of the two top scholars in her class and always has been on the SHS Honor Roll. She is a member and leader of the SHS National Honor Society and has achieved the Academic All-Conference award and the NSAA Academic All State Award in the area of Drama. She participated in the annual UNL Math Day and a member of the SHS award winning Quiz Bowl team. She was the Carson Scholar nominee for SHS and involved in the High Ability Learners (HAL) Program at Seward High. She was involved in a host of competitions for the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair and recognized for her achievements in many events.
One of her first loves is music and she is a member of the SHS Marching Band, serving as a section leader and Drum Major for the band, which received all Superior Ratings this year. She is also a member of the SHS Pep Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble (Flute) and participated in the Concordia Musical Arts Day several times, along with being selected for the Doane Honor Band. She was “Rookie of the Year” her freshman year and lettered every year in Band. She has also been involved and a member of the SHS Mix Choir.
She is a co-captain of the SHS Speech Team, and qualified last year for State Speech in Informative Public Address. She also was a District Finalist with her Drama Team (OID) last year and won numerous awards in the speech tournament circuit last year over the speech season. She has been very involved in lead roles in the numerous the One Act /Play Production contests at Seward High-competing at the Conference and District levels and was lead role in the school’s competition show this year. She won the Elks Club Speech and Debate Award and the NSAA Academic All State Award in Drama.
Sydney was a Student of the Month, SHS Fine Arts Student of the Month and received and was honored and recognized with numerous SHS PRIDE awards. She is one of the leaders in the SHS Family, Community, Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) and assisted with the annual Outdoor Education Program as a counselor.
Sydney has been a member of the SHS Lady Jays Softball team, the Milford Sports Express Summer Softball team and assisted with Junior Jay softball clinics.
In the community Sydney is very involved with her dance program at Shelly’s School of Dance. She is also a dance instructor at the school for the First Grade class and the Kindergarten class. She also is often employed as a babysitter in her free time. She was a member of the American Legion Girl’s State program her Junior year, sponsored by the Garland Legion Post and Auxiliary. She is a member of the City of Seward Municipal Band every summer and a volunteer for the annual Honey Sunday campaign.
Sydney is an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Seward and one of the voices of their youth program-also assisting with their worship programs and various projects with the church, including their famous County Fair Pie Booth and St. Vincent’s Fish Fry’s! She is also an active and involved member of the church’s Godparent program! She was a counselor for the Fourth Grade Kindness Retreat.
Her “Service Above Self” community service requirement is directed to her assisting other, especially the young people in the community, as a volunteer camp counselor and role model for the youth of the community, whether it is in her dance class-as she instructs the children or with the various camps and workshops she has assisted with over the years-she continues to be a mentor to many of these young children. She has also participated in a host of community service projects through her church, God Parent program and the SHS FCCLA over the years.
Sydney plans to attend either Doane University or Wayne State next year in the area of Education.
The Seward Rotary Club was honored to name Sydney Erickson the November Youth of the Month and will recognize her again in the spring at the SHS Senior Honors Night in May. She is indeed an outstanding example of a successful student at Seward High School and the Seward Rotary is happy to recognize, thank and salute her for living the Rotary Club motto-“Service Above Self!”
Nominations are on the SHS Senior Backpack and available in the SHS Counselor’s office or room 116. One student is nominated every month of the school year, culminating with a Youth Rotarian of the Year in the Spring!
The Seward Middle School 8th Grade Quiz Bowl teams competed for the first time at the Seward Civic Center on Wednesday, November 9th. They were competing in the State NE AMI Middle School/Freshman Quiz Bowl with 50 teams and 30 schools represented at the tourney from across Nebraska. The Blue team went 1-2 in pool play and lost to perennial power Gretna team in the first round of the tournament. The Gold team went 2-1 in pool play but lost a close match to local rival Centennial in the first round of the tournament. For their first Quiz Bowl competition experience, they did quite well and showed a lot of potential. Blue team members are Elizabeth Gokie, Emma Kuss, Samantha Rojewski, Braden Adams, Rory Nolan and Isaiah VanBeek. Gold team members are Emily Gokie, Lilli Heaston, Ally Gross, Ashton Conner, Andrew Alley and Claire Novak."