SHS Senior Grace Orwen was recently recognized by the Seward Rotary Club as the October Youth Rotarian of the Month at their weekly noon luncheon meeting on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at the Jones National Bank and Trust Auditorium in Seward. She was introduced, recognized for her accomplishments and presented with a packet of information on Rotary International, a Rotary Banner and a Rotary Book Scholarship. She is the daughter of Kim and Chad Orwen.
Grace is a longtime active member of the Fine Arts Area at Seward High School. She has been a member of the SHS Marching Band and a member of their Flag Corps. She was also involved in the SHS musical in 2016.
Grace has been a longtime member of the SHS Quiz Bowl teams and serves as one of the Captains of the team. She is a member of the SHS National Honor Society and always on the Honor Roll. She has participated in a variety of Writing Workshops representing SHS, as well, and was one of two representatives from SHS and a finalist for the NSAA Believers and Achievers Award.
Grace is very involved in a variety of visual art projects and mediums-including photography and has won awards at the Seward and District IV GFWC Seward Woman’s Club Art Contest.
Grace is a member of the SHS Speech team, involved in the Poetry Presentation and with the Drama Team (Oral Interpretation of Drama-OID). She also was the SHS representative for Poetry Out Loud, won the Poetry Out Loud and was a state finalist for the Poetry Out Loud contest. She participated in the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest and was involved in numerous activities in the State Fair Education Division contests for many years-receiving awards in those activities as well. She was named the State Champion in the State Optimist Speech contest as a Sophomore!
Grace has been involved in the One Act play productions at SHS since her freshman year. She is a member of the SHS One Act Play Production competition show this year, with one of the lead roles.
She has been selected one of the SHS Ambassadors, assisting with student orientations, offering various tours of SHS for visitors, new students and alumni.
Grace was a member of the SHS Lady Jays Basketball team her freshman year. Grace was the Seward Rotary representative to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) leadership program for the District last year.
She is a member of the Rock Lutheran Church in Seward and active in their Godparent program-serving as a voice of their youth in her congregation.
Grace served as an Outdoor Education Counselor, and a camp sponsor for the Youth Frontiers Elementary Kindness Retreat.
Grace has been involved in the Sloup/Thorell Detalsseling progam and currently is employed on a part time basis at Pac and Save in Seward as a checker.
Her “Service Above Self” contribution involves the many hours devoted to assisting and guiding youth in the variety of youth activities, where she has served as a youth counselor in camps, workshops, and retreats, as well as youth educational programing.
Grace tentatively plans to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and study in the area of Fine Arts.
She will again be recognized and thanked at the Spring SHS Honors Night and honored as a finalist for the Youth Rotarian of the Year award. The Seward Rotary honors one Youth Rotarian each month of the school year. Applications are available in the SHS High School Counselor’s office or from Clark Kolterman in Room 116.
SHS Senior, Molly Suhr of Seward was named the SHS October Fine Arts Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Melanie and Gary Suhr of Seward.
Molly is very involved in a variety of Fine Arts Activities at Seward High School and in the community. She has been a member of the SHS Marching Band all four years of High School, as well as Pep Band, Symphonic Band and lettered in Band three times.
She has been a member of the SHS Speech team in the area of Informative Public Address and recognized with many awards for two years. She was also involved in the musicals at SHS.
Molly has also been a member and leader of the SHS National Honor Society since her sophomore year of high school and she is always on the Honor Roll for her academic achievements.
Molly has been a leader in the FFA Public Speaking Competition-named First Place in FFA Cooperative Speaking competition at the District Level and placed with a Bronze Medal at the State FFA level of competitive speaking. She has been a recognized leader in the SHS FFA, with numerous awards for leadership and represented SHS at various FFA leadership conferences and meetings.
Molly has devoted many volunteer hours to assist in the reconditioning and programing at the Olde Glory Community Theater in Seward.
Molly has been very involved with the Seward County 4-H program for over ten years; a leader in her own clubs (she is a member of three 4-H Clubs) as well as with the Seward County Junior Leaders 4-H group-currently serving as the Junior Leader Club President. Molly has been recognized time and again in a host of 4-H Fine Arts activities in art, sewing, public speaking and leadership-both on the local and state levels.
Molly is an active member of St. John Lutheran Church-one of the voices for St. John Youth and involved in the local church’s God Parent program, as well as attending the recent National Youth Gathering, volunteering for a host of activities-often involving the youth of the church-especially in the area of their St. John Vacation Bible School.
Her plans for college are undecided, with a major in dietetics and nutrition, to eventually become a registered dietitian.
“Molly exemplifies the high level of involvement of the Arts at SHS and is an outstanding example a student devoted to the Arts and working to share her talent with others in the community, states Clark Kolterman, SHS Speech Team coach. “She really reflects the high level of involvement many students have with the Arts at SHS and in community with the local 4-H program and we are very proud to have her and her strong work ethic at Seward High!”
The SHS Fine Arts Department, the Seward Arts Council and the Seward Independent are please to sponsor, recognize, salute and honor Molly Suhr the SHS October Fine Arts Youth of the Month!
The SHS band members are selling greenery to help provide scholarships for senior band members. Orders can be placed with any high school band member or the office through 4:00 pm on Monday, October 24. Fresh greens will be picked up in Minnesota on November 18, and orders will be distributed after November 19. Click on the link below to access the flyer.
Seward High students successfully captured the State Fair High School Sweepstake Championship trophy again this year at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair-based on entries and rankings in the competitions. The State Fair High School Championship Sweepstakes trophy was presented at the recent SHS Homecoming Convocation on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 am before the annual Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival Author presentation. Coordinator for the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair is Judi Harper of Grand Island.
The SHS High School students competed in most of the contests sponsored by the State Fair Education Division at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair-claiming 11 First Place Championships and numerous additional places and recognitions in the various educational competitions. The competed during the first week end of the State Fair in Grand Island, August 27 and 28-both on stage and in testing situations. The first place winners present were also honored and represented the students involved in the state fair activities and were presented the trophy on behalf of the State Fair.
The students won first place awards in HS Essay-Grade 11-12 Ben Galusha, HS Short Story-Montana Hill, HS Poetry Grade 11-12 Kaitlynn Smith, HS Poetry Recitation-Grade 9-12 Thomas Bosmeniel, HS Penmanship Grade 9-10 Serena Mc Bride, HS Penmanship Grade 11-12 Kenna Michaelson, HS Social Studies Grade 11-12 Evan Mettenbrink, HS Science Grade 11-12 Evan Mettenbrink, HS Cup Stacking Stacy Damanhoury, HS Shakespeare Monologue Thomas Bosmeniel, HS Community Service-SHS FCCLA Recycling Day, and the HS Freshman Quiz Bowl Team-Jarod Harris, Andrew Gokie, Austin Dobrusky.
Photo: First place winners in the education division of the Nebraska State Fair accepted the Best High School in Nebraska Sweepstakes competition at the Nebraska State Fair trophy. LR Stacey Damanhoury-First Cup Stacking, Thomas Bosmeniel-First “Poetry Out Loud” and First Shakespeare Monologue, Clarke Chandler-First FCCLA Community Service, Austin Dobrusky-First Freshman Quiz Bowl, BR LR Evan Mettenbrink-First High School Science Test and First High School Social Studies/ History/Geography test, Jared Harris-First Freshman Quiz Bowl, Andrew Gokie-First Quiz Bowl. The other students receiving first either have graduated or were not present for the convocation.