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Centura Awarded First Place for Teens in the Driver Seat Program

teens in the drivers seatThe Centura Student Council has received first place for points accrued in the Teens in the Driver Seat, a traffic safety education program in Nebraska designed to help teens become safe drivers. This award will give the school $1000 to spend on activities and programs to continue the message of driving safe. Points were awarded for such activities as presentations to the students, posters placed throughout the school, placement of seatbelt signage in the parking lot, conducting surveys on texting and seatbelt use, making a video on seatbelts, and promotion of safe driving habits on Centura Vision to name a few.

Starting in seven Nebraska schools two years ago, the program was brought to Nebraska through a partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, AAA Nebraska, Nebraska Safety Council and the Drive Smart Nebraska Coalition. This year there were 14 schools participating.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Nebraska teens,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “This program is an opportunity for teens and their sponsors to develop and implement traffic safety programs in their school and community which can instill safe driving habits that they can use for a lifetime.”

Teens in the Driver Seat uses peer-to-peer influence to bring together young drivers, parents, school administrators, communities and other partners to reduce teen crashes on Nebraska roadways. The program addresses both awareness and behavior, using peer pressure as a positive force to promote safe driving habits and reduce the top five risks for teen drivers: nighttime driving speeding, driver distractions such as texting, low seat belt use, and driving while impaired from alcohol or drugs.

The Centura Student Council is comprised of 18 students in grades 9-12. The president is Hannah Adams, vice-president Jordyn Grabowski, and secretary, Makenna Lemburg. They are sponsored by Kay Carpenter, Guidance Counselor for Centura Jr./Sr. High School.

Travis Holcomb Selected for Shrine Bowl

travis holcomb shrine bowlCongratulations to Travis Holcomb! He has been selected to play in the 2016 Shrine Bowl Game on June 4, 2016 at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field in Kearney. This premier athletic event raises funds to support the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and to benefit Shrine Hospital transportation funds, in addition to honoring the top high school football players in Nebraska. Players are in great company and we hope and expect that the week of the Shrine Bowl will be one of the best highlights of Travis’s career to date.

The Centura District invites you to support Travis by attending the Shrine Bowl game.

Tickets for the game are available at:

Super Staff Members of the Week

SUPER STAFFCentura’s Super Staff Members of the week are….

Char Kyhn, Dori Dorsey, Diana Korinek, and Stephanie Luhn. Together they make up our wonderful preschool staff. These ladies work tirelessly with our youngest Centurions. They make learning fun and meaningful everyday for these students. They provide the best Early Childhood education to prepare the preschool students for Kindergarten. Thank you for making Centura great.

Centura FFA State Convention Results

state ffa 2016Congratulations to all of the FFA members that competed last week at the State FFA Convention. Among the highlights were the Nursery/Landscaping team of Hannah Adams, Abby Hadenfeldt, Conner Sokol, and Peyton McCord placing 4th overall. Also, six FFA members were awarded their state degrees. They were: Hannah Adams, Kalen Cumming, Paige Reimers, Josh Sonnenfeld, Brennan Stebbing, and Jane Zimmerman.

Centura Boy’s Golf Team Wins Wood River Invite

Centura Golf Wood River InviteCongratulations to the Centura Boys Golf Team! I’m an extremely proud head coach to have watched five guys work very hard this spring and take the Wood River Golf Invite Championship trophy today over Kearney Catholic by 2 strokes. Individual medalists were Hunter Deines and Evan Meyer; other golfers on the Championship team were Jackson Noakes, Carter Wooden and Tate Christensen. All these guys had amazing performances and have overcome great adversity in recent days to become Champions today – so proud of you all!!

Up List December 14

uplistCongratulations to these students for being on the UP list this week.

William Ford: 7th grade Math

Tanner Simdorn: 7th grade Math

Jayden: 7th Grade Math

Great job kids on working hard and becoming great mathematicians.

Centura Public Schools Board of Education Hosts Community Engagement

community involvementThe opportunity to listen to community priorities and expectations has been

scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by the Centura Board of

Education. The public session will take place at the Boelus Community Center

beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The community discussion will help formulate a vision of the future, and

identify goals and strategies necessary to move the district forward to meet

the challenges of the 21st century. Discussion will be on strengths,

accomplishments, and challenges of the school district, the vision, and

expectations for the schools and the goals and objectives necessary to

design its future.

Specific participants in the Community Engagement have been invited by the

district for two reasons: to ensure that a broad cross-section of

interests, backgrounds and perspectives are included and to ensure that

board members are able to hear from all participants in a purposeful and

efficient manner. Staff members, parents, students, community leaders and

other interested members of the public are also invited to obtain an

effective plan for the future of the district and students. Any patron

wishing to attend the session or to submit written comments to be considered

as part of the process is encouraged to do so. The district must receive

written comments prior to the start of the meeting. The Nebraska Association

of School Boards, Marcia Herring, will facilitate the community engagement


Please contact the school at 308-485-4258, 308-226-2494, or

plemburg@esu10.org if you plan to attend.