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Centura Students Qualified for LouPlatte Conference All-Academic Team

Centura students were recently recognized to the LouPlatte Conference All-Academic Team.  The student requirements to be recognized are: 1) the senior student must be an active memer of a co-curricular activity sponsored by the LouPlatte Conference or the NSAA  2)  The senior student must have a minimum accumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 through the end of the preceding semester.

Congratulations to the following Centura students for qualifying for the LouPlatte Conference All-Academic Team:

Rachel Baustert; Shelby Budde; Abby Hadenfeldt; Heather Hewitt; Emily Krolikowski; Ally Phillips; Kaitlin Dethlefs; Barrett Selden; Emily Serr; Sydney Grudzinski; Brynn Korinek; Dawson Caspersen; William Packer; Diana Ramirez; Madison Harston, and Noah Bruggeman.

Centura Students Selected to LouPlatte Academic All-Conference

The following Centura students were selected  to the LouPlatte Academic All-Conference Team.  The following criteria must be met to be selected to the Academic All-Conference Team:

Senior Student must score 26 or above on the ACT.  A junior year score may be submitted during the senior year.

Centura students qualifying:  Shelby Budde, Rachel Baustert, Kaitlin Dethlefs, Abby Hadenfeldt, Heather Hewitt; John Kortz; Emily Krolikowski; William Packer

Congratulations to the aforementioned students on their Academic All-Conference selection.

Centura Boys and Girls Basketball Players Receive LouPlatte Honors

  The LouPlatte Conference meeting was held March 14 at Riverside Golf Course where LPC basketball coaches selected first-team, second-team, and honorable mention student-athletes to receive LouPlatte Conference basketball awards.  The following Centura students were recognized:

First Team All Conference:  Emily Krolikowski;  Joe Carey

Second Team:  Dawson Caspersen

Honorable Mention: Brooklyn Hostetler; Ben Oman and Noah Wooden

Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches.


Centura FFA members attend 212 Conference

212 degrees is the temperature at which water boils. Using this as their metaphor, the Nebraska FFA put on a conference in Kearney to help FFA members try to realize that making an impact begins with a strong action, like what can happen when water boils. At the FFA’s 212 conference, the Centura FFA had 10 members attend the conference to try and improve their leadership skills. The event is open to members from all over the state and included over 200 students. Members are encouraged to try and realize their potential as the meet new people and develop their interpersonal skills. The ten members from Centura are very active and attended to learn and bring back those skills to their chapter.

Students pictured on website:

Back row: Katelyn Fanta, Lucy Kohtz, Alexis Moslander, Taylor Grabowski, Eli Wooden, and Kile Bentley.
Front row: Cassidy Vacha, Natalie Burdett, Tyler Myers, and Tate Trumler

Centura’s Second Graders are Busy Writing Poetry and Using Technology

Mrs. Hermann’s second graders have been working on adjectives and adverbs in their classroom, and what better way to incorporate those words into writing than writing poetry! Centura Elementary teachers use an app called Seesaw to share student work with each other and parents. Within this app students are able to write, draw, complete projects within other apps and “app smash” , take videos, pictures, and share links. Last week, the 2nd graders brainstormed signs of spring and nouns that make them think of spring by using their senses. Then, they illustrated a picture or used emojis to show these “signs”. Finally, students were asked to write a poem using their senses, that also included adjectives and adverbs. The finished projects are amazing. If you would like to view their poems, you can read them on their https://blog.seesaw.me/hermann/#!/

Students Explore Different Skills at Centura Discovery Days

Whether they were munching on smoked meat, assembling a toilet, decorating cupcakes or swing dancing, Centura students were learning.

On Thursday and Friday, Centura High School students participated in Centura Discovery Days. Organizer Doug Voigt said that Discovery Days isn’t a career fair, but rather a broad range of jobs, hobbies and activities for students to try and learn about. Two science teachers, Robin Keilig and David Morris, went to a conference two years ago in Cozad, where they heard of a similar thing the school did there. They decided to bring the idea to Centura, thus, Centura Discovery Days.

There were 39 different classes students could choose from. Voigt said planning began in the fall, with the help from community volunteers, teachers and Tammy Holcomb, the high school principal. He said a survey was sent out to students to gauge their interests and what they’d want at Discovery Days. Voigt said photography and self-defense were popular topics students wanted to learn about.

Once students expressed what they’d be interested in, staff worked to find people in the community who would fit those topics. Some teachers even stepped up and taught classes. Among some of the classes offered was: canvas art painting, storm chasing, Tae Kwon Do, dog grooming, country swing dance, cupcake wars, robotics, smoking meat, fantasy football, leather working, chess, archery and cabinet building and countertops.

“It’s been quite an experience and a broad range of topics,” Voigt said.

He said Third City Archers allowed 55 students to come learn archery and shoot. Voigt said that was very nice of them to do that. He also mentioned that students could also choose to learn about landscaping and tour Lewis Greenscape, as well as learn about ammunition and bullets with a tour at Hornady Manufacturing.

Kate Bohling, an English teacher at Centura, taught the cupcake wars class. She made 24 dozen cupcakes for the class. Students had three timed decorating challenges, she said. The first round of challenges was a theme, such as peeps, candyland and monsters. The second challenge she had one group only use a mini tasting fork to decorate the cupcakes, and the fork had to be incorporated into the decoration. The third challenge was about how creative the students could decorate.

She said throughout the classes she’s seen students decorate cupcakes like spaghetti and meatballs, Sesame Street and many other things.

“They’ve just been crazy creative,” Bohling said.

The uneaten cupcakes were sold after school, with proceeds going to Navi Nielsen, a Centura student in the hospital, who was involved in a fatal accident a few weeks ago. Another Centura student, Bailey Jean Packer, died in the accident.

Brandon Jacques and his wife taught the smoking meats class. Jacques said he caters and cooks for his church. He and his wife taught a full class about cleanliness, types of smokers, types of meat and cooking tips.

“They’re not afraid to eat stuff and they’re not afraid to touch the meat when it’s raw,” Jacques said of the students.

The students of course got to taste what they were learning about.

Heather Hewitt, a senior, was at State Speech on Thursday so Friday was the only day she participated in Discovery Days. She chose to learn about smoking meats, which her tastebuds really enjoyed.

“It’s delicious,” Hewitt said.

She got to make and eat chicken wings, pork butt, and bacon-wrapped meatballs.

Jacques said he enjoyed teaching the students and that he’d love to do it again.

“It’s something that I’d love to do all the time,” Jacques said.

Seventh-graders Ryan Schweitzer, Nolan Hurt, Keaton Lemburg and Dillon Dubbs participated in the concrete and toilet repair class on Thursday. The boys said they enjoyed the class and learned new things. They assembled a toilet and mixed concrete to make and decorate pavers. They went on a scavenger hunt outside to find items, such as bones and rocks to put in the concrete pavers.

“We had the perfect person teaching us,” Dubbs said. The instructor was Jerry Nott.

The boys said they enjoyed learning some new skills.

“Versus having someone come and do it for you, you can do your own,” Lemburg said.

Other students opted to learn how to country swing dance, which was taught by Nott and foreign language teacher Steph McInturf.

Students paired up and learned different county swing dance moves, including the pretzel. McInturf and her husband Derek danced to “Fishin’ in the Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to show students how it’s done.

McInturf said the students were laughing and having fun, even though some of them seemed nervous at the start.

“It’s been fun this morning to see them gain some confidence,” McInturf said.

Voigt said there’s plans to continue to do Discovery Days next year.

This information was reported in the Grand Island Independent on March 23, 2018 by Kelli Rollin.  Picture by Andrew Carpenean, from the Independent.


Centura Send-Off for Two State NSAA Speech Qualifiers

Centura is sending two state qualifiers to the NSAA sponsored state speech competition on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  The following are details of the events for Grace McDonald, qualifying in two events and Heather Hewitt, qualifying in one event.

Grace: Round 1
Entertainment 8am, Section C Room Union Sandhills
Humorous 8am, Section B, Room Fine Arts Recital
Grace: Round 2
Entertainment 10:30am, Section B, Copeland 231
Humorous 10:30am, Section A, Room Bruner 177
Heather: Round 1
Serious 8am, Section A, Room Bruner 177
Heather: Round 2
Serious 10:30am, Section B, Room Otto Olsen 136

Finals posted in the UNK Health and Sports Center
Awards in the Heath and Sports Center

Best of Luck to the Centura State Qualifiers, Grace and Heather,  and Coaches Kris Simon and Ted Evans.

Centura Students Participate in Regional Science Olympiad and Brings Home Hardware

On Tuesday, March 20, Centura sent two teams to the ESU 10 Regional Science Olympiad at UNK. Students competed in two divisions: B (grades 7-9) and C (Grades 10-12). There were over 500 students from at least 20 schools attending this event.

Centura students and events and results are:

Division B:
Fast Facts: Rhegan Jensen & Lauryn Bernt (4th place)
Ecology: Will Ford & Jayden Jacobsen (1st place)
Experimental Design: Rhegan Jensen & Melanie Mackey
Write It Do It: Faith McDonald & Lauryn Bernt
Rocks & Minerals: Melanie Mackey & Alex Johnson (3rd place)
Anatomy & Physiology: Faith McDonald & Dillon Dubbs
Solar System: Will Ford & Dillon Dubbs (1st Place)
Mystery Architect: Jayden Jacobsen & Will Ford

Division C: Team Placed 6th Overall
Anatomy & Physiology: Shelby Budde & Emily Krolikowski
Astronomy: Riley Adams & Tate Trumler (4th place)
Chemistry Lab: Shelby Budde & Sydney Grudzinski (4th place)
Dynamic Planet: Riley Adams & Katie Dethlefs (4th place)
Ecology: Emily Krolikowski & Grace McDonald (6th place)
Experimental Design: Heather Hewitt, Maddy Hickok, & Katie Dethlefs
Fermi: Amber Baldwin & Macy Baldwin
Forensics: Maddy Hickok & Amber Baldwin
Rocks & Minerals: Colten Seevers & Michael Anderson
Towers: Macy Baldwin & Miranda Frerichs
Write It Do It: Grace McDonald & Heather Hewitt (3rd)

Centura Band Prepares for District Band Competition

District music contest is quickly approaching and the Centura students have been working hard. The band will be performing two pieces that the students are playing very well. Mr. Gregory, Centura band director, reports, “The students have been making leaps and bounds in the past year, and we are all very excited to see what those results look like in the adjudicators eyes!”

Centura band and choir have a combined pre-district music concert with the choir on April 11 at 7:00pm in the activities gym. We would love to see the bleachers filled. Your support means the world to us.


Centura Dance Team Presents Dance Revue

The Centura Dance Team will be presenting a Dance Revue on Friday, March 23rd at 8:00pm in the Centura High School Gym.

The Dance Revue will feature several dance performances from the year.  Some of the encore pieces will be the ‘Night at the Movies’ routine with the Centura Boys; as well as some of the team’s favorite halftime and competition performances from the year.  The members of the team are also very excited to present a brand new Dads and Daughters performance.  Finally, new this year, some of the previous members of the Centura Dance Team will be reuniting for a special alumni routine.

Along with the dance performances, several other Centura students will be featured.  Grace McDonald, Jaelyn Gross, Maddy Hickok and others will all provide some additional entertainment during the Revue.

After the Revue, attendees are invited to stay for dessert served by the Centura Dance Team.

Free-will donations will be accepted throughout the evening to help defray future costs the dance team incurs such as dance camps, uniforms and competition expenses.