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Seven Nebraska high schools were recognized for their dedication to improving teen driver safety with the TDS Cup and Outstanding School awarded by Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS).

  • 1st Place — Norfolk High School in Norfolk ($1,000 cash award)
  • 2nd Place — Centura High School in Cairo ($500 cash award)
  • 3rd Place — Malcolm High School in Malcolm ($250 cash award)
  • Outstanding schools- Gering High School, Central Valley High School, Arlington High School and Howells-Dodge Consolidated.

Teens in the Driver Seat believes that young drivers are more effective at communicating to their peers than anyone else. The TDS Cup competition motivates teens to compete with one another to help get the word out about positive driving behaviors. Each TDS team entering the competition is awarded points for every safe-driving activity promoted in its school and community about the top five driving risks: driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones and teen passengers; not wearing a seat belt; and impaired driving.

Thirty-one schools across Nebraska are working on reducing teen related crashes, injuries and deaths through the use of the Teens in the Driver Seat program. This is the fifth year in a row that Centura has ranked among the top three places for their efforts. Centura Student Council’s 28 members help promote the program at Centura Public Schools.

Twenty-Five Centura FBLA Members To Compete At State

Callie Gorecki, junior member, prepares for just one of the many competitions to be held at the FBLA State Leadership Conference next week. She and Taylor Grabowski, also a junior, partnered with Pathway Bank, providing savings lessons and the opportunity to save money, to Centura 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. After preparing and submitting a report of their project, Gorecki and Grabowski found out last week that they were one of eight teams across Nebraska to present their project at state. Grace McDonald was selected to present her speech she prepared about the importance of FBLA. While these students were selected as finalists, many competitors have to wait until getting to Omaha to compete and find out their results. Centura FBLA will be attending the conference with 3,000 students across the state. Good Luck Centurions! The following is a list students and their competitions:

Hailey Anderson: Introduction to Business Communication, Agribusiness, Advertising

Amber Baldwin: E-business, Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Business Communication, Business Calculations

Macy Baldwin: E-business, Business Calculations, Business Communications

Lauryn Bernt: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Business Math and Financial Literacy, Word Processing

Claire Caspersen: Public Service Announcement, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math

Katie Dethlefs: Community Service Project, Job Interview, Business Communication

Miranda Frerichs: Business Calculations, Business Communication, Social Media Campaign

Gretchen Fritz: Community Service Project, Business Communication, Business Calculations

Jadyn Gentleman: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Financial Math

Callie Gorecki: Agribusiness, Partnership with Business Project, Business Communication

Taylor Grabowski: Partnership with Business Project, Agribusiness, Introduction to Business Communication

Madison Hickok: Business Calculations, Business Communication, Digital Video Production

Elayna Holcomb: Digital Video Production, Introduction to Business Communication, Word Processing

Rhegan Jensen: Business Math and Financial Literacy, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math.

Nicholas Kortz: Mobile Application Development, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Information Technology

Emily Krolikowski: Business Communication, Business Calculations, Job Interview

Grace McDonald: Business Communication, Publication Design, Public Speaking, Electronic Career Portfolio

Cortney Mullins: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Business

Joselyn Mullins: Introduction to Business, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math

Juan Perez: Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Business Communication, Business Calculations

Sydney Perez: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Business Math and Financial Literacy, Career Exploration

Jayden Schunamen: Graphic Design, Business Communication, Community Service Project

Colten Seevers: Introduction to Business Communication, Mobile Application Development, Introduction to Information Technology

Morgan Semm: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Business Math and Financial Literacy, Word Processing

Austin Simmons: Social Media Campaign, Business Communication, Business Calculations

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 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.

Centura Staff and Students Participate in Various Holiday Giving Projects

FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive The Centura FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive began on Monday, December 4th and will run for two consecutive weeks. Students may hand in food from 8:00-8:20am each morning in the 100 pod. Prizes will be drawn each day for those that bring food. The winning class will earn a pizza party for four periods during a school day. In order to be eligible if your class wins, you must have contributed at least 5 items to your class’s total. Those in the winning class that don’t meet this will have to remain in their classes during the pizza party. (All items must be non perishable)

Holiday Happenings-Service Projects

The Giving Tree is a project that the Centura staff and students have embraced through many organizations and individuals. Over 90 students’ holiday season will be brighter through the generous giving of gifts.

The Centura Student Council is hosting Toys for Tots again this year. Students and staff are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, new toy for the collection box through Dec. 15th.

The student council is also visiting the Cairo Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13th for caroling and cookies.

Toys for Tots Program

The Centura staff is supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. This worthy program collects new, unused toys for underprivileged children. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. In return for bringing a new toy, the Centura staff will enjoy wearing jeans on Thursday, December 14th.


Centura Students to Participate in UNK Honor Choir Ensembles!

Congratulations to Diana Ramirez, Molly Nitsch, Madison Hickok, Grace McDonald, Kiana Schuster, and Colten Seevers for making it into the UNK honor choir ensembles! Over 1,000 students from across the state auditioned to participate in this honor choir program. We are very proud that every student from Centura who auditioned made it in to one of the ensembles. We also have doubled the number of students participating since last year. On January 22nd these students will get the opportunity to spend the day at UNK and sing with hundreds of other students from across the state who share the love of music. They also will get to work with highly skilled guest conductors that will help them to improve their singing technique. The honor choirs will perform in a final concert at 7:00pm at the UNK Health and Sports Center. Admission to the concert will be $3 if you’d like to come.

Centura One Act in Preparation for District Competition

The one act team hosted a dinner theater Monday night in the little gym. There were close to 150 guests in attendance.  The performance was a final practice before the team headed to Holdrege for district competition.

There are many people that go into making a one act successful, each one playing an important role in a successful production. The most obvious is the cast members, they are the actors and actresses on the stage. The sound crew helped search and develop the music for the performance. This is a very important element in a show. The music is the icing on the cake that makes a show memorable and really help set the mood of the play. Our sound crew also plays the music for us during the show. The light crew consists of students running the light board as well as the spot light. Much like the music this helps set the mood for the show. The make-up and hair crew create their masterpieces before the show. They work hard to help the actors become their character through make-up and hair. Last but not least we have the stage crew. They play an important role, they help set the stage with our set, they fix set pieces, print programs, strike the stage when we are done, paint, and whatever else I need done. They are the sponsors’  go to helpers.

Centura One Act in Competition Season

The One Act team competed in Minden on Saturday earning 3rd place and the following students won acting awards: Nate Ruhl, Colten Seevers, and Grace McDonald.

The team then competed at the LouPlatte Conference in Central City on Tuesday placing 7th overall and the following students earning acting awards: Miranda Frerichs, Madi Hickok, Kiana Schuster, Heather Hewitt, Diana Ramirez, Brynn Korinek, Sam Sokol, Breanna Fanta, Caitlin States, Maddi Rasmussen, Jaelyn Gross, Colten Seevers, Riley Adams, and Grace McDonald.

Monday the One Act team will host a  Dinner Theater at 7pm in the old gym. Doors will open at 6:45pm admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Next Wednesday the team will travel to Holdrege for Districts. The performance will be at 10:30am at the Tassel.

Centura One-Act Dinner Theater

The One Act Team would like to invite you to their Dinner Theater on Monday, November 27th at 7pm. This will be a soup supper followed by the performance of “The Insanity of Mary Girard” put on by the Centura High School One Act.

Doors will open at 6:45pm, Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $7 and students $5. Children under 5 are free.  However, you may not want to bring small children to this show, there is some mature content and could be scary for them.

The Centura One-Act team has one performance under their belt where Grace McDonald won an acting award.  The team will compete Saturday and on Monday.

Centura Public Schools Veteran’s Day Celebration

Barrett Selden, Centura Student Council Vice President presenting the Flag of Valor to Mrs. Holcomb, principal.

Centura Public Schools recognized and honored veterans from the surrounding area on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The band recognized each branch of the service with an Armed Forces Salute; veteran guests stood as their branch anthem was played.

Boys and Girls State representatives, Heather Hewitt, Boelus; Noah Bruggeman, Barrett Selden, and Emily Serr, Dannebrog; and Abby Hadenfeldt, Cairo shared their experiences from this past summer.

Guest speaker was Bill Crosier, who served in the US Army from 1964-1967, and is the National Executive Committeeman for the American Legion State of Nebraska.

Members of the Centura Student Council presented a wooden flag to the school made by Flags of Valor, a veteran-owned, veteran-operated, veteran-made company that employs veterans, raising money for veteran and first-responder charities.

The Junior and Senior High Choir performed a celebration of songs to honor veterans, and students from the Media Class showed a video tribute for all veterans.

A meal, prepared by the kitchen staff, was served by the Senior Class to approximately 60 veterans and their guests.