Special Guest: Sudanese Refugee, Estella

Centura students in 4th – 6th grades had the very special opportunity this week to listen to Estella, a  Refugee from the Sudan. Recently the students were involved with a global read aloud project that focused on the book “A Long Walk to Water” by. Linda Sue Park. The book is about a boy that walks away form his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. The book is also about a girl that has to walk 8 hours everyday to fetch water for her family.

After reading the story, Mrs. Trumler was able to contact a local refugee that would be able to give a first hand account about what her life was like then and now.

“Estella is a single mother of five children, aged 3 up to 15. She is a dedicated mother, who believes that education is imperative to a successful life. She came to the United States in 2005 from Sudan. She had to hide and run for her life to get to America to have her freedom. She left Sudan at the age of 19 and fled to Cairo, Egypt. There she contacted the UN and set into motion her journey to the United States. It took until 2005, but she finally made it. She came to America without any family here and without knowing any English. She worked extremely hard to learn English and is now fluent and helps translate for others who need help. She works at the Veteran’s home and is taking her final test to get into nursing school on Wednesday, Dec. 6th. She became an American citizen in 2008 and is proud to be an American. Her family is receiving a home from Habitat from Humanity in early 2018. She has already put in 479 hours of work helping build their home. She came and spoke to us about what being a refugee was like. We had read the book “A Long Walk to Water” about the Lost Boys of Sudan and were so lucky to have Estella share her own story with us about having to flee Sudan. The biggest surprise when she visited us was seeing her strength and positive attitude. She had grown up in an area of Sudan with no running water and no electricity. She showed us how to carry around four gallons of water on her head without using her hands! She shared that they had one meal a day and only water to drink, to us this sounds unthinkable, but she smiled the whole time and said “You can do it!”. She had to walk a long ways to school everyday where her father was a school keeper. When she was in her upper teens, her family was forced to choose between being Christian and Muslim. They chose Christian, so her father lost his job and they were forced to move to the mountains, where the living conditions were considerably lower. Estella wanted her freedom and fled. She had to change her name and hide in fear, but she never gave up or lost hope. We have never seen someone so strong, positive and full of joy. She is an inspiration to us all. We can’t think of a better family to receive your gift this Christmas!”


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.

Tex-Mex Fundraiser Friday Night December 1st

On Friday, December 1st the High School Choir will be having their annual Tex-Mex Fundraiser in the cafeteria from 4:30-8:30pm during the basketball games. The meal will be $6 and will include tacos, chips, rice, beans and a homemade dessert. The money raised will help pay for the choir to sing at a festival in Kansas City in April as well as help fund future choir events.

Concert Etiquette

With multiple vocal and band music concerts approaching, we feel that it is noteworthy to highlight the importance of proper concert etiquette. Our students and music teachers have worked diligently to prepare our students to give the best performances possible. For our students to be at their best, it is important that the audience does their part to help make it a success. Thank you!!!!

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Junior High Wrestlers Compete at Walnut

The Junior High wrestling team competed at the Walnut invitational. This is a large meet for Centura Jr. High wrestlers with an opportunity to get some good matches under their belt.  With that being said the boys had an amazing day.  Centura had three champions, Jason Fanta, Mason Kuszak, and Noah Melgoza. These guys really competed tough and were relentless on the mat. The other three guys that competed well are Will Ford who placed third, Trace Lessig who placed fourth, and Weston Koperski who  placed fourth. These guys competed well and I have seen an amazing turn around in just one week.

The wrestler of the week goes to Noah Melgosa. He got three straight pens to take home the gold medal.

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 Help-Desk Students Share Knowledge at the 99th NASB Conference

Centura Help-Desk students Seniors – Jayden Schuneman and Dylan Rasmussen; and Sophomores- Nick Kortz, Michael Anderson, and Colten Seevers along with Centura’s Lan Manager, Kenley Reimers traveled to Omaha to share the common tasks, procedures, and jobs that the Centura Help Desk students provide for other students at the Nebraska Association of School Board’s State Conference.

Jayden exclaimed, “The conference wasn’t boring lecture after lecture, instead it was inquisitive minds walking around and asking questions about what it is you do.” She also stated, “Being asked all these questions was refreshing and very eye-opening on how different people can be interested in the same thing. Watching so many of the older generation look at us in amazement as we explained that we are a group of students that fix computers was so amazing. Knowing that we bring the same kind of amazement to the younger generation was also a sight to see!”

Mr. Reimers reported that the students passed out 32 business cards to administrators and/or school board members who stopped by to see what the Centura Technology Help Desk did for Centura Public Schools. Mr. Reimers said, “Individuals were truly impressed with how the help desk students’ work saves the district about $200 per screen that they fix and about $100 per hard drive they repair.“  Mr. Reimers also reported that the help desk students come to him with ideas of what the group can work on and that they are always up for new challenges.