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 High Ability Students Participated in Various Fall Activities

Weekly: Students meet once a week. During this time they are working to create their own Breakout Edu challenge. The concept is similar to an Escape room, only they strive to solve puzzles to unlock different locks and break into the box. Elementary students are working by grade level to create a breakout for their respective classrooms to complete. Junior High students were given the option to work individually or in groups. It is amazing the story and clues they create!

Monthly: This year students are exploring the Medieval Times. They learned about warfare and even created their own cannon (marshmallow) and competed in a contest. Next students gained understanding of different roles within the kingdom while each student created Jester hats and juggling sticks. For December, we held a festival, learned about all celebrations and competed to see who was the best Jester, showing off their juggling tricks and telling jokes.

Field Trip: Students visited an escape room in Lincoln for tour and were able to “test” out a room. The owners of the company provided them with training on creating their own and did a short brainstorming session with them for their next escape room. They enjoyed learning and solving the puzzles at an actual escape room.

Celebrate the holiday season with the Country Christmas Tour of Homes!

Celebrate the holiday season with the Country Christmas Tour of Homes!  Tickets can be purchased for $20 each in advance at Pathway Bank in Cairo, Boelus State Bank in Boelus, Kerry’s Grocery in Dannebrog, in the High School office and at The Vault in Cairo. All members of the Centura Junior class will have tickets for sale. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour at The Vault or at any of the participating homes. The tour will be open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, December 17th. Join us afterward at The Vault in Cairo for refreshments and holiday door prizes. All proceeds from this event will be used by the Centura Junior Class to host Prom.

Centura Wrestlers Compete at Ravenna Invite

The Centura wrestling team competed at the Ravenna invite on December 1. Coach Carlson commented, “This is a pretty tough for meet to start out with,  but I felt we competed well and we look tough at several different weights.”

Centura finished fifth out of 18 teams with three finalists. Jack Sokol finished second at 113 pounds, Kile Bentley finished first in the 152 pounds, and Austin Simmons finish second 220 pounds.   Coach commented, “Overall, I was very pleased with our performance. We still have some guys that are working on weight management, but I do think this is a great start to the season.”

Wrestler of the week goes to tournament champion Kile Bentley. Kile was in a pretty tough weight class and had to fight his way to that championship match. This week the wrestlers go to Southern Valley on Friday. This is a great tournament for us to get some good quality wins.

Centura Boy’s Basketball Off to a 2-0 Start

Centura Boy’s Basketball had its season opener against Sandy Creek and won the game 71-21.  Coach Oman identified that Sandy Creek is a very young and inexperienced basketball team.  However, he indicated that Centura played with a lot of intensity.  He said, “The boys played well together and shared the basketball.  For an opening season game, I was pleased with our team’s effort!”

Scoring by Quarters

Centura                      20     18     18     15     = 71

Sandy Creek                9       6       2       4     = 21

Centura stats:  Noah Wooden  21 points , 4 assists;  Dawson Caspersen 14 points ;   Joe Carey  10points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals;   Payton Dowse  8 points, 4 rebounds ;  Ben Oman  7 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals;  Eli Wooden  5 points;  Ben Noakes 3 points ;  Tate Trumler 3 points.

Opponent Leading Scorer:  Wyatt Mach  8

Centura defeated Wood River on Saturday.  Coach Oman stated, “Wood River is a vastly improved basketball squad that likes to run and press.  For the most part, we were able to handle their press and slow their break.”  “Our defense has greatly improved from a year ago.  For the second night in a row our basketball team did a nice job of sharing the basketball.  Joe Carey, Dawson Caspersen, and Ben Oman did a really nice job on the boards.  Centura had 39 rebounds between the three of them.  Joey Carey and Dawson Caspersen did a nice job of scoring inside with 16 and 12 respectively,” reported Coach Oman.

Scoring by Quarter:

Centura        15     11      8     20     = 54

Wood River    6       5      7     18      = 36

Centura stats:  Joey Carey 16 points, 12 rebounds; Dawson Caspersen 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocked shots; Noah Wooden 10 points; Ben Oman 9 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals; Ben Noakes 3 points; Eli Wooden 2 points; Payton Dowse 2 points.

Opponent Leading Scorer:  Tyler Hermann 11

More Elementary Students were “Caught Being Good”

Students in the elementary were “Caught Being Good” last week at Centura.  Way to go kids!

Karsyn Lemburg was helping cleaning up in the classroom.

Luke Johnson was caught being good by helping a student with reading without being asked!

Manny Harris let Bonnie go ahead of him in the lunch line.

Trotter Lemburg continued to work while others were trying to distract him.