SHS Senior, Sarah Bujarski, was named the Seward Youth Rotarian at the Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2018 Seward Rotary Club meeting held during a noon luncheon at the auditorium of the Jones National Bank and Trust Company in Seward. Sarah is the daughter of Sachie Bujarski and Jeff Bujarski. She was introduced by Rotarian Clark Kolterman, who is a member of the local selection committee and she was introduced to the membership, presented a book scholarship, a Rotary banner and mementos and information on Rotary International.
Music is a key factor in Sarah’s life, however, she also excels as a scholar at SHS. She has been part of the SHS Honor Roll for twelve consecutive terms, completed and passed Honors English 11,AP US History, AP Calculus, and is currently enrolled in AP Biology and AP English Literature, besides being enrolled in the Career-Academy Basic Nursing Assistant and Career-Academy Psychology.
Her extracurricular activities are varied but really center around music, music and music! She is a longtime member of the SHS Marching Bluejay Marching Band-winning seven Superior ratings, and lettering twice –where she enjoys playing the Mellophone. She is also the Seward High Symphonic Band as a section leader playing the French Horn.
She has participated in Honor Bands at Concordia Musical Arts Day Honor Band, Central Conference Honor Band, Kearney Underclassman Honor Band, University of Nebraska Kearney Honor Band and the Doane Festival of the Winds Honor Band.
Sarah is a member of the SHS Jazz Band and plays the piano in the band. She also plays the Mellophone in the SHS Pep Band and is a member of the SHS Wind Ensemble, where she plays the French Horn. Sarah is also a member of the SHS Swing Choir, as the accompanist on the piano.
Sarah has completed over 120 hours of volunteer service hours at Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church. Her volunteer efforts include membership and leadership with her involvement in the SHS Key Club, where she is an officer, along with memberships in the SHS FFA, Skills USA and Family Community Career Leaders of America –the SHS FCCLA.
She has been long time involved in 4-H and the Seward County Junior Leaders program, also volunteering with both groups in a host of activities. She also participated in the VFW “Volce of Democracy” Speech contest at SHS.
She won the UNL Young Artist Award as a Junior at SHS, receive a scholarship from the National Federation of Music Clubs at the International Music Camp-wining one of six scholarships over 460 applicants. She also received the Junior Standout Award in music, won the GFWC NFWC District Music Contest in the Instrumental Division at the Seward Civic Center and has received two Superior ratings in French Horn at District Music contest.
She is a member of the Hillcrest Evangelical Church in Seward-and serves as a voice of youth in her congregation-a leader in their volunteer activities.
She has completed her “Service Above Self” requirement, volunteering through the work with the Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church, the Key Club community service activities such as the Multicultural Fair, the Ronald McDonald House, the SHS Swing Choir camp, concession stand work, along with Key Club, FFA and Skills USA community service work. She also volunteers at the local Ridgewood Center in Seward, as well as the Futaba Clinic, Yokohama Japan.
Her college plans are undecided as to where she attend, however she is considering a Biology Major with hopes of being a doctor someday.
The Seward Rotary Club presents one Youth Rotarian Award to an SHS Senior each month from August to May, based on scholarship, leadership and citizenship, with an emphasis on “Service Above Self!” Students only need to apply once during the school year and applications can be obtained from Seward Rotarian Jill Johnson, Assistant Principal at SHS.
Seward High Seniors, Jax Johnson and Cayden Glandt both enlisted in the US Army National Guard their junior year of high school and attended basic training the summer of 2018. They were the featured program at the October 3, 2018 Seward Rotary Club meeting held at the Jones National Bank and Trust Company Auditorium at their noon hour meeting. A lunch, fellowship and short business meeting preceded the program. Jax is the son of Brady and Jill Johnson, and Cayden is the son of Kip and Stephanie Glandt – all of Seward. Sergeant First Class Roberto Vega, of the Nebraska National Guard was also a guest. He was one of the recruiters for the Nebraska National Guard who assisted and guided the students in the application process
Rotarians Jill Johnson and Matt Dominy are responsible for the six programs in October. Jill Johnson introduced Seward High Seniors who shared a presentation based on their ten-week experience at basic training. Many photos were acquired through their specific military unit’s Facebook pages provided by the US Army.
Jax Johnson attended Fort Jackson in South Carolina, and Cayden Glandt attended Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. They presented a on the week by week timeline of their basic training experience, beginning with the application process and the first day happenings, even including their haircut styling experience!
Their programming at basic training was divided into three phases: Red Phase, White Phase, and Blue Phase for their training process. Comments on their presentation included working with their Drill Sergeants, whom they both admired, shooting exercises, obstacle courses, ten-mile hikes, stories on their various learning experiences, and finally the joys of Family Day and Graduation Day! In Johnson’s program 240 of the 260 applicants finished the program, and in Cayden’s program 154 of the 160 finished the program and completed their basic training experience.
Both young men will continue to serve one weekend per month until they go to Ft. Leonard Wood this summer for 11 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time will be spent in the classroom and in the field. Jax Johnson will train as a Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) specialist primarily responsible for defending the country against the threat of CBRN weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Cayden will train to become part of 31 Bravo Military Police andprotect the lives and property on Army installations by enforcing military laws and regulations.
During the program Rotary members asked about the medals on their dress uniforms: Cayden received the Marksmanship Medal, and Jax was presented the Expert Marksmanship Medal for their accuracy with their firearms. Both soldiers received their first promotion while at their prospective basic training camps. Only about 10% of the trainees receive this honor during the first ten weeks of their training.
Both soldiers commented on the educational benefits of joining the US Army National Guard, such as the GI Bill, and look forward to their post high school education. Glandt’s future plans include attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in the area of either broadcasting or agriculture, and possibly trying to “walk on” the UNL Cornhusker football team as a kicker. Johnson also plans to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in the area of study in business or engineering. Both students will be in the Nebraska National Guard for at least six years-giving one weekend a month and two weeks during the summer.
Questions and answers followed their presentation to the Seward Rotary. The meeting concluded with Seward Rotary President, Todd LaVelle, thanking both students for their dedication and service and wishing both continued success in school and with their US Army National Guard careers.
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Seward High was named the recipient of the annual State Fair Education Division’s Top Award-The Sweepstake Championship Award Trophy for their student’s outstanding participation and success at the recent education competitions at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island-named Champion High School in the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair! The students from SHS competed in a variety of performance and static contests, with students competing in education contests on August 25 and 26 at the State Fair. The contest was sponsored by the Nebraska State Fair, their Education Division and the NEBRASKAland Foundation. Over 5000+ entries created a record number of entries for the Education Division of the Nebraska State Fair.
Ryan Wall was named the recipient of the Brad Forsberg Award, named top overall best presenter at the 2018 Education Division Performance Contests.
The Seward High “Jays” Quiz Bowl team was named the first runner-up in the recent State Fair Quiz Bowl contest at the State Fair in Grand Island on Sunday, August 26, 2018 with teams from across Nebraska-featuring general knowledge questions. The strong SHS Quiz Bowl Team members included Ryan Wall-Captain, Thomas Bosmeniel and Jarod Harris.
Winning the first place trophies in the State Fair Education Division were Thomas Bosmeniel in Monologue, Ryan Wall in Science, Ryan Wall in Social Studies, Makayla Oglevie in Short Story, Abby Van Velson in Essay 9-10, Thomas Bosmeniel in Poetry Presentation, Payton Davis Schmidt in Essay 11-12, Anna Sommerer in Poetry 9-10, Amara Mueri in Poetry 11-12, Madalyn Lobmeyer in Cipher Down-First Place, and both the individual community service project "The Red Sand" Project by Tatum Criner and the SHS FCCLA Project "Helping the Homeless" -Tee Shirt Collection by Hannah Kolterman-Wagner and Miriam Voehl won First in the Group Community Service Award! Tri-folds and notebooks are on display at the State Fair! Stacey Damanhoury First in Cup Stacking! (Note: This is the fifth year in a row that Stacey has won the Cup Stacking Contest!). The winning First Place team in Improvisation was Ryan Wall, Rory Nolan, Ross Brown, Thomas Bosmeniel and Madalyn Lobmeyer. First place winners each won $100 scholarship to the college of their choice, a plaque, and rosette for each event. All participating contestants were given a free pass to the fair and a tee shirt.
Seward High had three Quiz Bowl teams in the annual State Fair Quiz Bowl high school quiz bowl contests. Each team competed in a round-robin contest to determine placement in the annual single elimination quiz bowl contest –asking teams general knowledge questions. SHS Team A was composed of Ryan Wall, Thomas Bosmeniel and Jarod Harris and they placed second overall. Other SHS Quiz Bowl teams included Team 2-Rory Nolan, Marson Larson and Ross Brown, Team 3-Isaiah Van Beek, Braden Adams, Andrew Alley and Ashton Conner. The SHS Freshman team was Maddie Viger, Jack Wall and Blake Anderson.
SHS students winning in the Monologue contest were Thomas Bosmeniel -First, Bailey Mooney-Second.
In the Impromptu speaking contest, Ryan Wall won second place, Thomas Bosmeniel was third, Bailey Mooney was fourth, and Jarod Harris was fifth. The SHS Improv team members included Ross Brown, Rory , Madalyn Lobmeyer, Ryan Wall and Thomas Bosmeniel –placing First over all!
Madalyn Lobmeyer was named second place in the Informative Speech contest.
In Cup Stackling in the High School Division, Stacey Damanhoury was First Place, with Landon Nelson fifth and Ryan Wall sixth place.
In “Poetry Out Loud” competition, Thomas Bosmeniel placed first, Madalyn Lobmeyer placed second, Ryan Wall placed third, Kylie Edgington placed sixth, Bailey Mooney place seventh and Alex Sick placed eighth.
In the math contest, Math 9-10 winners included Isaiah Van Beek -sixth, Jarod Harris-Seventh, Ashton Conner-eighth, Andrew Alley-ninth and Braden Adams tenth, while in Math Grades 11-12, the winners included Ryan Wall-second place, Thomas Bosmeniel-fourth and Gracie Sullivan-fifth!
In the Science tests Grades 9-10, placing sixth was Jarod Harris, and Alexa Hieser tied for seventh, and in Science tests Grade 11-12, Ryan Wall placed first place over all, with Jarod Harris fourth and Thomas Bosmeniel-firth place.
In the Spelling tests Grades 9-12, winners included Thomas Bosmeniel-second, Gracie Sullivan-HM and Ryan Wall-HM.
In Social Studies tests winners included Ryan Wall-First Place and Thomas Bosmeniel-second place for grades 11-12, while in Grades 9-10 in Social Studies, the SHS winners were Andrew Alley-sixth and Jarod Harris-HM.
In Grammar tests for Grades 9-12, the winners from SHS were Ryan Wall-second, Jarod Harris-fourth and Thomas Bosmeniel-fifth.
In the High School Individual Community Service Individual contest Tatum Criner place first over all in the individual division with her “Red Sand” FCCLA Star project and in the Group Division of Community Service, Hannah Kolterman and Miriam Voehl’s FCCLA Star Project “Helping the Homeless-Tee Shirt Drive” won First Place.
In the Essay Contest Grades 9-10 from SHS included, Abby Van Velson-First Place, Jacob Jurchen-Second, Josie Oxford-third, Hannah Bales-fourth, Avery Lewis-fifth, Wade Slepicka-sixth, Anna Sommerer-seventh, Macy Gebhardt-eighth, Elhan Ideus-ninth, Camryn Jensen-tenth, and Honorable Mentions to Zac Clark, Larissa Embree, Amber Gadeken, Dylan Hiser, Clare Karel, Delany Read, Audrey Reinert, Bria Schulz and Aryssa Two Crow.
Essay winners in Grades 11-12 awarded to Peyton Davis Schmidt won first place overall, Amara Mueri-second, Lincoln Haase-third, Daniel Collins-fourth, John Mark Myers-fifth, Matthew Arndt-sixth, Kiona Coe-seventh, Goi Duol-eighth, Natasha Block-ninth, and Jordan Oborny-tenth.
In penmanship competition for Grades 9-10, Alexis Hiser won third, Abbey Bimler was fourth, Audrey Todd-fifth, Hannah Bales-sixth, Amber Gadeken-seventh, and HM to Gillian Mettenbrink, Avery Lewis and Aryssa Two Crow, Kenna Piskorski, Tatum Criner, Camryn Jensen, Jordan Nitsche, and Macy Gebhardt.
Grades 11-12 Penmanship winners from SHS included Katryna Ruykas-second, Teanna Hurley-third, Virginia Glaser-fourth, Amara Mueri-fifth, Peyton Davis Schmit-sixth, Carissa Hackbart-seventh, Theresia Stewart-eighth, Mason Mahalek-ninth, Bailee Nelson-tenth, with HM to Taylor Brodecky.
In the written poetry contest on Nebraska Winters, in grades 9-10, the winners were Anna Sommerer-First, and Makenna Gross-second, Alexis Hiser-third, Samantha Oborny-fifth, Abbey Bimler-sixth, Abby Baack-seventh, Maddie Woolard-eighth, Larissa Embree-tenth, and HM to Hannah Bales, Tatum Criner, Macy Gebhart, Jarod Harris, Ethan Ideus, Camry Jensen, Cassandra Kottich, Madalyn Lobmeyer, Emily O’Kief, Matthew Sherman, and Brianna Shook.
Top awards for written poetry in Grades 11-12 to Amara Mueri –First Place and Bailee Nielsen-2ndPlace, with Katryna Ruka placing third, Teanna Hurley–fourth, Thomas Bosmeniel-fifth, Kaden Saum-sixth, Peyton Davis Schmit-seventh, Virginia Glaser-eighth, Riley Nuttleman-ninth, Taylor Brodecky-tenth, and HM to Stacey Damanhoury,
In the Short Story Contest, Makayla Oglevie was named first place with her short story, Kenna Gottschalk was second, Theresia Stewart-third, Jacob Auman-fourth, Audrey Sorensen-fifth, Tyson Reisdorff-sixth, Mason Mahalek-seventh, Dace Klimm-eighth, KayLea Rolfsmeyer-ninth, Natasha Block-tenth and Honorable Mention to Sergio Price!
In a special contest at the end of the day, a “Cipher Down” math contest named Pam Franck was named one of the winners, along with Madalyn Lobmeyer! Other participants included Jarod Harris, Kevin Fields, Ryan Wall and Kyle Hinkel.
Dozens of students from SHS participated in the numerous education division competitions each day, for a total of 50+ during the two day event on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Grand Island. Students from Seward High won many awards and recognitions. The State Fair entries from Seward High are sponsored through the High Ability Learner Program (HAL) in the Seward School District and supervised by SHS Teachers Melissa Pohl, Pam Franck and Kyle Hinkel.