The Seward High Speech Team placed Third overall at the NSAA B Districts on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Lincoln Southwest High School. The team was complete, with two participants from SHS filled in each of the nine events for the contest. The SHS Team had eleven students medal in eight events, and seven qualified for the State Speech Contest in Kearney on March 22, 2018.
The SHS Drama/Oral Interpretation of Drama Team (OID) was named District Champion at the contest. The five member team consists of Thomas Bosmeniel, Greta Hughes, Emily O Kief, Virginia Glaser, and Abby VanVelson. They present a cutting from the story Misery. They qualified to represent the District. To be a State Qualifier, the entry had to place in the top three at Districts.
Other State Qualifiers included Thomas Bosmeniel in Serious Prose-second, Kenna Gottschalk in Poetry-third and Madalyn Lobmeyer in Persuasive Speaking-second. Other finalists and medalists included Andrew Alley Humorous-Fifth, Cordell Vrbka Entertaining-Sixth, Nora Halder Serious-Sixth, Madalyn Lobmeyer Informative-Sixth, and Virginia Glaser and Rory Nolan Duet-Sixth.
Students receiving Superior Ratings at Districts from SHS included Andrew Alley, Thomas Bosmeniel, Ela Davis Schmit, Peyton Davis Schmit, Virginia Glaser, Kenna Gottschalk, Carissa Gottschalk, Nora Halder, Jarod Harris, Greta Hughes, J.J. Metschke, Madalyn Lobmeyer, Nathan Miller, Bailey Mooney, Rory Nolan, Emily O’Kief, Macie Spotanksi, Abby VanVelson, Cordell Vrbka.
The State Qualifiers will now compete at the State Speech Contest at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on March 22, 2018 in the Class B contest. Each event will have 18 in the contest for the State Championship from across the State of Nebraska.
In the B-3 NSAA Speech District, SHS placed Third overall, while the contest was won by Norris and Crete was Second. Milford placed Fourth, and other schools participating were Waverly, Fairbury, Lincoln Christian and Beatrice.
SHS Sophomore, Madalyn Lobmeyer of Seward was selected one of the top six finalists in the annual Poetry Out Loud Poetry Recitation State Finals contest held in Lincoln on Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 at the Sheldon Art Gallery auditorium. She represented Seward High School. She is the daughter of Amy and Jonathan Lobmeyer of Seward.
Madalyn selected and memorized three poems, “The Last Laugh” by Wilfred Owen, “The American Soldier” by Philip Ferneau, and “War Widow” by Chris Abani. The students were judged on accuracy, interpretation and level of understanding. There were 18 students in the contest from across Nebraska.
Hope Stratman of Omaha Skutt High was selected first place, with Maggie Harris of Thayer Central placing second.
As a finalist, Madalyn was presented with a collection of poetry books and a certificate. Her speech coaches are Clark Kolterman and Melissa Pohl of Seward High.
Clark Kolterman, her speech coach, was also recognized by the Poetry Out Loud Committee for his ten years of service to the program, as he is retiring at the end of the school year. He was presented a certificate, Ted Koozer book of poetry and a gift certificate from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraskan’s for the Arts.
The SHS Quiz Bowl performed well at the recent Bellevue University, on March 2nd, 2018. The invitational allowed for one team from 32 schools. Schools from across Nebraska and Iowa participated. The general knowledge quiz bowl was a double elimination event and SHS’s team lasted through the Ninth round in the afternoon.
The team first defeated Bellevue East A 140 to 105, then lost to the eventual Champion, Elkhorn-200 to130. The team then defeated Arlington 175 to 90 and Loan View, Iowa 135 to 50, eventually losing to Platteview in a close game, losing by one buzzer question 110 to 115.
The Seward Team consisted of Captain Evan Nottingham, and team members Ryan Wall, Chase Prochnow and Chris Galusha. Their coach is Clark Kolterman. The team all received shirts for their efforts from the University.
The SHS Speech team brought home seven medals at the recent Central Ten Conference Tourney held at the Columbus Lakeview High School on Monday, Feb. 19th in an all-day tourney. The school was allowed two entries per category and Seward presented a full team of contestants, with 18 entries.
Winning at Central Conference was the SHS Drama Team -6th Place OID, with Thomas Bosmeniel, Virginia Glaser, Emily O’Kief, Abby VanVelson and Greta Hughes. Placing 5th in Serious Prose was Thomas Bosmeniel, and Kenna Gottschalk placed 5th in Poetry,
Students attending that received Superior Ratings included Virginia Glaser and Rory Nolan-Duet, Cordell Vrbka-Entertaining speaking and Humorous Prose, Jarod Harris Entertaining Speaking, Kenna Gottschalk-Poetry and Informative Speaking, Madalyn Lobmeyer-Informative Speaking and Persuasive Speaking, Thomas Bosmeniel-OID and Serious Prose, Nora Halder-Serious Prose, Bailey Mooney-Poetry, Macie Spotanski-Persuasion and Duet, Peyton Davis Schmit-Duet and OID, Nathan Meyer-OID, JJ Metschke-OID, Ela Davis Schmit-OID, Carissa Gottschalk-OID and Greta Hughes-OID, Abby Van Velson-OID, Emily O’Kief-OID and Virginia Glaser-Duet and OID, Andrew Alley-Humorous Prose.
The team placed fifth overall and is coached by Clark Kolterman, with Melissa Pohl serving as assistant coach. SHS will host the Central Conference Speech contest in 2019.
The SHS Academic Decathlon Team competed in their annual Academic Decathlon Regional contest at Bellevue East High School on Saturday, January 20 for an all day, academic competition. Individual and team results had not been made available, due to computer malfunctions, with final tabulations and results pending for both individual and team awards. The results are now available. SHS placed third overall and were awarded 17 medals for placement in the various academic contests.
Chris Galusha BRONZE – Music Honor, Evan Nottingham GOLD – Math Honor, BRONZE – Economics Honor, GOLD – Science Honor, BRONZE – OVERALL for Honor, GOLD Top Team Scorer, Elias Stillahn SILVER – Literature Scholastic, Avery Stillahn BRONZE – Economics Scholastic, BRONZE – Science Scholastic, Alysa Biggs BRONZE – Art Honor, SILVER – Music Honor, BRONZE – Math Honor, Tyson Reisdorf BRONZE – Art Varsity, BRONZE – Music Varsity, SILVER – Math Varsity, SILVER – Economics Varsity.
This is the 20th year that SHS has competed in the Academic Decathlon team contest. It is funded through the School District of Seward High Ability Learner Program (HAL) and the Seward Optimist Club. The Seward Optimist Club also donated matching team tee shirts for each of the team members.
Schools that competed in the Middle School size division of Academic Decathlon included Seward, Omaha’s Daniel Gross, Omaha’s Skutt, York, Lexington and Alliance.
SHS Senior, Evan Nottingham won the top honors for the SHS Academic Decathlon team-receiving the top test scores and being presented with a commemorative gold medal and the Bronze Medal for being one of the top scholars of the tourney.
Members of the SHS Academic Decathlon Team for 2018 included Evan Nottingham, Avery Stillhan, Elias Stillahn, Chris Galusha, Mason Mahalek, Bailey Fernau, Alyssa Biggs, Tyson Reisdorff,
Clark Kolterman served as the SHS Academic Decathlon coordinator/coach for 2018 and Pam Franck and Kyle Hinkel served as the team sponsors that day, as Kolterman attended a Speech Tourney at Concordia University.
The Board of Education has set the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. To aid in your planning, click on the link below to view the calendar. 2018-2019 SPS School Calendar
Seward Elementary is currently accepting registrations for students eligible for Kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year. In order to be eligible, students must turn 5 years of age by July 31, 2018. Registration information has been sent out. If you did not receive one, or you have any questions, please contact our office at (402) 643-2968.