Ingalls, Wiese honored by Elks

COLUMBUS -- Elks Country Club has chosen Gannen Ingalls and Brock Wiese as its students of the month.

Ingalls is a senior at Shelby Rising City Public School and the daughter of Jason and Denise Ingalls of Columbus. She is a member of the National Honor Society (current secretary), senior class president and vice president and treasurer for student council. She is also involved in speech, volleyball, one act, S-Club, FBLA and Circle of Friends.

Ingalls is a member of the band and Crossroads Conference Honor Band, and received the 2017 Nebraska Young Artist Award. She was a homecoming candidate for 2017 and is a teacher's aide for third grade. In her free time she enjoys playing softball, skiing, art and lifeguarding.

Wiese is a senior at Lindsay Holy Family and the son of John and Rose Wiese of Lindsay. He is involved in football, basketball and track, and has been named academic all-state in basketball, speech, track, play production and speech. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, student council, one act, campus ministry and youth group.

Outside of school, Wiese is an Eagle Scout, church lector and EMHC. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, paintball, basketball and spending time with family and friends.

Christmas show at Central CC

COLUMBUS -- The Central Community College-Columbus music department will present a holiday concert, "Sounds of the Season,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Fine Arts Theater.

Among the participants are: (*denotes Spectrum member): College Choir – Bellwood - Matthew Lunde; Columbus - *Michael Brown, *Shiy Delp, Katrina Enderson, *Bethany Ernst, Nicole Ernst, *Bennett Frewing, *Isaias Funes-Miguel, Devyn Glenn, Megan Jark-Swain, *Tyler Kampschneider, *Jordee Korte, Hannah Montgomery, *Omar Ortiz, *Bryan Salazar, Hunter Schilling, *Taylor Simmerman and Spencer Thomas; Genoa - *Amber Foland and Bryanne Kowalski; Osceola - *Levi Klein; Schuyler - Austen Brezina and *Minor Monterroso; Stromsburg - Elizabeth Ewing.

The CCC Concert Band includes both students and community members while the Hilltop Winds consists of only CCC students (*denotes a Hilltop Winds member): Creston - Betsy Crabtree; David City - *Jacob Kucera; Genoa - Bryanne Johnston-Kowalski; Osceola - Levi Klein; Schuyler - Doug Phillips.

Kudera finalist for FFA award

Korbin Kudera from the Leigh-Clarkson FFA chapter was selected as a finalist for the national FFA proficiency award in grain production/entrepreneurship.

Kudera was one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals held in late October during the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through the establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or gaining hands-on career experience. The grain production/entrepreneurship award is one of 47 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.

Kudera qualified for the national award after winning the Nebraska state FFA competition earlier this year. Each finalist received a plaque and $500.

Kudera’s proficiency project includes Pioneer corn hybrid yield plots, as well as plant population, seed treatment and starter fertilizer test plots. He planted the test plots then made observations and recorded information throughout the growing season and during harvest. This data was then analyzed and the results will be used in the family farming operation. His future plans include attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in agronomy.

Range part of team's success

SEWARD -- The Concordia University speech team secured 13 qualifying event bids to the National Forensics Association and American Forensic Association national championship, multiple finalist and semifinalist awards and broke several school records in their first seven weekends of competition.

Among the students on the team is Lindsay Range of Monroe.

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