Students picked for energy camp


COLUMBUS -- Cornhusker Public Power District selected five high school students for Nebraska Rural Electric Youth Energy Camp at a contest held April 9.

They include four area students: Kaitlyn Maass, daughter of Mark and Susan Maass and junior at Columbus High School; Brooke Podolak, daughter of Chad and Carmen Podolak and freshman at Scotus Central Catholic; Jessica Rosno, daughter of Dan and Jenny Rosno and junior at Twin River High School; and Rylee Stevenson, daughter of Ken and Denise Stevenson and sophomore at Lakeview High School.

The camp, to be held July 14-18, is set in the Nebraska National Forest at Halsey. The week includes workshops and guest speakers intermingled with a dance and banquet, sporting activities, a cookout and other activities.

Hebda named for Boys State

SILVER CREEK – Grant M. Hebda of Silver Creek, sponsored by American Legion 263 of Silver Creek, will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State June 1-7 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hebda is a junior at Twin River High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hebda Jr. of Silver Creek.

Albracht gains WSC scholarship

WAYNE – Cale Albracht of Columbus has been awarded a Charles/Florence Griffin Endowed Scholarship valued at $5,620 to continue his education at Wayne State College.

Albracht is the son of Keith and Moni Albracht and a 2011 graduate of Scotus Central Catholic.

Albracht is a junior at Wayne State, majoring in accounting and international business.

His activities at Wayne State include currently serving as vice president of the student senate and serving as past vice president of the student activities board. He is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Black and Gold Show Choir, and the WSC Chorale Choir.

Albracht will be a soloist when the show choir performs its spring show today at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Theatre on campus.

Six selected for Boys State


COLUMBUS – The American Legion Hartman Post #84 of Columbus has announced six local high school juniors who have been selected to attend Cornhusker Boys State at UNL from June 1-7.

Samuel Baue, son of Marc and Stacy Baue, attends CHS and is sponsored by Hartman Post 84 American Legion. He has been a member of the speech team for three years as a varsity state qualifier, drama club, choir, student council, and Discoverer Way Student Unity Council. As a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group, he volunteered in inner-city Chicago and the rural community of Cass Lake, MN, helping children, the elderly, and the disabled. He is in cross country and track and field.

Zachary Walkenhorst, son of Mark and Jean Walkenhorst, attends CHS and is sponsored by the Columbus Noon Rotary Club. Walkenhorst is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, C-Club, and is an academic letter recipient. He is a varsity letterwinner in tennis and track for three years as well as all-state tennis. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group, Mission Trip Team, and volunteer media technician at Trinity Lutheran Church. He is also a youth tennis instructor at the YMCA and a track mentor.

Cameron Burma, son of Cory and Deb Burma, attends CHS and is sponsored by the Sons of American Legion Post 84. Burma is a member of Peace Lutheran Church Youth Group and has been on mission trips to West Virginia and Cormorant, Canada. He is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has been on the varsity cross country and track teams for three years. Burma has been in marching band for three years, symphonic band for two years, New World Singers, and does special music for Peace Lutheran Church services.

Mac Mapes, son of Mark and Jean Mapes, attends Scotus Central Catholic as is sponsored by Hartman Post 84 American Legion. Mapes has been a member of band for seven years and the drum line for five years. He has been in football and track for two years as well as the winter conditioning team. Mapes has done 20 hours of community service every year for the school EIA courses taken at Central Community College.

Joshua Baue, son of Marc and Stacy Baue, attends CHS and is sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles. Baue is a member of the National Honor Society, Discoverer Way Student Unity Council, New World Singers, CHS Speech Team, Drama Club, and has been a member of cross country for three years. He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Group and does a community project every month. He has also been on two mission trips to help impoverished communities. Baue was elected by his peers to represent CHS at County Government Day.

Alex Pandorf, son of Paul and Kanna Pandorf, attends Scotus Central Catholic and is sponsored by Columbus Noon Lions Club. He has been in band for two years, singer for two years, and a class officer for one year. He has also been a member of the football team and track team for four years. Pandorf is a member of the St. Isidore Youth Group, and has been in National History Day and the NEED Program.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion, and is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county, and state government operates.

Casselberry gets WSC scholarship


WAYNE – Austin Casselberry of Columbus has been awarded a Cooperating Schools Scholarship to pursue his education at Wayne State College. Casselberry is the son of Mick and Christina Casselberry and will be graduating from Lakeview High School in May. Casselberry is currently involved in student council, speech team, and is president of the FBLA.

Two named for Girls State

COLUMBUS – Kristen Engstrom and Jessica Wieck will be attending Cornhusker Girls State at UNL from June 1-7.

Engstrom, daughter of Richard and Johanna Engstrom of Genoa, is an honor roll student who participates in many extra-curricular activities. She is an entrepreneur and co-owner of BeautiBows Hair Accessories.

Wieck is the daughter of Brad and Jennifer Wieck of Genoa. She is an honor roll student who participates in volleyball and basketball. She is also active in other extra-curricular school activities.

Both girls are juniors at Twin River High School, and are sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 263 of Silver Creek.

Honor society inducts members

WAYNE – The Wayne State College Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national freshman honor society, initiated 88 students during a banquet in the Student Center.

The newly initiated members include area students Jill Bonk and Derek Wayne Lahm of Columbus; Kelsa Didier-Mills of Bellwood; Corbin Eisenmenger and Megan Schrant of Humphrey; Kylie Elizabeth Goodrich and Megan Hoffart of Schuyler; Samantha Hascall, Allison Hilfiker and Matthew Kovar of David City; Cassi Jerene Johansen of Osceola; Stephanie McMullin and Carlene R. Reichmuth of Leigh; Terri Molt of Albion; Maryssa Schleis of Shelby; Sydney A. Schumacher of Petersburg; and Elizabeth R. Wilcox of Silver Creek.

Students who have achieved a 3.5 or GPA higher in their first semester or year of college are invited to join.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence for a student’s first year in college. Its purpose is to encourage superior academic excellence among students, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning.

Shrunk selected for RHOP program


WAYNE -- Matthew Schrunk of Columbus is among the more than 20 students accepted into the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) at Wayne State College.

RHOP is a cooperative effort between Wayne State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and encourages students from rural areas of Nebraska to return to rural settings after graduation to pursue their career. Individuals selected obtain guaranteed admission to UNMC Colleges upon successful completion of studies at WSC and receive a full-tuition waiver at WSC.

Areas of study under the program include clinical laboratory sciences; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical therapy; physician assistant; dental hygiene; radiography; and dentistry.

Graduate art exhibit planned

COLUMBUS -- The public is invited to view a Central Community College-Columbus graduate art exhibit May 5-9 at the Columbus Art Gallery in the lower level of the Columbus Public Library.

A reception, which is also open to the public, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 8 at the gallery.

The exhibit will feature works by Maggie Brahmstead of Brainard and Carlos Chavez, Melissa Valdez and Brandi Warner of Columbus. Brahmstead and Warner will receive associate of applied science degrees in visual communications, and Chavez and Valdez will receive associate of arts degrees at the May 9 commencement ceremonies at CCC-Columbus.

Also on display at the gallery May 5-9 will be the “CCC Crossing Borders” exhibition, featuring the collaborative art from a drawing exchange project conducted by Drawing I students from CCC-Columbus and Carteret Community College in Morehead City, N.C., throughout the 2013 fall semester.

CCC-Columbus students who participated in the drawing class are Columbus – Whitney Hank, Cheyenne Hoadley, Brandi Warner; David City – Brittany-Jo Hilger, Kylie Karpisek.

Area students get scholarships

OMAHA -- The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation has announced the 2014 Horatio Alger State Scholarship recipients.

Recipients include the following students from local communities: Columbus - Brandee Graham, Columbus High School; Clarkson - Elizabeth Janousek, Clarkson High School; Clarks - Logan Engel, High Plains Community School; Stromsburg – Daniel Tidyman, Cross County High School; Columbus – Melissa VanDerslice, Lakeview High School.

Collectively, the 2014 Horatio Alger State Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.6 and a mean SAT score of 1,593. Through the scholarship program, each recipient is awarded $6,000 per year for four years to apply toward the tuition of their selected college or university.

Clarks alum scholarship

CLARKS -- The Clarks Public School Endowment Committee is offering a $500 Alum Descendent Scholarship.

Any 2014 high school graduate who is the child or grandchild of a Clarks Public School alum is eligible to apply.

The award will be announced in early May.

Honors institute deadline May 1

COLUMBUS -- The application deadline is Thursday for the Central Honors Institute, an academic camp for Nebraska youth that will be held July 13-18 at Central Community College-Columbus.

The six-day residential camp is open to students who will begin the seventh or eighth grade in the fall of 2014, and have demonstrated academic accomplishments, leadership and maturity.

Camp participants attend class during the day, enjoy social activities in the evening, and stay overnight in the college’s residence hall. Mathematics, language arts and science tracks are available.

The cost is $400 through June 15 and $425 after that date.

For more information or to request an application, contact Lori Neid at 402-562-1451; toll-free in Nebraska at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 1451; or e-mail lneid@cccneb.edu. Detailed information and the required forms also can be found at www.cccneb.edu/CHI.

Genoa Indian scholarship

GENOA -- The Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a descendent of a Genoa U.S. Indian School student.

The cover letter and application may be obtained by e-mailing the following address or by writing to the Genoa Indian School Foundation. Box 382, Genoa NE 68640.

The deadline for application is May 15.

For more information, e-mail nfcarls@hotmail.com (please note scholarship on e-mail subject line) or call 402-993-6055. Encourage the students to write several pages on the application. More information about the Genoa Indian School can be found at www.megavision.net/genoamuseum.

Apply for NAS scholarship

The Nebraska Archaeological Society is offering a $250 scholarship to a college student studying archaeology.

The eligibility requirements include: Student must be enrolled in an accredited program of higher education pursuing a degree in archaeology, have 12 hours of archaeology classes finished, maintain a B average and provide a copy of last semester’s grades. The student must express an interest in archaeology, history and the Nebraska Archaeological Society, and be a Nebraska resident or a Nebraska high school graduate.

The completed application must be returned by May 15, 2014 with the winner to be announced at the Nebraska Archaeological Artifact Show in August.

For more information visit http://web.nas.googlepages.com or e-mail your request to nfcarls@hotmail.com and put NAS scholarship in the subject line.

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