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Trinity students aid local family

Since the March flooding disaster struck the area, Trinity Lutheran School students and staff have been supporting a local family, gathering weekly monetary donations to aid in the family’s rebuilding efforts. Mike and Patti Ganskow of Columbus are members of Christ Lutheran Church, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation, located north of the city of Columbus. The Ganskows lost their home and their vehicles to the flood waters. As the waters continued to rise during the flood, the family had to be evacuated by a National Guard helicopter. The Christ Lutheran congregation also lost one of their members, James Wilke, who died while trying to help a stranded motorist in the recent flood.

Kathy Petersen, the head teacher at Christ Lutheran, shared the Ganskow family’s story with Emily White, a former Christ Lutheran teacher. Trinity students and staff decided to focus their fundraising efforts specifically on this family in need and came up with weekly ideas on how to raise money, including “dress down” days and a school sponsored a meal, with funds provided by Thrivent. Along with the school students, staff and members of Trinity Lutheran Church, the amount raised for the Ganskows totaled $1,267.07.

Patti and Mike stated that the money will be used to purchase new basement windows and a new garage door for their home. They are currently living in a camper on the site where their home once stood.

American Legion announces Boys State candidates

American Legion Post *84 of Columbus, has announced two area high school juniors who have been selected to attend Cornhusker Boys State at UNL June 2-8.

Douglas Davidchik, son of Daniel and Sarah Davidchik, attends Columbus High School, and is sponsored by Columbus Noon Lions Club. Davidchik has participated in cross country, track and swim teams, and is a member of CHS marching band. He is also active in Boy Scout Troop 276, Quiz Bowl, and he is in the top 10 percent of his junior class. His future plans are to attend college or join the military.

Nicholas Stoeckle, twin son of Matt and Cindy Stoeckle, attends Columbus High School and is sponsored by Hartman Post *84 American Legion. Stoeckle is a member of the National Honor Society, CHS 101, and the Emergency Evacuation Team. He has played football, and has lettered in track every year since freshman season. He currently holds the school records for the 110m high and 300 m intermediate hurcles, and recently medaled in both events at the boys state track meet. He is actively pursuing appointment to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point following high school.

Nebraska Cattlemen award scholarships

The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation (NCF) has announced scholarships awarded to students furthering their education goals in the 2019-20 academic year. Among the recipients are Sheldon Beierman of Albion, awarded a $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship; and Korbin Kudera of Clarkson, awarded a $1,000 Retail Value Steer Challenge Scholarship.

All scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting on June 5, during the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Lunch held in Columbus.

CHS students receive Linkages scholarships

Linkages Scholarships were awarded to 11 students in the 2019 graduating class from Columbus High School.

The students qualified for the Linkages Scholarship by taking engineering and technical courses. The scholarship can be used at each student’s college of choice.

The 2019 Linkages Scholarships were awarded to the following students: Gold Level — Logan Garbers, Edwin Ortiz-Morales, Eduardo Lares, and Ethan Gaston; Silver Level — Avery McMeekin, Pedro Zayas-Vargas, Mitchell Thelen, and Heriberto Huerta-Zayas; Bronze Level — Jan Gomez, Treyton Mead, and Eduardo Loredo-Luevano.

The Linkages Program is a nationally recognized program that supports high schools offering a quality program of engineering and technology courses. The Columbus Economic Council, Loup Power District, and local businesses provide support for the program.

Loup Power awards scholarships

Loup Power District has awarded scholarships to area students who are attending Central Community College-Columbus this fall.

Loup Power District scholarships are awarded to high school seniors living in Boone, Colfax, Nance, and Platte Counties and portions of Madison County. Selection is based on academic achievement, employment and school activities, quality of the personal statement, application completeness and recommendations.

Scholarships were awarded to: Boone Central — Haley Buck; Columbus High School — Juliette Caballero, Aiden Cromwell, Hailey Wagner, and Nadine Hernandez; Lakeview High School — Emma Williams; St. Edward High School — Keean Cruise; Twin River High School — Logan Dickey.

Cremers honored at Hastings College

HASTINGS -- Hastings College Theatre presented its awards on May 9. It also inducted six new members into the Alpha Psi Omega theater honorary and distributed colored masks, including the Purple Mask, which honors the artistic and academic excellence of junior and seniors. Honored students included Carly Cremers, a senior from Columbus, who was the runner-up for Player of the Year.

Peru State announces presidents, deans lists

PERU - Peru State College announced the president's and dean's lists for the spring 2019 semester. Students on the president’s list earned a grade point average of 4.0 for the semester while completing at least 12 graded credit hours: Brainard – Nyla Witzel; Columbus – Sheila Lewis, Alex Luchsinger.

Students on the dean’s list earned a minimum 3.50 grade point average for the semester while completing at least 12 graded credit hours: Columbus – Samantha Hernandez, Blake Petersen, Stephanie Sparling.

Morningside announces graduates

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, presented bachelor's degrees to undergraduate students during its spring commencement held on May 11. Among the graduates were the following students from area communities: Columbus - Brock Bourek, Bachelor of Science in theatre, arts administration; Garrit Shanle, Bachelor of Science in science education, magna cum laude; Humphrey - Jared Martin, Bachelor of Arts in mass communication, summa cum laude.

Noon Lions award scholarships

The Columbus Noon Lions has awarded college scholarships to two area graduating seniors. Scholarship recipients for 2019 are Hallie Parker and Caden Pelan. Parker is the daughter of Tim and LeAnn Parker. She is a 2019 graduate of Scotus Central Catholic and plans to attend Mount Marty College with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education.

Pelan is also a 2019 graduate of Scotus Central Catholic, and is the son of Jay and Tina Pelan. His plans are to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he will begin a Pre-Medical track as a biology major.

CSC announces dean’s list

CHADRON -- Chadron State College announced 278 students earning placement on the Spring 2019 Dean's List. The following area students are among those earning this honor: Albion - Austin Casper; Bellwood - Mariah Faz, William Reiter; Columbus - Erica Cech, Emily Hand; David City - Julia Witter; Leigh - Kolton Held; Ulysses - Cole Martinez.

Requirements for the dean’s list include a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester.

Big Red Stars recognized

LINCOLN – The University of Nebraska Lincoln honored Nebraska eighth-graders for their academic excellence, leadership and perseverance May 15 at the Nebraska Union. The Big Red Stars program is designed to recognize outstanding eighth-grade students in Nebraska. Students were nominated by school principals and guidance counselors for showcasing strong leadership skills and academic promise.

Students honored as 2019 Big Red Stars include the following from area communities:

Albion - Kevin Haase, Klayton Kleffne; Columbus - Ted Fehringer, Sarah Lasso, Brooke Lehr, Elijah Peters; Creston - Sydney Reeves; Monroe - Caden Jenkinson; Newman Grove - Emmanuel Hernandez-Reyes; Osceola - Emma Jones; St. Edward - Julianna Maxfield; Silver Creek - Hannah Yrkoski; Stromsburg - Jacelyn Rutherford.

UNK announces dean’s list

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney announced students who earned a place on the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester.

Students who are on the dean’s list must have completed 12 credit hours or more of classes with a minimum 3.5 grade point average. The following area students are among those on the dean’s list: Albion – Hailey Schademann, Hannah Schmitz, Kendra Gonzalez; Clarks – Rachel Beck; Columbus – Abbie Alt, Alyssa Hartman, Autumn Rhoads, Blake Bubak, Braden Przymus, Caitlin Becker, Cameron Barnes, Christina Wagoner, Daniel Strecker, Dawson Jurado, Hannah Haynes, Hannah Menke, Hannah Sealock, Henrique Adabo, Jacob Novicki, Jennifer Belsan, Kayleen Kouma, Kyle Anderson, Kyle Buss, Landri Swett, Marcus Wagner, Mia Grant, Morgan Thorson, Sierra Rhea, Zach Ciboron; Hordville – Cara DeMers; Lindsay – Jenna Beller, Leah Lindhorst; Monroe – Ryan Range; Newman Grove – Cassandra Wojcik, Olivia Slizoski, William Frisch; Osceola – Christian Schleif, Cierra Fisher, Elizabeth Yungdahl; Petersburg – Paige Ketteler; St. Edward – Jenna Oberhauser, Karli Hellbusch, Shonda Shanle; Shelby – Brianna Garcia, Haley King; Silver Creek – Kole Prososki.

Hand attends workshop at UNMC

OMAHA -- The Nebraska Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program at UNMC hosted 11 students from the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP), Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP), and Urban Health Opportunities Program (UHOP) earlier this month.

Among the participants was Emily Hand of Columbus. Hand is a student at Chadron State College. She is enrolled in RHOP, studying Pre-Physical Therapy.

The students participated in a weeklong, one-credit course, "Health Professions Opportunities Workshop: Integration of Prevention and Population Health Across the Health Professions," led by AHEC in the Department of Family Medicine.

Morningside announces dean’s list

SIOUX CITY -- Morningside College recently announced students who were named to the dean's list for the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year, including the following area students: Columbus – Kenny Osten, junior biology/chemistry major; Garrit Shanle, senior science education major; Humphrey – Jared Martin, senior mass communication major;

The dean's list recognizes students who achieve a 3.67 grade point average or better and complete at least 12 credits of coursework with no grade below a "C-."

Students on dean’s list at WSC

WAYNE – Wayne State College included more than 900 students on the dean's list for exemplary academic achievement during the past semester. Students listed on the dean's list are full-time undergraduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester. An asterisk (*) denotes a 4.0 GPA for the term.

Following is a list of area students who were named to the dean’s list: Albion – Elizabeth Hauger, Taylor Olnes, Sierra Travis; Belgrade – Sydney Keehn*; Clarks – Kaylee Eberle*, Michaela Reimers, Destiny Williams, Madison Young; Columbus – Jaime Almanza, Christopher Bailly, Lauren Carrig, Jazmyn Flores, Ashley Foreman*, Emma Ganskow*, Rachel Grisham*, Nathan Hiemer, Joseph Matteson, Paige Medinger, Megan Morton*, Morgan Peters*, Trent Roth, Adam Smith, Blair Stuthman, Austin Svehla, Bryan Vacha, Michael Wright; Genoa – Caden Cruise, Kristen Engstrom, Blake Fehringer, Shyla Oberhauser, Calista Shanle, Jessica Wieck; Hordville – Morgan Schulze*; Humphrey – Molly Dohmen*, Jonathon Korth, Joseph Lovercheck*, Bridget McPhillips*, Nathan Weidner*, Shelby Zach*; Lindsay – Erika Bader, Tarrin Beller, Allison Herchenbach, Amanda Pfeifer, Andrea Torres*; Newman Grove – Steve Arreguin, Marcela Estrada; Osceola – Caleb Green, Christine Vance, Isabel Zelasney*; Petersburg – Damian Backus, Cole Preister*, Shantel Preister*; Platte Center – Amanda Jaixen; Polk – Emily McNaught; Shelby – Rylee Branting, Macy Stewart; Silver Creek – Madlyn Rinkol*; Stromsburg – Kelsey Anderson*, Katherine Baker*, Alexis Eller, Travis Eller, Treva Neilson, Taylor Rystrom.

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