Bogus and Haase honored by Elks

COLUMBUS -- The Elks Club has chosen Luke Bogus and Hannah Haase for the Teenager of the Month honors for December.

Bogus is a senior at Columbus High School where he is senior class president, and a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and student council. He is also a section leader for the marching band drumline and indoor percussion drumline, and he is the junior high drumline instructor at Lakeview.

Other school activities include percussion for musical orchestra, chairman of recruitment for the student council blood drive, and member of the varsity golf team. His hobbies include music, technology and leadership. He is the son of Rick and Dawn Bogus and Mary Sowers.

Haase is a senior at Newman Grove Public Schools. She is the president of the National Honor Society, president of the FBLA, and a member of 4H. She has also participated in the Shell Creek Watershed Program and the Monarch Butterfly Project.

Her other activities include youth fellowship at United Methodist Church. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, riding her horse and camping. She is the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Haase.

Kruger receives honor from Rotary

COLUMBUS -- Daniel Kruger, a senior at Columbus High School, was recently chosen at Rotary Student of the Month.

Kruger is a member of the student council, the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. He has also participated in the CHS musical and play productions.

His future plan is to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the son of Robert and Joan Kruger.

Balerud, Matteson become Eagle Scouts

COLUMBUS -- Nick Balerud and Quinn Matteson recently received their Eagle Scout badges during a Court of Honor at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus.

Both are members of Troop 276, chartered by Peace Lutheran Church.

Balerud joined Troop 276 in 2010, and as a scout earned 30 merit badges on his path to Eagle Scout, held a variety of positions within the troop, and participated in many volunteer activities and campouts. He advanced to Eagle Scout rank in 2016 after a Board of Review.

Balerud's Eagle Scout project was performed in 2014 and included removing existing bushes and rock at Peace Lutheran Church and replanting new bushes, trees, and replacing the rock.

Balerud is currently a senior at Columbus High School and will graduate in May 2017. He is the son of Pete and Carol Balerud.

Matteson joined Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub with Pack 192 in 2004 earning his Arrow of Light in 2009, and advanced to Boy Scouts the same year. As a scout he earned 31 merit badges, served in several troop positions, helped with volunteer activities, and advanced to Eagle Scout after a Board of Review in 2015.

For his Eagle Scout Project, Matteson installed benches around Lakeview High School for students to use while waiting for transportation. The benches were specially made for the “Lakeview Vikings.”

Matteson is a 2016 Lakeview High School graduate and is attending Central Community College-Columbus. He is the son of John and Michele Matteson.

Two women receive nursing degree pins

FREMONT -- Two area women were among 12 Midland University School of Nursing graduates received their pins during a ceremony held recently at Sinai Lutheran Church.

Among the graduates were Heidi Lesiak of Columbus, the daughter of Chris and Sally Krzycki, and Janelle Krings of Tarnov, the daughter of Melvin and Kathy Krings. In addition to her pin, Krings also received a volunteer service award.

The pinning ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s collegiate training and the earning of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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Coop inducted into Delta Mu Delta

CHADRON -- Whitney Coop of Columbus was recently inducted into the Kappa Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society during the fall 2015 semester at Chadron State University.

The inductees consist of juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students seeking a master of business administration degree.

Hall receives degree from Emporia State

EMPORIA, Kan. -- Lynn Marie Hall of David City is among 500 students to graduate from Emporia State University this winter.

Hall received her Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling during a ceremony held at Emporia State campus Saturday.

Drozd awarded TRIO scholarship

COLUMBUS -- Jamie Drozd of Genoa, a student at the CCC-Columbus, is one of three students to receive a $500 TRIO Leaders Award scholarship.

The TRIO/Student Support Services (TRIO/SSS) program awards the scholarship annually to TRIO/SSS students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and submitted an essay about rising above obstacles to reach their educational goals.

CCC December grads recognized

Central Community College recently recognized midyear graduates at the Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings campuses during ceremonies held in their honor.

Among the graduates are the following students from local communities:

Associate of Applied Science: Albion - Jessica Tisthammer, agricultural sciences (Hastings campus); Mishele Wooters, business administration; Columbus - Levi Bakenhus, agricultural sciences; Tonia Houdesheldt, Amy Mahoney, Carlos Montero, Gerber Recinos and Jeffery Wetjen, business administration; Michelle Ainsworth and Stacy Lee, business technology; Nykkohl Hedlund and Anahi Wurdeman, early childhood education; Vicente Zacarias-Perez, mechatronics; and August Prososki, visual communications; Genoa - Vincent Borowiak, agricultural sciences.

Associate of Arts: Bellwood - Nick Sells; Columbus - Nicole Brown, Bryton Hanks, Alexandra Jerez, Michael Jones, Veronica Kiuntke, Evelyn Ochoa, Adam Perry and Jose Villanueva; Genoa - Kimberly Ellenwood; Schuyler - Flornsia Ramon and Nayeli Tamup. Associate of Science Degree – Columbus - Michelle Bedoya, Wendy Gomez, Tori Sliva, Alyssa Thege and Kendy Zayas-Vargas; David City - Jason Menke; Schuyler - Zeferino Delacruz.

Associate Degree in Nursing: Columbus - Llovana Rojo; David City - Angela Martinez; Schuyler - Jesus Bello, Yessica Marino and MaryLee Nelson.

Diploma: Albion - Kayberly Nelson, early childhood education (Grand Island Campus) and Sundae Provencher, business administration; Clarkson - Tresha Zimmerman, business administration; Columbus - Guruprasad Appaji, advanced manufacturing design technology; Yessica Diaz-Rodriguez, Saul Espino, Tara Gentry, Chelsea Kasik, Charles Krings, Jaymee Levander and Julie Stites, business administration; Alexandra Jerez, business technology; Amy Reyes, early childhood education; Brandon Rosno, information technology and systems; Cale Johnson, Cristobal Lemus and Hector Ramirez, mechatronics; and Amador Medina, welding technology; David City - Luke Meysenburg, automotive technology (Hastings campus); Genoa - Taylor Swantek, business administration, and Walter I. Whitlow, mechatronics; Humphrey - Darla Eisenmenger, business technology, and Cory Preister, information technology and systems; Rising City - Allysen Frazier, business administration; Schuyler - William Galindo and Kristie Kolb, business administration; Kris Inselman, early childhood education; Nathaniel Starkey, information technology and systems; and Mario Rocha, mechatronics; Shelby - Thomas Williams, business administration, and Michael Martinez, criminal justice.

Area students to get Chadron St. degrees

CHADRON -- Chadron State College will confer degrees during the winter commencement in the Chicoine Center this month.

Among the graduates are the following students from local communities: Columbus - Jeremy West, bachelor of science in education; David City - Matthew Croghan, bachelor of arts degree; Humphrey - Melissa Braun, master of education; Shelby - Melinda Cromer, master of education.

UNMC students receive degrees

OMAHA -- A commencement ceremony was held Friday for 160 University of Nebraska Medical Center students graduating from the College of Nursing, College of Public Health, College of Allied Health Professions, and Graduate College.

Among the graduates are the following students from local communities: UNMC College of Nursing (Omaha) Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Columbus -- Heather Speicher; UNMC College of Allied Health Professions Master of Physician Assistant Studies: Columbus -- Benjamen Jones; David City -- Andrea Aerts.

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