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    Please turn in your Clarkson-Leigh wrestling apparel order form by Wednesday, November 22.  Best of luck with your upcoming season!


    Apparel Order Form

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    Clarkson-Leigh FBLA Raises $1000 for Cancer Charities

    There are over 100 different types of cancer. Unfortunately, many students of Leigh and Clarkson are affected in some way by this life-threatening disease.  


    To help raise awareness, the newly formed Clarkson-Leigh FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) held a Cancer Awareness Week October 23-26.  


    FBLA members organized several activities through the week.  One activity was to dress in different colors to represent various cancers. Each day was also assigned a coin for a coin drive and any money brought in would go towards Cancer Awareness.  There was a competition between all the classes and staff at Leigh and Clarkson.  


    On Monday the kids and staff wore pink for breast cancer and brought in pennies. Tuesday was gray for brain cancer and nickels were brought in.  Wednesday’s colors were orange and white for leukemia with dimes being the coin of the day.   Thursday gave the students a choice to dress in any color that they wanted to wear for a family or friend that has cancer, and quarters were brought in.


    In total, the students and staff raised $1,093.32 for cancer awareness!  


    The 8th grade class was the winner with $290.40.  The 11th graders raised $243.75 and the staff raised $229.36.


    Mrs Sayers, the FBLA leader from Leigh, said “I was very impressed by the student and staff participation from both schools. It’s incredible that we were able to raise over $1,000 off of a coin drive in only four days! The money raised is going to a great cause. I’m super proud of everyone who participated.”


    Leigh FBLA member Emily Loseke said, “It was a great way to bring awareness to the number of people who are affected by cancer, and to see how we all came together to support the ones who are going through the struggle that is known as cancer.”  


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    Patriot Volleyball Makes State for the First Time in Patriot History!

    The Patriots have the serve. One point to go and the Lourdes play it back, but the Patriots’ defense gets the ball up. The Lourdes are out of system, and there the ball goes --flying into the net.  Point to the Patriots!  Patriots win the match!


    The Patriot volleyball team has made state! It’s the first time in Patriot history, and the girls are ready to play!


    Last Monday marked the start of sub-districts--the time of the year where the Clarkson/Leigh Patriots play to make it to state.


    Their first game was against the Pender Pendragons. This game proved to be an easy win for the Patriots.


    Head coach Becky Schneider said, “Going into sub-districts, we knew we had a great shot at winning both games! We had Pender first which was kind of nice because we had just beat them the week before.”


    They won in three with scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-8.


    Guardian Angels Central Catholic was up next. The Patriots once again won pretty easily in 3. The scores were 25-16, 29-27, and 25-15.


    “We really just prepared for GACC this past week. We watched a lot of film and talked about different strategies on what might work! The girls were relaxed and played really well! It was exciting to see them reach another team goal!” Schneider added.


    Junior Kaegan Held had an outstanding night bringing home 50 assists while sophomore Ashlynn Novotny had 22 kills for the night.


    With the Patriots heading into districts, which was also a first for the Patriots, they practiced harder than ever.


    Middle hitter, senior Sydney Folken said, “We played very well. We are continuing to break Patriot records, and it feels amazing!”


    “Going into districts, we knew it would be tough, but again, felt like we had a great shot at winning! We watched a lot more film on Lourdes and king of got mixed feelings on them so we didn’t really know what to expect, but we knew it’d be challenging,” head coach Becky Schneider said.


    Thursday, the Patriots headed to Wahoo to play Lourdes Central Catholic. The first set was a bit rough for the Patriots losing 15-25.


    With getting all of their nerves out of the way in the first set, they came back the second set to win 25-22.


    Schneider added, “That first set, I’m not sure if it was nerves or what, but we were not playing relaxed. We were very tense and it was gut-check time losing 15-25.”


    The Patriots didn’t stop there. They battled the third and fourth set and won. The scores were 25-15 and 25-20.


    “We now just have to go into state and play our game, have fun, and be confident in ourselves,” Folken added. “I am so proud of the team we have become, and I hate to see the season coming to a close.”


    Becky Schneider said, “After settling in midway through the second set, we were finally able to take care of the ball and control the game a little bit better. In the end, it was amazing to see the girls come together being down one set to zero, and persevere! Making it to state is such a huge accomplishment and these girls definitely deserve it!”


    Lincoln better watch out because the Patriots are ready to play!




    Clarkson/Leigh vs. Pender

                                     Set 1         Set 2         Set 3

    Clarkson/Leigh      25             25             25

    Pender                  16             15              8


    Individual Stats:

    (kills-hit attempts, blocks, digs, assists, ace serves)


    Kayden Schumacher––2-5, 0, 1, 0, 0; Kaegan Held––2-2, 0 , 5, 21, 3;

    Beth Wiese––1-15, 0, 1, 0, 0; Halee Steffensmeier––0-0, 0, 14, 0, 2;

    Paige Moore––4-13, 1, 3, 0, 0; Cassidy Hoffman––1-1, 0, 0, 0, 0; Holly Kuhr––0-0, 0, 10, 0, 0;

    Brittney Urbanek––0-0, 0, 8, 0, 0; Kim Stodola––0-0, 0, 1, 0, 0; Sara McEvoy––1-8, 0, 8, 2, 2;

    Sydney Folken––6-13, 2, 0, 0, 0; Ashlynn Novotny––9-17, 2, 0, 0, 0;


    Clarkson/Leigh vs. GACC

                                     Set 1         Set 2         Set 3

    Clarkson/Leigh      25             29                25

    GACC                   16              27               15


    Individual Stats:

    (kills-hit attempts, blocks, digs, assists, ace serves)


    Kayden Schumacher––0-1, 0, 0, 0, 0; Kaegan Held––4-8, 0, 7, 29, 1;

    Halee Steffensmeier––0-0, 0, 6, 0, 0; Cassidy Hoffman––0-2, 1, 0, 0, 0;

    Paige Moore––5-15, 1, 1, 0, 0; Holly Kuhr––0-0, 0, 4, 0, 0; Beth Wiese––1-11, 0, 5, 0, 4;

    Brittney Urbanek––0-1, 0, 6, 0, 0; Kim Stodola––0-1, 1, 0, 0, 0; Sara McEvoy––3-6, 2, 8, 0, 2;

    Sydney Folken––9-18, 3, 0, 0, 0; Ashlynn Novotny––13-22, 2, 1, 0, 0;


    Clarkson/Leigh vs. Lourdes Central Catholic

                                                          Set 1         Set 2         Set 3         Set 4

    Clarkson/Leigh                      15                 25             25                 25

    Lourdes Central Catholic       25                22             15                 20

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    Alex Fischer and Bianca Aguirre Named October “Students of the Month”

    As the year is progressing, so have our students at Leigh. There were many kids nominated by their teachers for October’s “Student of the Month.” With a tight vote, and a five-way tie, juniors Alex Fischer and Bianca Aguirre won the vote.


    Alex is a junior at Leigh High School, and his parents are Eric and Misty Fischer. Alex participates in wrestling, FFA, and band.  His favorite subject in school is weights and PE.   His favorite hobbies outside of school are running and fishing.   


    After graduation, Alex plans to join the military.  


    “It feels good to be noticed for being kind to others and helping out fellow students when they need it,” Alex said.  


    Here is what Alex’s teachers had to say about him:

    "Alex has shown tremendous growth and improvement. He cares a lot more about his behavior and academic performance than he has in the past. He has come a long way."


    "Alex has shown a great deal of leadership in the class. He has taken it upon himself to mentor and help the underclassmen. He is a tremendous asset to have in class."


    Our second student of the month is Bianca Aguirre. Bianca is also a junior at Leigh, and is the daughter of Joe and the late Cristina Aguirre. Bianca participates in One Act and choir. She enjoys playing with her cats in her free time. Her favorite subject in school is business.  After high school, Bianca plans to attend college to become a vet tech.  


    “It is really nice to receive this award because I think I have improved over the years and have matured more. I think that for anyone, a good attitude can get you far,” said Bianca.


    Here is what Bianca’s teachers had to say about her:

    "Bianca always has a great attitude in class and a wonderful work ethic.  She is efficient when it comes to work time and she has showcased her creativity using iMovie on a recent project.  It is fun to see her come out of her shell and be a leader."


    "Bianca continues to show tremendous improvement in class, her effort and attitude have made huge strides and the results have been obvious."

    Congrats to Alex Fischer and Bianca Aguirre!


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    High School Students Visit Henry Doorly Zoo

    The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is quite an attraction.  The seventh graders and tenth graders at Leigh High School were able to take in some of its awesome exhibits on Wednesday, October 25 as part of a science field trip.  Each class had projects prior to the visit, which allowed them to better appreciate the exotic animals once they were at the zoo.


    The 10th grade is rearing small animals in the classroom and saw how the zoo exhibits their animals for public viewing. Their goal is to set up a "zoo-quality" exhibit in the school for everyone to see. The 7th graders wrote a paper about a favorite animal that could be found at the zoo and told about its biology and life history. Then during the visit they discussed if the zoo made a good representation of how the animals live in the wild.


    "It was a nice way to see how the zoo keepers fed the animals. We are doing something similar like that in science class, so it was nice to see other ways to raise our animals,” sophomore Payje Rayback said.  


    “Fortunately, even though we visited the zoo in the last part of October, we were lucky to have had a very mild day,” science teacher and chaperone Mr. Dan Schmidt said of the visit.  “Many of the students had the opportunity to see some living organisms that they would never have had the chance to see otherwise.”


    This trip is an annual trip for every seventh and tenth grade class.  


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  • Cyclones’ Season Comes to a Close

    The Highway 91 Cyclones played their final games of their season on Saturday, October 7 in West Point.


    The Cyclones faced tough competition in the class C-4 district tournament. Though tournament was delayed two days due to rain, the fifth seeded Highway 91 team was ready face the number four seed, Pierce. The Cyclones came out on top, winning 15-11.


    Immediately after their win, the next game was set to begin. This time, the Cyclones took on a tough, number one seeded Guardian Angels Central Catholic team. Though they fought their hardest, Highway 91 couldn’t quite come up with the result they wanted, losing 2-15.


    After the tournament, junior Meranda Kudrna said, “It was tough for us as a team when the tournament kept getting pushed back day after day because of the rain. We weren’t really sure when we would play. It was also difficult to play game after game with no break. We didn’t get the result we were hoping for, but in the end we gave it our all and played our hardest. We had a good season altogether.”


    After the tournaments, Highway 91 ended their season with a record of 12-17.

    Assistant coach Megan Hillen talked regarding the Cyclones’ season, “District play was a bit of a whirlwind for the Cyclone softball team this year. After two postponements and a change from double-elimination to single-elimination, we headed to West Point to face a team we had played three times previously. Those games always make me nervous, they can go either way and it was proven to be a challenge. After three hours, and nine innings our girls were excited to have made it to the second round. Unfortunately, advancing to the second round meant playing back-to-back games. The first game took a lot of energy out of our girls and they couldn't hang on against a strong GACC team. I am very proud of our girls and the success they had this season. It was another great Cyclone softball season and we appreciate all the support! “

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    Patriots Finish Third in the Conference Tournament

    After working hard all summer and all season, the Patriot volleyball team had high hopes for the conference tournament this year!


    The Patriots were seeded 3rd out of 15 teams this year, the highest they have ever been seeded in the history of the Patriot program.  And they finished the tournament in third place!  


    In the first round of the tournament, the Pats defeated the #14 seeded Oakland-Craig Knights.  In the second round, they beat #6 seed Tekameh-Herman.  


    The third round brought the Pats face to face with the #2 seeded Stanton Mustangs on October 14.


    This was a close match, but unfortunately the Pats couldn’t finish out on top. The lost both sets with a score of 21-25.  


    Next, the Patriots had to leave that loss behind and prepare mentally for their next opponent, #4 Wisner-Pilger.  This was the consolation game of the tournament.  The Pats had to play aggressively to get the win, and they did just that!  They defeated the Gators in 2 sets, 25-23 and 25-15.  


    3rd place is the highest the Patriots have ever finished in the Conference volleyball tournament!  #1 seed North Bend won the tournament with #2 seed Stanton finished second.  


    Junior Kaegan Held said, “Coming in to conference we knew we were going to have some tough competition, but I think we started high and ended even higher. We played consistent and came home with 3rd place, which we were all very excited about!”


    Head Coach Schneider said,” The conference tournament was a huge highlight for our season! There are a lot of tough teams in our conference so being seeded 3rd and finishing 3rd speaks volumes about our program and about how hard these girls are working! They definitely deserved every bit of that 3rd place finish!

    Individual Stats vs. Wisner-Pilger (Consolation Game)

    (kills-attempts, blocks, digs, assists)

    Kaegan Held: 2-8, 1, 3, 18, Halee Steffensmeier: 0-0, 0, 11, 0;  Paige Moore: 4-10, 1, 2, 0;  Holly Kuhr: 0-0, 0, 7, 0;  Britney Urbanek: 0-0, 0, 5, 0;  Beth Wiese: 4-13, 2, 2, 1;  Sara McEvoy: (1-8, 0, 4, 3); Sydney Folken: 9-16, 5, 0, 0; Ashlynn Novotny: 5-6, 0, 1, 0


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  • Patriots Take Down the Knights on Parent’s Night

    Third time wasn’t a charm for the Oakland-Craig Knights as they took on the Patriot volleyball team for the third time that season on October 17 at home. This game was also Parents’ Night for the Patriots.

    The C and JV teams started out the night with wins in 2 sets each.  

    Before the varsity match up, the players took time to recognize their parents and all they do for them as players. Special recognition was given to the one senior from Leigh this year, Sydney Folken. Sydney’s parents are Chuck and Sue Folken.

    With the excitement of Parent’s Night, the Pats didn’t let it get to them. They came out strong right away. The Patriots took the first set with a score of 25-19 over the Knights.

    The second set was a battle. The Patriots were a little shook up, and the Knights found a way to win that set with a score of 25-21.


    The Patriots didn’t let that one set bother them, and they came back strong to win the third set 25-8.

    The excitement from the third set carried over to the fourth set for the Pats. They won the last set with a score of 25-12.

    Senior, Sydney Folken said, “We played pretty well.  It is tough to beat a team 3 times in a season and I think we handled it well. I think that we can accomplish a lot during the last part of this season! I can’t wait to see what happens!”

    Assistant Coach Briana Wietfeld said, “This game was quite the roller coaster ride. Our girls came out ready to compete and took that 1st set with force. Then we started to settle back and the Knights got a set from us. Then with pride we took back our game and worked hard to win the next sets. We were so excited to have a great crowd and a wonderful group of parents that showed their support. Thank you parents for all you do for your student athletes and for a wonderful season so far in supporting us! We are Patriot Proud!”

    Individual Stats:

    (kills, blocks, digs, assists)

    Kaegan Held: 4, 0, 11, 38;  Halee Steffensmeier: 0, 0, 20, 0;  Paige Moore: 6, 1, 2, 0;  Holly Kuhr: 0, 0, 7, 0;  Brittney Urbanek: 0, 0, 14, 0;  Beth Wiese: 9, 0, 6, 0;  Sara McEvoy: 5, 0, 10, 2;  Sydney Folken: 8, 5, 1, 0;  Ashlynn Novotny: 16, 1, 5, 0


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  • Junior High Volleyball Teams Wrap Up Seasons

    On October 16, the junior high girls finished up their volleyball season with a win on all 3 levels against the Madison Dragons.


    Seventh grader Kerstyn Held said, “I think volleyball season is the most exciting time of the year.  We had a lot of fun and played good as a team. We talked and communicated as a team and worked hard to achieve our goals.”   

    Their volleyball season went very well with a record of 6-2 for the A team and a record of 5-3 for the B team.

    Eighth grader Kennedy Settje said, “We had a pretty good season. “We all had our ups and downs, but everyone found a way to improve throughout the season.”

    Assistant coach Seth Cash said, “The season as a whole was a success. There were plenty of teaching moments throughout the season, and I feel confident saying that our girls all became better as athletes and individuals at the season’s end.”

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  • One-Act Play Season Underway!

    The 2017 Leigh One-Act play is underway and preparing to perform! This year, Leigh High School is performing the play “Shrek.” There are a whopping 31 cast members and even more students on the crew!


    Leigh is extremely fortunate to be able to host both the Conference and District competitions at home this year.  With the show being right in town, we hope parents and community members will come watch more than once.  We especially hope you will come to our performances later in the year to see the best possible show!  


    This year’s One-Act play is coached by Justine Fischer, Megan Hillen, and Michelle Held.


    Here is the performance schedule for the year:

    Monday, November 13—Leigh High School—1:30 pm: Matinee Performance

    Wednesday, November 15—Leigh High School—Conference One-Act Competition—8 schools competing, with the plays beginning at 9 am.  Leigh performs at 10:30 am

    Sunday, November 26—Leigh High School—7 pm—Annual Dinner Theater Performance—this is the big performance of the year.  We hope to break our record set last year of 200 people in attendance!  Dinner begins at 6:15 pm.  Show begins at 7.  Tickets to the dinner are $15 and support the Leigh Travel Club.  Admission for just the show is a freewill donation.

    Wednesday, November 30—Leigh High School—District One-Act Competition—8 schools competing, with the plays beginning at 9 am.  Leigh performs at 9:45 am.

    Members of the 2017 One-Act are excited to perform and ready for a successful season!


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