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    Juniors Hit the UNL Campus

    To most high school juniors, college still seems light years away.  But in reality, it looms nearer than many students realize.  On March 14, the Leigh High School junior class got a taste of university life when the entire class traveled to Lincoln to tour the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

    The tour was lined up by Mrs. Karen Hillen, guidance counselor.  The juniors voted as a class which institution they would like to visit, and they chose UNL.  UNL paid for the trip, including student meals, through a college access grant. 

    “The purpose of this visit was to expose the juniors to the college campus visit experience with hopes that they will continue to make other college visits in their pursuit to decide on their post-high school endeavors.  Visiting the UNL campus was a great opportunity for them to see a four-year, large university setting, so they can make some comparisons to our smaller, local two- and four-year colleges.”

    During their visit, the juniors toured the city campus and east campus. Their guides provided them plenty of information about costs, housing, and different majors and programs, including where each is located.  They also viewed classrooms, dorm rooms, and recreational/weightlifting facilities.  They ate lunch in the cafeteria and even got a chance to try out the Dairy Store, an ice cream shop. And of course, no tour is complete without a stop inside Memorial Stadium. 

                One of the trip’s attendant’s, junior Alex Machmueller, said, The trip was a blast and was very informational. I made me think more about what I want to be and realize that UNL is a possibility for me to attend. 

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    Reagan Settje and Anthony Bruhn Named March “Students of the Month”

                As students finish off the third quarter, it is time to not only celebrate all the second semester achievements, but also another two winners of Student of the Month. This month's winners were Reagan Settje and Anthony Bruhn!

    Both winners chose a homework pass as their award.

                Reagan is a freshman at Leigh High School and the daughter of Kristi and Chad Settje. This is the second time Reagan has received the award.  Reagan participates in band, One-Act, FCCLA, volleyball, basketball, track, dance, and journalism.

    Reagan’s favorite subject is Family and Consumer Science. When not busy with all of her school activities, she enjoys swimming and playing volleyball. Reagan is unsure of what she wants to do after she graduates.

     “Earning this reward is an honor,” Reagan said. “It is great to know my teachers notice everything I do.”

    Here’s what Reagan’s teachers had to say about her:

                --“Reagan is a leader in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. She is very smart, works hard in all she does, asks questions, and wants to succeed. She is also very kind and always willing to help others when they need it.”

                --“She is a very organized and hard-working student. She always puts her best effort into the task at hand. She is involved in a variety of activities and does a great job managing her time between those activities and academics.”

                “Reagan is a joy to have in class. She’s intelligent, diligent in her work, and also fun to be around. Her honesty is appreciated and valued when she doesn’t understand something because she is one of the brave ones to speak for the entire class.”

                “Reagan is truly wonderful to have in class. She is very smart, hard-working and positive. She is also very coachable in athletics and works hard to be her best.”

                Anthony Bruhn is a junior at Leigh High School and the son of Randy and Joani Bruhn. Anthony participates in football, basketball, track, choir, One-Act, and FFA.

    Although he enjoys all his classes, Anthony’s favorite subject is social studies. When not busy with his extracurricular activities, he enjoys playing basketball. He is currently undecided on his plans after high school.

    When asked how he felt about receiving this award, Anthony laughed and said, “Well, I finally proved my mom wrong.”

     Here’s what his teachers had to say about him:

                “Anthony has an outgoing personality and great sense of humor. He wants to do well in all his classes, and is pleasant to have in class. He is a leader in athletics, and is involved in nearly every extracurricular activity. He has also made great strides this quarter in the reading challenge. I am surprised he has not won the award before.”

                “Anthony is a fun, high-energy student who is always willing to give a friendly hello.”

                “Tony is a great kid who has really matured this year. I see him making great strides in wanting to get the most out of his education and trying his best to achieve. He does this while being a leader in other activities as well.”

                “Anthony is an outstanding young man who has come a long way in academics and athletics. He is helpful, friendly and very hard working. His positive energy is very much appreciated around the school.”

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  • “On Your Marks, Get Set, Start Track Season!”

    After a long five-day spring break for Leigh and a four-day spring break for Clarkson, the high school students from both schools came back ready to start the 2017 track season.

    Track practice started on March 7, with 31 students showing up to fill the gym completely—17 from Clarkson and 15 from Leigh.

    Seniors on this year’s team include Bradley Bunner, Luiz Mayorga, Jeremy Pacas, and Shelby Paprocki.

    The junior track class consists of Jacob Gall, Hector Mendoza, Jason Ober, Anthony Bruhn, Alex Machmueller, and Sydney Folken.

    This year’s sophomores consist of Kaegan Held, Cort Pokorney, Hannah Kasik, Beth Wiese, Sara McEvoy, Halee Steffensmeier, Shyla Shaw, Cheyenne Brabec, Kiara Brabec, and John Langhorst.

    Rounding out the team are freshmen Dillan Knapp, Colby Harney, Emma Labenz, Taya Gross, Reagan Settje, Ashlynn Novotny, Kim Stodola, Brittney Urbanek, Cassie Brabec, Taylor Larson, Abbi Brabec, and Sawyer Kappel.

    Along with the students, there are also six coaches helping out this year. Lee Schneider and Jeff Bachman are the throwing coaches. Adam Van Buren and Jim Clarkson are the sprint coaches, along with Jim Clarkson also being the weight trainer. Briana Wietfeld is the long distance coach, and Kim Heimann is in charge of the hurdles.

     “I am beyond excited for this year!” Coach Adam Van Buren said.  “We have already gotten a week of practice under our belts and we are showing a lot of promise. We just have to stay focused and be ready to work day in and day out. Hopefully we can have some returners to the state meet in May!“

    The Clarkson-Leigh track team competes for the first time on March 28 in Stanton.

    As sophomore Halee Steffensmeier from Clarkson trains for her first track meet, she says, “I think this year is going to be really fun. I’m glad I’m not a newbie anymore and I’m excited to get better! My goal is to make it down to Burke again, because last year was a really cool experience! Everyone seems really pumped up and we’re all ready to have a great year!”

    Good luck to the Patriot Track athletes this season!

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  • High School Bowlers Compete at State

    The Clarkson-Leigh bowling team’s season has come to an end when they competed in Lincoln at Parkway Lanes for a state title.

    With the bowling team having their last matchup for the year, Coach Tony Rayback said,” I thought the girls played well and finally came together at the end. Is was also fun to watch both teas improve over the season.”

                The state winner for the girls was Plainview. The winner for the boys was Humphrey St. Francis.

    Luis Aguirre had this to say about his team,” I thought that it was a pretty good year considering we only have three boys out, including me. It was a different experience and great atmosphere to be in and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us next year.”

                The girls made it all the way through five bakers, while the boys only made it to three bakers before they were both eliminated from the contest.



                Girls’ Individual Scores

                                        Game 1          Game 2          Game 3          Game 4

    Amber Novotny           108                  122                  125                  113

    Payje Rayback            95                    124                  151                  123

    Tess Indra                   100                  92                    115                  85

    Michaela Hall               104                  112                  121                  111


                Boys’ Individual Scores

                                        Game 1          Game 2          Game 3

    Luis Aguirre                105                  99                    136

    Paxten Indra                152                  89                    101

    Adam Prezbynaski      152                  127                  112


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    Senior Spotlight: Ried Krutz

    September 30th, 1999 was an extraordinary day for proud parents Kory and Wendy Krutz, who brought Ried William Paul Krutz into the world in Norfolk, Nebraska at Faith Regional Hospital.

    The second of three children, Ried has his older sister Ashlyn, aged 20, and younger brother Layne, aged 14. The Krutz family also includes an adorable chihuahua-pug mix named Oreo.

    Before joining Leigh Community Schools his sophomore year, Ried attended Stanton High School in his hometown of Stanton, Nebraska.

    Throughout high school, Ried has been involved in choir for three and a half years; FFA for two years; One Act for two years; and FBLA for one year.

    Ried has earned honors in many activities. He has been a part of the State Champion and State Runner-Up One Act team the past two years. Ried has also had the opportunity to earn his Greenhand and Chapter Degree in FFA, and be a part of the Gospel Honor Choir. Though Ried has accomplished so much throughout his high school career, his proudest high school accomplishment is simply “getting this far.”

    After high school, Ried intends on majoring in Building Construction at Northeast Community College.

    Breathing. Dateable. Single. According to Ried Krutz, these are the three words that best describe himself.

                Ried’s biggest pet peeve would be getting assigned long papers in class. Coincidentally, Ried also has a bad habit of procrastinating on these papers.

                When asked where he sees himself in 10-15 years, Ried literally did the math (17+10=27 and 17+15=32.) In 10-15 years, he plans on being retired after winning the lottery. If he’s fortunate enough to win the lottery, he intends to buy a lifetime supply of lemonade and Peachie O’s.

                The three goals on Ried’s bucket list are to first have a bucket list, then fill it out, and finally do it. Once he accomplishes that, he wants to graduate from building construction at Northeast, build Leigh a better high school that is always the right temperature, and become president so he can “Make America Great Again Again.” Someday, Ried also hopes to travel to California and visit the beautiful beaches.

    According to Ried, his favorite high school memories all happen to be “classified” because all of the best  memories he’s had have to do with breaking a few school rules. If Ried had to pick a favorite class, he’d choose Mr. Tyser’s shop class. Ried also says he doesn’t have any embarrassing moments because “everything he does is embarrassing” and he’s “gotten used to it.”

    Some of Ried’s favorite things include the TV show, The Walking Dead, and his favorite song, “Dirt on My Boots by Jon Pardi. His favorite food would have to be the birthday meal he shares with his family every year.

    Outside of school, Ried can be found cheering on his favorite sports team, the Nebraska Huskers, or collecting coins, which is his favorite hobby.

                When asked who he admires most in the world, Ried says he admires Paul Walker for “going out with a bang” and Gandhi for being so peaceful, he most admires Steve Jobs for his intellect and intuition.

    As the number of days Ried has left in high school begin to dwindle down, Ried wanted to leave one last bit of his inspirational wisdom to share with the underclassmen: “When life gives you lemons, freeze them. Throw them as hard as you can at the people and things who are making your life difficult.”



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    Student Opinion Column: Parent/Child Bond Continues in High School

    As a senior in high school, it is easy for me to look forward to heading off to college and leaving home. While looking at colleges, I began to think more about leaving home and how far away I wanted to be from home. I ended up choosing the college closest to home. Unlike some high school students, I have a very close relationship with my parents. I strongly believe that building and keeping a relationship with your parents in high school is a must. High school is a busy time for students, and the time spent at home is limited with all of the activities that many students are involved in. High school students’ home time often consists of little more than homework and sleeping. It is hard for students to obtain close relationships if they are never with their parents. This is when some students begin to lose touch with their family. I strongly believe it is important to spend time together as a family, even if it is watching television as a family one night a week.

    I also believe it is important for parents to become more lenient the older their children get. I think parents should be strict with students in their early high school years; however, as the students reach their junior and senior years, parents need to begin loosening the ropes and giving their children more freedom in preparation for when they will be on their own. Parents will not be able to control their child’s life forever, and too much control will break apart the relationship a parent has with their child. As a high school student, I am appreciative of the great relationship that I have with my parents, and I believe all high school students deserve to have this same connection.


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    Senior Spotlight: Nickolaus Ober

    A little baby boy named Nickolaus Ray Ober was welcomed into the world on May 20th, 1999, in Columbus, Nebraska. Nickolaus’s proud parents are Alex Ober and Chris Brown.

    Nick is the oldest of his two siblings. His brothers are Jason Ober, now 16, and Darian Ober Brown, now 13.

    Nick is the proud owner of three dogs, named Max, Muddy, and Toby; five cats, named Serena, Tasha, Annabelle, Juju, and Smoke; and many rabbits (although his favorite is named Peanut Butter). Someday, he also hopes to add a lizard to his collection of beloved pets.

    Nick just joined Leigh High School during the first quarter this year.  He previously attended Columbus Public High School.

    Nickolaus’s proudest high school accomplishment was helping the State Runner-Up One Act team this past year. Nick is also proud of increasing his involvement in extracurricular activities in high school.

    Nick has many dreams for the future. He wants to someday either become a highly skilled tattoo artist, a chef that serves the most exquisite sandwiches, or a professional drag racer. In 10-15 years, Nickolaus sees himself with a bunch of tattoos and living the high life in Florida with his wife and two kids.

    If Nick ever won a fortune in the lottery, he intends to buy a house in Florida as well as a 1964 Dodge Charger. If given the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, Nick would travel to Australia to ride kangaroos. His bucket list also includes learning how to speak Japanese and travelling to not only Australia, but Tokyo as well.

    Meeting Mrs. Sherry Hathaway and everyone at Leigh High are Nick’s favorite high school memories. He also fondly recalls a time where he earned an A+ on his artwork and a nightstand he made. Nick also loves going to a new school and meeting all the nice people that greet him as he passes through the hallways. His most embarrassing moment would have to be when he tripped and fell in front of the whole school!

    Nick’s favorite subject in school is Culinary Arts with Mrs. Hillen, and his favorite TV show is “The Flash.” In his spare time, he can also be found cheering on his favorite sports team, the Denver Broncos, and eating some of his favorite foods, brats and lasagna.

    Nick loves hanging out with his friends, but the person he admires most in his life is his grandpa. He said that his grandpa “has always been there for him.”

    To sum up this unique senior, the three words that best describe Nickolaus Ober would be “fun,” “kind,” and “loyal.” As Nick’s senior year is coming to a close, he leaves a bit of advice for the underclassmen, “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.”

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    All Junior Class students at Leigh High School will be taking the ACT Test on April 19, 2017.  This test will be administered at the high school building and will take approximately 4 hours. This ACT test will replace the NeSA tests that all Nebraska Juniors took in past years.   In order to prepare our junior students for this test, we will be doing study sessions using the John Baylor ACT Test Prep Course.  These study sessions will be proctored by Leigh High School staff and will be done as part of the regular school day.  The students will also be given information about the ACT Prep course offered directly from ACT, and the students will have access to study guides and practice tests which can be used independently.  More detailed information will be shared with the Junior Class students and their parents in the next few weeks.  

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