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    Class of 2020 Holds Long-Awaited Commencement Ceremony

    By: Leigh High School Journalism staff

    “We did not pick the room. We did not pick the music.  But because we are here, we might as well dance.”

                Leigh High School Class of 2020 senior Reagan Settje chose to begin her valedictorian speech with this quote from Stephen King to describe the 2020 seniors’ unique and disappointing road to graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

    Leigh High School administration, faculty, and staff were proud to announce the graduation of this year’s senior class on Friday, July 31, at the Leigh High School gym.  This year’s class included 10 students.

                Dance and celebrate they did, as Leigh and other area schools finally were able to hold commencement exercises due to the coronavirus pandemic delaying a traditional May graduation.  It was concurrently the first “socially distanced” ceremony, the first ceremony to be held in July, and the last ceremony to be held in the current Leigh High gym. 

                The class of 2020 was the final class to graduate from the high school building constructed in 1907, as the coming year’s students prepare to hold classes in the new school.

    The ceremony began with a video slideshow presentation, followed by the procession of seniors to “Fanfare and Processional” played by pianist and LHS choir director Cindy Settje.  Class of 2017 salutatorian, Natalie Reeves, gave the welcome address. Later, Reagan Settje gave the valedictorian speech.

    The seniors presented flowers to their parents, and guidance counselor Karen Hillen presented the scholarships.  Superintendent Stephanie Petersen presented the seniors, and School Board President Kamin Held awarded the diplomas. 

     Reeves, who is also senior class President, gave the closing address and thanked everyone for coming. Cindy Settje played the theme of “High School Musical” as the recessional.

    The Class of 2020 chose “Chapters” by Brett Young as their class song.  Their class flower is the Gerber Daisy, and class colors are turquoise, coral, and silver.  Their class motto is “We didn’t realize we were making memories; we just knew we were having fun” by Winnie the Pooh.

    The seniors, their future plans, and scholarship awards are listed below.  Congratulations and best of luck to the Class of 2020!

    Carson Ahrens

    Carson plans to attend Northeast Community College as an Electrician major. He was awarded the Susan Buffett Scholarship and the Northeast Community College Peter Kiewit Scholarship.


    Abbigail Brabec

    Abbi plans to Wayne State College as an Early Childhood Education major. She was awarded the Leigh Fire Department Scholarship, Jan Fuhr Memorial Scholarship, Red Cross/FCCLA Scholarship, and the Wayne State Dean’s Commitment Scholarship.


    Hannah Dronsett

    Hannah was a foreign exchange student from Norway. Her stay in America was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. She plans to finish another year of high school in Norway this coming year.


    Taya Gross

    Taya plans to attend Wayne State College as a Special Education major.


    Taylor Larson

    Taylor plans to attend Northeast Community College as a Business Administration and Fashion Marketing major. She was awarded the Krupka/Cada Memorial Scholarship, Nebraska Dairy Association Scholarship, Nebraska Vet Services Scholarship, Nebraska Farm Bureau Scholarship, and the Northeast Community College Dean’s Scholarship.


    Payje Rayback

    Payje plans to attend Wayne State College as a Family and Consumer Science Education major. She was awarded the Sons of the Legion Scholarship, Leigh Education Association Scholarship, Lavern Went Memorial Scholarship, Leigh Alumni Association Scholarship, Irene Gobler/Legion Auxiliary Scholarship, Aaron Cech Memorial Scholarship, Leigh American Legion Scholarship, KTIC Russ Herman Memorial Scholarship; Susan Buffett Scholarship, James M. Cox Foundation Scholarship, Red Cross/FCCLA Scholarship, and the Wayne Wildcat Excellence Year 1 Scholarship


    Natalie Reeves

    Natalie plans to attend Mount Marty College as a Nursing major. She was awarded the John & MIchele Hollatz Scholarship, Leigh Rescue Unit Scholarship, Paul Hollatz Memorial Scholarship,

    Vickie Wietfeld Memorial Scholarship, Jim & Helen Evans Memorial Scholarship, Aaron Cech Memorial Scholarship, Sara Reichmuth Memorial Scholarship, Whitetail LLC Scholarship, James M. Cox Foundation Scholarship, St. Bede Scholarship, Catholic Leadership Scholarship, and the Mount Marty Academic Scholarship


    Alexis Schroeder

    Lexi plans to attend Northeast Community College as a Welding major. She was awarded the Nick Wieseler Memorial Scholarship, Lyle Hamernik Memorial Scholarship, Rick Charipar Memorial Scholarship, Leonard & Elsie Engel Memorial Scholarship,Sandy Pine Systems Scholarship, and the Krupka/Cada Memorial Scholarship.


    Reagan Settje

    Reagan plans to attend Wayne State College as an Elementary Education major. She was awarded the Terri Wietfeld Memorial Scholarship, Jay Blessen Memorial Scholarship, John & Michele Hollatz Memorial Scholarship, Patriot Booster Club Scholarship, Patriot Youth Advisory Scholarship, Citizen’s State Bank Scholarship, Leigh Community Club Scholarship, Cooperative Supply Scholarship, Lisa Kuta Settje Memorial Scholarship, FEVB (Van Buren) Memorial Scholarship, and the Wayne State Board of Trustees Scholarship.


    Morgan Voborny

    Morgan plans to attend Northeast Community College or work in ranching.  He was awarded the Northeast Community College Pork Producers Scholarship and the Northeast Community College Hyacinth Harsh Memorial Scholarship.

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    Patriot Spirit Night


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    Patriot Spirit Night.pdf

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    PK-6th Grade Elementary Open House

    Click the below link for information about PK-6th Grade Open House.


    Leigh Elementary Open House.pdf

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    Student Computer Agreement Form

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  • Important Information: Returning to School: Please read below.

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    Student Transportation Request for 2020-2021 School Year

    As the school year approaches, we are working on student transportation. We ask anyone requesting transportation for their child(ren) to complete the form listed below. This includes preschool mid-day transportation to or from a daycare provider.
    We ask for requests to be submitted by July 27th so routes can be determined and drivers can contact parents regarding pick-up and drop-off times. As part of our Return to School Plan in response to COVID-19, assigned seating will be implemented.
    Please direct any transportation questions to Mr. Holmberg, 7-12 Principal/AD/Transportation Director at 402-487-2228 or tholmberg@leigh.esu7.org.
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  • Youth Volleyball & Football Youth Camps

    Come joint the Patriot Youth Sports teams for summer youth camps.  Click the links below for registration and information.

    Youth FB Camp.pdf


    Youth VB Camp Flyer.pdf

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  • FFA Banquet

    Please use the link below to view the FFA banquet.  Congratulations on another successful year!

    2019-20 FFA Banquet

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  • Preschool Registration

    Preschool Registration is now open! For more information, please contact the school, or get started by clicking the link below. Thank you!

    20-21 Preschool Registration

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  • Summer Reading

    Media/Tech with Mrs. Hollatz

    Be sure to follow me on Twitter for class/school projects @HollatzKylie

    Library/tech projects on the Leigh Community Schools website under District called Leigh Media


    AR Update:  AR will be open throughout the summer for testing between the hours of 8am-8pm.  Keep Reading!!


    Summer Reading:

    This summer the Leigh Community School Reading Challenge will be 20 minutes 5 days a week and more if you please.  You can record these minutes on the Google Form attached here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBSKhkn1EOF7UoE3kGYcQumdSZDGWr_LfChxuvDY5hRtR4sQ/viewform  *** I will also attach a Virtual Bitmoji Scene on our school website where you can find all of the links.

    I will also look at AR points from the summer months and these accomplishments will be celebrated along with our 2019-2020 points.  Read, Read, Read!!

    Barnes and Noble has a Summer program for a free book:  https://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/h/summer-reading/2020/2020/SummerReadingJournal.pdf

    Half Price Book Store:  https://b.halfpricebooks.com/feed-your-brain/

    Scholastic’s Read-a-Palooza: https://www.scholastic.com/site/summer/home.html


    School Website:  

    Go to Leigh Media and you will find a Google Slide Scene on my home page.  You can click on all of the pictures to find a hidden link.  On the computer it is linked to AR.  The colored pencil picture on the table takes you to a how to draw Youtube video.  Click on the books and listen to someone read on Youtube and then you can test. In the speech bubble above my head links to the Google Summer Reading Form.  Inside of the frame on the wall there are the options of additional on your own Reading Challenges. In the purple box there will be a schoolwide read aloud by me.  This would be great for older students and then they can test at the end. There will be 15 minutes worth of reading everyday of the week.  This can count as 15 of your 20 minutes for the day. The dog links to National Geographic for kids. The other person in the scene with me is Mrs. Petersen.  Have fun clicking on the scene because there are many more hidden gems!!


    Leigh Public Library:  

    Kathy is willing to do curbside pick up. She is working the regular hours so you can call then and she would bag up your order. You can then pick the books up either in the entry or outside. Here is the library's contact info and hours:

    Leigh Public Library 



    Tuesday 12-4:30pm

    Wednesday 3-7pm

    Thursday 12-6pm

    Saturday 9am-noon


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