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Leigh High School Holds Virtual Academic Award Ceremony

Traditionally, Leigh High School celebrates its best and brightest with an all-school assembly open to the public on the Friday morning before graduation.  

With the fourth quarter of school this year taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual awards ceremony went virtual too, and high school teachers used Photo Booth and other digital means to create videos announcing their respective award winners.  With the help of Mrs. Kylie Hollatz and Mrs. Abby Sayers, the videos were then compiled into one mega-awards video!  

“We knew we couldn’t gather in the gym like we would traditionally do, but we still wanted to find a way to recognize our students’ excellent efforts in the classroom not only during this past quarter of e-learning, but during the entire school year,” 7-12 Principal Troy Holmberg said.  

Students will then be able to pick up packets containing any awards they received when they turn in their course materials and laptops to school next week.  The full awards video will be available on the Leigh Community Schools webpage. 

Here is a list of the honors awarded (by teacher):


General and Class Awards:

Mr. Holmberg

NSCAS Award (Excellence in Math, Science, and Language Arts-8th Grade State Testing): Zoey VanDyke and Kyle Holmberg

  High ACT Award: Reagan Settje

  East Husker Conference Senior Academic All-Conference: Reagan Settje and Natalie Reeves

  Omaha World Herald All-State Academic Team Honorable Mention:  Reagan Settje and Natalie Reeves

  Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State Scholar Athletes:  Cassidy Hoffman (VB and GBB), Reagan Settje (VB and GBB), Natalie Reeves (SB), Payje Rayback (SB)

  NSAA Academic All-State:   Reagan Settje (VB, GBB, One-Act, Music), Natalie Reeves (SB, Music), Kanyon Held (One-Act)

  2020 Valedictorian Award:  Reagan Settje

2020 Salutatorian Award:  Natalie Reeves

Mr Knaak (Math):  

7th Grade: 1—Brianne Kuhr, 2—Izabel Hollatz, 3—Baylee Settje; 

8th Grade Pre-Algebra: 1—Aubrie Hanna, 2—James Grotelueschen, 3—Jordan Noonan

9th Grade Algebra I: 1—Sydney Reeves, 2—Zoey Van Dyke, 3—Jessica Hoffman

10th Grade Geometry: 1—Kanyon Held (tie), 2—Kennedy Settje (tie), 3—Makenna Held

11th Grade Algebra 2: 1—Cassidy Hoffman, 2—Emily Loseke, 3—Alissa Kasik

11th Grade Algebra 2A: 1—Layne Krutz

Mrs. Sayers (Business)

7th Grade Business: Kammy Held, Brianne Kuhr, Brynn Settje

8th Grade Business: Aubrie Hanna

9th Grade Business: Jessica Hoffman

Multimedia: Zoey Van Dyke

10th Grade Entrepreneurship: Makenna Held, Kennedy Settje

11th Grade Personal Finance: Cassidy Hoffman

12th Grade Personal Finance: Natalie Reeves

Accounting: Kanyon Held

Tech Guru Award: Albert Diaz

Spanish Entertainer Award: Kayden Schumacher

#BeKind/Leader/Role Model/Digital Citizenship Award: Emily Loseke, Payje Rayback

Mr. Schmidt (Science):

7th grade Science: Brianne Kuhr, Brynn Settje

8th grade Science: Aubrie Hanna, Gracelyn Eisenmann

9th grade Physical Science: Kyle Holmberg, Sydney Reeves

10th grade Biology: Kennedy Settje, Justine Thompson

11th grade Chemistry: Cassidy Hoffman, Emily Loseke

Integrated Science - Most improved students: Jose Aguirre, Lane Krutz

Odysseyware Physics - Commendation for a Freshman doing Senior level work: Kyle Holmberg

Science Aide - Commendation for a job well done: Carson Ahrens

To all LHS students for making Mr. Schmidt’s time teaching in Leigh so rewarding: THANK YOU!

Mrs. Fischer (English): 

Writing 7: (Tie): Brianne Kuhr, Izabel Hollatz

Writing 8: 1—Aubrie Hanna, 2—(tie)—Macy Clausen, Gracie Eisenmann

    Extra Recognition to More Great 8th grade Writers: Leah Pinkston, Sage Fernau

Reading 8: 1—Aubrie Hanna, 2—Carter Timm

Geometry: 1—Cortlynn Cadwallader

English 10: 1—Kennedy Settje, 2—(tie)—Kanyon Held, Makenna Held, Justine Thompson

Hardest Worker Award: Tanyn Larson

Best Aide Award: Taya Gross

Mr. Prososki (English):

9th Speech: Zoey VanDyke

Reading 7: Izabel Hollatz, Brianne Kuhr

Reading 8: Simon Wemhoff

English 12: Alexis Schroeder

Mrs. M. Held (English):

Reading 7: 1—Baylee Settje, 2—Brynn Settje, 3—Carter Brabec

English 11: 1—(Tie)—Cassidy Hoffman, Emily Loseke, 2—Kayden Schumacher, 3—Alissa Kasik; Most Improved: Trevor Zulkoski

College English: 1—Reagan Settje, 2—Natalie Reeves, 3—Payje Rayback; Most Improved: Taylor Larson

Freshmen English: 1—Zoey VanDyke, 2—Jessica Hoffman, 3—Sydney Reeves; Most Improved: Deandrea Rivera

Mr. Bachman (Social Studies):

12th Government: Reagan Settje

11th US History: Emily Loseke

Current Events: Zoey VanDyke

9th Civics: Sydney Reeves

8th Social Studies: Gracie Eisenmann

7th Social Studies: Brianne Kuhr

Most Improved Social Studies Students: Cassi Rayback & Keeley Campbell

Mrs. Hillen (FCS):

Most Competent and Most Organized Student Aide: Payje Rayback

Housing/Interior Design - Master Designer: Kennedy Settje

7th Grade Exploratory FCS - Silver Spoon Award: Ella Urban

8th Grade Exploratory FCS - Master Sewist: Gracie Eisenmann

8th Grade Exploratory FCS - Most FCS Experiences: Aubrie Hanna

Careers - Career Ready Award: Makenna Held

Relationships Award: Kayden Schumacher

Life Skills - Most Handy Helper Award: Cassidy Hoffman

Life Skills - Most FCS Experiences: Lexi Schroeder

Culinary Arts - Master Chef: Payje Rayback

Child Development/Parenting Award: Natalie Reeves

Intro to FCS/Foods Award:  Zoey VanDyke

Mrs. Settje – (Choral Music)

East Husker Conference Elite Choral Award: Rylee Olson

East Husker Conference Festival Choir: Alicia Holmberg, Abbigail Brabec. Natalie Brabec, Makenna Held, Alexis Schroeder, Taya Gross, Kyle Holmberg, and Audie Tejkl

Nebraska State FFA Choral Award: Makenna Held and Natalie Reeves

Wayne State College Choral Award: Alicia Holmberg, Rylee Olson, Alexis Schroeder, and Taya Gross

National Choral Award - Abbigail Brabec

Mrs. Cerv (Art): 

High School Art Recognition: Reagan Settje, Korbee Wendt, Emily Loseke, Kayden Schumacher, Sydney Reeves, Jessica Hoffman, Cortlynn Cadwallader, Calvin Wemhoff

8th Grade Art Recognition: Macy Clausen, Nathan Bahns, Aubrie Hanna, Dylan Higby, Tanyn Larson, Leah Pinkston

7th Grade Art Recognition: Kammy Held, Brynn Settje, Brianne Kuhr, Baylee Settje, Izabel Hollatz

Ms. B Held (Ag):

Freshman Ag: Sydney Reeves

Sophomore Ag: Kanyon Held

Junior Ag: Alissa Kasik

Senior Ag: Natalie Reeves

Life Skills: Madisyn Pelan

Bob the Builder Award: Layne Krutz

Superior Welding Award: Justine Thompson

Activity Awards: 

Honor Society (Mrs. K. Hillen):

Seniors: Reagan Settje, Natalie Reeves, Payje Rayback

Juniors: Cassidy Hoffman, Emily Loseke, Alissa Kasik, Kayden Schumacher

Sophomores: Kennedy Settje, Makenna Held, Kanyon Held, Justine Thompson, Natalie Brabec, Jacob Eisenmann

Honor Cord for earning 12 or more college credits from CCC: Reagan Settje, Natalie Reeves,

Abby Brabec, Taylor Larson, Payje Rayback, Taya Gross

Journalism (Mrs. Fischer)

Letter Winners

Seniors: Abbi Brabec, Taylor Larson, Natalie Reeves, Lexi Schroeder, Reagan Settje

Juniors: Cassidy Hoffman, Alicia Holmberg, Alissa Kasik, Emily Loseke, Maddie Pelan, Kayden Schumacher

Sophomores: Natalie Brabec, Makenna Held, Kanyon Held, Kennedy Settje, Audie Tejkl, Justine Thompson

Freshman: Kerstyn Held, Jessica Hoffman, Sydney Reeves, Dee Rivera, Korbee Wendt

Norfolk Daily News Columnists: Reagan Settje, Natalie Reeves

Best Sports Writer: Cassidy Hoffman

Best Staff Writer: Emily Loseke

Yearbook (Mrs. M. Held):

Editor—Reagan Settje; Business Manager—Natalie Reeves; Photo Editors—Taya Gross & Payje Rayback; Copy Editor—Taylor Larson 

Other Staff—Riana Grotelueschen, Kyleigh Rayback, Madisyn Pelan, Emily Loseke, Kayden Schumacher, Alissa Kasik, Cassidy Hoffman, Alicia Holmberg, Rylee Olson, Natalie Brabec, Madison Noonan, Justine Thompson, Korbee Wendt, Jessica Hoffman, Sydney Reeves, Kerstyn Held, and Deandrea Rivera  

One-Act Play (Mrs. Hollatz):

Conference One-Act Outstanding Actors/Actresses: Carson Ahrens, Kyle Holmberg, Kanyon Held, Alicia Holmberg, Kayden Schumacher, Logan Schroeder, and Audie Tejkl

Conference Outstanding Crew:  Taya Gross: Stage Lights, Emily Loseke: Sound, Jacob Eisenmann: Spotlight, Calvin Wemhoff, Kevin Becerril, Layne Krutz, Carson Ahrens, Zane Williams:  Construction, and Maddie Pelan:  Hair and Makeup

District One-Act Outstanding Actors/Actresses:  Reagan Settje, Payje Rayback, Alicia Holmberg, Kanyon Held, Logan Schroeder, Carson Ahrens, Audie Tejkl, and Alexis Schroeder

Speech (Mr. Prososki): 

MVP: Audie Tejkl

Most Improved: Emily Loseke

Top High School Readers (Mrs. Hollatz):

75-Point Club: Baylee Settje, Morgan Bunner, Jessica Hoffman, Sydney Reeves, Zoey VanDyke, Alicia Holmberg, Reagan Settje

100-Point Club: Brianne Kuhr, Makenna Held, Justine Thompson, Kanyon Held, Cassidy Hoffman

125-Point Club: Ella Urban: Izabel Hollatz: Natalie Brabec: Kennedy Settje

175+ Point Club: Emily Loseke—189.6 points, Sage Fernau—216.1 points, Carter Timm—488.6 points (K-12th grade Top Reader)


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