The Osmond FCCLA Chapter attended the Nebraska FCCLA State Leadership Conference April 8-10th. Students attending the conference were Jessica Jensen, Leslie Jensen, Holly Jensen, Aleynah Gray, Lily Whaley, and Makayla Boyle. Leslie attended as an Honorary Conference Assistant to help programs run smoothly in the Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Graduate Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, and the Courtyard by Marriott. Jessica Jensen attended to compete with her STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event Job Interview. Overall, she received a bronze medal. Makayla, Holly, Lily, and Aleynah completed a service project at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. The students helped clean a pond. After the service project the students attended sessions with motivational speakers. “My favorite part of State Leadership Conference was the sessions. The speakers were amazing and they impacted me positively,” said Aleynah. Overall, the students had an amazing time and they learned a lot. Many of the members have goals for next year.
.H. Track Competes at Plainview
The Osmond J.H. Track team opened the season with a quadrangular at Plainview on Monday April 9th. The Tigers scored 53 points and finished in second place. Teams competing were Osmond, Plainview, Allen and Randolph.
“ This was our first meet of the year and I thought all the kids performed really well. We had first place finishes from Kaden Polt in the 100 m hurdles, Bryan Solorzano in the 100 m dash, Ryan Schmit in the 800 m dash, Bodie True in the 200 m dash as well as the winning team in the 1600 m relay. We also had runner-up finishes from Patrick Vinson in the discus, Bodie True in the Long Jump, Ryan Schmit in the Triple Jump, Hunter Beacom in the 100 m hurdles, Kaden Polt in the 195 m hurdles and second place in the 400 m relay.”
Our next meet will be on Wednesday, April 18th at Laurel and then on Thursday, April 19th at Creighton.
Discus 2nd Patrick Vinson, 87 ft 10 in. 3rd Zach Reikofski, 79 ft 1 in
Shot Put 3rd Patrick Vinson, 29 ft 9.5 in
Long Jump 2nd Bodie True, 14 ft 3 in
Triple Jump 2nd Ryan Schmit 29 ft 1 in, 3rd Kaden Polt 28 ft 0 in
100 m Hurdles 1st Kaden Polt 20.30 sec, 2nd Hunter Beacom 20.80 sec
100 m dash 1st Bryan Solorzano 13.10 sec
1200 m run 4th Hunter Beacom 4:50.7
400 m relay 2nd ( Bodie, Bryan, Ryan, Zach) 53.8 sec
400 m dash 3rd Patrick Vinson 1:08.9
195 m Hurdles 2nd Kaden Polt 32.80 sec
800 m run 1st Ryan Schmit 2:37.1
200 m dash 1st Bodie True 26.70 sec, 4th Bryan Solorzano 28.30 sec
1600 m relay 1st ( Ryan, Bryan, Kaden, Bodie) 4:25.7
Team members this year include: Ryan Schmit, Bodie True, Patrick Vinson, Hunter Beacom, Keaton Wattier, Bryan Solorzano, Mason Gansebom, Kaden Polt, Robert Aschoff, Kayson Maertins, Caden Wingert, Darren Kelley, Connor Anderson, Reese Hanna, Karter Johnson, Bradee Gubbels, Hudson Schultze, Zach Reikofski.
Osmond Art Students Win Awards If you have ever dreamed of flying or built a paper airplane, you have walked in the footsteps of the men and women who created the world of aviation as we know it today. Ideas were written on paper. Wooden and cloth models were built to test the designs before the actual balloons, gliders, and planes were built and tested by brave men and women in the air. What new innovations and ideas will shape the aviation of the future?
From hang gliders and parachutists, to drone pilots and citizen astronauts, the only limit to the future of flight is the imagination of builders, dreamers and pilots of today.
The Osmond Community Schools 8-12 art students tapped into their imagination and dreamed up posters for this year’s International Aviation Art Contest, with the theme of Flight Into the Future. Entries of all different mediums were sent in by numerous students from Osmond Community Schools by the January 19th deadline and on Saturday, April 14th the Nebraska Division of Aeronautics in Lincoln honored several Osmond students for their entries.
In the Intermediate Category (Ages 10-13) Hunter Beacom, Macy Aschoff, and Kiera Moes received Honorable Mention certificates and reproductions of their artworks; Bailey Schmit received the second place trophy, a reproduction of her artwork, postcards with her artwork on it, and a cash prize.
In the Senior Category (Ages 14-17) Anastasia Enevoldsen, Riley Wagner, Tessa Dominguez, Mackenzie Schmidt, Johnson Chishiba, and Brittany Krienert received Honorable Mention certificates and reproductions of their artworks; Bryan Solorzano and Madeline Huwaldt took second and third place respectively.
Both Bryan and Madeline received a trophy, reproduction of their artwork, and postcards with their artwork on it, along with a cash prize. The top three entries from each division were forwarded on to Washington, D.C. to be judged in the National Competition.
Good Luck to Bailey, Bryan, and Madeline at the next level of competition!
Eight Tigers tabbed as Academic All-State
Fall, winter, spring…it doesn’t matter. Osmond High School has several students who consistently achieve excellence in the classroom.
Eight Tigers earned NCPA Academic All-State while participating in athletics or activities. The basic criterions include that the students earn a varsity letter and achieve at a high level in the classroom. The sponsor of each activity decides who they nominate.
Three of the recipients earned recognition for the same award for fall activities: seniors Drew Kreinert, Andrea Schmit, and Shelby Stelling.
Schmit and Stelling both earned the award as part of girls basketball.
Colton Beacom was the fourth senior on the list. He participated in wrestling.
Nick Reikofski (Jr.) accompanied Krienert for boys basketball.
Diandra Polt and Alexis Solorzano were two sophomores on the list. Polt was part of speech, while Solorzano was in wrestling.
Austin Vinson was the school’s only freshman to be tabbed as Academic All-State. He competed in speech.
On Thursday, April 12th, the Osmond High School Band had a visitor from Kearney, NE.
Dr. Duane Bierman is Associate Professor of Music at UNK, where he was appointed Director of Bands in 2010. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, assists with the Pride of the Plains Marching Band, directs the UNK Drumline, teaches the percussion studio, and teaches courses in conducting and ensemble techniques as well as other music courses.
Dr. Bierman holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from North Dakota State University, a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wartburg College (IA). He also taught instrumental music at Allen County Community College (KS) for five years. He regularly serves as a guest conductor and clinician, remaining active locally, regionally, and internationally.
Dr. Bierman's compositions have been performed in many states and at international conferences, and several of his works have been published. He has performed as a percussionist and on drumset for a wide variety of wind bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles throughout the Midwest, and has performed on several concerts of new music.
He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and serves as faculty sponsor of the chapters at UNK. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Percussive Arts Society, NAfME, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, where he is currently serving on their executive board as Concert Band Chair.
Mrs. Ginn had invited Dr. Duane Bierman to come up and work with the Osmond Band students a year ago, and he finally was able to pencil the visit in. The rehearsal began with Mrs. Ginn leading the band through Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst.
This is their District Music Contest piece. Dr. Bierman then gave the students feedback and worked on a few sections of the piece. The rehearsal concluded with the seniors choice song Pilatus: Mountain of Dragons which is what the band plans to play for graduation.
Dr. Bierman also commented on that. Perhaps my favorite comment of the rehearsal was "Move your meat!"
We were so honored and happy to have Dr. Bierman join us. He is planning on returning in May to work on some of the percussion equipment.
It is always a joy to have a visitor come in and encourage our talented students to achieve and perform at their very best.
Biography was found at the following website: http://www.unk.edu/academics/music/fs/duane_bierman.php
OHS receives foreign exchange award
Osmond High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school exchange.
The EF High School Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness. OHS was one of a select group of high schools and districts recognized across the United states for the 2017-2018 school year.
“OHS has shown an outstanding commitment to offering a global education,” said Bob Fredette, President of EF High School Exchange year. “By welcoming exchange students into classrooms, OHS has created new and unique learning opportunities for not just the exchange students, but for the American students and faculty as well.”
This year, OHS welcomed two EF High School Exchange Year exchange students. The first is Antonia Von Meer, whose host parents are Ross and Miriam Stelling. She is from Hamburg, Germany. Louis Muschter, whose host parents are Brad and Marla Huwaldt, is also an exchange student; he’s from near Dresden, Germany.
Not only were the students accepted into the school, but they became an integral part of the school’s academic and extracurricular life and involved in the greater community in the exchange experience.
Local exchange coordinator Luella Hodson added, “We thank OHS for welcoming this year’s students from around the globe. The community and visiting students shared an unforgettable experience thanks to the generosity of the school administration, teachers, students, and families.”
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, EF High School Exchange Year has been committed to promoting international understanding and global awareness for over thirty years.
The organization brings more students to the US each year than any other high school exchange program.
Since 1979, the program has matched more than 100,000 enthusiastic students from around the world with caring host families across the country.
To learn more about getting involved with high school exchange here in Osmond, contact Luella Hodson at (402)750-4146. You may also visit www.efexchangeyear.org.
LINCOLN--The Osmond FFA Chapter took qualifying members to the 2018 Nebraska State FFA Convention held in Lincoln on April 5-7.
Several of the entries did well. This started with the Farm Management team (Zach Alderson, Alex Alderson, Landon Stelling, and Tristan Maertins) who earned a blue ribbon.
Individual ribbon winners in Farm Management went to Zach Alderson (9th place—purple), Alex Alderson (blue ribbon), and Landon Stelling (blue ribbon).
The Junior Livestock Evaluation Team (Madeline Huwaldt, Zach Alderson, Landon Stelling, and Josh Gansebom) earned a Red Ribbon.
The individual awards for Livestock Evaluation went to Madeline Huwaldt (blue ribbon), Zach Alderson (white ribbon), and Landon Stelling (white ribbon).
The Osmond FFA Chapter was also recognized with a Bronze award for the National Chapter of Excellence Growing Leaders Award and a Bronze Merit for the National Chapter Award.
PIERCE--Five students attended Pierce Honor Band on Saturday April 7th. Allison Aschoff, 9th grade clarinet player. This was also her second year making it into the honor band. 8th graders Karen Polt, Trumpet, and Holly Jensen, percussion. 7th graders Cali Gutz, flute and Taylor Thompson, trombone.
It was a fun day that started with rehearsals at 8:30am. They worked all day with clinicians Tom and John Jaworski. Tom is a retired band director with many awards and a long career of achievements in band teaching. John is his son who currently works as the band director for Ashland-Greenwood schools. He is also an avid composer for bands and programmed in the 8-9 Band was his composition Eclipse which was written in honor of the eclipse that happened last August 21st.
The concert was at 3:30pm with the 6-7 Band performing first. They performed the following pieces: Equinox, The Good Life, Resplendence, and Three Brazillian Folk songs. The 8-9 Band followed playing: The Knight's Last Ride, Eclipse, Quad City Stomp, and Photo Finish!