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Becky shows off the cake that Nikki made for her.  15 years!


Becky helps Jeff Clymer with a receipt.


Becky takes a break with her dad.


Becky loves her giant card!


Coleman approves of the cake...maybe it needs some ice cream?














The first snow of the season came the day after a 70 degree day...what do you expect in Nebraska?


View heading south...the road is clear but the yards were covered in snow the next day.


Dan Spaulding was out moving snow that night even though it was predicted to melt the next day.  But it was bad that night and he was needed!

Thanks, Dan!!!


The Hogues' snowmen were hiding in the shade trying not to melt!


The Christmas lights are beginning to appear!



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4-H Members and Leaders Recognized


Over 120 4-H members, leaders, parents, guests and Extension staff celebrated "Reaching New Heights With 4-H", recognizing outstanding accomplishments at the annual Achievement Party on Sunday, November 7, at the Expo Building on the Cass County fairgrounds.

This annual event included an afternoon hot dog roast sponsored by the Cass County Bankers Association and awards sponsored by the Cass County Bankers Association, Meeske Hardware, Cass County 4-H Council and Nebraska 4-H Foundation,

Diane Bolin, organizational leader for the Kingdom Kids 4-H Club, was awarded the Olga Livers Outstanding 4-H Leader Award.

Receiving special recognition for years of service as leaders in the 4-H program were: Sue Platt (40 years); Lynn Roeber (35 years); Annette and Mark Dougherty, Duane Glasshoff, Diane Mayfield, Gary Stander, Carol Thomassen (20 years); Jill Glasshoff (15 years); and Susan Kliewer (10 years). Five year pins were given for leader recognition to Karen Bogatz, Gary Justesen, Craig Schafer, Nichole Justesen, Margaret Riege, Diane Rohrbough and two year ribbons to Marsha Lane, Lesley Luther, Dana March, Amy Voogd, Stacey Zurek.

Leader appreciation gifts were provided by the Cass County 4-H Council to all organizational and project leaders.

4-H members receiving Gold Membership pins (over twelve years): Thad Bornemeier, Jillian Freeburg, Emily Hagge, Shane Hennessy, Denae Martin, Melissa Miller, Tanner Pehrson, Cory Schlichtemeier, Megan Scholting, Sara Steinkruger, Derek Sutton, Melanie Vogler; Silver Membership pins (twelve years): Alex Abbott, Micah Bolin, Geoffrey Edwards, Lacey Heard, Jill McLaughlin, Lakota Pehrson, Katherine Reiss, Amanda Slafter, Jacob Standage; Bronze Membership pins (ten years): Levi Ahrens, Dana Christensen, Kathryn Edwards, Kristin Embury, Katelynn Flynn, Emily Glasshoff, Samuel Glasshoff, Anna Haneline, Kayla Haneline, Cody Hauschild, William Hoffman, Michaela Horn, Jamie Johnson, Hunter Kephart, Konner Lamb, Nicolette Larsen, Morgan Lyons, Rachel Morton, Sarah Morton, Jennifer Nelson, Julie Nelson, Kassie Schroeder, Lauren Sparks, Kylie Vogler, Holly Volwiler, Dayne Wilson. Clover Kids and first year members were recognized with first year pins.

Clubs recognized for Community Service and receiving medals were: 4-H Believers, Cass County Creative Cats, Conestoga Clovers, Country Crickets, Fairland Giants, Kingdom Kids, Nehawka Swine, Plattsmouth Diversity, Southern Cass Sowers, Tomorrow's Producers, Triple B, Weeping Water Whiz Kidz, 4-H Western Feeders.

Receiving Clubs of Excellence Award Medals: Gold: Cass County Creative Cats; Silver : Conestoga Clovers, Country Crickets, Kingdom Kids, Nehawka Swine, Plattsmouth Diversity, Triple B, Weeping Water Whiz Kidz, 4-H Western Feeders; Bronze: 4-H Believers, Fairland Giants, Southern Cass Sowers, Tomorrow's Producers; Honorable Mention: Bridle & Saddle, Cass County Lamb Kids, CC Explorers, Crazy Canine Critters, Creative Kids, Dancerettes, E.M. 4-H Shooting Sports, Greenwood Riders, Hare Raisers, Kick 'N' Spurs, Manley Merry Milkers, Stove Creek Rustlers.

Top State 4-H Judging Contest team members recognized: Livestock: Cory Schlichtemeier, Derek Vogt, JJ Bockman, Wade Sexton, Taylor Heim, Savannah Schafer, Katie Thoms; Life Challenge: Katie Bornemeier, Taylor Heim, Ellen Rice, Brenna Backemeyer, Megan Hawks, Savannah Schafer, Claire Uhe. Top Four County Division Judges recognized; Livestock: Cory Schlichtemeier, Derek Sutton, Derik Vogt, Matt Lubben, Layne Lambert, Josh Wehrbein, Wade Sexton, Taylor Heim, Mackenzie Stohlmann, Courtney Bockman, Madison Ahrens, Jeremiah Lubben; Horse: John Ostrander, Jessica Branson, Michaela Horn, Megan Kantor, Lauren Downs, Megan Sohl, Jordan Beck, Breauna Marcoe; Life Challenge: Katie Bornemeier, Taylor Heim, Ellen Rice, Brenna Backemeyer, Whitney Koehn, Delaney Bright, Faith Cordray.

High point winners (General 4-H with Animals) in first place receiving Trophies: Savannah Schafer (Int), Dalton Nickels (Jr). Receiving second place Silver Medals: Michaela Horn (Int), Whitney Koehn (Jr); third place Bronze Medals: Erwin Thakur (Int), Michaela Lawrence (Jr); fourth place Bronze Medals: Taylor Heim (Int), Delaney Bright (Jr). High Point Award Winners (General 4-H or Animals) in first place receiving Trophies: Shane Hennessy (Sr), Megan Hawks (Int), Austin Hawks (Jr). Receiving second place Silver Medals: Josh Bogatz (Sr), Justin Hennessy, Eric Horn (Int), Mary DeGraff, Jacqueline Parriott (Jr); third place Bronze Medals: Sarah Dillon (Sr), Nicki Larsen (Int), John Willey (Jr); fourth place Bronze Medals: Whitney Oetken (Sr), K. Parriott (Int), Autumn Hardesty, Mikayla Larsen (Jr.). Overall High Point winner was Savannah Schafer.

Non-traditional Award winners recognized: Camp of Choice Awards: Delaney Bright, Austin Hawks; Choice of Event Camp Awards: Whitney Koehn, Megan Hawks. Receiving trophies: Rookie of the Year Award: Delaney Bright; Hardship Award: Whitney Koehn; Most Memorable 4-H Experience Award: Faith Cordray; Outstanding Citizenship Award: Emily Zakaras; Kid of Character Award: Matt Griffin; Outstanding Leadership Award: Whitney Koehn; Outstanding Jr. 4-H Member Award: Austin Hawks; Outstanding Intermediate 4-H Member Award: Megan Hawks. Youth applying for non-traditional awards also won choice of prizes.

Diamond Clover Award Winners receiving First Level Amethyst pins were: Makenzie Fleming, Amanda Gekas, Michaela Lawrence, Veronica Lawrence, Jenna Meyer, Rebecca Mortensen, Jacqueline Parriott, K. Parriott, MaKayla Parriott, Angelica Romero, Ashley Schnabel, Drake Spohr, Kate Zakaras. Receiving Second Level Aquamarine pins: Riley Backemeyer, Delaney Bright, Mary DeGraff, Mackenzie Fleming, Amanda Gekas, Austin Hawks, Daniel Hill, Deanna Hill, Michaela Lawrence, Veronica Lawrence, Dalton Nickels, Jacqueline Parriott. Receiving Third Level Ruby pins: Brenna Backemeyer, Mackenzie Fleming, Megan Hawks, Michaela Lawrence, Veronica Lawrence, Jacqueline Parriott, K. Parriott, MaKayla Parriott, John Willey. Receiving Fourth Level Sapphire pins: Brenna Backemeyer, Megan Hawks, Eric Horn, Michaela Horn, Whitney Koehn, Ellen Rice, Erwin Thakur, Emily Zakaras. Receiving a Fifth Level Emerald pin: Elizabeth Rice.

Current 4-H Council Members recognized were: (Youth) Alex Abbott, Josh Bogatz, Micah Bolin, Jessica Branson, Allison Harm, Shane Hennessy, Delayne Martin, Jill McLaughlin, Lauren Sparks; (Adults) Lynn Dowding, Kim Griffin, Dennis Heim, Debbie Hennessy, David Knabe, Stephanie Schafer, Linda Sparks, Gary Stander, Renee Thakur.

Outgoing 4-H Council Members recognized for service were all youth and Dennis Heim, David Knabe, Stephanie Schafer.

Adult 4-H Council members elected for a three year term were Shane Hennessy, Stephanie Schafer and Doug Wehrbein. Youth 4-H Council members elected for a one year term were Alex Abbott, Micah Bolin, Jessica Branson, Matt Griffin, Delayne Martin, Jill McLaughlin, Rachel Morton, Savannah Schafer, Lauren Sparks.

A drawing was held for 4-H camp scholarships funded by the 4-H Council. Receiving scholarships were Nicki Larsen and Emily Downs.

Sam Sparks was the lucky winner of the candy jar door prize by having the closest guess of how many candy pieces it contained.

A video of 2010 4-H workshops taped and edited by 4-Hers Phillip Brown and Abby Wehrbein with music added by Jeremiah Bolin was played during the picnic.


Special Year 4-H Member Awards:


Back Row: Rachel Morton, Sarah Morton, Jill McLaughlin, Nicki Larsen. Front Row: Micah Boliin, Andrew Schnabel, Noah Willey




Special Year 4-H Leader Awards


Sue Platt, Karen Bogatz, Gary Stander, Diane Mayfield, Lynn Roeber


High Point Award Winners


Back Row: Josh Bogatz, Shane Hennessy, Nicki Larsen, Erwin Thakur

3rd Row: Justin Hennessy, Megan Hawks, Whitney Koehn, John Willey

2nd Row: Michaela Horn, Dalton Nickels, Eric Horn, Micki Larsen

Front Row: Delaney Bright, Austin Hawks, Autumn Hardesty


Non-Traditional Award Winners

Back Row: Megan Hawks, Whitney Koehn, Faith Cordray, Emily Zakaras

Front Row: Austin Hawks, Delaney Bright, Matt Griffin


Outstanding 4-H Leader Award:

Diane Bolin


Diamond Clover Awards

Back Row: Eric Horn, Erwin Thakur, Daniel Hill, Emily Zakaras

Middle Row: John Willey, Megan Hawks, Whitney Koehn, Dalton Nickels, Michaela Horn

Front Row: Delaney Bright, Ashley Schnabel, Angelica Romero, Rebecca Mortensen, Katie Zakaras


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Junior/Senior High Football Schedule

Girls Golf Schedule

Junior/Senior High Volleyball Schedule

Junior/Senior High School Daily Bulletin

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