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Winnebago boys bring home state basketball title
Congratulations are in order for the Winnebago boys basketball team. The Winnebago Indians defeated Columbus Scotus 66-51 in the Class C1 state tournament final at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
It’s the first state title for the Indians since 1940. Congrats to coach Jeff Berridge and all the athletes and fans at Winnebago. Good work!

Crofton girls make it four-in-a-row at state tourney
The Crofton Warriors girls basketball team won the first-place trophy for the fourth-consecutive time at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on March 7. The No. 1-ranked Crofton girls topped third-ranked Hastings St. Cecilia 48-39 for the Class C2 state championship. Join us in congratulating the Warriors — and all of the student athletes who made it to the state tournament this year. Way to go!

Area wrestlers bring home hardware from state
Congratulations are in order for all of the wrestlers who competed in the state tournament in Omaha recently. Some of the athletes from the ESU #1 area who brought home medals are: Sean Holgate of South Sioux City, 170 pounds, 3rd place in Class A; Caleb Thomas of Wakefield, 160 pounds, 2nd place in Class C; Nick Gonzalez of Wakefield, 136 pounds, 3rd place in Class C; Garret Zimmerer of Creighton, 120 pounds, 1st in Class D; Dylan Loberg of Randolph, 195 pounds, 1st in Class D; Drew Loberg of Randolph, 138 pounds, 2nd place in Class D; Colby Erickson of Winside, 126 pounds, 3rd place in Class D; Marcus Escalera of Winside, 132 pounds, 3rd place in Class D.

Myrna Wacker Tuttle named Employee of the Year
Myrna Wacker Tuttle has been named ESU #1 Employee of the Year. She’s been with the unit since 1981 and has earned this well-deserved honor. Myrna has been described as the glue that holds the place together and the face of Tower School. ESU #1 is happy to award this year’s Employee of the Year to Myrna Wacker Tuttle. Congratulations! http://www.esu1.org/EOTY.html

One-act casts prove themselves class acts at state
Some area schools brought home honors in state one-act play production recently. Wausa’s “No Where to Hide” in D1 and Hartington-Newcastle’s “Evil Dead: The Musical” in C1earned first-place finishes. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge earned second in C2 with “Once Upon a Mattress.” Congratulations to all the students and folks involved in putting on such successful productions!

Area students honored at State Capitol in Lincoln
Some area students and advisers were recognized during a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol. Students who received first-, second-, third-place or finalist awards during national leadership and skills competitions were honored. FFA award winners Travis Poppe and the Natural Resources Team of Crofton High School were honored. Also recognized were FCCLA award winners Hannah Smith, Katie Nelson, Tiffany Patrick, Khristina Stevens, Dominique Cook and Sarah Smith, as was HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) award winner Shane Asher, all of Creighton High School. They’ve earned hearty congratulations on all their hard work.

Distance Learning a hybrid model in Nebraska
The 17 ESU administrators approved the BlendED initiative in April 2013. The BlendED initiative is a modern version of barn raising as technologists from across the state have committed time and work to boosting the use of technology as a tool to positively impact teaching and learning in our state. Check out the ESUCC’s Distance Learning year-end report to find out more about the BlendED initiative — as well as SAFARI Montage roll-out, LOR and LDAP efforts, Network Nebraska, video conferencing for desktop and mobile devices and much more.

Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement
“Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement” was a collaborative project between the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska ESU Coordinating Council and North Central Comprehensive Center. A Data Guidebook and Facilitators’ Guide were generated from this project and piloted by three northeast Nebraska schools — Niobrara, South Sioux City and Walthill.

 

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