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Area FBLA chapters have impressive showings
The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently named students who won state competitive events at the 54th State Leadership Conference in Omaha. More than 2,400 students and advisers from 140 Nebraska schools attended the conference with students competing in more than 70 chapter, team and individual events. Students placing first, second or third in the competitive events qualified to compete at the national conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 29-July 2. Please join us in congratulating the following:
Desktop Application Programming, first place: Abel Rivera of Wakefield High School; Graphic Design, third place: Tara Munter and Mary Johnson of Wausa High School; Introduction to Business Presentation, first place: Allison Barney, Ruth Johnson, and Thea McFarland of Wausa High School; Mobile Application Development, third place: Shani Ramirez of Wakefield High School; Public Service Announcement, third place: Allison Barney and Thea McFarland of Wausa High School; and National Business Achievement Award, leader level: Danielle Gilliand and Megan Muller of Wakefield High School.
Also, let us give a big shout-out to Suzette Curry of Ponca on her 15 years of adviser service and Dawn Friedrich of Wausa for being recognized as Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser. Way to go, folks!

Wausa ranked 19th nationally in financial literacy
It has been officially announced that Wausa is ranked 19th in the nation in financial literacy. First published in 2013, the 100 Best W!SE High Schools national ranking recognizes the top 100 performing high schools in W!SE’s national network, showcasing excellence in financial education that motivates schools to “race to the top” in personal finance instruction. Wausa Public Schools has been participating in the W!SE program since 2011. Working in Support of Education (W!SE) is a leading educational nonprofit based in New York City. Their mission is to improve the lives of young people and at-risk adults through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workforce. The award-winning program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and measure students’ financial literacy. Congratulations to Wausa and Mrs. Dawn Friedrich on this honor!
Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdUWF_pCxEE

Area students earn awards at state speech contest
For Class C2, Crofton earned first at the 2016 State Speech Championships in Kearney, with third place going to Hartington-Newcastle. Wausa came out on top in D1. Join us in congratulating all the schools, coaches and students who competed.

Area students who brought home top awards included:
C2, extemporaneous speaking, 2nd — Ethan Schantz, Crofton; entertainment speaking, 1st — Conner Braunsroth, Crofton; informative speaking, 3rd — Elizabeth Suing, Crofton; Serious interpretation, 3rd — Brook Baller, Creighton; humorous interpretation, 2nd — Sawyer Arens, Hartington-Newcastle; oral interpretation of drama, 2nd — Hartington-Newcastle team of Sawyer Arens, Matthew Dunn, Ryder Haug, Ethan Morten and Adam Pearson; 3rd — Crofton team of Luke Dohrman, Keeley Hagge, Abbey Kast, Mark Lange and Ethan Schantz;
D1, entertainment speaking, 1st — Luc Bloomquist, Wausa; 3rd — Clair Trenhaile, Bloomfield; persuasive speaking, 3rd — Mary Johnson, Wausa; serious interpretation, 1st — Claire Vanness, Wausa; duet acting, 3rd — Aidan Kleinschmit-Claire Wiegert, Wausa; oral interpretation of drama, 3rd — Wausa team of Brice Barney, Blake Bloomquist, Luc Bloomquist, Ryan Kumm and Darren Nissen;
D2, poetry, 2nd — Stephanie Shakespeare, Verdigre; oral interpretation of drama, 1st — Verdigre team of Austin Burkhardt, Isaac Cook, Megan Cook, Haylee Klawitter and Madisen Randa; 3rd — Wynot team of Emma Folkers, Ethan Lange, Justin Lange, Wesley Noecker and Lucas Thingstad.

Allen tops 60 other schools in Quiz Bowl competition
Allen Consolidated Schools defeated St. Edward Public High School to be crowned northeast Nebraska Quiz Bowl winner. They beat out 60 other schools in the region over the last eight weeks. Third place went to Stanton High School, and fourth place was awarded to Wahoo High School. The four schools will split $500 in prize money from KTCH Radio in Wayne. Congratulations, Allen Eagles!

Area girls teams bring home state basketball wins
Join us in congratulating the girls basketball teams from Wynot, Emerson-Hubbard and Crofton for their championship wins at the state basketball tournament in Lincoln. The Wynot Blue Devils defeated the St. Mary’s Cardinals 41-40 to secure the D2 win. The Emerson-Hubbard Pirates edged out the Howells-Dodge Jaguars 41-38 for the top spot in D1. In C2, the Crofton Warriors topped the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays 46-43 for the championship. Congratulations to all of the athletes, coaches and fans who make it all possible. Way to go!

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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