Two Honored As Elks Students Of The Month
The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Cozad’s Emily Smith and Odwuar Quinonez of Lexington as the recipients of the Elks Teens of the Month.
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Cozad and Lexington throughout their high school campaigns.
Emily is the daughter of Daniel and Machelle Smith. Smith maintains a 3.90 GPA at Cozad High School and has been a mainstay on the Honor Roll throughout her high school years, Freshman through Senior year.
Emily Smith has been an active student in extracurricular activities along with being very active in her 4-H group while maintaining a superior standing in the classroom. She has earned CCSA awards in Science, Math and Language Arts during her tenure at Cozad High School.
Smith has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) since her freshman year and has been four-year member of the STAND organization. For her efforts in the classroom and being involved in numerous school activities, Emily was inducted into the Cozad High School National Honor Society during her sophomore year and she continues to excel as a member of the organization. She has participated and been a contributing member of the highly successful CHS Academic Decathlon team since her sophomore year. This past year, Emily was the stage manager for the Cozad Play Production.
This school year, Emily Smith has been involved in the ‘Hay Haymakers’ program. She is deeply involved in the editing and recording of the episodes.
Outside of the school, Emily has been involved as a member of the Wilson Public Library Teen Advisory Board since her freshman year and has been involved in the Summer Reading Program for the past four years.
In 4-H, Smith has achieved an abundance of success at the county, state and national levels of competition.
“Emily is an extremely humble student for as talented she is, she is an all-around outstanding student that is a great example for other students to look up to,” expressed Cozad Guidance Counselor Dustin Favinger.
Odwuar Quinonez is the son of Odwuar Quinonez and Isabel Rodriguez. Odwuar maintains a 4.32 GPA while being a very active student in a variety of activities at Lexington High School.
Odwuar Quinonez was the creator of the Sign Language Club as well as the Chess Club at Lexington High School within the past year. He is fluent in Spanish and English and Odwuar has picked up Sign Language quite well as a quick learner.
Since his Sophomore year at Lexington High School, Quinonez has been on the Student Council. During his freshman year, he was involved in Choir and FFA. During his Sophomore and Junior campaigns, Odwuar was involved in the recycling club and the Science Olympiad. This past year, Odware was a pertinent member of the Quiz Bowl team and was deeply involved in the development of the LHS Yearbook.
In extracurricular activities, Odwuar has earned many awards and accolades. He has been on the Lexington High Speech Team the past two years and was on the National Forensic League Team for Lexington this past year. Odwuar also has been a member of the Lexington Play Production team four all four years of his high school career.
“Odwuar is a person of integrity that works as hard as possible to achieve his goals and truly cares about leaving Lexington High School a better place than when he came,” expressed Lexington English teacher Carol Anderbery.
WIC Can Give Your Food Budget A Boost
“The first three years of a child’s life are when life-long habits are set. The improvements to the WIC program foods will be an integral part of exposing young children to healthy foods, establishing positive eating patterns and preventing childhood obesity.”
WIC works wonders: The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy foods at no cost, breastfeeding support for mothers and newborns and nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under the age of five healthy and strong.
You are eligible if you live in Nebraska, are a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or child under five years of age. Fathers, guardians or foster parents may apply for WIC for their children. You may qualify if you are within income guidelines; however, you automatically qualify for WIC if you currently receive ADC, SNAP, Kids Connection or Medicaid. Income guidelines, effective May 19th, 2014 are $21,590 for a single individual or $44,123 for a family of four.
WIC provides monitoring of height, weight and hemoglobin to encourage good health. Education is provided by health professionals on diet, breastfeeding, immunizations and other topics important in pregnancy and childhood.
WIC provides a variety of healthy, nutritious foods including: fresh fruit and vegetables, iron fortified cereals, whole grain bread, brown rice, corn or whole wheat tortillas, canned and dried beans, eggs, milk and baby food. WIC provides incentives for initiation and continuation of fully breastfeeding mothers and infants.
WIC’s goal is to encourage every mother to initiate breastfeeding and to breastfeed exclusively. The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is now available to give all expectant and new mothers peer-to-peer breastfeeding education and support.
For more information or for an appointment, contact the WIC office by calling 1-877-803-1712 or online at www.communityactionmidne.com.
Appointments can be made for any of the following sites and dates:
• Cozad: Cozad United Methodist Church, 1515 B Street, Cozad NE 69130; January 5th, February 2nd and March 2nd.
• Gothenburg: American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138; January 2nd, February 6th and March 6th.
• Lexington: MNCA building, 931 West 7th Street, Lexington, NE 68850; Tuesday through Thursday the first four full weeks for each month. Call 308-324-6212 for an appointment.
TRIBUNE’S Annual Jackpot Drawing On December 24th
Seven prizes will be awarded in the TRIBUNE’S annual Christmas Jackpot drawing Wednesday, December 24th, at 2 p.m.
Winners will receive $75 (1st), $45 (2nd), $30 (3rd), $20 (4th), $15 (5th), $10 (6th) and $5 (7th).
No purchase is necessary to be eligible for the drawings.
Registration may be completed at The TRIBUNE office in Cozad.
Area residents are reminded that The TRIBUNE would be a perfect gift for a friend or relative.
Auto Fatality In Dawson County Is Currently Under Investigation
On December 13th, 2014 at approximately 8:22 a.m., the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle accident which occurred at the intersection of Roads 425 and Road 762 in Dawson County.
The preliminary accident investigation indicates that a 1999 Chevy pickup driven by Jacob Kappes, age 21, of Cozad was traveling eastbound on Road 762, lost control prior to the intersection of Road 425, slid through the intersection of Road 762 and Road 425, entered the south ditch and rolled onto its top. Kappes was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Seatbelts do not appear to have been used at the time of the accident.
This fatality accident investigation is ongoing by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. Dawson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Cozad Fire Department and the Dawson County Attorney’s Office.
Boss Gobblers, Tis The Season :
THE 100TH Meridian Boss Gobblers Cozad chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was the host for the annual Turkey Hunter Care Program that resulted in the gifting of over 125 turkeys to families during the 2014 holiday season. Representing the Boss Gobblers are (from left) Zach Blessin, Mark Stutterheim, Rod Kostman and Anthony Gengenbach.
Early Copy Is Being Requested This Week
Advertisers and news correspondents are asked to submit copy early for next week’s edition of the Tri-City TRIBUNE. We will be printing earlier due to the holiday.
Copy is requested before noon on Friday, December 19th and again on Friday, December 26th.