Two Honored As Elks Students Of The Month

The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Tasia Borchardt of Gothenburg and Cozad’s Chandler Brock as the recipients of the Elks Teens of the Month. 
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Gothenburg and Cozad High School throughout their high school campaigns. 
Tasia Borchardt is the daughter of Mark and Annette Borchardt. Borchardt currently has a 3.99 GPA and has been a mainstay on the Honor Roll throughout her career at Gothenburg High School. She has earned the Renaissance Swede Scholar award the past three years.  
Excelling in the classroom as well as in extracurricular activities while being a leader for many organizations has become the norm for Tasia Borchardt. Tasia has been involved in both Volleyball and Basketball throughout her high school years. She participated in basketball early on during her tenure at Gothenburg High School and has been a four-year member of the Lady Swedes Volleyball squad. 
Tasia has been in the Gothenburg High School Band for the past four years. Since her sophomore year, she has been involved in the Circle of Friends organization along with being a voice on the Gothenburg High School Student Council. 
This year, Borchardt has been involved in the Interact group. She was a member of the Gothenburg Speech team during her tenure at GHS. 
During the past two years, there have been many opportunities when Tasia has stepped forward  and volunteered during community service efforts. As a freshmen and sophomore, Borchardt was part of Ireland Mission trips. This past year, Tasia participated in the Chicago Mission Trip along with being an assisted living helper. 
“Tasia is a compassionate and hardworking individual who has done and will continue to do well,” expressed Gothenburg Mathematics teacher Sharise Scherer. “She is a very responsible and organized student.”
During the past two years, there have been many opportunities when Tasia has stepped forward  and volunteered during community service efforts. As a freshmen and sophomore, Borchardt was part of Ireland Mission trips. This past year, Tasia participated in the Chicago Mission Trip along with being an assisted living helper. 
“Tasia is a compassionate and hardworking individual who has done and will continue to do well,” expressed Gothenburg Mathematics teacher Sharise Scherer. “She is a very responsible and organized student.”
Chandler Brock is the son of Travis and Mindy Brock. Chandler maintains a 3.95 GPA at Cozad High School. He has been a mainstay on the honor roll throughout his tenure at Cozad High School.
Being very active in extracurricular activities has been Brock along with showcasing excellence in the classroom throughout his four years at Cozad High School. 
Chandler Brock has earned CCSA Awards in math along with being the Graduation Herald this past year. As a member of the FBLA for the past four years, Brock has showcased leadership skills in many of the organization’s events.  Chandler is currently the class president, the same role he filled this past year as well. As the president, that has made him a part of the CHS student council for the past two years also. 
Being involved in extracurricular activities, Chandler has been a four-year lettermen in Cross Country along with earning Academic All-State honors in Cross Country and Track. Brock has been a letterman in track the past two seasons and earned the Mr. Track award as a Junior. 
Chandler was inducted into the Cozad High School National Honor Society as a Junior and continues to exceed the requirements to be a member of the elite organization. 
“Chandler is sincere and friendly and always wears a smile,” stated CHS English Instructor Jann Kloepping. “He has used his abilities to succeed himself, but is also willing to help others. I admire his dedication to educational success.”

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A 'Knight Around The World' To Be Visited At Eustis/Farnam Prom

Enjoying their moment in the limelight and traveling a ‘Knight Around The World’ on Saturday, April 8th will be the Eustis/Farnam High School prom attendees. Dressed to impress the camera flashes will flicker at the dazzling dresses and pressed tuxedos at the 2017 Eustis/Farnam High School Prom. 
The festivities will kick off with a punch party that will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church. Pictures will be taken by Katie Arndt Photography from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  At 6 p.m. the E/F students and their dates will strut down the red carpet, showing off their threads during the grand march in the east gym. Following the grand march, there will be a delicious meal for the students at the Lexington Holiday Inn at 7:30 p.m.
The Eustis/Farnam Prom dance will also be held at the Holiday Inn from 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. 
Following the dance, the Eustis/Farnam Booster Club will host a Post Prom party at the Big Apple in Kearney.  

An 'Enchanted Forest' To Be Seen At Elwood Prom

Showing off their dazzling dresses and tailored tuxedos during the’Enchanted Forest’ celebration will be the Elwood High School Students that attend the 2017 Prom celebration on Saturday, April 8th. 
The festivities will start with the students attending a catered dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Elwood. 
The ‘Red Carpet’ walk to show off their elegant threads will be held at 7 p.m. with pictures from the Juniors and Seniors to follow. 
The always exciting dance will be held from 8:15 p.m. until 12:15 a.m.  The dance will bring everybody to their feet and fill the dance floor for a very entertaining evening of fun and dancing. 
At the end of the dance, the night will not slow down, as the students will enjoy a Post Prom celebration in Elwood that will be held from 12:30-3 a.m. 

Cozad Schools Seeks Your Help With Cozad Cares Day

Coming up fast and furious is the Cozad Community Schools Annual Cozad Cares Day that will be held on May 3rd. 
The Cozad Community Schools staff and students are looking to go out into the community of Cozad and surrounding areas to perform community service as a ‘thank you’ to the 100th Meridian City for their support this year. 
The students and staff of Cozad Community Schools are looking to help out those in need around their house.  
The groups would be high school students accompanied by a staff member.  
Ideal jobs would be things like cleaning out a garage, raking up the yard, and/or even taking out some old junk. 
If you have a need and would like assistance please pick-up a form from the Cozad High School or at the Tri-City TRIBUNE office and return to the High School by the end of the school day on Monday, April 10th. 
If you have questions, please call Chris at 784-2744 or contact via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Robert Henri Museum Is World's Largest Display Of Henri Originals

Screen_Shot_2017-03-23_at_3.54.12_PM.pngHome to the largest display of original Robert Henri works in the world, the Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery in Cozad has acquired yet another original painting. The new acquisition, “Normandie Interior”, brings the total number of original Henri pieces on permanent display in the museum to 40. Six Robert Henri paintings have been acquired by the musuem in the last nine months, thanks in large part to benefactors Larry and Tammy Paulsen in memory of Ike and Shirley Paulsen. Shirley Paulsen was a founding board member of the Robert Henri Museum and the driving force behind its creation. Shirley and the original board members sought to bring artwork to Cozad to tell Henri’s story and share with the world what amazing things can come from life in small town Nebraska. With the help of the Paulsens and the museum’s many other supporters, Shirley’s vision is on its way to being realized.
“Normandie Interior” appeared in Henri’s first solo exhibition. It was then purchased by his brother, Frank Southrn and kept in private collections throughout its life. This is the first time in 120 years that it is on display to the public. “Normandie Interior” joins a rich variety of paintings and sketches in the museum’s permanent collection. Robert Henri believed that one must always be learning. This is evident in his change of style in the paintings that range from 1897 to 1927. 
The Robert Henri Museum’s collection is a must see for any artist or art lover. The museum is open by appointment through the winter and will be open for regular scheduled hours starting in May. 

Dawson County Fairgrounds Grant Projects Moving Along Quite Well

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2107. 
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $953,785.00 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims submitted totaling $316,874.93 A resolution was passed approving Security First Bank in Cozad to recall $205,000 of collateral and replace it with the same amount.
Under Committee Reports Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that he had attended the NIRMA road safety meeting that included a presentation by Tim Baxter. 
Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the grant at the fairgrounds is moving along and that an advisory board has been established for the purpose of paying claims from the grant. Hagan also noted that a decision needs to be made regarding the roof on the Lexington Road Shop that needs repairs to the tune of $35,000 to $40,000.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the February 2017 crime reports. Total services were down for the month but jail bookings were up for the month. 158 inmates were booked during the month of February with an average daily population of 85.4. Of these, 37.2 were contract inmates and 48.2 Dawson County inmates. Reiber pointed out that revenue for the jail was $76,241 for the month.
Engineer Randy Deans, Miller & Associates opened the lone bid from Paulsen Inc. for the Road 444 Concrete Overlay County Project. This project is south of the Overton interchange and is included on the One and Six-Year Road Plan. His estimate for the project was $272,477.55 with the Paulsen bid coming in at $73,846.03. The awarding of the bid was tabled until the March 31, 2017 meeting.
Discussion was held between the commissioners and Deans regarding his continued employment with the Roads Department now that a Roads Superintendent has been hired. It was the consensus of the commissioners that he will continue to work on the projects he has started until completion and keep working with Roads Superintendent Mark Christiansen who is employed by the county for a six-month probationary period.
Board Chairman PJ Jacobson was authorized to sign a resolution and supplemental agreement regarding the Lexington West UPRR Crossing project.
Chairman Jacobson was also authorized to sign the GIS Workshop Contract for the development of a Deeds Tab.
Dustin Handley, Emergency Response Coordinator from Two Rivers appeared to present the Emergency Response Plan for the county. Jeremy Eschliman and Laura Steele accompanied Handley. Director Eschliman explained that Two Rivers is funded through an interlocal agreement with seven counties including Dawson County. “Once of our biggest threats is the lack of immunizations,” Handley noted.
Charles McGraw, RYDE Transit and Bill Troe, SRF Consulting presented the commissioners with an update on strategies for mobility management. Discussion was held concerning the possibility of offering rides from Eustis to Gothenburg with a proposed cost of $5 for the fare. The cost would be higher than the usual $1 fare for Lexington, Cozad and Gothenburg riders since their fare is partially funded through Dawson County taxpayer funding and local funding from these three communities.
Jerad Reimers, Community Liaison for Congressman Adrian Smith appeared with an update on legislation including the repealing of the Affordable Care Act and the Emergency Management grant funding. Reimers noted that health care is one of the biggest issues facing the new administration and Congress.
“The Congress needs to take the time to get it (Affordable Care Act) right,” commented Commissioner Bill Stewart.  
“Congressman Smith is in support of presidential bilateral agreements and especially supports the proposed export agreement with Japan,” noted Reimers. 
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners okayed tax corrections presented by Dawson County Assessor John Moore for Severing Avider Moreno, Mark W. Meier, James Aden, Benjamin J. Rickets, Chris A. Denton, William C. Laird and Thomas W. Laird. 
Also approved was the request from The Church of God New Jerusalem for tax exemptions on three vehicles owned by the congregation.
The next meetings for the Board of Equalization and Board of Commissioners are scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in located in Lexington, Nebraska.

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Cozad School Board Approves Teaching Contracts For 2017-2018

The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, March 20, 2017. Board member Edd Albrecht was excused due to illness.
Under Public Comments, CHS Business Instructor and SkillsUSA Sponsor Dawn Beans informed the board members that five students would be competing at the state competition in Grand Island on March 31st. She also requested approval to sponsor a ‘Mother-Son’ Prom from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23rd.
High School Principal Bill Beckenhauer reported that the juniors would be taking the ACT test on April 19th. MAPS testing is scheduled for half days on April 24th and 25th. “This test is great for monitoring students’ progress since it is administered once in the fall and then again in the spring,” Beckenhauer explained. The annual Senior Seminar is scheduled on the morning of March 31st with numerous speakers coming from the community. 
Middle School Principal Brian Regelin reported that 82 students started track practice last week. The annual Monsanto Safety Day is scheduled for the morning of April 13th and NeSA science testing for 8th graders is being done this week. The remainder of the NeSA tests in Language Arts/Reading and math for all middle school students will take place in April. “We are continuing to coordinate the woodworking and Intro to Ag classes that will be taught by the new ag instructor with the high school,” Regelin said. “8th grade students will be given the opportunity to sign up for these classes,” he continued.
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson reported that he was disappointed in the numbers attending the recent parent-teacher conferences in first, second and third grades. Jill Beckenhauer, a team of elementary teachers and Henderson will be traveling to McCook on April 4th to observe the PLC program. “They have a tightly structured system with good student achievement that we want to garner information about,” he explained. The 4th and 5th grade students will be treated to an assembly about the North Platte Canteen by Humanities Nebraska on March 31st and kindergarten screening will be conducted on April 19th.
Early Education/Special Education Director Jill Beckenhauer shared that Linda Myers from the State Early Education Department had visited with her and her staff to over the results of the internal study that was recently conducted. She also noted that Steve Millican, the new director of the State Department of Special Education would be visiting on April 11th. 
Superintendent Joel Applegate reported that four different companies have responded with RFPs (Requests for Proposals) for our lunch program. They will be visiting on April 11th prior to presenting their bids. The school system was outbid by $3,000 on their bid for the used modular and will be looking for others that are available. Discussions continue with NCTA on dual credit courses for students. 
Board members approved the hiring of the following certificated staff members for the 2017-2018 school year: Jordan Pick, Elementary Counselor; Taylor Martin, Elementary Teacher; Laura Johnson, 9 -12 Life Science Teacher; Tuyet Sansone-Wilcox, 9-12 Language Arts Teacher and Sophie Daniel, 6-8 Language Arts Teacher.
Board member Ann Burkholder asked if any of these hires would be coaching volleyball as the search for a new head coach continues.
CHS Principal Bill Beckenhauer reported that three Activities Director candidates had been interviewed on Monday and three additional candidates will be interviewed on Wednesday. “I am also excited to report that we have a candidate this year for our FCS position,” Beckenhauer noted.
Also approved were the resignations of these certificated staff members effective at the end of the 2016-2017 contract year: Kathleen Halouska, Elementary Counselor; Debra Keller, School Psychologist and Middle School Counselor; Mary Poore, Middle School Language Arts Teacher; Cory Spotanski, Activities Director and High School Assistant Principal; Tara Groteluschen, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and Sondra Terry, Elementary Title 1 Teacher.
Board members approved the proposed Cozad Community Schools 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 School Year calendars.
Also receiving approval were meal price increases for the 2017-2018 school year with ten cents additional charge for student breakfasts and lunches, ten cents for adult breakfasts and twenty cents for adult lunches.
A resolution on fifteen present board policies to become new policies with the revisions added was approved. 
Activities Director/Assistant HS Principal Cory Spotanski presented the Sport Safe Random Student Drug Testing Programs. “I was approached by a coach about this program and have checked with other school districts including Central City who have utilized the program with great success,” Spotanski explained. Based out of Ohio, the company does all the testing on those students who voluntarily participate in activities. This removes all of the bias out of the testing. The cost is $30/test with the completely randomized tests being conducted every two weeks. A minimum of 15 tests must be completed each go-around. “I would suggest 15 tests every two weeks for high school students and five for middle school students making the total cost for 360 tests during the school year $10,800. Board members took the proposal under advisement.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. This is a change from the April 17th date on the school calendar due to that being a vacation day for students and staff.

'Night On The Boardwalk' To Light Up 2017 Lexington High School Prom

Lexington High School students will enjoy prom activites under the theme of ‘Night On The Boardwalk’ on Saturday, March 25th
Events will kick-off in the East gym at Lexington High School when the public is invited to view prom decorations from 4-6:30 p.m.
Student photographs will be taken from 3-5 p.m as well. 
The ‘Grand Entrance’ for the prom goers will be through the main entrance on the west side of the school. The students will be spotlighted during the traditional ‘Hollywood Style’ arrival from 8-9 p.m. Family and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the festivities that will be held in the West Gym. 
The dance will be held from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at the High School. Prime Time Music out of Lincoln will supply the music. 
Post-prom activities will be held at the YMCA in Lexington following the dance. 

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Cozad Students Participate In 'Kick Butts Day' Rally

More than 80 Nebraska teens gathered at the State Capitol on March 15 for a Kick Butts Day rally against Big Tobacco. The event was organized by No Limits, Nebraska’s youth-led anti-tobacco movement, as part of the nationwide Kick Butts Day tobacco awareness campaign. The group marched through downtown Lincoln before gathering on the west steps of the Capitol.
The No Limits Youth Board is concerned about Big Tobacco’s marketing tactics that aim to make young people their next generation of customers. Flavored products, including e-cigarettes, come in packaging similar to candy in an effort to attract younger users. Youth Board Member Cecelia Ponce of Hartington told the group they can have an impact in their hometowns and beyond. 
“We may come from all over the state. We may all have different home lives. We may compete against each other in school activities. We may have never met the people next to us,” said Ponce. “But we are gathered as one to show the world we are not stereotypical teenagers. We are teens who want to change our world for the betterment of all. What better way than by kicking Big Tobacco's butt.”
Students from 30 Nebraska cities and towns participated in the rally, which is the largest single Kick Butts Day event in the nation. Before the rally, participants split into small groups to meet individually with state senators to discuss tobacco issues affecting youth in Nebraska. Wilber-Clatonia senior Kamrin Edmonds says he’s grown from his involvement as a youth board member for No Limits. 
“No Limits and events like Kick Butts Day have taught me that being a leader and speaking up for what I believe in doesn’t have to be scary,” said Edmonds. “From talking to classmates, teachers and local senators, I know it is important to stand up to Big Tobacco and do my part to change the social norm.” 
Participants displayed 1,300 shoes on the steps of the Capitol to represent the number of people who die every day from tobacco-related illness in the United States. Brooklyn Larimore of Bellevue spoke about the meaning of the display, and the importance of fighting Big Tobacco. "Too many people have died too soon because of these products, and I don't want to watch anyone else suffer," said Larimore. "These deaths can be prevented. If we all find our voice and our passion, we can reverse this tide." 

Cozad Students Chosen To Receive Nebraska Young Artist Awards

Melissa Estrada, Kaitlyn Spaulding, Aaliyah Wilkins, Hanna Wright, all Cozad High School students were recently chosen to receive the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Hixson-lied College of Fine and Performing Arts 20th annual Nebraska Young Artist Awards. They will all be honored for their work in dance.
The awards annually recognize 11th-grade students from Nebraska for their talents in visual art, dance, music, theatre, and film and new media. These students exemplify the pinnacles of creativity in one of the fine and performing arts.
Fifty-three students from nearly 30 high schools across the state have been selected to participate in a special day of activities April 5th at the university.
Students applied for the recognition and submitted an example of their work. Applications were received from 126 students across the state. Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts faculty chose the winners.
Honored students will take tours of the arts facilities, attend classes, meet faculty and college students and have lunch. Their parents will be invited, and they will also take tours, as well as receive information on careers in the arts and college curriculum.
Students selected to participate in the Nebraska Young Artist Awards will also be asked to nominate the teacher who provided them with the greatest amount of mentoring and support in the development of their talents.
The day will conclude with an awards ceremony. Students will receive a certificate and an original piece of artwork commissioned for the event and created by School of Art, Art History and Design printmaking student Hannah Demma.

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