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BHS Students Give Back

The Bertrand Community School Volunteer Service Organization (BCSVSO) is holding its annual necessities drive from now until Christmas break on December 21. Each year the BCSVSO has a necessities drive to gather perishable and non perishable items to donate. Some of this year’s items will be donated to the S.A.F.E. Center in Kearney. The entire school and the community, as well, can bring in items. Bertrand Elementary students will be collecting non-perishable food items.  These donations that the K-6th bring in will go to the Food Pantry at City Hall.  Junior and Senior High students will be collecting necessities for the S.A.F.E. Center in Kearney.

There are also prizes for the students. For the Junior and Senior High kids, the more items they bring in, the more passes they get on quizzes or homework assignments. A class could earn up to as many as 4 passes in 4 different classes. At the end of the drive, the student who has brought in the most items themselves will become assistant Principal for the day. The student who comes in second will be doing the daily announcements for a week.

Any elementary class that brings in 50 items can go around the classroom in their socks. The class that brings in 75 items will have a Hat Day. The class with 100 will have a story read to them by the principal or superintendent. The class with 125 items will do activities with the 9th graders. The class with 150 will cut the tie off Mr. Kidder. At the end of the food drive, the class who brings in the most items will receive a snack and movie party. The class with the second most will have recess/activity time with the Seniors. Good luck to all grades!

Ahoy Bookaneers

By Brooke Peterson

Friday, November 11th was the kick off day for this year’s Book Fair. This year’s theme for it was Pirates, and on that day Steph Dannehl and Donna Peterson dressed up as Pirates. They had books for anyone from Preschool kids to High School kids and up.

At the Book Fair were all kinds of fun, entertaining books for a wide range of age groups. They have Christmas books, Lego books, Star Wars books, cookbooks, and sports books. Not only do they have books, but they also had fun, entertaining items for everyone, such as pens, erasers, jewelry, pencils, and giant pointer sticks. Half of the profits from the Book Fair goes back to the BHS library to purchase new books for the library. This year they made $4,500.

“I think it was a pretty successful Book Fair,” says Librarian Steph Dannehl.

BHS Students Perform Well at UNL Math Day

By Jade Gonzales

Math usually is not everyone’s strong point, but for a group of BHS students, it is. The annual UNL Math Day competition was held on November 17th and involved students from all over the state, competing and proving to proud teachers that they know their stuff.

This year’s team consisted of Grant Dahlgren, Tigh Renken, Cooper Grabenstein, Adyson Furlong, Katlyn Einspahr, Kristine Edgren, Jade Gonzalez, Lindsay Schutz, Austin Long, and Miles Peterson. These students all have been preparing for this competition for several months as they came to school early on Wednesdays for math group to learn additional high level mathematics not always covered as in depth in their regular classes.

The Math Day events consisted of a Probe 1 Math test taken by all of the students. Then the top 40 scores out of the 1,700 move on to the Probe 2 test. While Bertrand did not have any students make it to the Probe 2 examination, the students finished 4th in their category based on the average score of the students’ tests. The top scoring Bertrand students were Cooper Grabenstein, followed by Grant Dahlgren, and then a three-way tie between, Jade Gonzalez, Tigh Renken and Lindsay Schutz.

Once the early morning test was over, students moved on to the more exciting “Math Bowl” portion of the competition. The math unl-math-quiz-bowlbowl is set up similar to quiz bowl, with two teams going head-to-head and the team who buzzes in first and answers correctly gets the points. Bertrand got runner-up out of Class V behind Harvard. Bertrand tied with Garden County first round and then defeated
Elm Creek and HTRS.  After a loss to Harvard, they beat Tri-County, and then lost to Harvard for the 2nd time in the championship round. The Math Bowl team consisted of Grant Dahlgren, Cooper Grabenstein, Tigh Renken, and Adyson Furlong.

These students will continue in their math-based endeavors for next year and show in the meantime that math problems are not these students’ problems.

Bertrand High School RPAC Runner-up with Game of Tiaras

By Jade Gonzales

Every year, despite numerous conflicting schedules and fall sport successes, Bertrand High students manage to put on a One-Act Play Production, and this year was no different. Sponsors Jennifer Kaps and Scott Schwatz dig deep every year and manage to find a script fit for the cast and a fantastic set for them to act in front of.

This year’s play was entitled Game of Tiaras by Don Zolidis and encompasses the cheery nature of your favorite Disney princesses thrown into a bloody battle for a kingdom complete with the unexpected plot twists of Game of Thrones and the unfortunate deaths made famous by the Shakespeare play King Lear. This combined with references to various relevant pop culture icons and lots of blood made this play an enjoyable success at the annual Public Performance held on November 14th.

Following their test drive of the play in front of an audience, Bertrand’s One Act performed for the elementary school on Friday, November 18 before taking the show on the road for the annual RPAC East Play Production competition in Southern Valley on the 19th. The competition consisted of six schools in the Republican Plains Activities Conference and is good practice before the looming District competition,which will determine state qualification.

Bertrand got runner-up in the competition behind Southern Valley and their rendition of The Cry of The Peacock. While Bertrand didn’t earn the championship they desired, the judges did see some promising acting as three Bertrand girls earned honorable mentions for the outstanding acting award. Those girls were Sarah Pelton in her role as the King, Kaylee Andersen as the Blood Packet Girl and Adyson Furlong as Belle. Tigh Renken also showed his acting talent as well, walking away with the Outstanding Acting Award for Boys out of the whole competition for his portrayal of Smeagle.

Bertrand students will continue to act their best and perform well on stage, trying their hardest to balance school, play practice, and the freshly started winter sports season. These young actors are taking every opportunity to practice before their district competition in Holdrege on the November 28.

Give2Grow 2016

Don’t miss Give2Grow 2016!

Give2Grow is a powerful 24-hour fundraising competition that brings together people who care with causes that matter in Phelps County. This event, hosted by the Phelps County Community Foundation, allows you to support groups and organizations creating meaningful impact. Your gifts will grow when they receive a pro-rated share of the matching pool.

This year, Bertrand Community School is promoting two Give2Grow projects.  The first is for the Bertrand Community School Foundation that helps support graduating seniors with scholarships.  Donations are needed in order to keep scholarships available.

The second project is for the new Bertrand Community School Fitness Center.  This project began through a need for a local “work out center” for the members of the Bertrand Community and needed weight room improvements for the athletes and students at the Bertrand Community School.

Both projects are very worthy causes. Please consider giving on Nov. 17.

Fire Prevention Week

October 10th-14th was Fire Prevention week at BHS for the elementary kids. During that week, the students learned about how to stay safe around a fire and how to not play with matches to start a fire. The fire department handed out stickers, pencils, and suckers to kids in 1st-3rd grade.

On Friday October 14th, the fire department put on an assembly for 1st-3rd graders to teach  them about fire safety. They showed the kids what a smoke detector sounds like, and what it means if it’s going off. Devin Benson modeled their bunker gear to show the kids what they look like, and to not be afraid of them.

“I hope they learn the hazards a fire can cause and when to take safety precautions,” says EMT Jessica Evans. “We want them to yell for help so it can help us locate them if they were ever in a structure fire.”

by Brooke Peterson