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.

H.A.L. Invention Convention

With the school year under way, extracurriculars are as common to student life as breathing air. The High Ability Learners (H.A.L.) Program is no exception to extra work outside of school, as they were recently introduced to the Invention Convention Competition by Janelle Jack, Coordinator of Gifted Education at the ESU 11.

These students have about 5 months to come up with an idea for an invention that will fix something that annoys them in their everyday life. Once students decide on an idea, they will design their invention and make a prototype to show what it will look like. Students will also create a tri-fold poster and present their idea to a judge.

The event will be held on March 16th, 2017 in Minden at The Pioneer Village, where over 150 students from other ESU 11 schools in the area will participate. Student will be split up according to grade level and then split up again into smaller “Inventors Circles” categories.   First through third place winners are announced for each circle, and then an overall winner is announced from each grade.

The Invention Convention Program itself is operated by a nonprofit organization that encourages students to be excited about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning. Originally, it was a program designed for Ohio,  but it exploded in popularity and has now been a part of the ESU 11 for twenty-six years.

While the event isn’t until March, expect to see students everywhere looking at everyday parts of their lives in new ways looking for inspiration for a million dollar idea. With so many kids excited about learning due to fun programs such as this, it will be no surprise if they end up changing the world.

By Jade Gonzalez

Red Ribbon Week

Bertrand Vikings students showed their enthusiasm for healthy choices during the last week of October, the 24th-28th, known nationally as Red Ribbon Week. During this week students focused on the awareness of making good decisions and the consequences of drug abuse.

To promote anti-drug awareness every day of the week, High School students on the Red Ribbon Leadership team spoke during morning announcements about shocking statistics such as national addiction numbers, facts about certain drugs, and sobering casualties due to driving under the influence.

The week isn’t all focused on the negative, though. A school wide coloring contest was issued, and the winners will receive a prize. The students also showed their support and participated in the week through a “Red Out Day” on Friday. This is when participants all dressed in red to show their support for making healthy choices and their promise to do so. Also, candy was handed out by members of the Red Ribbon Week Leadership team with messages reminding students it tastes good to be drug free.

All of these activities were student organized and run. Students were also able to gain leadership experience through this effort. “I really enjoyed helping with the announcements and the candy because it lets me lead others by example and show kids that drugs aren’t cool and there are bad consequences to doing them”, said Amanda Patterson sophomore and member of the Red Ribbon Leadership Team.

The Bertrand community can sleep peacefully tonight knowing they don’t have to worry about the decisions these kids make. Red Ribbon Week is here to stay and will continue to bring attention to these negative things in life and how to best avoid them.

By Jade Gonzalez

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