WHS freshman chosen among hundreds across NE/IA for presitigous STEM program sponsored by Peter Kiewit Institute & UNO
WHS freshman Grace Wirka is doing her part to change that.
On Monday, Wirka was informed that she has been accepted into the Peter Kiewit Institute’s (PKI) 2017 Holland Academy of Excellence, which will take place June 11-14 on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
As described from the Institute’s website: “This unique program was established as an initiative to actively engage high school students who excel in math and science, and who have an interest in engineering and technology.”
This three-day experience will allow students to apply engineering and technology concepts by attending workshops, housed in UNO’s state-of-the-art labs, and facilitated by UNO faculty. Topics covered will range from bridge construction, to water resources and soil contamination, to visual animation.
“Attendees find themselves immersed in an exciting environment centered on creative innovation, teamwork, and witty animation,” the website stated.
According to Leah Ellis, scholarship and development program leader at the Peter Kiewit Institute, hundreds of applications were submitted by high school students (grades 9-12) across Nebraska and Iowa, but only 40 are selected to participate, based upon academic achievement, as well as extracurricular involvement in the community, and leadership experience.
Wirka is one of them!
Ellis commented that 30 percent of the Academy’s attendees go on to enroll at UNO as Walter Scott, Jr. Scholars. This is the most prestigious scholarship extended by the PKI and the University of Nebraska, providing four years of full funding for undergraduate programs based within the PKI and taught by the College of Engineering or College of Information Science and Technology.
"Grace is a leader and a student who loves to learn," commented WHS School Counselor John Harris. "The PKI Summer Academy will allow her to do both! I'm excited to see her successfully chasing her passions."
Congratulations Grace on this very impressive accomplishment!
Cheyenne Moore wins 2017 Gen. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. Award for essay promoting positive uses of nuclear energy
Strike up a conversation about nuclear energy , and odds are you’ll generate an emotionally charged debate. For many, the mention of the topic immediately conjures images of destruction, most notably the United States’ . . .
WHS sophomore's creation chosen from state-wide submissions
The Nebraska Stock Market Game Banquet of Champions: that’s where you would find WHS sophomore Macy Homes, who was invited to attend for creating the winning t-shirt design for the 2016-2017 Stock Market Game! Each year Mrs. . . .
WHS junior chosen for intense two-week Chinese language/culture study on UNL campus
"Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children." --Michael Gove (British politician) . . .
WHS juniors recognized at annual awards luncheon at Midland U
Wahoo High School juniors Bret Walker and Kristin Callan were among 51 area juniors recognized by Pinnacle Bank and Midland University at the Pinnacle Bank Outstanding High School Leaders luncheon at the Wikert Event Center on the Midland . . .
WHS Spanish Instructor among 76 nation-wide chosen for year-long focus on global education in U.S. State Department's TGC program
UPDATE (From Mrs. Didier's blog , Feb. 19, 2017): I've recently returned from a quick trip to D.C. where I was able to meet all of the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) fellows. Very inspiring! Still pinching myself that I . . .
Chase Stebbing gets a taste of life in state politics
WAHOO – Trying to get a vision for his future goals, Chase Stebbing decided to start with a glimpse from the top. “I’m trying to figure out what I want to do in life,” said the Wahoo High School junior. . . .
Wahoo's own serve as Nebraska's only representatives in global collaboration to develop solutions to world crises
On a global front, some of our most successful world leaders are also life-long learners. They realize that neither they nor their adult peers always have the answers. That being the case, they not only realize the value of the youth . . .
Maddie Talbert earns 2nd, Taylor Jackson 3rd
Congratulations to WHS junior Taylor Mitchell: first place winner in the local 2017 VFW Voice of Democracy speech/essay contest! Mitchell gave a speech about her responsibility to America. She made the point that she has many . . .
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Harrell, Pace, and Stuchlik selected to attend Winter 2017 Youth Assembly @ UN Headquarters in NYC
From fighting world hunger and poverty, to providing a quality education for all, to conservation and preservation of our world and its resources, sometimes the best solutions to global problems evolve from the ideas of those asked least . . .
WHS senior recognized for academic & athletic excellence
Congratulations to WHS senior Corby Brigham, who was recently announced as Runza's Student of the Week ! "Balancing homework, school & community involvement, and one's personal life is a difficult challenge in high . . .
WHS juniors honored for their leadership skills & potential
In describing leadership, American author John C. Maxwell once commented: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." WHS juniors Corby Brigham, Emma Hastings, Hannah Brust, and Ryan Walker (not . . .
WHS sophomore will spend two weeks this summer on UNL campus studying Chinese language & culture
The accomplishments of Wahoo High School students continue to stack up, and WHS sophomore Sydney Holdsworth has added another success to the list. Holdsworth has been awarded a competitive grant to participate in the 2016 STARTALK . . .
WHS junior one of 55 selected from across Nebraska
The official job description of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is "to serve the citizens of Nebraska and Nebraska's elected officials with fidelity to our U.S. Constitution , State Constitution , and Nebraska law . . .
UNL Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts Recognizes Area Students at NE Young Artist Awards Day
WHS junior Claire Johnston honored for her talents in dance
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts held its Nebraska Young Artist Awards on April 6. The Nebraska Young Artist Awards annually recognize 11th grade students from Nebraska who . . .
WHS jr. competes among 13 state-wide finalists in Mar. 12 event at Sheldon Art Gallery
Wahoo junior, Matt Dobesh, competed in the Nebraska Poetry Out Loud State Finals at the Sheldon Art Gallery on the UNL campus on Saturday, March 12. Dobesh was one of 13 finalists. Poetry Out Loud does not have classes, so the . . .
3 of Wahoo's own collaborate with 700 world-wide youth to develop solutions to global crises
Sometimes adults don't have all the answers. As life-long learners, effective school teachers thrive on what they learn every day from their students. On a global front, when our world leaders are perceptive enough to do the . . .
Sydney Holdsworth takes 3rd
When speaking of the value of poetry, Oprah Winfrey once stated that “a great poem can move you, shake you, and remind you what it is to be human.” As was illustrated on the stage on Thursday, Feb. 4, the same holds true . . .
WHS senior honored for academic & athletic excellence
Congratulations to WHS senior Lauren Crockett, who was recently announced as Runza's Student of the Week ! "Balancing homework, school & community involvement, and one's personal life is a difficult challenge in high . . .
Timm & Volin selected to attend Feb. 17-18 Winter 2016 Youth Assembly @ United Nations Headquarters in NYC
It seems the world generally relies on the wisdom of adults for solutions to its complex global problems. A brief review of history reveals, however, that sometimes they really mess it up! From fighting world hunger and poverty, to . . .
Lauren Crockett named among 48 finalists
U.S. Bank and the Nebraska School Activities Association ( NSAA ) are proud to announce the 2015-2016 Believers and Achievers. Believers & Achievers is a state-wide program designed by U.S. Bank and the NSAA to give recognition to . . .
Taylor Rouse builds following after posting her fan fiction online
Imagine writing a story that every person in the town with the population of Grand Island (population 45,000) has read! Well, such a scenario has happened for Wahoo High School senior Taylor . . .
WHS senior joins 100 international peers selected for highly-competitive 2015 Youth Time Global Forum
A wise person once said that most of life’s problems are the result of acting without thinking, or thinking without acting. One organization, the Youth Time International Movement , headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic , . . .
WHS freshman will spend two weeks this summer on UNL campus studying Chinese language & culture
The accomplishments of Wahoo High School students this year have been numerous, and WHS freshman Kaitlin Pace has added another success to the list. Pace has been awarded a competitive grant to participate in the 2015 STARTALK . . .
Dobesh & Jones crowned State Champions in both Fall/Spring games (out of 698 NE teams) & Robichaud/Syverson/Schleiger take Spring Runners-Up (out 400 teams)!
Wahoo High School students are bullish on the Stock Market Game ! “Chasing off the bears and running with the bulls” is what WHS junior Jordan Ptacek said the students in Mrs. Shanahan’s Economics classes have been . . .
WHS senior accepted into 4-year program @ prestigious American Musical and Dance Academy in Los Angeles
For those who have followed the theatrical performances of WHS senior Kody Pope over the past four years, it's clear that he possesses a real talent, and ability to make people laugh! That talent has also been recognized on the . . .
23 students compete against 30 NE/SD/MN schools & bring home numerous honors!
Twenty-three students, representing Wahoo Middle School and High School, participated in the 2015 South Dakota State University Engineering Expo on April 24. An Innovative Teaching Grant from the Wahoo Public Schools . . .
WHS junior honored for her leadership skills & potential
In describing leadership, American author John C. Maxwell once commented: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." WHS junior Lauren Crockett has been honored for putting those words into practice. . . .
WHS junior prepares for intensive summer study with American & European peers @ Purdue University & Washington, D.C.!
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." --Benjamin Franklin Wahoo High School students have demonstrated excellence in many areas, and WHS junior Tyler Timm has added another honor to the . . .
WHS senior awarded a highly-competitive Federal NSLI-Y scholarship; prepares for year-long study in China
"谢谢 @ NSLIY for giving me this amazing opportunity . . . It's a dream that I've had for a long time and it's finally coming true!" (4/8/2015 tweet from @TYnamite1) WHS senior Tyler Ruzicka (aka TYnamite1) . . .
WHS junior honored for her impressive artistic talents & achievement
In the world of sketching, there may be no better compliment than "wow, that's a great photograph!" For many who view the works of Wahoo High School junior Elise McIlhaney, that's a common misperception. McIlhaney . . .
WHS sophomore advances to Feb. 14 state regional at Joslyn Art Museum
Sophomore Matt Dobesh defeated six other finalists to win the 2015 Wahoo High School Poetry Out Loud Championship in the Performance-Learning Center on Friday, Jan. 31. Dobesh recited the poems “The Last Laugh” by Wilfred . . .
High Honor Roll/Honor Roll/Honorable Mention listed
High Honor Roll (4.0 GPA) [pictured] Seniors: Alex Abbott, Bailey Brigham, Lukas McIlhaney, Rachael Meyer, Rochelle Olson, Tyler Ruzicka, Bailee Schubauer, Kristen Tomjack Juniors: Lauren Crockett, Taylor Homes, Elise . . .
Kristen Tomjack to serve as 1 of 2 NE representatives in week-long event in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Senate Youth Program News Release NEBRASKA STUDENTS SELECTED FOR U.S. SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM Elsa Knight of Clay Center & Kristen Tomjack of Wahoo are invited to Washington, D.C. and each receive a $5,000 scholarship . . .
Reid Nelson pieces to be featured in Dec. 2-7 Elder Gallery 'Bridge Exhibition'
WHS senior Reid Nelson has had two pieces of artwork chosen to be displayed at the Bridge Exhibition at Nebraska Wesleyan University! Both pieces, "Ironman" and "Landscape," were created with acrylic paint. . . .
John Harris receives 2014 NMEA Outstanding Administrator Award!
"Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul." --Plato The Wahoo Public Schools are blessed to be lead by administrators who . . .
Lindgren, Scheef & Brust take 2nd in 'Bridge Builder' & 'Hill Climber' events
While local officials continue to discuss the replacement of numerous closed bridges that exist throughout Saunders County, they may want to consider consulting with WHS physics students for structurally sound solutions! WHS seniors . . .
Saunders Health Services Foundation provides incentive for success in college class
Congratulations to the following Wahoo High School students for passing their 1st semester Medical Terminology class, and for receiving the reimbursements listed below. The reimbursements/scholarships were provided by the Saunders . . .
Projects now on display in Commons
High School Art 2 students have recently finished creating characters out of clay. We start our projects by wrapping newspaper around wooden armatures. They try to get the newspaper the basic shape of the character that they are going to . . .
Rachael Meyer to attend visual art awards day at UNL on Apr. 9
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time" --Thomas Merton WHS junior Rachael Meyer has been selected by the faculty of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to participate in the . . .
High Honor Roll/Honor Roll/Honorable Mention listed
High Honor Roll (4.0 GPA) [pictured] Top Row (from left) Seniors: Ronnie Brust, Tschida Johnson, Janae Urban, Evann Vrana. Juniors: Alex Abbott, Bailey Brigham, Jordan Bustad, Trevor Hedges, Lukas McIlhaney, Rachael Meyer, . . .
WHS senior honored for academic & athletic excellence
Congratulations to WHS senior Tschida Johnson, who was recently announced as Runza's Student of the Week! "I nominated Tschida for the Runza Student of the Week because she is the consummate student/athlete at Wahoo High School. Not . . .
Class projects enhance study of 'Day of the Dead'
The artwork of several talented WHS Spanish 2 students was recently on display in the Sheldon Art Museum on the campus of UNL. Every student in Spanish 2 created their own “Papel Picado” (traditional décor for el . . .
Contest Sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts
The Hildegard Center for the Arts recently named six Wahoo High School students as winners in the “Heroes Among Us” writing competition. The Hildegard Center for the Arts is a Nebraska organization with the mission of uniting . . .
3 WHS & 2 Bishop Neumann Juniors Recognized among 50 State-Wide!
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WHS Sophomore to Compete in Feb. 16 Districts at Joslyn
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WHS Senior Honored for Her Academic & Athletic Excellence
Congratulations to WHS Senior Darcy Barry for being named the Runza Student of the Week for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2013! Barry was recognized for her academic and athletic achievements. She has a 3.95 grade point average, is vice president of . . .
High Honor Roll (4.0 GPA) [Pictured] Back Row Seniors: Danielle Lindgren, Lindsey Sabatka. Juniors: Ronnie Brust, Tymber States, Janae Urban. Not pictured: Evann Vrana Middle Row Sophomores: Bailey Brigham, Lukas . . .
High Honor Roll (4.0) Seniors: Payten Foster Juniors: Ronnie Brust, Tymber States, Janae Urban, Evann Vrana Sophomores: Bailey Brigham, Lukas McIlhaney, Rachael Meyer, Chase Rathke, Bailee Schubauer . . .
WHS Junior Reflects on Academic Experience
As a junior in high school, a typical summer involves working several jobs while trying to balance my time between family and friends. However, the summer of 2012 was a bit different than previous summers. This summer I had the opportunity of . . .
Students Prepare for Upcoming Big Red Invite and State Championships
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Submission Displays the "Wholesome Spirit" of Famous Nebraska Author
Wahoo High School senior Max Cook has won $25 by taking the third place prize in the 2012 Bess Streeter Aldrich short story contest. The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation. Stories must be 1,000 . . .
Vrana & Colgan Prepare for Summer Trips to San Antonio & Orlando
“To have one student attend a National Conference is an honor, but to be represented by two students in two Career Student Organizations is even more great,” is the sentiment expressed by Barb Shanahan, WHS Future Business Leaders of . . .
WHS senior takes top $20,000 award
ATLANTA, April 14, 2012 – Patrick Colgan, an exceptional senior at Wahoo High School in Wahoo, Nebraska, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and . . .
Eleven Finalists Will Vie for an All-Expense-Paid Trip to Washington, D.C.
WHS Junior Sesly Lorincz easily advanced to the Poetry Out Loud State Finals with a strong performance at the Omaha Regional at the Joslyn Art Museum on Saturday, February 18. Three students from the Omaha Regional advanced to the . . .
WHS Junior Advances to Feb. 18 Regional at Joslyn
WHS junior Sesly Lorincz won the sixth Wahoo High School Poetry Championship on Friday, Feb. 3 in the WPS Performance-Learning Center. In third place after the first round of poems, Lorincz rallied to victory with a stirring rendition of . . .
High Honor Roll, Honor Roll and Honorable Mention Posted
Congratulations to the following WHS Students for being named to the Fall 2011 Honors List: High Honor Roll (students earning a 4.0 GPA) Seniors: Michaela Curran, Savannah DeWine, Sydney Hancock, Emma Harris, Kristal . . .
WHS 4.0 Senior Awarded Plaque & $500 Scholarship
Congratulations to WHS Senior Michaela Curran for being named the Runza Student of the Week! Curran was recognized for her academic and athletic achievements. She has a 4.0 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society . . .
Wahoo Team Chosen from 212 Competing Teams
Five teams from across Nebraska, one of which was from Wahoo High School, competed in The Nebraska Council on Economic Education’s State Personal Finance Challenge on Saturday, April 30 at Mammel Hall at the University of Nebraska at . . .
Governor Heineman Featured Speaker at April 1 Award Luncheon
WHS junior Sadie Murren was one of 50 juniors across the state of Nebraska chosen as a recipient of the 2011 Pinnacle Bank High School Leaders Award. Murren, along with her father and Mrs. Shanahan, her . . .
WHS Sophomore Recites 2 Poems at Annual Event
Wahoo High School sophomore Derek Hamar recited two poems at the Joslyn Art Museum's Abbott Lecture Hall in Omaha on Saturday, February 19, as part of the Nebraska Eastern Regional Competition of Poetry Out Loud. “Derek . . .
Display Open February 23 to March 11 at OPS TAC Building
The Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska has just announced that the artwork of Wahoo High School senior Josh Proctor has been selected for the Annual Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska Exhibition at the Omaha Public Schools TAC building, located . . .
Nicholls & Zeleny Named Runners-Up
Ten Wahoo High School students competed in the finals of the 2011 Wahoo High School Poetry Out Loud Championship on Monday, February 7. Sophomore Derek Hamar won the competition. He recited the poems “A Hymn to God the . . .
Successful 4.0 Scholar & 3-Sport Athlete Receives Plaque/Scholarship for Efforts
Wahoo High School senior Morgan Hancock has been selected as the KPTM News "Student Athlete of the Week" for the week of February 7, 2011. Hancock was selected for her outstanding contributions and leadership in both the academic . . .
Angel Boy Art: Special Art by Special Young Artists
“Every letter makes a sound, ‘A’ says, ‘Ah,’” is a lesson you will learn from Wahoo High School Senior Evan Callan. Callan, who has autism, is a student in Ms. Abbie Huenink’s Classroom. . . .
Ford Advances to Feb. 20 Regionals at Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum
The third time was the charm for WHS Senior Melissa Ford, as she won the 2010 Poetry Out Loud School Championship. Ford, last year’s runner-up to Eric Curran, used a strong, second-round recitation of Edgar Allan Poe’s . . .
WMS/WHS Vocal Director to be Honored at February Gala in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Wahoo Middle/High School Vocal Director Julie Baker-Anderson for being nominated by the Nebraska State Education Association for the 2010 NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence! This award recognizes . . .
Arent Receives Award for Commitment & Dedication to WHS Music Programs
Congratulations to our own Mr. Arent, who is this year's recipient of the 2009 NMEA Outstanding Administrators Award. Each year the Nebraska Music Education Association gives an award to an administrator who has shown . . .
Hoppe Joins 5 Previous Students for Prestigious Honor Award
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently named Ian Hoppe, a 2009 graduate of Wahoo High School, as a recipient of two scholarships in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The Merit Scholar® designees were chosen . . .
White & Zeleny Beat Out over 100 Student Entries
Even though 108 students entered the 2009 Midland Lutheran Poetry Contest, two Wahoo High School students won first and second place in the annual competition. Sophomore Dana Zeleny won the $100 first prize for her poem, . . .
Melissa Ford Takes Top Prize in High School Division
WHS Junior Melissa Ford won $50 by capturing first place in the high school division of the Sixth Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Short Story Contest. Ford, along with the winners of the middle school and adult divisions, was . . .
Two First Place Winners Advance to State Competition
Six Wahoo High School students recently won prizes in the American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest. This year students wrote on the topic, “American’s Veterans Past and Present—why we need to honor them.” First . . .
Wahoo’s Eric Curran recently competed in the March 14 State Poetry Out Loud Finals in Lincoln. Curran gave a strong performance as he recited “Annabel Lee” and “O Captain! My Captain!” While the judges did . . .
WHS Senior Has Potential to Compete at Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Senior Eric Curran gave an awesome performance at the March 1 Poetry Out Loud Regional held at Westside High School in Omaha. Curran’s performance placed him in the top three finishers, so he will advance to the State Championship . . .
Wahoo Public Schools Senior Matt Myers has been selected as the KPTM News Scholar Athlete of the Week, to be aired during the 9:00 p.m. news on Wednesday, September 24. The segment will be aired at approximately 9:30 p.m. . . .
Callan Takes Award with "Snake Eyes"
WHS Junior Alex Callan placed second place, winning $200, in the Midland Lutheran College Short Story Contest. Callan won for his war story “Snake Eyes.” Sixty students from fifteen different schools entered the . . .
Wahoo High School English teacher Larry Fangman and Wahoo junior Eric Curran spoke at the recent quarterly board meeting of the Nebraska Arts Council held at the Wahoo Public Library. Curran recited the two poems he recently . . .
Will Represent WHS at Upcoming State Competition
Junior Eric Curran defeated ten other finalists to win the second annual Wahoo High School Poetry Out Loud School Championship. Curran recited the poems, “Discrimination” by Kenneth Rexroth and “Experience” by Ralph . . .
'The Poetry Menu' Event Takes Place January 20
On Sunday, January 20, Wahoo High School students Kinsey Clark and Ashley Jordan will be two of the featured poets on Young Artists Night at the Holland Center in Omaha. Twelve young poets will read from their original works. The public . . .
Thomsen and Hoppe will join 123 others from across Nebraska
Attorney General Jon Bruning has announced that Wahoo High School students Alison Thomsen and Ian Hoppe are among 125 high school juniors and seniors selected from across Nebraska to serve on the Attorney General’s Youth Advisory . . .
Artistically, while most people find it difficult to create a simple stick figure, students of the Wahoo High School Art Class have no such problem. Many artists have submitted their original works to The Nebraska State Visual Art Awards for . . .