WHS/BNS Animal Science students attend Dr. Temple Grandin's 'Animals Make Us Human' seminar in Kearney
Aug. 24 event, featuring renowned CSU professor & national autism spokesperson, sponsored by Kids & Dreams Foundation
"I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life, and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animals respect." --Dr. Temple Grandin
On Friday, August 24, students enrolled in the Bishop Neumann/Wahoo High School Animal Science class traveled to Kearney to meet with and listen to Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and national autism spokesperson. In addition to discussing humane ways to work with livestock in today’s agricultural world, she also enlightened her listeners with information about her autism.
The event, sponsored by the Kids & Dreams Foundation, was held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.
According to her website https://www.templegrandin.com/templehome.html, 50 percent of all cattle bought, sold or processed in the United States today are handled in facilities that she has designed.
Wahoo High School junior Joe Scanlon was impressed with Grandin’s insights: “I didn’t know that an animal forms an impression when it comes into contact with a human for the first time. That impression can be positive or negative, depending upon the interaction. That first impression sets the tone for the relationship between the animal and that human forever.”
Grandin is in high demand as a speaker and an author. According to her website, she has been featured on high profile programs such as 60 Minutes and NPR. She has also appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times and on HBO. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.
She impressed Wahoo High School senior Emma Thrasher.
“It is amazing to think that she hasn’t looked at her autism as a disability," Thrasher commented. "Instead, she realized that her autism provided her with a unique insight into animals that others didn’t have. She hasn’t allowed her uniqueness to hold her back. I could tell that she wasn’t comfortable talking to our large group, but she knew that she had an important message that needed to be shared.”
Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Bishop Neumann and Wahoo High Schools began a joint venture in agricultural education. WHS students interested in the Introduction to Agriculture and Animal Science classes travel to Bishop Neumann teacher Katie Arp’s classroom each day for instruction. Students enrolled in the agriculture classes are eligible to participate in the Bishop Neumann High School’s Future Farmers of America chapter as well.
“Who’s paying for the wall? You are paying for the wall!” were words the 26 Wahoo High School students heard on October 18 as they attended the annual Econ Day at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. . . .
Mrs. Didier reflects on recent trip
Late this May into early June, 13 Wahoo High School students, WHS Transition Specialist Abbie Huenink, former WHS Spanish teacher Susan Dinsmore-Talbott and myself, Cass Didier, traveled 6 hours via plane (Ms. Huenink with a surprise upgrade . . .
Yearly event sponsored by NE Council on Economics & UNL College of Business Administration
How can we improve production costs when making our product? Will increasing the minimum wage bring people out of poverty? How does discrimination affect the workforce? These are a few of the questions Wahoo High School students . . .
Yearly event exposes students to what it takes to be successful in business world
Since 2004, the annual Creighton Business Symposium has brought together Creighton business students, faculty, and business executives from across the country to discuss today’s business environment. In addition to the 1,000 in . . .
Stacy Ideus teaches students photo-taking skills & career information
Stacy Ideus, a professional photographer in Wahoo, came to school to talk to Mr. Scheef's Digital Media class, and gave a presentation on photography. Ideus talked about her career in photography, both on the business side of . . .
Students learn about MyPlate and food groups; Analyze nutrition, sugar and fat levels in various foods
Wahoo High School's Food, Nutrition, and Wellness classes recently welcomed Becky Versch, a University of Nebraska Extension Educator, to the classroom. Versch's presentation was an introduction to MyPlate , food groups, . . .
Mrs. Didier reflects on June trip to Peru
Four Wahoo High School students (Ana Boesigner, Emily Colgan, Riley Harrell and Maddie Rappl) and Spanish teachers Mrs. DT and myself, Mrs. Didier, crossed climbing Machu Picchu off our bucket list this summer! We left for Peru in . . .
Lauren Crockett named North Region's "Outstanding Student of the Year"
High School participants in the Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership ( SENCAP ) program had a busy year. All SENCAP students are enrolled in a dual credit college course of their choosing through Southeast Community College . . . .
Schaefer creates winning t-shirt design
Once again Wahoo High School Economics students were bullish on the stock market this year! Twenty-Six teams, comprised of students from Mrs. Shanahan’s Business Economics classes, took part in the 2016 Nebraska Stock Market . . .
All STS students now work toward certification in General Industry or Construction
Thanks to a grant from the Wahoo Public Schools Foundation, in combination with support from the Wahoo High School administration, all Skilled and Technical Science (STS) students this year will be pursuing a lifetime professional safety . . .
President makes first official visit to Omaha as President; addresses economy, technology, national security & democracy
Fresh off of his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama visited Omaha on Wednesday, January 13, and four Wahoo High School students had the opportunity of a lifetime to see him in person. WHS seniors Tyler Timm and . . .
Knowlton achieves Wahoo's highest score
The math students at Wahoo High School made history in November by bringing the most students in their class to UNL’s annual Math Day competition, which was held on campus on Thursday, Nov. 19. The students, who ranged from . . .
Doug Peterson talks about his office and current issues important to Nebraskans
Wahoo Middle and High Schools were pleased to welcome Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson on Tuesday, December 1. Attorney General Peterson spoke for about an hour to Mr. Mueller’s Honors American Government students, . . .
WHS students now taking welding for college credit through SCC partnership
A need for skilled welders in Nebraska has a few area schools adding equipment and beefing up the their industrial arts curriculum. A welding shortage is being experienced all across the state. According to the Nebraska Department . . .
WHS history/government instructor recognized for his outstanding commitment to civics education
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” –John F. . . .
Students compete against 1,500 from across Nebraska
One hour . . . 25 math questions . . . no calculator. Talk about pressure! On Thurs., Nov. 20, WHS Math Instructor Mary Nuckolls and WHS Principal Jason Libal took 32 students from Wahoo High School to compete for scholarships at . . .
WHS study body goes conservative; posts 65% voter turnout!
Wahoo High School recently participated in the Nebraska Student Vote , sponsored by the Nebraska Secretary of State's Office . The Nebraska Student Vote is a mock election, where students have the opportunity to vote for United . . .
Students attend author visit in Omaha, featuring Lemony Snicket
"People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict." --L. Snicket, The Grim Grotto Wahoo High . . .
NE National Guardsman teaches students how to choose perfect career
Students in Mrs. Shanahan’s three Personal Finance classes had the privilege of having Sgt. Christopher Herndon from the Army National Guard speak to them last week on how to choose a career. Sgt. Herndon is a certified Battalion . . .
Schubauer chosen from state-wide entries to support NE Council on Economic Education's annual competition
It’s a bull market . . . The product is inelastic . . . Let’s buy on the margin. These sentences make sense to students enrolled in Mrs. Barb Shanahan’s economics class. The WHS econ students recently . . .
Students encouraged to review for spring NeSA test
A Junior's Guide to Dominating the NeSA Science Test Step 1: Review the NeSA Grade 11 Science key vocabulary terms: http://quizlet.com/10024858/nesa-science-test-grade-11-vocabulary-flash-cards/ . . .
Students learn about arena's video controls & field career opportunities
Mr. Scheef's Digital Media class took a field trip to the Ralston Arena on Thursday, October 24. The students were given a tour of the arena, which opened in October of 2012. One of the purposes of the visit was to see the . . .
Sotelo's Submission Chosen from State-Wide Submissions
And the winner is…..Ivan Sotelo!!!! Sotelo’s design was recently chosen to be on the t-shirts for the 2013 Nebraska Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game is played in the Economics class and is sponsored by the . . .
Images of Student Artwork Posted
The high school Art II class is studying Op Art, also known as Optical Art, and looking at the work of famous artist Bridget Riley. When the viewer looks at Op Art, they get the impression of movement. Students use varying line . . .
Students Experience Profession via State's Top Journalists
Wahoo High School journalism students took advantage of a quiet winter afternoon to visit the Omaha World-Herald’s Freedom Center and newsroom on Jan. 17. Juniors Fenina Rummel and Matt Spicka and sophomore Hannah Storm learned . . .
Republicans Have Edge in This Year's Mock Election
Wahoo High School recently participated in the Nebraska Student Vote, sponsored by the Nebraska Secretary of State's Office. The Nebraska Student Vote is a mock election, where students have the opportunity to vote for United States . . .
New Phenom Blue Interactive Video Board Managed by WHS Digital Media Class
Wahoo Public Schools has teamed up with Phenom Blue to provide an interactive video board that is located in the lobby of the Performance-Learning Center. The interactive board is controlled entirely by a person’s touch. The board . . .
UNL Rep Teaches Class about Food Science & Technology Opportunities
Students in the Food and Fitness classes had the opportunity last week to hear from Ryan Kawata, a representative from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Technology Department. Kawata works to educate high school . . .
350 WPS Students Featured in Yearly Publication
For the ninth year, student authors throughout the Wahoo Public Schools received a book, The Echoes of Our Lives, with their writing and the writing of their friends and classmates in it. Each year WHS English Teacher Larry . . .
WHS Anatomy Students Participate in Live Videoconference
As an aspiring cardiovascular surgeon, Ashley Brandt has done a lot of research on heart surgeries. The Wahoo High School sophomore, though, still came away from Wednesday’s “Live ... from the Heart” event with a . . .
Class Will Connect with Chicago Hospital for Interactive Experience (Apr. 4)
When studying human anatomy, sometimes it's best to go beyond a picture in a textbook. Students in Mr. Shannon’s Anatomy classes will have the opportunity of a lifetime on Wednesday, April 4 to watch and interact during a LIVE . . .
Students Explore Modern Careers in Graphic Design
Derek Dibbern from the Creative Center in Omaha spoke to Mr. Scheef's Computer Classes and Mrs. Brigham's Art students on Tuesday, November 22. Mr. Dibbern spoke to the students about potential careers in Graphic Design . . .
Students get first-hand look of technological advancements of Chevy's new Volt
The Wahoo High School Industrial Technology students got a glimpse into the future when Sid Dillon brought a 2011 Chevy Volt to the automotive shop on Wednesday, November 16 for a demonstration. The Electric Vehicle students were . . .
Students Compete in Annual Academic Competition
It was an eventful day for Derek Hamar, Rachel Mulholland, Brent Urban, Sesly Lorincz, Paris Mood, and Bailey Schubauer. Between competing for University scholarships and challenging other school districts in Quiz Bowl, to taking in the . . .
Class Taps in to National Archives Video Conference
Students in Mr. Ryan Mueller’s U.S. History classes had a unique opportunity on Thursday, October 27, when they linked up with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. via video conference to learn about the Civil War. . . .
Jeff Fortenberry Speaks to Government Students about Democracy & Current Events
On Tuesday, October 18, students from Mr. Mueller’s government classes had the unique opportunity of visiting with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry in the new Performing Arts-Learning Center. Congressman Fortenberry, a . . .
Popular YA Author Holds a Sept. 13 Visit/Book-signing in Omaha
Ellen Hopkins has been one of the most popular young adult authors at Wahoo High School and in the world for the past five years. Eight WHS sophomores and their English teacher, Mr. Larry Fangman, had the chance to meet Hopkins at . . .
Sample "About Me" Video Posted
WHS Technology Instructor Kevin Scheef's Multimedia class recently created a project in which they had to film what a typical day is like for them. The project was titled "About Me." The class created a . . .
Students Learn about Executive Branch in Videoconference
Students in Mr. Mueller’s Honors American Government classes had a unique opportunity on Tuesday, April 26 when they linked up with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. via videoconference to learn about the Executive Branch. . . .
"Dream It! Do It!" Program Promotes Advanced Opportunities for Students
Thanks to the Dream It! Do It! program, Industrial Technology students from Wahoo High School visited four different manufacturing facilities on Monday, April 4. The students got a close-up look at the future of . . .
Student-Built Vehicles to be Judged by OPPD in Spring
The Wahoo High School Electric Vehicle class, instructed by Mr. Kyle Weyers, has started a blog, which will document the progress of student vehicles throughout the year. In the spring, students will be graded by OPPD based on . . .
Biology students solve mock murder mystery in DNA videoconference
Students in Mr. Shannon’s biology classes took part in a genetic revolution videoconference with Dr. Jeff Day from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Dr. Day first . . .
Fall Semester Study Creates Representation of Area Freshwater Environments
Students from Mr. Shannon’s Zoology classes started the process of designing a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems for study during the fall semester. Richard Dunn, Richard Fittro, Brandon Ford, Tierney Gensler, Carlie . . .
9th Grade General Science Students Compete in Annual Rubber Band Car Project
The freshman science students were recently met with a great challenge: They needed to design and develop a car that was powered by only a rubber band. The students worked in groups of two, while they attempted to design a car . . .
Program Promotes Use of Corrugated metals in Construction Industry
A group of Wahoo students took part in "Steel Day" at Contech Construction Products on Friday, September 24. Steel Day is a nation-wide program to promote the use of corrugated metals in the construction industry. The . . .
Students Attend Bodies--the Exhibition in Omaha
Students from Mr. Shannon’s Anatomy classes had the privilege of attending the BODIES – The Exhibition in Omaha on September 21, 2010. From the earliest efforts of ancient Egyptians to distinguish individual organs, mankind . . .
Peterson/Wood Salvage a Piece of District 70 History
An old table was recently brought back to life by two Wahoo High School woodworking students. The table was built sometime in the early 1900's and was found at the District 70 School northwest of Wahoo shortly after it closed. . . .
WHS Construction Class Seizes Community Service Opportunity
Sydney Hancock enjoys getting out of the classroom. "I don't like being behind a desk for eight hours a day," said Hancock, a Wahoo High School sophomore. That's one reason why she likes a recent project in Jon . . .
Student Workshops Teach Numerous Crime Scene Analysis Techniques
Emily Brodahl, Morgan Hancock, and Kristin Daniel, along with Mr. Shannon, traveled to Doane College on April 1 to participate in the 2010 Doane CSI Murder Mystery competition. Teams from across Nebraska converged on Doane’s campus . . .
Emma Harris & Alison Brodahl Take 2nd/3rd
WHS sophomore Autumn Gerrish won first prize in the Local 2010 American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest. This year’s essay topic was “My patriotic role as an American Citizen.” Gerrish won first prize in the division . . .
Students Explore Career Opportunities & Medical Innovations
Mr. Shannon’s Anatomy students traveled to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) on March 25, 2010 to learn more about the career opportunities available at UNMC, as well as to be exposed to the latest medical innovations . . .
WHS Business & Accounting Students Keep Busy
Wahoo High School students in the Business Department and FBLA have been extremely busy lately! The following are brief descriptions as to what has been occurring in and out of the classroom: Southeast Community College Business . . .
WHS Algebra Students Join the World in Celebrating "Pi Day"
The students in Mrs. Nuckolls’ Algebra classes immersed themselves in Pi this week. They served up not only tasty fruit and sweet pies, but also numerical and never-ending “Pi”s - Mrs. Nuckolls’ favorite! . . .
American History Students Learn about Great Depression via Live Videoconference from Washington, D.C.
WHS & National Archives Use New Technologies to Offer Interactive Student Lesson
On Friday, February 19, juniors in Mr. Mueller’s U.S. History courses had the unique opportunity to videoconference live with the National Archives in Washington D.C. Students in the class had recently been learning about the . . .
Candy & Marshmallows Find Their Place in the Classroom!
Students in Mr. Shannon’s Biology class concluded their section studying DNA by making models of DNA replication. First, students created paper models of DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, which contains our genetic code, using the . . .
Funds Used to Enhance Student Learning
Steven Shannon, a science teacher at Wahoo High School, has been awarded multiple grants for the 2009-2010 school year from the American Chemical Society and the Hach (ACS-Hach) Programs High School Chemistry Outreach program and from the . . .
Grandgenett & Krejci Teach Students Importance of Smart Investing, Money Management
WHS FBLA members and business students have recently been seeking the advice of local experts in the areas of finance. On November 11, in observance of Money Smart Week, Al Grandgenett, a financial advisor from the investment firm of . . .
UNL Professor Helps Students Enhance Poetry Writing Skills
University of Nebraska professor Dana Kinzy recently kept six Wahoo High School girls busy writing poetry at her writing workshop at the Seward Civic Center. “I thought it was the best workshop we’ve attended,” WHS . . .
Students Use Eggs to Study Diffusion/Osmosis; Agar to Create Cells
Students in Mr. Shannon’s biology class finished their study of cells and cell transportation systems by studying the effects of diffusion and osmosis. In the first experiment, students ran a three-day exploration of the . . .
Lesson Closes Integumentary System Unit of Study
WHS anatomy students recently concluded their integumentary system unit with a CSI investigation of fingerprinting. What is a fingerprint? A fingerprint is an impression of the friction ridges on all parts of the finger, which . . .
Students Create 3D Animal & Plant Cells
In Mr. Shannon’s Biology class, sophomore students created three-dimensional (3D) edible cells as part of their quarter final projects over the animal and plant cells. Students were given a scoring rubric, outlining the . . .
New LabQuest Units Gives Students More Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Wahoo Physics students are using the latest technology offered by Vernier Software and Technology for hands-on Physics. Vernier Software provides students with a hands-on experience of scientific concepts while applying graphical . . .
Students Learn How to Install Vinyl Siding
This year Mr. Herrera's construction class is learning many different skills used in construction, but are currently focused on installing vinyl siding on the garage behind the school. The class has been working hard since the . . .
Walsworth Publishing Hosts Yearly Event at Scenic Mahoney State Park
Members of the WHS 2010 yearbook staff took learning outside of the classroom on September 21 when they attended the annual Walsworth Yearbook Idea Workshop. Walsworth Publishing Company, the publisher of the WHS Thunderbird for over 30 . . .
After Mr. Fangman’s British literature class read Saki’s short story “The Storyteller,” they decided it would be fun to perform the story as a Reader’s Theatre. Saki, whose real name was H. H. Munro, often . . .
Liz Kohout, a representative from WyoTech, a private technical school based in Laramie, Wyoming, came to visit the Industrial Technology classes on Friday, September 25. WyoTech offers automotive, diesel, collision repair, management and . . .
Wahoo High School's woodworking students are now featured on www.lumberjocks.com . Lumberjocks.com is a woodworking web site where woodworkers around the world can blog and exchange information about woodworking. Click HERE to . . .
WHS Students Speak to the Success of New Algebra A/B Program
Algebra 1. Everyone’s dreaded subject, except for the few brave souls to whom numbers just seem to come naturally. But for the rest of the masses, this important subject is almost as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. So . . .
Opportunity Offered through New Medical Career Academy
Three Wahoo High School students, Taylor Flessner, Merik Eaton, and Hailey Zetocka, who are a part of the new Medical Career Academy, toured the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Thursday, April 2. The three students, along with . . .
Students Witness District Court's Last Session in Existing Facility
The Wahoo High School Business Law class experienced a part of history as they attended District Court on Monday, March 23. It was the last time court would be held in the majestic courtroom in the Court House. On Wednesday the District . . .
Eric Curran Announced Repeat Champion; Advances to March 1 Regional Competition
Senior Eric Curran narrowly edged juniors Melissa Ford and Ashley Jordan to win the 2009 Wahoo Poetry Out Loud Championship. Curran, Wahoo’s defending champion, will represent Wahoo at the regional competition on March 1 at . . .
WHS Honors American Government Student Attend Annual County Government Day
Honors American Government students from Wahoo High School recently had a chance to learn how Saunders County Government operates. County Government Day is held every year in November, giving students a chance to meet some of our . . .
Wahoo students to enter state-wide Science Olympiad in April 2009
The 47th Annual NATS (Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science) Fall Conference was held on October 9-11, 2008. The purpose of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science is the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and . . .
Ted Kooser Shares His Passion and Expertise
Eight Wahoo High School students and WHS English Teacher Larry Fangman recently attended an outdoor writing festival at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice. Former United States Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, read poetry to students, talked . . .
Program introduces teens to health profession opportunities
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Student Association for Rural Health, the Rural Health Education Network, and the Nebraska Area Health Education Center Program held the Eleventh Annual SARH Rural Health Career Day at the . . .
While students were on summer break, two WHS teachers were busy learning new information to take back into their classrooms. Ryan Mueller and Darold Foster both had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia in June to . . .
Steve Shannon, the Comparative Anatomy teacher at Wahoo High School, first brought up the idea of a CPR and first aid program a couple years ago. The idea originally came about to give students a real life application for what they learn . . .
Students Take Field Trip to District/County Courtrooms
On October 22, the Wahoo High School Business Law class went on a field trip to the Saunders County District and County Courts. “The goal of the field trip was to allow students to observe in person what they have been studying in . . .
The WHS Business Department computer lab received 18 new iMac computers this week. These iMacs include a 17-inch monitor and a 2GHz Intel Dual Core processor that allows students to use both Macintosh and Windows software. Thanks to Ms. . . .
Richard Gehrman, a local poet, novelist, and the grandfather of Wahoo junior Travis Bennett, visited Mr. Larry Fangman’s creative writing class on Friday. Gehrman recently completed the manuscript for his novel, Cow Creek. . . .
Alison Thomsen Wins Wahoo Poetry Championship
Five Wahoo students competed in the Wahoo High School Poetry Out Loud Championship on Tuesday, March 6. Alison Thomsen, Alex Callan, Patty Thares, Lindsay Knuter, and Kayla Coffey each recited two poems in front of judges Chris Arent (WHS . . .
Community Organizations Combine Efforts to Provide Nine Day Life-Saving Program
The students at Wahoo High School now will have an additional opportunity to have a positive effect on individuals in the Wahoo Public Schools and the Wahoo community, in general. Forty-two students in the Comparative Anatomy classes will . . .
Student 84% Voter Turnout Puts Public to Shame
Wahoo High School recently participated in the Nebraska Student Vote sponsored by the Nebraska Secretary of State's Office and the Omaha World Herald. The Nebraska Student Vote is a mock election, where students had the opportunity to . . .
Lindahl Speaks on U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence
Pop quiz! In the words of former WHS Social Sciences Teacher Mik Anderson, "Keep your scrawny eyeballs on your own paper--this is not a community exercise!" 1.) Who is remembered as the father of the Constitution? 2.) When . . .