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446ceec1f3b37 The Class of 1976 (Please click to enlarge)
The Class of 1976 (Please click to enlarge)

Class of 1976

by Staff

May 16, 2006

19Hemingford High School 76

Student and Faculty Highlights of the Year

Student Council Highlights  The student council helped to direct parents to the correct classrooms during Parent-Teacher conferences, as well as attending state convention in York. There were assemblies sponsored for all students as well.

Student Council Members  President Bruce Foley, VP Kim Hansen, Members -  Sherri Gordon and Dan Campbell

Music Department A highlight was the cancellation of the Panhandle Conference Choral Clinic, set to hosted by Hemingford! Since the clinician, Dr. Raymond Miller, University of Nebraska was already in town when the storm hit, he worked exclusively with the Hemingford Chorus. Ms. Barb Ball was a student teacher at HHS, and assisted Jim Miller, Music Instructor.

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446ceec1f3b37Hangin' out in the Parking Lot - Still a student favorite!
Hangin' out in the Parking Lot - Still a student favorite!

Musical The drama club helped to host a presentation of , 1776, a play put on by The Continental Theatre Company of Kansas. It was funded by grants from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Village bicentennial committee, as well as numerous contributions from the community and local merchants.

Drama and One Acts Outstanding stage tech awards went to Doug Armstrong and Dan Campbell

Speech Several students excelled in speech, including Annette Wilkins and Keri Votruba, both garnering superiors at districts.

Football Coach Dale Riens team only finished 4-5, but upset the defending conference champs Hay Springs  8-6.  Other victories came over Harrison 26-8, Minatare 22-0, and Crawford 32- 14. Losses were against Mitchell, Rushville, St. Agnes, Morrill, and Hyannis.  All Conference awards went to Brian Wacker, Dan Lliteras, Dave Roes, Bruce Foley, Dudley Prochazka, and Doug Armstrong. The outstanding player award went to Dudley Prochazka

Volleyball  The team finished with a solid 10-7 record, including first round wins at the Hemingford Invite and at districts. They were conference runner-ups in the Panhandle, beating Harrison and Hyannis, and losing to St. Agnes. Coach Knaubs team broke in the new gym floor with a victory over Rushville. Sue Smith, Colleen Katen, Penny Overshiner, Carol Wood, Sue Schekall, and Sheri Gordon were all members of the team. Carol Wood was the outstanding volleyball player for the year.

Cross Country The team finished in 16th place at State, with Tom Yellow Hairt placing 19th and Doug Messersmith finishing 36th. Other team members included Casey Brost and John Sherlock. Outstanding runner award went to Tom Yellow Hair

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446ceec1f3b37Royalty 1976
Royalty 1976

Boys Basketball 17-6, with a berth in regional play-offs, and a shot at state had Coach Dale Riens team fired up in their game against North Platte St. Pats. Though they fell short, the season was a great one for Bobcat fans, as they were CSC Tourney Champions, Panhandle Conference Runner-ups, and District Champions. Individual all conference honors went to Tom Yellow Hair, Steve Morava, and Dan Lliteras.  The JV team, coached by Lois Russ, finished with a 12-3 won loss record. Outstanding player award went to Tom Yellow Hair

Wrestling  Three Cat mat men advanced to the state tourney, with Casey Brost, Dudley Prochazka, who led the team with 26 wins, and Kirt Kiester making the trip to the big show in Lincoln. Other team members for Coach Larry Schnell who took over for injured coach Lawrence Johnson, included Dan Swanson, Bruce Foley, Dean Buskirk, Dave Horner, and John Sherlock. Outstanding wrestler award went to Dudley Prochazka. Dual victories came over Minatare, Bayard, Chadron Job Corp, and Oshkosh. The team was Panhandle Conference Runner-up.

Girls Track and Field  Julie Laeger set a record in the 80 yard hurdles, Mary Schekall set the record in the mile, and the mile relay of Colleen Katen, Leisa Garner, Mary Schekall, and Julie Laeger also re-set their record. Though there were no state qualifiers, the girls  ran hard. Other team members included Gailene Horstman, Audrey Davies, Rosann Stumf, and Nancy Lembke. Outstanding girls trickster was Penny Overshiner.

Boys Track and Field  Record setters Bob Haas in the triple jump, Tom Yellow Hair in the two mile, and Dan Lliteras in the discus led the team. Lliteras was a district champ in his specialty, and finished 7th at state. Yellow Hair was a district runner-up and finished 9th at state in the two mile. The boys team won the Harrison Invite, and finished second at the Hay Springs Invite.  Other team members included Terry Messersmith, Tom Zajic, Doug Duncan, Doug Messersmith, and Dave Roes. Outstanding track award went to Tom Yellow Hair

Golf Superintendent Don Hanks was the team sponsor, as four boys, Chuck Schmitt, Mike Delsing, Dudley Prochazka, and Dan Swanson finished as Panhandle Conference Runner-up, Hay Springs Invite Runner-up, Hemingford Invite Runner-up, and Crawford Invite Runner-up.

Clubs and Activities Hemingford had a FHA member elected to a national office as Rosann Stumf became a delegate in Kansas City. The FFA chapter hosted  a basketball game against the FFA chapter in Alliance.Dan Golka took 7th place at state land judging, while Casey Brost and Dan Ray also qualified for state. The FFA also helped lay sod in front of the new gym. H-Club Presidents were Steve Morava and Sue Schekall; Vice Presidents were Kim Hansen and Doug Messersmith; other officers included: Carol Wood, Sheri Gordon, and Doug Armstrong.

Strange but True The science club sponsored the annual Penny Carnival, which featured a contest for the meanest teacher, and the meanest student , Carol Wood to be targets in the dunking tank. They raised $250! Judo was taught in PE by Mr. Russ, while Shorthand, taught by Mr. Knaub, was also still in vogue. Beginning swimming, business law, Motorcycle Driving lessons, and Humanities were also offerings for students.

Fashions Mood Rings and bib over-alls helped Hemingford stay on the fashion cutting edge

Homecoming Royalty King Steve Morava and Queen Sue Schekall. First attendants were Carol Wood and Dudley Prochazka; Second attendants were Kim Hansen and Bruce Foley. Annette and Mary Pat Wilkins won the coloring contest, while the cheerleaders won the hall decorating contest. Though the football team and the volleyball team each lost to Alliance St. Agnes in Homecoming games, the dance, featuring The Diplomats was arousing success.

Prom Royalty  King Tom Yellow Hair; Queen Carol Wood; Attendants Sonya Heinz, Gailene Horstman, Susan Smith, Bob Wood,  Doug Duncan, and Dave Roes. Bold Lightning played to decorations that included a fountain, waterfall, pond and foot bridge.  Crown bearers were Kyle Wurst and Susan Olson.

Prom Theme Saturday at the Park, featuring a hedge made of napkins and painted tree murals.

Senior Class Motto  I cannot predict what I will be, I can only live what I am , Class Song, Do  You Know Where You're Going To  ( Theme from Mahogany) Class flower Red Rose. The Seniors sang Halls of Ivy at Graduation as well.

Senior Class Officers President Dan Duncan, VP Doug Armstrong, Secretary   Kim Hansen, Treasurer Sherri Laeger

Junior Class Officers No information in yearbook – please contact us with any

Sophomore Class Officers President Mary Schekall, VP Mike Kresl, Secretary Mary Pat Wilkins, and Treasurer Gailene Horstman

Freshmen Class Officers President Bob Wood, Secretary Jennifer Uhrig, Treasurer Julie Laeger

Outstanding Student Kim Hansen

All Around Student Carol Wood

Other Awards Citizenship Pam Mazanec and Dudley Prochazka, Kim Hansen was the FHA president and pep club president, as well as finishing in the top 15 in the state on the Betty Crocker economics test.

Recipients of the Monsignor McDonald Award Nancy Zeller- Staff, Doug Armstrong,Science, Kim Hansen Sportsmanship. and Ellen Adamson Perfect Attendance. Kenny Darveau scored the highest on the National Math Exam.

Special or Unique Happenings A television production class was offered this year at Hemingford High.

CSC Scholastic Contest Results  Brian Cullan won a first in World Geography

Senior Class Enrollment 38

Kindergarten Class Enrollment  16

Yearbook Dedication The yearbook was dedicated to the United States, with many pages devoted to the 200 year history of our country. The school also published The Feline , a student produced school newspaper.

Elementary Teachers Mrs. Hucke, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Hebbert, Mrs. Laeger, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Stolldorf and Mrs. Christensen.

Elementary Principal Mr. Glen Kotschwar

Secondary Principal Mr. Lyle Fodnes

Superintendent Mr. Don Hanks

Secondary Teachers Mr. Miller, Mrs. Volkmer, Mr. Knaub, Mr. Rien, Mrs. Shaver, Mrs. Hanks, Mr. OMalia, Mrs. Millhollin, Mr. Schnell, Mr. Bahn, Mr. Russ, Mr. Fodnes, Mr. Stolldorf, Mrs. Headden, Mr. Vahrenkamp, Mrs. Gasseling, Mr. Hansen,

Other Staff Members Bruce Winten, Bernard Caha, Rebecca Yellow Hair, Pat Burri, Pat Sherlock, Devona Price, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Yardley

Board Members  Otto Uhrig, Neil Bailey, Norma Wood, and Vance Rosenberger


Class of 1976

Date Subject Posted by:
05/26/2006 GREAT information! Those were the days. Thanks for putting all this on the school web site. It looks great.
John H.
06/12/2006 Thank you for compiling the highlights from 1976. It has been a trip down memory lane this year with our 30th class reunion and also reading this compilation. I appreciate all the effort that went into this. What a nice resource to have available.
Kim (Hansen) Engel
Hemingford Panhandle Public Health District Director
07/03/2007 nice trip down memory lane! THOMAS D. YELLOW HAIR tdyh1@hotmail.com KLAUKKALA, FINLAND LABORER

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