Class of 2017
20 Hemingford High School 17
Student and Faculty Highlights of the Year
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Student Council Highlights – Another tremendous week of Homecoming thanks to the STUCO, along with leadership in the halls and classrooms all year long! Thanks to the over and above efforts by Sponsor Kay Horstman! She is one in a million! Officers - President – Emily Hansen; Vice President – Brooke Galles; Secretary – Natalie Gasseling, and Treasurer – Kaitlyn Kumpf
Student Council Members – Seniors – Brooke Turek, Taylee Neefe, Carli Cullan and Faith Rohrbouck; Juniors – Kelli Horstman, Macee Buchheit, Makenzie Kolle, Madison Glendy, Kelsey Winner, Connor Swanson, and Ian Brown ; Sophomores – Kobe Coryell, Josie Stewart, Jacobi Stumpff, Lauren Gasseling, Cade Payne, Luke Cullan, and Boston Goodsell. ; Frosh – Jori Stewart, Xavier Robb, Elijah Walters , Emily Knote, Kinzee Swanson, Jacob Clouse , Gabe Brown, Rashell Neefe, Carter Buchheit, and Brett Prelle
National Honor Society Members – Sponsor was Ms. Cullan, and 2017 Spring Induction was held April 24th in the Red Zone.
Music Department – HHS attended a PAC Choral gathering in Hay Springs in November, hosted WTC Honor Band in the spring, and traveled to Alliance for District Music. District Music Results: Josie Stewart, Vocal: I, Natalie Gasseling, Alto Sax: II, Jacob Clouse, Trumpet: II, Emily Hansen, Trumpet: I, Emily Knote, French horn: I, Gregory Randolph, Trombone: I, Carli Cullan, Flute: II, Becca Hanson, Flute: II, Mercedes Mazanec, Clarinet: II, Taylee Neefe, Clarinet: II, Maggie Moss/ Kylie Mendiola, Clarinet Duet: II, Taylee Neefe/Mackenzie Glendy /Mercedes Mazanec, Kylie Mendiola, Clarinet Quartet: II, Carli Cullan/Madison Glendy/Becca Hanson, Flute Trio: I, Carli Cullan/Natalie Gasseling/Emily Hanson/ Taylee Neefe, Mixed Winds Quartet: II, Concert Band: I, II, II, Jazz Band: I, II+, II, Concert Choir: III, III, IV, Jazz Choir: II, III, III
Drama and One Acts – The three-time defending District Champion Hemingford One-Act Play Cast and Crew performed, “ War At Home“ for their One Act Play, as well as “Elf” for their Holiday play next door in the Multi-Purpose Hall. HHS finished fourth at WTC, performed well at Districts, and was the PAC Champion! Cast and crew members were Kaitlyn Kumpf, Kelli Horstman, Carli Cullan, Rashell Neefe, Becca Hanson, Jacob Clouse, Lauren Gasseling, Cade Payne, Emily Hansen, Maddie Glendy, Craig Anglesey, Boston Goodsell, Kate-Lyn Dahl, Natalie Gasseling, Taylee Nefe, Brianna Grumbles, Emily Knote, Mackenzie Glendy, Maggie Moss, Macee Buchheit, John Ansley, Carter Buchhheit, and Gregory Randolph. Natalie Gasseling won “Best Actree” at both the PAC and WTC contests for Sponsor Tabi Prochazka.
Football – The Bobcats, coached by Jordan Haas and assisted by Taryn Wood, were State Play-off Qualifiers for the fifth straight year! Besides the PAC Championship, the boys earned a (4-1) District record and an overall record of (6-3) Panhandle All Conference honors went to Jameson Wood, Denton Payne, Kage Jespersen, Connor Swanson, Miles Davis, and Tarin Jespersen. HM Honors went to Brandon Chancellor.
Volleyball – Coach Natalie Wood saw her team tackle the HHS invitational, the Panhandle Conference Championship, a sub-District Championship, and a District Runner-Up. Their won-loss record of (27-5) was an all-time school record. Western Trails All- Conference Honors went to Natalie Gasseling, Brooke Turek, Kaitlyn Kumpf, and Faith Rohrbouk, with Honorable Mention awards going to Kelli Horstman and Lauren Gasseling. Panhandle All Conference Honors went to Brooke Turek, Natalie Gasseling, Kaitlyn Kumpf, Faith Rohrbouck, and Lauren Gasseling. HM honors went to Emily Hansen. Natalie made first team All-Area in the Scottsbluff paper, while Brooke was second team, and Kaitlyn and Faith Honorable Mention.
Cross Country – Coach Cindy Lanik, assisted by Coach Jamie Nunes saw some strong growth through the season, and had a freshman state qualifier in Jacob Clouse in 2016.
Girls Basketball – Coach Steve Morava and Assistant Lisa Janssen worked in concert with a talented group of seniors including Brooke Turek, who now holds the Girls Basketball Career Scoring record at HHS with 1,245 points! Put that together with 1,000 point scorer Natalie Gasseling, and 1,000 scorer Faith Rohrbouck! Not to mention Emily Hansen and Kaitlyn Kumpf who also led the program for the past four years! The Ladies were Panhandle Conference Champions once again, winning Sub-Districts, and finishing second in the WTC and District C2-6. First Team All Conference awards in the WTC went to Brooke Turek, Faith Rohrbouck, and Natalie Gasseling. Honorable mention awards went to Kaitlyn Kumpf and Emily Hansen.
Boys Basketball – Head Coach was Brennen Vogel, assisted by Joe Collins. The Cats were young, but finished second in the Western Trails Conference. First Team All WTC picks were Casey Lashley and Jameson Wood; Honorable Mention awards went to Brandon Chancellor and Miles Davis
Wrestling – Head Coach Pete Gomez was assisted by Scott Delsing, and though four former state qualifiers were sidelined by injury, and unavailable, the Cats relied on a youth movement to fill many weight slots in 2017. Senior Denton Payne returned to the team and led the way with younger brother Cade, Freshman Jaydon Walker and sophomore Justin Davis in placing or winning many meets during the season. Districts were at Sutherland in 2017. Justin Davis won three matches at the State Tourney, placing sixth. Other State Meet Qualifiers were Cade Payne, Denton Payne, Jaydon Walker, and Dylan Ernesti. First Team All-Conference awards in the WTC went to Justin Davis,
Dylan Ernesti, Jake Sellman, and Cade Payne. Jaydon Walker earned Honorable mention status.
Girls Track and Field – Head Coach was Randy Heimstra, assisted by Lisa Janssen, Jacob Brummer, and Jayme Nunes. Team leaders included Senior Emily Hansen in the throws and Freshman Jori Stewart in the Low Hurdles. Stewart finished as District Runner-Up in the Low Hurdles with an outstanding time of 47.2, qualifying for the 2017 Nebraska State Track meet in Omaha.
Boys Track and Field – Head Coach was were Randy Heimstra, assisted by Lisa Janssen, Jacob Brummer, and Jayme Nunes. Team Leaders included Casey Lashley in the High and Low Hurdles, and Dylan Ernesti in the 100 and the Long Jump. Ernesti broke the HHS School Record in the Long Jump, going 21’9.5” at Districts, where he was the runner-up. He qualified for the State Track Meet in that event, as well as in the 4x100 Relay, which ran a 44.7 to finish third at Districts in Mitchell. Other relay members advancing to the State Meet in Omaha were Jameson Wood, Jon Mayer, and Konnor Weber! Dylan Ernesti placed fifth at State in Class “C” !
Golf – Coach was Joe Collins. Small numbers kept the Cats from competing in team standings, but Alex Plog, Craig Anglesey and Boston Goodsell kept improving throughout the season.
Clubs and Activities
FFA- The HHS Welding team were District Champions in 2017, with Shawn Kvamme placing first in MIG welding, Denton Payne placing second in Arc welding and Kage Jespersen placing sixth in Oxyacetylene welding.
FCCLA- At the Denver Cluster in the Fall, Rashell Neefe won first in Junior Impromtu Speaking, while sister Taylee Neefe won fourth place in the Senior Division. Both Neefe sisters won State FCCLA Championships in April in Lincoln, qualifying them for the National Convention in Nashville.
Journalism- Only the BEST group of writers and photogs ever!
Cheerleading – Sponsor Mrs. Weber had the seven girls practicing non-stop to get them to perform their best.
Homecoming Royalty – Queen – Natalie Gasseling; King – Craig Anglesey; Attendants – Carli Cullan, Brooke Turek, Tarin Jespersen, and Denton Payne
Prom Royalty – Queen -; King; Attendants -
Prom Theme – “Masquerade Ball”, Dinner was served in the Red Zone, the Dance was in the Multi-Purpose Hall
Senior Class Motto – “If the sky were the limit, we wouldn’t have astronauts” - Unknown
Senior Colors –Scarlet and Cream
Senior Flower- White Rose Dipped in Red
Senior Sponsors – Mr. Jordan Haas and Mrs. Bridget Cullan
Senior Song – “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
Senior Class Officers – President – Carli Cullan; VP – Faith Rohrbouck; Secretary – Emily Hansen; Treasurer – Taylee Neefe Faculty Sponsors – Ms. Cullan and Mr. Haas
Junior Class Officers – President – Anna Manning; VP – Kage Jespersen; Secretary – Miles Davis; Treasurer – Liam Swires Faculty Sponsors – Mr. Brummer and Ms. Janssen
Sophomore Class Officers – President – Kobe Coryell; VP – Josie Stewart; Secretary – Luke Cullan; Treasurer – Jacbi Stumpff. Faculty Sponsors – Mrs. Hurtt and Mrs. Neefe
Freshmen Class Officers – President – Storm Jespersen; VP – Becca Hanson; Secretary – Carter Buchheit; Treasurer – Rashell Neefe Faculty Sponsors – Mr. Chatelain and Mr. Olson
Graduation – Board member Troy Turek welcomed the overflow crowd, and Mrs. Foster was honored with her husband for the many years they had served as our principals. Carli Cullan and Jameson Wood gave the Senior welcome, the crowd enjoyed the annual video show, followed by a farewell from Brooke Galles and Taylee Neefe. A highlight was the comedic duo of Emily Hansen and Kaitlyn Kumpf who presented Senior memories.
Valedictorian – Natalie Gasseling
Salutatorian – Faith Rohrbouck
Special or Unique Happenings – Two snow days in late January kept students home while drifts of heavy snow piled up in and around Hemingford. August 21st promised to be special, with a total Solar Eclipse expected on the 21st of August, 2017. Hemingford will be one of the most sought out destinations in our country for the event, due to clear skies and one of the longest durations of the event.
CSC Scholastic Contest Results –
Senior Class Enrollment – 33
Kindergarten Class Enrollment – 33
Yearbook Dedication –
Superintendent –Casper Ningen served as Superintendent for his Fourteenth year at District 10.
Principals – First year Elementary Principal Eric Arneson joined Secondary Principal Peggy Foster, serving her thirteenth year.
SPED Director - Mrs. Mandy Plog, has served here at District 10 for twenty years!
Elementary Teachers - Sue Benzel, Jeanette Chasek, Joei Cullan, Morgan Kuhn, Linda Folkerts, Ammie Frost, Shari Frost, Jennifer Gasseling, Dee Hannaford, Kerri Heusmann, Pamela Huddle, Cindy Lanik, Sarah McCabe, Michelle Osmotherly, Robyn Prochazka, Natalie Wood, and Sara Schmidt.
Secondary Teachers - David Chatelain, Joseph Collins, Jordan Haas, Randy Hiemstra, Kelly Horn, Kay Horstman, Ramona Hucke, Jacob Brummer, Bridget Cullan, Pete Gomez, Jill Hurtt, Lisa Janssen, Gordon Karney, Suzanne Neefe, Brad Olson, and Brandy Stark.
Other Staff Members - Kassy Broadway, Tobie Buchheit, Beth Dahl, Shawn Phillips, Dena Paris, Tammy Wickham, Mary Curtiss, Sylvia Reinmuth, Shelley Wyland, Deb Campbell, Brenda Davies, Lori Glendy, Lisa Haas, Sandy Haas, April Hanson, Jeanette Hucke, Phyllis Jesse, Joyce Klemke, Jennifer Lashley, Tom Love, Jim Miles, Megan Miles, Christy Ningen, Tre Surbeck, Pat Vogel, Lynn Weldon, and Kim Wills.
New Staff: Jamie Nunes, Fourth Grade, Cindy Jones, Central Office Custodian
Retiring Staff – Mrs. Peggy Foster, longtime Secondary Principal, Mrs. Joyce Klemke, longtime School District Business Manager, Mrs. Jeanette Chasek, Elem. SPED, Mr. Dave Chatelain, longtime Social Science Instructor, and Mrs. Linda Folkerts, longtime elementary and Title I instructor. Not retiring but departing the District were Brandy Stark, HS Business, and Hannah Smith, Elementary.