Traffic Safety Event

by Katlyn Brooks

On Wednesday, May 3rd, freshmen through seniors from Blue Hill, along with Silver Lake students, traveled to Red Cloud to attend a Traffic Safety event at the school. With the help of County Attorney Jennifer Benson, Crash-Reconstructionist Chris Slocum made an excellent presentation of the consequences of drinking and driving. Also, they discussed the formulas they use to figure things out about car collisions. For example, the formulas for how fast the vehicle was traveling, when the accelerator and the brakes were being pressed, and even if the driver and/or passenger(s) were wearing a seatbelt.

Following the drinking and driving presentation was another presentation by Officer Troy Schmitz about the dangers of social media.

Next, the students were brought outside to witness a controlled collision. A car was placed sideways in the roadway, while another car was driven 35 mph, hitting the parked car in the side.

Before the ride home, the students were taken back to the school for a meal of Little Caesar’s pizza, chips, cookies and bottled water.

Overall, it was a day full of both learning and excitement.

BHHS Prom 2K17

by Katlyn Brooks

Blue Hill’s 2017 Junior/Senior prom was held on April 22nd. With “Under the Sea” as a prom theme, you know it’s going to be a good one! It was a night full of beauty and fun. With pictures starting at 5 o’clock, the banquet started shortly after at about 6:30. The meal served was brisket with green beans, twice-baked potatoes, and ice cream for dessert. Sophomore servers also had a special performance for the juniors and seniors. After the meal, the students and teachers made their way to the high school where promenade would be held. Following the pictures was the dance. Overall, 2017’s prom was pretty successful, and it’s definitely one to remember.

Attorney General Youth Conference

by Katlyn Brooks

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Taylor Bonifas and Trenton Karr were accepted to attend the Attorney General Youth Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. The event will be held at the State Capitol building.

There are so many activities to do outside of the Capitol building. There’s shopping, restaurants, museums, zoos, theaters, and they could even tour the UNL campus.

The goal of this event is to learn about the government. They also get to meet the attorney general.

 

Provisional Agenda

9:30 Welcome
9:45 Oral Arguments
11:00 Senator Geist
11:30 Nebraska Supreme Court
12:00 Lunch at Governor’s Residence
1:15 Bureau Cheifs Panel
2:15 Recess
2:30 Consumer Protection; Digital Footprint
3:15 Consumer Protection; Mediation
4:00 Closing Remarks – Attorney General Peterson
4:30 Adjournment

 

FBLA holds first Winter Olympics

by: Katlyn Brooks

On Friday, March 10th, the Blue Hill FBLA members held the first Winter Olympics. This is a day all about sports. The high schoolers get together in teams and compete against each other. There were seven different teams of students, and each team contained 5 to 6 people. Some of the sports they play are basketball, ladder golf, corn hole, and dodge ball. “It was very successful,” FBLA’s vice president, Collin Brown says, “and we’re planning on making this an annual event.” 

ACTIONS Day

By Becky Cox

Every year in March CCC hosts their annual ACTIONS Day. ACTIONS stands for Academic Competition That Inspires Our Nation’s Scholars. This is the school’s 26th year hosting. This day originated in Sandy Creek, but quickly outgrew the small school.

A day full of taking tests, sound boring doesn’t it? It can actually be pretty fun. Teachers enter their students in a category they tend to excel in. Events range from Notorious People to Genetics to Music. Students can be entered into three different tests and must at least take two. Around 800 students from 26 schools in the Tri City area attended to compete.

Students from Blue Hill that placed are

Michael Hiller- 4th Accounting & 5th Physical Science

Becky Cox- 4th Common Proverbs, 5th Family Consumer Science & 4th Art

Lindsey Hafer- 5th  First Aid

Colby Karr- 5th Mythology & 1st Word Problems

Trace Ockinga- 1st Spelling & 5th Sports

Trent Karr- 5th Word Problems

JC Himmelberg- 5th English 1 & 5th Biology

Rylee Kohmetscher- 3rd English 1 & 1st Biology

Taylor Bonifas- 2nd American History

Jami Kirchner-4th Biology

Ondra Kokoška- 3rd Trigonometry

Bobcat Speech Team

by Katlyn Brooks

This season, the bobcat speech team has been placing really good. On February 4th they were invited to Aurora to compete. Poetry placed second and sixth, while Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID) placed third and fifth. They were also invited to Sandy Creek’s competition on February 11th, placing even better. While OID placed fourth, poetry placed first! About two weeks later on February 22nd, was the Twin Valley Conference (TVC). OID placed second and poetry placed fifth. Three days later on February 25th, poetry got fifth place and OID got third place. The team will participate in districts on March 14th at Deshler.

“This is my first year working with the speech team,” says Mrs. Schwinn, “so I’m learning a lot about how the competitions actually work. Blue Hill has a small group compared to many other nearby schools so the chances of winning meets is always slim. However, the events we do take always compete very closely with the best in their respective events. Even after multiple practices and meets, the OID still makes me laugh with their Star Wars characters.”

 

Poetry:

Becky Cox

 

Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID):

Becky Cox

Collin Brown

Lindsey Hafer

Jami Kirschner

Bradley Morse

Accounting classes Attend Mary Lanning Panel Discussion

By Johnny Bauman

On Wednesday morning the Accounting I and Accounting II classes went up to the Mary Lanning Medical Center in Hastings. The students were engaged in a panel discussion with top people in business related fields and learned how marketing and business can relate to and affect the medical field.

The human resources department spoke first; it is headed by two women. The human resource department is in charge of all the employees and the culture of the medical center, human resource is split into three divisions, among these divisions are employee issues, and recruiting. Recruiting is a big field in the Human Resource department due to the fact that they need to find and hire the best candidate who best fit for the job they have available.

The second woman on the panel represented Patient Accounts and the Business Office. She talked about the revenue cycle and how it affects the money flow of the hospital. Everyday the hospital generates 908 thousand dollars in donations and pay, the staff of 1200 at Marry Lanning costs the hospital between 1.6 million and 2.2 million dollars.

The third person on the panel was in charge of Finance and Accounting. With this department capital is vital and being in charge of this field  you oversee account payable and keeping track of insurance contracts and in one year Mary Lanning collects 330 million dollars  in revenue. Fourth on the panel was in charge of the quality standard at Mary Lanning, and has safety huddles at 8:30 every morning to discuss what progress and what has been said about the care and quality at Mary Lanning. Based on the satisfaction rating of the hospital, the government pays the hospital and contributes to its funds.

The fifth and final person on the panel was the Public Relations and marketing department. In most hospitals to promote their brand, they need 30-40 people and Mary Lanning only has 6 people who produce and work on tv productions and the website. All the branches are color coded by the marketing department so they give all the centers and everything a special meaning.