One-Act Overview

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This year, Blue Hill One-Act put on a new play written and directed by our own Mrs. Luke. Students received many awards with a terrific group of new and returning members.

The play called “872 Days” was inspired by a story told to Mrs. Luke by a friend at church last May. He talked about the Siege of Leningrad during World War II. He was using this historical story to illustrate altruism and the importance of giving, but Mrs. Luke made a self-note to look into the Siege. She did not know this story, so she started with a basic Google search and read the barebones facts of the Siege. This led her to an inspiring story about WWII refugees.

872 days takes place in September of 1941, Hitler and his allies surrounded and bombarded Leningrad, Russia. They cut off all supplies and bombed the food storage with the deliberate intent of starving the population.

Our One-Act team, lead by Mrs. Luke, went to the TVC contest at Harvard High School on November 14th. They were awarded TVC Runner-up. John Rouse was awarded Best Supporting Actor while, Jami Kirchner, Tanner Lemke, & Britney Toepfer got honorable mentions.

On November 19th, One Act held their annual Dessert and a Show at the high school. During this event, the New York City trip also hosts a silent auction to raise travel funds.

The group was awarded Outstanding Technical Theater in the Lincoln High School Play Festival on November 21st. They also received Acting Honors for John Rouse, Taylor Bonifas, and Ladelle Hazen. Through the tough competitions of Districts, they made 5th place. While this did not secure them a spot at state, the school is still extremely proud of the original play and how beautifully the students performed.

One-Act’s final performance will be at Hastings College at 7 P.M. (Scott Studio Theatre 710 Turner Ave in Hastings).

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Blue Hill Students attend Sportsmanship Conference

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On Wednesday, a chosen group of Blue Hill students went to a sportsmanship assembly in Kearney. The purpose was to teach the students how to be good sports. Blue Hill has always been known for great fans and kids who not only play their heart out, but respect their opponents.

Teacher, Ben Jones said he wanted everyone in the seventh grade class when he started his first year to go at least once to learn leadership and sportsmanship, not only for sports but also other organizations.

Veterans Day Program

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This Tuesday, November 7th, Blue Hill Schools hosted the Veterans Day Program in honor of our local and national military veterans.

The Blue Hill American Legion & Auxiliary Post #176 sponsored and ran the program. The school is thankful for their contribution to the program, and their contributions to our country. Their Post Commander, Mr. Harlan Siebrass, conducted the program like years before.

After welcoming everyone to the program, he lead the 4 members in the posting of the colors. The band played the “Star Spangled Banner” as everyone saluted the flags. Mr. Siebrass then led the Pledge Of Allegiance. The elementary stated it loud and proud.

Siebrass introduced the Girls’ State and Boys’ State representatives. Senior, Taylor Bonifas spoke about her experiences at the Girls’ State. She reminisced about her experiences at Girls’ State and the passion girls throughout Nebraska had for politics. Trent Karr gave an inspirational speech about his experience at the Boy’s State as well. He was detailed, overviewing, and finished it out with a call to the crowd to be the best you.

After those spectacular speeches, Mrs. Drury lead the Choir in a special song to the Veterans. They sang “We Honor You,” an angel-like tribute to war veterans.

Afterwards, Mr. Siebrass introduced the last speaker of the program, Pastor Harold King. The Pastor presented the history of how Veterans’ Day came to be. Ethan Sharp, Senior, says, “I learned from the speech that Veterans’ Day was not originally called that.”

This lead to a perfectly timed song from the band. They played “Marches Armed Forces.” At the end of the song, Siebrass lead the 4 men back to retire the colors and close the program.

Trent Karr ended the experience with a final tribute. A tribute to the fallen, the wounded, and the people. With his trumpet cloaked behind the stage curtains, he honorably played “Taps.”

Mr. Siebrass thanked the people for attending and allowing them to put on this program year after year.

Bobcats Head to District Finals

 

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On Tuesday, October 30th, the Lady Bobcats beat the Bulldogs and the Flyers, and  succeeded into district finals. The first Sub District game was against the Bulldogs, and the Bobcats won the first set 25-13. The Bobcats flew by the second set with the score of 25-6. The final set was 25-12 for the Bobcats to succeed into the second game for Sub Districts against the Flyers. The Bobcats had an easy first set against the Flyers with a final score of 25-15. The second set was a close game, but the Bobcats finished the second set strong with a final score of 25-22. The third set the Flyers caught up to the Bobcats with a Flyer win 26-24. The fourth set the Bobcats came back and won Sub District finals with a final score of 25-18, leading the Bobcats to District finals against Overton at GICC on November 2nd.

TVC Champs

The lady Bobcats rolled past all the competition in the TVC volleyball tournament, leaving them in the championship round against the Red Cloud Warriors. The Bobcats were slow at the start of the first set. Then came out with a win for the first set, 25-20. The second set was a game to keep everyone on their feet, but the Bobcats finished strong to end the set, 26-24. The final set of the championship game was an intense game, but Bobcats finished with a victory, 25-20. The crowd and players erupted with excitement with this huge win, clenching the TVC title.