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).
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.
Schmidt & Shaw
Monday, October 30th was the Digital Citizenship Assembly in the Blue Hill High School gym.
The Blue Hill Students and other schools came into the gym for a hilarious presentation. Bobby Truhe of KSB Law, a lawyer and presenter, took a different approach to the presentation than you’d expect. He made it fun and informational to keep the crowds’ attention. He made it fun by telling stories of students and their antics.
Bobby explained the laws and what kind of punishments could happen when doing certain things. He had talked about cyberbullying, sexting, and when a school has the right to act upon these offenses. The whole gym was erupting with laughter through most of the assembly.
Mr. Moore, Blue Hill High School Principal, explains why Bobby was chosen to present, “He was available out of three lawyers we could choose from. He is, also, one of our favorite’s as an administration.”
The Digital Citizenship Assembly was a smash hit with the schools’ students and left them thinking more seriously about potential consequences of online actions.
Kort and Kosse
Far from a surprise, the Lady Bobcat volleyball won their game vs. the Silver Lake Mustangs in a Tuesday night matchup. They came out strong with a first set finish of 25-8, the second set was 25-3, and they closed the first and final set with a score of 25-4.
It was youth night, a chance for young volleyball players to watch the game and get recognized. The youth volleyball players got to high-five the high school players after they were introduced. This gave the kids a chance to see what they will experience in high school.