Wind Turbines

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This summer our little town of Blue Hill got some major upgrades near by. The state energy board approved a $140 Million wind farm.

The Cottonwood Wind Project plans to have 52 turbines and a capacity to generate 89.5 megawatts of power.

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Funded by NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s biggest wind developer, the project will produce about $800,000 a year in lease payments to 35 landowners and about $864,000 a year in local taxes. They project a 7% increase in tax revenue for Webster county. It will also create five permanent, full-time jobs, and about 300 temporary jobs during their construction. 

The Nebraska Power Review Board approved the project on the condition that it sign a power purchase agreement with them. It is expected to be signed by the end of the year. NPPD is currently in the process of lining up industrial and manufacturing customers that are seeking to use nature friendly energy resources. Those companies will be contracted for “renewable energy credits” to cover most of the wind farm’s generation.

At least two companies have expressed interest in buying about 65 megawatts of credits through the Blue Hill project. It’s also possible that the project will help attract a new company to Nebraska seeking to use green energy and lock in a good price for electricity through a 15-year contract. Since the developer purchased equipment prior to January 1st, the project will qualify for federal energy production tax credits.

Mrs. Bonifas, Blue Hill Teacher, speaks her mind about the wind turbines, “In many ways I think they are a good addition because of the power that we can generate without coal, and the revenue that can be generated for our school and for landowners.”

She goes on to say ”I don’t like the fact that they are permanent, so at this point there is no changing of anyone’s mind whether they want them or not.I think there are many pros and cons to the windmills, but the truth is that we as a society use a lot of power, and as the population continues to grow, and we continue to use more power, we have to prepare ourselves for new ideas in alternative sources of power and fuel.”
The new additions south of Blue Hill have already caused controversy and debate, but they will provide benefits to the community for years to come.

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“I love you guys” Safety Procedures

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Blue Hill Schools are implementing new protocol to keep the school safe. These changes are happening throughout the state of Nebraska for consistency in procedures should an emergency situation arise.

The school canceled classes on Wednesday, November 22nd to train the staff and on Friday, December 1st, committee members (Mrs. Brown, Mr. Muth, and Mr. Moore) presented students with new safety procedures.

This new program came about after a dad lost his daughter in a school shooting. The program got the name “I love you guys,” because that was the last text she sent before being killed. The dad, a graphic designer, created graphics for schools to post. 

Some of the new procedures include students going out back of the school for fire drills, instead of the front. Another new safety procedure is locking all doors in the school, including classroom doors. Every teacher’s room must be locked, and to get into the classroom you must knock. If a shooter were to come into the building, students would be safer, as he/she would not be able to easily enter the classrooms.

Another new rule is if anyone is in the hallway when a shooter enters the building, teachers are not allowed to let them into the classroom. It is a safety rule in case the student would happen to be the shooter or if the shooter is close enough to follow into the classroom. In the past, students and staff have been trained to stay in the classroom at all times, but the new procedures tell them to run awa

y if possible if a school is on lockdown.

Other changes include verbiage used to communicate procedures and numbers posted in all classroom windows to help emergency vehicles find students. Posters around the building show different procedures for various threats and students and staff members will continuously practice and train on what each of these mean.

Students are being taught what to do in different situations. These new rules will help keep students safe at anytime something tragic happens.

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).

State Football Pep Rally!

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On Friday, November 17th a pep rally was held for the football team making it to state. The first game was guess the legs. Each senior boy had to take off their shoes and show their legs, they hid behind the tarp and the coaches had to guess which legs belonged to whom. The coaches had photos of each face and that they had to stick them on the tarp to guess each player. Two dads stood in for their sons to add some humor and challenge.

The second game was the Jackie Legs Race named for Mr. Armes. Each player had to catch a foam football in their shirt and jump to halfcourt like a kangaroo.

The third game was the NFL Celebration. Each team had to come up with a celebration they would do if they played for the NFL. The student section then got to cheer for who had the best celebration. Shawnie said, “The NFL Celebrations game was my favorite, because it was funny and made me laugh.” The best celebration was the bowling ball with pins.

The pep rally was a big success getting the student body excited for the big game on Monday. The Bobcats ended their season with a 2nd place finish with a devastating loss to BDS. The school is very proud of their accomplishments throughout the season.

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Volleyball Goes to State!

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On Thursday, November 9, the Blue Hill spirit squad put on a pep rally for the state qualifying Bobcat volleyball team. At the pep rally, the girls completed three games based on their team motto: “Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It.”

For the first event, the team was split into 3 teams, and they had to get into sleeping bags and crawl across the floor without the sleeping bag falling off. After the full team accomplished this, they had to pull their coach on a bed sheet around the gym. Ms. Vankirk’s team won this game.

The next game required the girls to serve 5 volleyballs over the net with their nondominant arm, and then scoot across the gym as a “human caterpillar.” Mrs. Ostrander’s team won this game.

In the last game, volleyball players had to find toilet paper hidden in the crowd. They then had to wrap their coach in toilet paper. The crowd voted for the best wrapped coach. Ms. Vankirk was wrapped as a bride, Mrs. Allen as a princess, and Mrs. Ostrander as a robot. The student section got to yell for who was best wrapped. Mrs. Allen won this event.

The volleyball team plays tonight at Lincoln East at 5:30. Come support the girls at state!

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.

Digital Citizenship Assembly

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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.