Area News Digest
Taken from the columns of area newspapers.
School offers computer skills certification
BROKEN BOW—Broken Bow High School is paving the way for students to graduate with job skills in the computer industry. Students in middle school and high school are now able to obtain computer skills certifications as part of their general curriculum. The Microsoft Office specialist certification recognized standards-based credential for validating Microsoft skills, giving kids a solid foundation that will serve them well when they go into the workforce. Students complete coursework in Microsoft programs including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Access, then complete a test of the learned skills for their certificate.—reported in the Custer County Chief.Students hatching rainbow trout eggs
OGALLALA—Prairie View School’s fifth-grade students are working with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologist Darrol Eichner to operate a hatchery for rainbow trout. During the project, students will take water samples and test for pH, nitrates and ammonia. They will lean about the importance of oxygen, water quality and the temperatures of lakes and rivers for trout species. The hatchery is located inside of the school’s library where fertilized eggs arrived on Jan. 11, and are expected to hatch within the next couple of weeks. In total, students will observe the trout life cycle for two and a half months.—reported in the Keith County News.
Queen candidates ‘overrule’ Royalty vote
CURTIS—The Winter Royalty for McCook Community College was announced recently during “Blue Out Night,” but the queen candidates “overruled” the results of an election by students and faculty. When the four queen candidates were announced, they got together and decided a fifth candidate was the best choice. So when Grayce Jorgensen of Curtis was elected queen, she crowned Makayla Payton to take her place. Payton is someone who bleeds MCC Blue, spends more time in the gym than Coach Fernetti, always has a smile on her face and never complains about hard work. She is the student assistant for the team and is described as a joy to be around, working tirelessly to help the Lady Indians program, and deserving of the honor.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold participates in statewide activity
ARNOLD—On Jan. 25, the Nebraska Loves Public Schools group kicked off the second “I Love Public Schools Day,” a day devoted to engaging all citizens in Nebraska to celebrate our teachers, students and public school communities. Arnold Public School was excited and honored to participate in the statewide activity and all staff and teachers wore their T-shirts with the logo, “I Heart Public Schools.” It is the only statewide project that encourages Nebraskans to become more aware of what’s happening in their public schools and to show pride in their school community.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Callaway takes third place at MNAC art show
CALLAWAY—The Callaway High School art students competed recently in the MNAC art show in North Platte. They had a great showing of work and came home with third place honors in the 15 school conference. Art teacher, Suzi Campbell, was pleased with the results of the showing and the hard work her students put into the event. The conference had put new restrictions on this year’s show where each school was only allowed to submit three pieces of artwork in each category, which made for a lot of friendly competition amongst the school itself, and brought out the best work from the students.—reported in the Callaway