Junior Justin Vrooman knows how to give AG2G at State Track by leading a prayer following the 1600 M run on Saturday. Congratulations on your Class C gold medals in the 1600 M and 3200 M runs, Justin!
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! They will walk across the stage on Sunday, May 14 to receive their high school diplomas. The Class of 2017 worked extremely hard during their high school careers - here is just a glimpse of their accomplishments:
Congratulations to Mr. Veilleux for receiving the Jack Snyder Young Band Director Award! Recipients of this award are teachers in their third to seventh year of teaching who have developed their band program, sought out professional growth, inspired students, and displays commitment to their whole band program. Nominations are made by colleagues, parents, or students and require letters of recommendation compiled by the nominator. The Nebraska State Bandmasters Past Presidents' Committee selects the award recipients.
Way to go, Mr. Veilleux!
The 5th Grade class at St. Michael's Elementary School started the year off by writing, acting, and producing a newscast about honor. In addition to news, the newscast even included weather and commercials!
The newscast was used at the St. Michael's school assembly to introduce honor as the virtue that Hastings Catholic Schools will focus on this year.
Over the last six years, the Hastings Catholic Schools Unity Board has held an occasional event called "A Call to Unity Assembly." This assembly focuses on the Unity Board's work, the direction of the school, and the goals that have been set forth for the coming year(s). Besides communication, this is also an opportunity to learn about the committees of the Unity Board, their recent accomplishments and their upcoming goals. The most recent "Call to Unity" assembly was held on Sunday, September 18.
Please consider serving on a committee and taking an active role in helping Hastings Catholic Schools collectively live out its mission as a school community. The current committees are Enrollment and Marketing, Finance, Faith, School Experience, and Facilities.
This summer STC students Mary O'Keeffe and Claire Redinger traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the National Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Leadership Conference and placed 10th in the Publication Design contest.
They traveled with six other students from Lincoln Southwest and their adviser, Mr. Hinrichs, who is a '99 STC alum. According to Mr. Hinrichs, the girls were an absolute delight to have on the trip, and he was honored to be able to take them on their first trip to nationals. This was the first time STC had qualified/sent students to compete at nationals, so for the girls to place in the top ten on the first trip is quite an achievement. There were over 10,000 students that attended this national conference who competed in over 70 different events, so competition is pretty tough, but Claire and Mary came through in true STC fashion!
During the conference the Nebraska FBLA delegation attended an Atlanta Braves game on July 1. Pictured are two current STC students in addition to three STC alums.
Front (L-R): Claire Redinger (2017) and Mary O'Keeffe (2017)
Back (L-R): Josh Hinrichs (1999) - Lincoln Southwest Adviser, Molly (Uridil) Engelhardt (2000) - Kenesaw Adviser, and Nick Jarzynka (1983) - Elkhorn Adviser
From June 6 through June 10, eighteen students committed their summer mornings and some afternoons to a focused preparation for their ACT test held on June 11. This special preparation class was open to students entering grades 10 through 12 for the 2016-2017 school year and included several first time test takers as well as five students with previous ACT testing experience.
Faculty members Sister Christa Marie (English and Reading) and Mr. Seth Elley (Math and Science) drilled students in the testing concepts, often reviewing material students had learned in previous instructional years. Practice tests were given on each day to familiarize students with the format of the test and the content of test instructions. Teachers spent time explaining the logic behind answer choices and students were able to graph their own performance improvement throughout the week.
Results were very encouraging. Those with previous ACT scores for comparison saw composite score improvements of up to four points, thereby positioning themselves for college acceptances and scholarship offerings.
In the area of reading, a school wide focus, students with previous ACT reading scores for comparison realized increases in scores, with one student achieving an eight point improvement!
Feedback from student participants via survey showed an overwhelming consensus that the class met the expectations of the students; they highly recommended that the course be repeated next year. Sister, Mr. Elley, and Mr. Toman (school counselor) are currently looking at the outcomes with course improvements in mind with a look to offering this aid to students once again.
Congratulations to those students who attended! We are proud of your commitment to academic excellence!
Sophomore Christian Hessler, son of Brian and Anne Hessler of Hastings, has been selected to represent the state of Nebraska at the Youth Leadership Program sponsored by the FBI National Academy Associates. The Academy is a private, nonprofit organization which is not part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The program will be held on the campus of the FBI Academy/DEA Academy in Quantico, VA, the most prestigious law enforcement training facility in the world, and is designed to grow and/or enhance leadership skills of the highest level. The program will last from June 23 to July 1. All expenses for this week are provided by the Nebraska Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA).
Christian first heard of this program from his father, who is an administrative sergeant for the Hastings Police Department. Following the submission of his application and recommendations, he was one of five finalists interviewed and received his official acceptance into the program the first week of May. The Academy accepts one person per state. In his letter of selection, Detective Larry Kinne of the McCook Police Department and YLP Committee chairperson, told Christian that "... the entire YLP Committee would like to tell you that you impressed each one of us and based upon your application and you as a person, we know that you will meet and exceed our expectations as you represent us at the YLP."
Christian's response to his selection? "I hope to enhance my leadership skills, people skills, and teamwork skills by learning from such experienced people as Secret Service Agents, FBI Agents, and other invited instructors. I'm just very excited about this opportunity and can't wait to board that plane to Washington!"
Christian's activities at St. Cecilia include participation in the athletic areas of football, bowling, and golf, as well as the extracurricular activities of speech, quiz bowl, and Teens for Life. Hastings Catholic Schools joins Christian in this honor and wishes him a very exciting summer experience!
Founded in 1991, the Building Leadership and Unity through Education (B.L.U.E.) dinner and auction has provided the Hastings Catholic Schools significant financial support to educate thousands of children to grow in faith, knowledge and community. As we reflect back on the past 26 years, we are truly grateful for the Hastings Catholic Community, the volunteers and donors for supporting B.L.U.E. and the future of Catholic education in Hastings. Your participation is very important to the success of this years event. B.L.U.E. includes a dinner, program, live and silent auction, car lottery, cash lottery and raffles.
If you are unable to attend the banquet, join in the fun as you bid on a variety of silent auction items by visiting the website on any mobile device.