On Thursday, April 6th, the Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA left for the FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Omaha at 7 a.m. Upon arrival in Omaha, the FBLA members stopped for brunch at Cracker Barrel. After checking into the hotel and going to registration the members attended the 2016-2017 SLC opening session. At the session schools were recognized for starting new chapters, gaining more members, and receiving ribbons. The opening session also had the conference’s key speaker, Hoan Do, talk. Hoan Do is a coach, author, and competed in American Ninja Warrior. Hoan Do’s message was “success is not what you know, but what you do”. After Hoan Do spoke, 2017-2018 state officer candidates, gave their speeches on why they should be elected. When the opening session ended FBLA members went to their competitions. The competitions throughout the SLC ranged from job interviews, accounting tests, and computer programming. Friday consisted of more competitions, delegates voting, an honorable mention session, and a FBLA dance. At the session Friday night, Wilcox-Hildreth left with two awards. The first award was to James and Lisa Ziebarth for outstanding volunteers, Alec Z went on stage to accept this award. James and Lisa have donated both Nebraska Cornhusker football tickets and their time to the Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA Chapter for many years. The next award was a Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Scholarship given to Skylar H. This scholarship gives $100 towards tuition and pays for the students first year of PBL dues. On Saturday, April 8th, before heading home the Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA attended the closing awards session for the 2016-2017 FBLA SLC. At the session, the new 2017-2018 state officers were handed the gavel and more awards were given to competitors. Brooke G, Skylar H, and Riley P were awarded 5th Place in E-Business! After the ceremony, the FBLA members headed back to Wilcox. Overall, it was a very successful week for the Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA Chapter!
On March 16th, the Wilcox-Hildreth track team attended UNK track meet. Caleb S finished first in the 2 mile with a time of 11:37.65 and Brandon G finished sixth 13:03.39. Sydnie V jumped 4′ 0″ in girls’ high jump and finished the 55m hurdles in 10.62 seconds. Trevor Y finished the 800 M Run in 2:24.09 and placed seventh. In boys triple jump Trevor Y jumped 34′ 1.25″ and Sidney G jumped 39′ 6.5″ places sixth. Bryce T placed eleventh in long jump with 17′ 8″. In girls’ pole vault Kathryn P placed 4th with a jump of 7′ 6″ and Skylar M placed 5th with a jump of 7′ 6″. In girls’ 55 M dash Skylar M finished in 8.64 seconds. Clayton N threw 31′ 10.5″ in boys shot put. Brandon G ran the boys’ one mile in 6:13.25 and Caleb S finished in 5:49.06. In girls’ shot put Carlie R threw 30″ 3′. Riley P ran the boys’ 55 M Dash in 7.84 seconds. The Wilcox-Hildreth Girls 4×400 Relay team finished 9th with the time of 4:58.02. Congrats to all the participants in the UNK track meet on Thursday! Good luck at your next meet in Wilcox on Saturday, March 25th.
On Monday, March 13th, the senior American Government class went to Lincoln. Their first stop was at the state’s capitol. After arriving at the capitol they received the opportunity to tour Nebraska’s oldest library. In the library there were murals, many wooden carvings of corn and wheat, and even hidden doors in the bookshelves. After the library tour, the senior class got to talk to Senator Kuehn. In the discussion the students had the opportunity to ask about the Senator’s primary bill concerning the death penalty. Discussions pertaining to NeSA and juniors being required to take the ACT was also brought up. The Senator also shared with the seniors that the days that he is not in session, he is a farmer near Heartwell and Minden. After talking to Senator Kuehn, the senior class got to watch a filibuster in the unicameral concerning helmet laws for motorcyclists traveling in Nebraska. Around 11:30 the senior class left the Nebraska’s Capitol building and headed to Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC). At LCC, after everyone was checked in students got a tour of the prison. When the tour was over, they got an opportunity to ask both the prison guards and a prisoner questions about their experiences at the prison. They talked about Domesti-Pups Training, a program for prisoners to train dogs for people with disabilities. After this the students got on the bus and headed back to Wilcox! Overall, it was a very successful day for the senior American Government class!
Wilcox-Hildreth Fifth and Sixth Graders recently participated in Heritage Activities for Today’s Student (H.A.T.S.) at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island. The students learned specific information about the Civil War including the causes and battles. However, the highlight of the day was students reenacting the life of a soldier. Marching, camp set-up, and medical care were areas the students became actively involved.
On Wednesday, February 22, four students went to Amherst to compete at FKC Speech. Lillian Pistulka presented an informative speech about Co-ops. She continued on to finals and was awarded 6th place. It was Lillian’s first time competing, so making it to finals was a big accomplishment! Alec Z., Caleb S., and Jayson B., performed an OID called “Elevator Games” by Sean Abley. They did not final, however, it was their first time performing this and they gained a great learning experience. Congratulations to the whole speech team on a very successful day! Their next speech meet will be Saturday, February 25th.
The Lady Falcons had their first subdistricts game on Monday, February 13th, in Minden against Silver Lake. The Falcons won the game 34-25. The Lady Falcons then continued in subdistricts playing against the Red Cloud Warriors on Tuesday, February 14th. Wilcox-Hildreth lost to Red Cloud 45-11. Congratulations to the players and coaches on their great season!
The Fort Kearny Conference Honor Band was held in Axtell this year on Thursday, February 9th. Twelve students from Wilcox-Hildreth attended FKC Honor band along with 9 other schools. The band was directed by guest clinician Phil Parker. The day started out at 9:30 and 100 students in the FKC practiced five songs until 4 in the afternoon. At 4 the students got ready for the concert for the parents and other community members. The students performed: “Fanfare of the Common Man”, “A Song of Hope”, “Meadowlands”, “The Liberty Bell”, and “Broken Bow”. A big thanks to Beth Petersen of Axtell, the Axtell school, and Mr. Trausch for getting the day organized!
The Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA chapter officers went to the middle school in Hildreth on Tuesday, January 7th, to talk to the eighth grade class. The officers went over what FBLA is all about and what the chapter does to get involved in the community. The officers also talked about different conferences they attend each school year and the great opportunities that come with being a member of FBLA. After giving their elevator pitch, the officers answered all the questions asked about FBLA. It was a very successful day for the Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA chapter!
The Wilcox-Hildreth FBLA Chapter attended UNL’s American Business Competition (ABC) on Wednesday, February 1st. Every year Nebraska’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) holds an ABC Conference at UNL’s student union for Nebraska FBLA chapters. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate version of FBLA. The conference kicked off at 8:45 with Kathy Farrell, Dean of the College of Business Administration at UNL. Kathy Farrell talked to FBLA members about UNL’s new College of Business Administration building, set to open in the fall of 2017. After that, students went to take two business tests and compete in job interviews. After the tests, each chapter attending had a to compete in a quiz bowl competition. To finish off the day there was an awards ceremony held for the tests and quiz bowl competitions.