The Maywood Fire Department and MPS staff gave a rousing hurrah and warm send off to the state track qualifiers and coaches Thursday morning. Three Maywood-Hayes Center Wolves are making the trip to Omaha Burk Stadium to compete on May 20 & 21 in the 2016 NSAA State Track and field Meet. Senior Jace Walthers will throw his last high school shot put at 11:00 a.m. Friday. Junior Bryar Gerlach will run the 3200 meter sometime . . .
On Saturday, May 14th, at the Nebraska Championship Meet, 8th grader, Nolan Benjamin sprinted down the pole-vault runway, counted his left steps, 7, 8, 9, and gradually lowered his pole while accelerating his speed as he neared his destination: the plant box. Benjamin’s final steps were fast and explosive as he planted the pole, vaulted off the ground and, like Icarus, for a few fleeting moments, flew, . . .
Maywood Public School students, parents, staff, and patrons swayed to the symphonic sounds of the silver screen on Thursday, May 5, in the MPS gymnasium. This year's grades K-12 spring concert, titled "A Night at the Movies," was directed by Tonya Welch and accompanied by Jolyn Richardson. The audience was treated to a variety of movies themes from The Little Mermaid's " Under the Sea" to the soundtrack from Jurassic Park. Highlighted throughout the concert were humorous asides and introductions provided by Masters of . . .
On May 6th, Maywood Public School’s Tiger Paws class of 2030 graduated from preschool and are now ready to take on kindergarten next year. The 3-year-old Tiger Cubs (class of 2031) successfully completed their first year of preschool and will return next August as fully fledged Tiger Paws. The preschoolers sang songs for all their friends and families that attended the program. There was a slide show showing memorable moments of the Cubs and Paws, a "What I Want to be When I grow Up" segment and, then. . . the big moment, diplomas were awarded. . . .
The Maywood FFA Chapter hosted their 2nd Annual FFA Awards Banquet on the evening of April 25th. Awards were presented at the Maywood Community Hall to recognize the accomplishments of the members. The evening started with a potluck full of great tasting foods like lasagna, meatballs, enchiladas, and all types of salads and amazing desserts. After dinner a slideshow was presented to the guests to show them all of the chapter’s adventures throughout the year like COLT Camp, National Convention, all the leadership conferences, and the State FFA Convention. Following the fellowship, . . .
On April 27, Maywood held its annual Kindergarten Roundup with students arriving at 8:00 am for a “Very Hungry Caterpillar" themed morning based on the story written by Eric Carle. Parents joined in later for a meeting and tour of the school. The children and parents enjoyed a tasty lunch together at 11:00, and then the future kindergartners had recess on playground to end their day. Inviting parents and pre-kindergartners to meet teachers and see their schools six months before school opens can noticeably reduce first-day . . .
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the greatest show on earth, but the 12th annual Maywood Carnival, which was hosted by P.T.O./P.A.W.S. on April 22 nd, was way cool! The high school gym hummed with the laughter and voices of children and parents as they meandered past tables filled with exotic-shaped delectable cakes, a genuine, old fashioned cotton candy machine, and games of skill and chance. Children of all ages were welcome to attend and play games such as “go fishin,’” “hoopin,’” and bingo. It also had an area for the preschool kids and . . .
Can you dance "The Carlton?" If not, just ask the Maywood upperclassmen and they’ll teach you how; and the “Dougie,” too! Last Saturday, April 16th, Maywood Juniors put on their annual junior/senior prom that was themed, Neon Night, and let me tell you, it was LIT! The juniors and their class sponsors, Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Miller, worked very hard and set things up all in one night to prepare for the event. They really out did themselves with the sparkling disco balls, neon lights, and all the other amazing decorations. Seniors Calyn Werkmeister, and Marisa . . .
On Wednesday, April 6-8th the Maywood FFA Chapter made the long trek down to Lincoln, Nebraska for the 88th Annual State FFA Convention at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Though the grass was wet with dew, and dark skies threatened foul weather, this setting didn’t dampen the mood of the FFA members. They were excited and anxious to get to their destination. A chance to compete at the State Convention is what the FFA kids have been striving for this whole year. Here are the results from State FFA Convention: Sr Livestock Judging - Red Ribbon, 15th out of 48 teams . . .
The McCook Community College Art Department staged its 40th annual paint-in competition Friday, April 8 th , at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, located on the MCC campus. More than a dozen area high schools and one Kansas school attended. This year teams of high school artists created works based on the theme “Snowed Under” announced by judge Theresea Reeves, Oberlin area artist and MCC student. Judges usually give students a lot of room for interpreting the theme. For instance, “Snowed Under” can have many different meanings and nuances. To . . .
Maywood's jr. high track team displayed the spirit of determination at last week's Maywood Invite. Following are some of the highlights: Parker Johnston won the 1600 meter; Tyler Schleeman and River Hastings took 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the 800 meter. Nolan Benjamin vaulted to 1st in the pole vault event and placed 1st again in the triple jump with Elisha Handsaker finishing 2nd in the triple jump. In the girls' competition, McKenna Renner sprinted to 3rd place in the 100 meter with Stevie Handsaker just 1/10 of a second behind her. In the 800 . . .
CRASH! POW! Bowling balls thundered down lanes and smashed into pins. PEW! PEW! PEW! laser tag guns flashed across a dark obstacle course. Had you been at Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling Alley on the afternoon of March 3rd, you would have heard these sounds mixed with the laughing and cheering of elementary and high school students. In between the games there were boxes of pizza to eat and, of course, buffalo wings heaped up on plates for the partygoers to devour. What brought all this excitement and celebration? It was reward . . .
By the way, although most people attribute the invention of calculus to Issac Newton, it was actually the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz This is just one example of the plethora of challenging questions which students faced at the March 8th quiz bowl competition hosted by Maywood. Even more remarkable is the fact that most of the contestants were well equipped to field these esoteric topics.
Excitingly this year marks the very first year in which Maywood High School and Hayes Center High School co-opted in athletics due to the low amount of students that attend each school. In May of 2015, this possibility was first introduced to students and the public. However, beneath this idea, lay an abundance of undecided affairs, such as transportation situations, mascots, and schedules. Many exciting possibilities arose from this opportunity, as did many negative remarks from community members. A large amount of the insinuations dealt with the fact that the co-op should be with . . .
Okay – so there may not have been 76 trombones, but the 2 MPS trumpeters that attended played like 76 at the annual Ogallala, Nebraska, Middle School solo and ensemble music contest held Saturday, March 12. In the vocal competition, Natalie Koubek received a superior rating for her vocal solo. Instrumentalists earning superior ratings were Parker Johnston and Jonathan Moore for their respective trumpet solos. MaKena Roberts received the highest rating possible of a superior 1+ for her saxophone solo. Koubek also earned a superior rating for her flute solo. Kizziah . . .
On Wednesday, March 2 nd , the MPS Elementary classes celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with games, green eggs, and . . . sorry, but no green ham. The PK-5th grade students were invited to come celebrate with Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat made a special appearance and came down to see the kids at his party that began at 2pm and lasted until 3:30. The Cat in the Hat told the kids to wear crazy socks for the fox, and grab their hats to read to the cat. The final thing he wanted the kids to wear to his party were their PJ’s. The students rotated from room to room and celebrated reading with a big BOOM!
Whats more amazing than a talking dog? A spelling bee! On February 25, Maywood Public School attended the Frontier County Spelling Bee held at Eustis-Farnam. 15 students from grades 5 through 8 attended. They started off with a written test and the top five from each grade moved on to the oral recitation. 11 out of our 15 students made it to the oral part (Kiley Hejtmanek, Jenna Ingson, Talayia Padilla, Sebastian Kramer, MacKenzie Nelsen, McKenna Renner, Matthew Jacobs, Parker Johnston, River Hastings, Eli Handsaker, and Nolan Benjamin). Eli . . .
We’d like to thank everyone for making this year’s Scholastic Book Fair a SUCCESS. Thanks to your contributions we will be receiving some wonderful new titles for the library as well as building up our “scholastic dollar funds” for future purchases. We are already planning next year’s fair! Again, thanks for shopping with us and Happy Reading! March looks to be a very active month! I think it’s unanimous that most of us would be more than willing to trade our winter gear in for lighter jackets, though we can always be in for a surprise, this is . . .
This year several Maywood students entered their art work for the Republican Plains Activities Conference (RPAC) Art Show. This show is held every year during the third week of January. All art teachers from the conference meet in Cambridge with 10-12 pieces of their students work to be judged. This year’s winners are: Medal Winner: Bailey Brown, “Lion;” 1st Honorable Mention: Bailey Brown, “Lilo/Stitch;” 2nd Honorable Mention: Jace Walther, “Duck;” 3rd Honorable Mention: Calyn Werkmeister, “Robot.” . . .
On February 10 th , the Maywood FFA team traveled to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis for their first spring Career Development Event (CDE) in Livestock Management and Floraculture. The Livestock team placed 7th out of 20 teams. They had to complete 6 general knowledge tests and practicums over beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry, & equine. This is the only contest in Nebraska that allows the students to complete the entire contest as a team. Team members included Bryar Gerlach, Tucker Hartley, Kaely Perkins, Pake Johnston, Von . . .
Picture a sunny, blustery afternoon that Winnie the Pooh would best describe as a ‘Windsday.’ The school-yard flag snaps smartly as giant silver-bordered clouds plow through the blinding blue sea sky like Spanish galleons. A lone door bursts open and a whirlwind of little faces, hands, and feet skitter out on the front lawn like a swirl of wind-blown leaves. Each little face is painted with hope and anticipation. A cacophony of laughter and screams drown out even the deafening wind. Why all the hullabaloo? Because attached to each little pair of hands is a . . .
The Maywood elementary students had a wonderful chance on the 13th of February to practice their fine motor skills while crafting Valentine’s Day boxes. It was definitely a very creative day for Kindergartners through 4 th graders. Glue, tape, boxes, and construction paper flew through the room like a tornado as little hands worked with scissors to cut the perfect shapes for Valentine’s Day decorations. When the kids were finished, they had very impressive products. Everyone seemed to enjoy making their visions come to reality. Of course when the . . .
I've worked down in Nebraska where the grass grows ten feet high, Where the cattle are such rustlers, they hardly ever die; I've worked up in the Sand Hills and down along the Platte Where the punchers are good fellows and the cattle always fat. from the song "The Texas Cowboy" - by Al Pease of Round Rock, Texas Long ago . . . before Ak-Sar-Ben, before the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, before Nebraska’s BIG Rodeo (Burwell), before PBR (Professional Bull Riding) rodeos were not sporting events, but the horsemanship . . .
On Tuesday, February 16 th , the Maywood’s Junior High Quiz Bowl team headed down to Southwest High School in Bartley, Nebraska, and put their brains to the test. Throughout the entire competition they battled hard, and came out with their guns blazing, constantly keeping their finger on the buzzer. Their focus was sharp and their eyes were on the prize. Heading into the final round of the round-robin style tournament the team held a perfect 8-0 record. At the end of the day, all their hard work certainly paid off as they earned a silver medal. The future certainly looks bright . . .
Ag Valley Coop, partnering with Land O’Lakes Foundation’s Member Co-op Match Program, recently presented the Maywood FFA Program a check for $2,225. Pictured are (L to R) Bailey Brown, Dudley Karlson, (Credit Manager for Ag Valley Coop) and Tucker Hartley. These donations are made to organizations which impact communities where members, employees, plants and facilities of Ag Valley Coop are located. These donations are made to enhance the quality of life in their local communities by educating the youth and getting them involved in projects that . . .
Maywood Senior, Bailey Brown, is the 2015 Nebraska High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) Champion in breakaway roping. Bailey was declared the breakaway champion at the NHSRA finals held June 20, 2015, in Hastings. Bailey was also awarded a championship belt buckle and a saddle custom designed to her specifications. Ever since Bailey Brown was little, she was always on a horse. Her dad, Ray Brown, taught her everything from riding a horse to competing in the arena. Throughout the years her go-to horse for competing has been Dalton, a bay quarter horse, which is built and . . .