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  • Class C All State Band Livestream

    Watch Ord students participate in Class C All-State Band through live streaming.


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    Poster Contest Winners

    The Nebraska Department of Agriculture announced the winners of the 2018 Ag Poster Contest. Congratulations to Ord Elementary students, Elle Jess, (3rd Grade) and Marin Reilly (6th Grade). Elle placed 3rd in her division and Marin placed 2nd in her division.

    Click here for more information: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/kids/2018contest.html

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  • Ord Speech Wins District Championship

    Qualifies Record Number for C1 State

    By Ben Lansman

    The Ord Speech team finished off their regular season in style as they continued their dominant performance in the C1-5/D1-4 Speech Districts held at Ord High School on Tuesday, March 13. I appreciate the administration and board’s flexibility in helping make it possible to host districts. It’s not easy to take the day off school to host an event like this - I can’t express how appreciative we are of the entire administration, Board of Education, and OPS staff making this possible. We had so many compliments the entire day from coaches, students, and visiting fans - and that means you’ve had a successful day from a logistical standpoint. How our kids performed just happened to make it even better! Overall, 8 teams competed in the C1-5 District while 9 competed in the D1-4 District. Kenesaw was the D1-4 Champion, qualifying 14 out of 18 total entries. Kenesaw is a fantastic team and have been dominant all season long. They will make a solid run at the D1 state title next week at Kearney. In the C1 district, Ord won the district title with a convincing 394 points while the runner-up was Kearney Catholic with 225 and third place was Centura with 215. We knew going in that we had a great shot to win, but I wasn’t expecting the overall result to be what it was – which was amazing. Each team can have two competitors in all 9 of the categories. If you are ranked high enough after the preliminary rounds by judges, you qualify for finals. Then all finalists perform for the judges again and the top 3 students qualify for state. It’s a very complex process that involves lots of tiebreaking and judges preference. At the end of the day, you have three people who are ecstatic, and the rest of the field is devastated. You have to be good enough to win in prelims and then good enough to be in the top three for finals. That is a tough challenge - but it is also what we work towards all year long. We have challenged our team with intense competition all season long for this moment.

    At the end of the day, the Chanticleers qualified 16 of their 18 entries for finals and 12 of those ended up qualifying for state. The fact that we were able to get 13 kids (12 events) qualified for state is a tremendous accomplishment. Could we have had more - sure. But there are always people who end up heartbroken - we just don’t know who it will be. In Humorous Prose, both Kyler Peetz and Lauren Collins qualified in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. These two have been amazing all season long and I’m so happy they both have the opportunity to compete at the state level once again. In Serious Prose, Esmeralda Vera was champion and Richele Masin ended up in 4th place. Esmeralda has had a wonderful season and we were very happy for her to win and make it back to state. Richele unfortunately was in 4th place and fell just short of qualifying. This is the second year in a row that she has been one short of state in Serious Prose and my heart goes out to her. But she did qualify in her group event so at least she will still have the opportunity to compete. In Poetry, both Esmeralda Vera and Rebecca Fischer qualified for state, placing 1st and 3rd respectively. These two have done fantastic all season and have such unique programs. I’m very proud of both of them. In Persuasive, Halle Jacobs placed 3rd and booked a trip to state in her first year of competition. Halle has had a great season and worked extremely hard to get to this point. This is an amazing accomplishment considering it is her first year of competition. Katharine Wadas, another novice speaker, failed to make finals in Persuasive but had a great year. I was so proud of Katie’s season and accomplishments in Persuasive and OID this year - she has a bright future ahead of her in this activity. Cooper Sheets qualified for state in Extemporaneous after placing 2nd and Maddie Winchell placed 7th overall. Cooper has done terrific this year with Extemp and really wanted to avenge his 4th place finish last year. This was difficult considering some intense competition in the finals - and unfortunately Maddie fell short of returning to state in this activity. However Maddie did qualify in Entertainment, placing 3rd. Maddie has had a terrific senior year and I couldn’t be happier for her to make it back to state. Kora Severance made finals in Entertainment but placed 6th overall. Kora had a terrific season but just happened to catch some judges were not as receptive to her speech. Luckily she will compete in OID at state. In Informative, Katie Fischer was 1st overall and Morgan Ritz placed 4th. Katie has really strengthened as a speaker this year and it showed with her win at Districts. Morgan fell just short of punching her ticket, and once again we had another unlucky 4th place finisher. However, Morgan made it to finals and overall had a solid season and simply lost to some stiff competition. If I know Morgan – she’ll be back and hungry to make it to state in the future. Lauren Collins and Jonny Koch were 2nd overall in Duet Acting, and Halle Jacobs and Addie Sich failed to make finals, but received a superior rating. Lauren and Jonny have worked so hard this year and have been motivated from the beginning to make it to state. These two have a tremendous program and I am very excited that they get a chance to compete at state. Halle and Addie unfortunately fell victim to some great duet competition in the prelim rounds. They were the first group out of finals but overall showed tremendous growth from early on in the season. In Oral Interpretation of Drama, both of Ord’s teams qualified by placing 1st and 2nd - the first time ever that both of Ord’s OID’s have qualified for state. I was extremely proud of “Lego Movie” (1st - Becca Fischer, Nia McClure, Kyler Peetz, Cooper Sheets, Kora Severance) and “The Help” (2nd - Zoe Dabney, Katie Fischer, Richele Masin) because of how much work they have both put in all season long. We had tryouts for both of these pieces, and ended up having another talented OID (Robin Hood) that was unable to make district team. That really means you have a fantastic group of students when you have the ability to fill 3 OID’s that are all competitive. We have high hopes for both of the OID’s as they compete at state.

    One of our team goals this year has been to support our loyal superfan Mary Molle. On our team shirts, we have the blue ribbon which honors those affected by colon cancer, and it has her initials. That way we wear our shirts – she is always with us. We couldn’t ask for a more supportive fan than Mary. She has known most of these kids since they were in 3rd grade – and this group was her last class before she retired. The kids wanted to honor her all year, and it was their idea. Mary has been to nearly every competition we have had this season – even when she should have been at home resting. She gives us strength, when she has limited strength to give – and that has helped empower this team. Everything we do this season, we do for her and these student’s achievements help celebrate that bond. We love you Mary – you will always be one of us!

    The Chants will compete at UNK on Thursday, March 22, for the C1 State title. Preliminary rounds begin at 8am with finals at 2pm and awards scheduled tentatively for 4pm. The awards will be livestreamed if you wish to visit the NSAA website and log on to watch. Two of our events will be available via live webcast throughout the day via the NSAA website. Kyler Peetz (Humorous) 1st round and Lauren Collins/Jonny Koch (Duet) 1st round will be on starting at 8:00am. We hope to see you at state – the students have had a tremendous year and hope to finish it off in style! Thank you for all the support!

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  • FFA Envirothon

    The Ord FFA competed at district CDEs (Career Development Events) on February 27th at the Northeast Community College campus in Norfolk. The Chapter was able to qualify many teams for state and have many other teams compete at the competition. Competing in the AG Sales team event and qualifying for state was Grace Racek, Jessica Buckles, Shelby Kittle, and Morgan Ritz. Competing on the Ag Technology and mechanics team and qualifying for state was Landon Rodgers, Sheldon Lytle, Ethan Gabriel, and Kasey Hornickel. Competing in the Agronomy team event and qualifying for state was Lydia Hill, Cooper Tonniges, Austin Knapp, and Maddie Bengston. Competing on the Livestock Management team event and qualifying for state was Megan Skibinski, Halle Jacobs, Amber Stabb, Makenna Jacobs, and Natalie Gydesen. Competing on the Farm Management team and qualifying for state was Jessica Buckels, Trevor Vancura, Danielle Ray, and T.J. Kittle. Competing on the Nursery and Landscape team event and also qualifying for state was Talon Petska, Caroline White, Morgan Ritz, and Amber Stabb. Competing on the three Ag Science teams and all qualifying for state was team A: Tye Bruha, Brodie Darnell, Victoria Ference, and Alex Flessner, Team B: Meo Hill, Regan Lech, Quinton Ries, and Treaven Scheideler, Team C: Riley Setlik, Morgan Smedra, and Burke Smith. The Biotechnology team consisted of Austin Knapp, Shelby Kittle, Zach Flessner, and T.J. Kittle. The Floriculture team consisted of Victoria Ference, Abby Jacobs, Morgan Smedra, and Regan Lech. Competing on the Food and Science team was Stetson Bredthauer, Kaden Boyce, Cooper Tonniges, and Lydia Hill. On the Vet Science team was Megan Skibinski, Makenna Jacobs, Natalie Gydesen, and Halle Jacobs. Competing in the welding team event was Jacob Lech, Sheldon Lytle, and Landon Rodgers. Also competing at a district event, but separate from the competition held in Norfolk was the meat judging contest, held in Sargent. Competing in this competition was Chandler Papiernik, Lydia Hill, Jesus Loya, Ethan Gabriel, Mitchell Knapp, and Mariah Sell. Another competition held separate was Envirothon, held in Curtis. The chapter took two teams to Envirothon. Team 1: Kasey Hornickle, Megan Skibinski, Austin Knapp, and Shelby Kittle. Team 2: Quinton Ries, Alex Flessner, Treaven Scheideler, and Brodie Darnell. Team 2 team placed first in the special topics, policy, and soils part of the competition. The Ord FFA had a very successful CDE district competition. The chapter is excited to compete at state with the support of the Ord community. 
    CDE competitors who traveled to Norfolk for their competitions. 
    Envirothon competitors who traveled to Curtis for their competition. 
    The chapter would like to thank Rich Woollen for helping prepare the students, who competed in Envirothon, for their competition. 
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  • NHS Induction Ceremony Video

    Watch the NHS induction ceremony at OHS.




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    Nebesniak Named Superintendent

    Dr. Heather Nebesniak has been named the new superintendent for Ord Public Schools.

    Heather Nebesniak grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska and is a 1991 graduate of Grand Island Senior High. She attended college in Kearney, Nebraska.  Her ties to Central Nebraska not only include family still residing in Grand Island, but a family history of farming in both the Worms and Wolbach area. She has been in education for 23 years, starting her career as a Kindergarten teacher in Valley, Nebraska. After serving the Valley Public Schools for 10 years, she moved to the Blair Community Schools, where she served as a fourth grade teacher and then the district reading coordinator.  In 2012, she joined the Ralston Public Schools as an elementary principal.  In 2015, she also became the Coordinator of Early Childhood Education for the Ralston Public Schools, along with her principal duties.  She received her Doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha, along with Masters degrees in both Elementary Education and in Educational Administration.  Her Bachelors degree in Education is from the University of Nebraska Kearney.  Her family includes her husband, Erin, and their two children, Marlee (15) and Deegan (9).  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends at their cabin on the Loup River near Cairo, Nebraska.


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  • Chants Close Regular Season with Win


    The Chant boys traveled to Ravenna on Friday to take on the Bluejays in a Lou-Platte Conference matchup. The game started off slow for both teams and the Chants showed a little rust from playing 1 game in the past 15 days. In the 2nd quarter the Chants would knock the rust off and go on a 10-2 Run to take a six point lead in the middle of the 2nd quarter. The Bluejays would respond with a run of their own to take 8 point lead into halftime. After half the Chants would respond with another run to regain the lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter. After taking the lead the Chants would hold off the Bluejays and finish off a 54-49 victory. “We didn’t shoot it too well tonight” Coach Gates said but he added “Our work on defense really carried us through to get that win.” Garrett Bundy paced the Chants with 14 points. The Chants had two players with a double double with Harrison Benton who had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Hayden Grint added 10 rebounds and 10 points. Reggie McKenney pitched in 11 points.  Nate Wells had six assist and seven rebounds in the victory. The Chants will open up sub district play with number 7 rated Broken Bow. Then with a win will face the winner of the O’Neill vs Boone Central Game.

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    DanceTeam Competes

    Congratulations to the Ord High  School Dance Team for receiving 3rd place (out of 10 teams) in the High Kick division as well as 5th place (out of 15 teams) in the Pom division at the C-1 Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships on Friday, February 16, 2018. What a wonderful way to end such a fantastic season! Great job representing Chanticleer Nation, Ladies!
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    Robot Programming In Science Class

    Students of general science have been working on programming robots to perform specific tasks over the course of 2 weeks.  The first task of the students was to actually build a moving robot that has two wheels on the front and a swivel wheel on the back for balance.  Students have also had to add certain sensors such as a touch sensor, sonar, and a light and sound sensor.  Challenges included having students draw certain shapes by using certain programming, stopping when the robot runs into something or detects something, and following a dark line.  Next challenges include commanding the robots start and stop motion based off of clapping and programming them to dance based off of certain songs. Instructor is Mr. Snyder.
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