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  • Holiday BBall Tourney

    The basketball teams will participate in the North Central holiday tournament in Bassett on December 27th and 28th.

    Ord girls play at noon on Thursday the 27th with the boys to follow immediately.  Game times for the next day are TBD.



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    Chants Pitch Ideas

    The freshmen and sophomore students in Mr. Lansman's Speech class all participated in a fun collaborative final project involving public speaking and entrepreneurship. All students had to design their own product or service that they then had to create a Sales Pitch for. Each student created their own presentation, commercial, posters, and in some cases actual models or designs of their ideas. The class voted on the top ideas and six finalists were chosen to compete in a presentation that was modeled off of ABC's show "Shark-Tank". "I wanted to find a fun way for the students to show off their creativity and their ability to speak in public," said Ben Lansman who is the Speech Instructor & Coach at Ord Public Schools. "We all thought that recognizing the top ideas and having them compete in our own version of Shark Tank was a perfect way to do this. I'm very proud of all our students and how well thought out their ideas were." 

              The six finalists were: Maya Brown with "The Nozie Cozie" that is a nose warmer designed like a Breathe-Right strip, Grady Sheets with the website service "LifeVice" that offers advice and answers to anyone on any topic, Hannah Masin with "CozyToez" which is a foot warming and massaging gel insole for shoes, Allie Moudry with "Motivation Ninja" which is an app designed to encourage uplifting quotes and messages and offer help with bullying and motivation, Nikie Nelson with the "Super Shower Cleaner 3000"  machine that cleans your shower automatically, and Marlee Nebesniak with the app "Greenhouse Grocery" that allows customers to purchase fresh fruits and veggies from specific greenhouses and have them shipped to your doorstep. Each finalist was given a team of 6-8 other students to work with them and develop a new group presentation/advertisement of their product/service. They then presented to the student body and five community "Sharks" who helped judge the competition. The "Sharks" included: Becky Ries - Executive Director of the Valley County Health System Foundation, Ryan Broker - Director of Community Relations for U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, Kristina Foth - Asst. Dir. of the Ord Chamber and Valley County Economic Development, Johnny Ference - 9-12 Ag. Instructor, Wrestling/Football coach, and FFA sponsor at Ord Public Schools, and Brian Magiera - Sales District Leader at American Family Insurance. 
              The finalists were all given ten minutes to present their product/service and answer questions from the Sharks about their idea. The judges then deliberated and chose the top teams based off of creativity, usability, ability to answer questions, and best overall presentation. Winning 3rd place was Allie Moudry "Motivation Ninja", Nikie Nelson "Super Shower Cleaner 3000" was the runner-up, and the champion was Marlee Nebesniak with "Greenhouse Grocery". "These students all did a fantastic job and I could not be more proud of their efforts" said Lansman. "I want to thank the administration and staff at OHS for allowing this to take place during school and supporting the activity! Also thanks to our "Sharks" who took time out of their busy schedules to help bring this to fruition!" 

    CAPTION for Champion & Runner Up Team Pic
    Front Row: Blake Wells (Team SSC3000), Ashton Key (Team SSC3000), Johnny DeRiso (Team SSC3000), Katrina Hulinsky (Team Greenhouse Grocery), Klancy Bower (Team Greenhouse Grocery), Jeremiah Edzards (Team Greenhouse Grocery)
    Back Row: Grey Smith (Team SSC3000), Annie Struckman (Team SSC 3000), Macy Warner (Team SSC3000), Nikie Nelson CEO of Super Shower Cleaner 3000 - Runner Up, Marlee Nebesniak CEO of Greenhouse Grocery, Shaylee Jacobs (Team Greenhouse Grocery), Will Grint (Team Greenhouse Grocery), Shayla Neel (Team Greenhouse Grocery), Jacob Stam (Team Greenhouse Grocery)
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    Chant Boys Get 2 out 3 For The Week


    The Chants started the week by traveling to Hastings to take on Hastings St. Cecilia on Tuesday. In the first quarter both teams felt each other out with the Bluehawks taking 9-8 lead. In the 2nd quarter the Chants would take a brief lead but the Bluehawks would rally to take a 22-17 lead. The 3rd quarter the Chants would begin to go cold from the field but their defense would keep it close.. Allowing the Bluehawks a chance to take a 8 point lead going into the fourth. The Chants would cut the lead to three with three minutes left but were unable to get over the hump. Allowing the Bluehawks to defeat the Chants 38-27. The Chants were lead by Zach Smith with 10 points. “Our defense keep us in this game and that will keep us in a lot of games this year but in the end you have to put the ball in the hole to win games.” Coach Gates said after the game.


    On Thursday, the Chants would get their first home game vs conference foe Central City. The Chants were able to take a big lead in the 1st quarter and never look back. Coach Gates said “It was nice for us to have a fast start and see lots of guys contribute, we got good minutes out of Stetson Bredthauer, Michael Thompson, Ethan Jeffres and Jaden Riley.  “We had success on both ends tonight and were able to control the game from start to finish tonight.” The Chants would stretch the lead to 33-17 at the break. From there the Chants would keep their distance from Central City and win 56-39.The Chants were led by Riley Warner and Solomon Campise with 14 points each. Zach Smith kicked in 11 points and Reese Davenport added 9 point in the Chant victory.


    On Saturday, the Chants took the road again to take on C-2 number seven and conference opponent Centura. The Chants started fast like Tuesday but Centura was not going to go away. The Chants would run their lead to 12 early in the 2nd quarter. Centura would rally back to cut the lead to 27-23 before halftime. The 2nd half would open with Centura taking the lead and stretching the lead to six in the 3rd quarter. The Chants would have an answer and tie the game up before the end of the 3rd  34-34. The teams would trade leads for most of the 4th quarter before the Chants would open up a 7 point lead with 2 minutes left. The Chants would seal the win when Reese Davenport hit a free throw to push the lead 54-50. The Chants were led by Solomon Campise with 22 points. Hayden Grint added 16 points and 19 rebounds in the victory. After the game Coach Gates said “This was no doubt our most complete game this year. Our guys really had to scratch and claw to win this one.” The Chants are now 2-3 and will be at home on Tuesday to take on West Holt before traveling to Cozad on Thursday before the Christmas Break.

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    National FFA Convention

    On October 23rd to October 28th, the Ord FFA Chapter took the top eight members in the point chart. Those members include Talon Petska, Sam Lech, Amber Staab, Vickie Ference, Alex Flessner, Treaven Scheideler, Tye Bruha, and Abby Struckman. While at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, the students got to listen to some inspiring keynote speakers and the country singer Garth Brooks. The students got to go to sessions and got to take a tour to the Indy 500 speedway. They had a lot of fun on their trip to Indianapolis. Four students were awarded their American Degree, which is the highest  FFA degree they can get. The four were Asha Scheideler, Tanner Knight, Chance Williams, and Wyatt Williams, We would like to congratulate these four on all of their accomplishments in FFA and are excited for all the goals they have achieved throughout their FFA career.

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  • District Livestock Judging

        On November 14th, the Ord FFA Chapter hosted district livestock judging. We had some awesome results and qualified two teams to state! In individual placings our Junior division, 2nd was Riley Setlik, placing 10th was Alex Flessner, placing 15th was Vickie Ference, placing 60th Ashton Key, 70th was Nikie Nelson, 74th was Abby Struckman, 85th was Brodie Darnell, and 89th was Treavan Scheideler. In individual placings in our Senior division, placing 14th was Cooper Tonniges, placing 18th was Amber Staab, 24th was Amanda Baker, 29th was Chandler Papernik, 31st was Mariah Sell, 40th was Ethan Gabriel, 57th was Lane Weeks, and 63rd was Sam Lech. In our Jr. High division, Alison Miller placed 5, Ryan Gabriel placed 9th, William Skibinski placed 10th, Brendan Boyce placed 16th, Bailey Setlik placed 31st, Jacob Thomson placed 36th, Hannah Klein placed 46th, and Laci Weeks placed 64th. Our jr. high team placed

    2nd, with with Alison Miller, Ryan Gabriel, William Skibinski, and Brendan Boyce. Our Junior team that placed 3rd, qualified for state, which included Riley Setlik, Alex Flessner, Vickie Ference, and Ashton Key. Our Senior team also qualified for state which included Cooper Tonniges, Amber Staab, Amanda Baker, and Chandler Papernik. We were very excited to qualify two teams to state and can’t wait to compete again at the state convention in April!

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  • Chants Finish Runner-up at State


    The Ord Chanticleers took to the hallowed turf at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Tuesday November 20 to compete in the school’s first state football championship game. The outcome was not as expected for the Chants as they ran into a red-hot Aurora offense that refused to slow down. The Chants hung in there in the first quarter, a 20-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Jesse Ulrich gave Ord the lead 7-6 in the first and an interception by Riley Warner on the next possession presented an opportunity to extend that lead. The Chants failed to capitalize on that drive and from that point on the Huskies ran with the momentum to a 49-7 victory. Regardless, fans could see that this Chanticleer team never lost heart and played hard on every down. Plays throughout the game, like a sack by sophomore Tommy Stevens and an electrifying kickoff return by senior Jaden Reilly, showed the toughness and determination that has given this community something to be proud of all year. Though the day was lost this season was one unlike any other for the Chants. This team was ranked for the bulk of the season, had dominating victories over ranked opponents in both the regular season and the playoffs, and many Chants players put up impressive individual numbers. Senior quarterback Jesse Ulrich was a dual threat star for the Chants, racking up 1,624 yards and 15 touchdowns passing as well as 1,269 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground this season. His counterparts in the backfield, Dalton Hurlburt and Tommy Stevens, had 787 yards and 548 yards respectively. Senior receivers Solomon Campise, Jaden Reilly, and Clayton Shoemaker led the team in receiving with Campise accumulating 620 yards, Reilly 435, and Shoemaker 282. On the defensive side the Chants were led by junior Ethan Gabriel, who had a hand in 115 tackles this season, and junior Riley Warner who led the team in takeaways with two fumble recoveries and six interceptions. In the kicking game, sophomore Kellen Meyer was good on six of seven field goal attempts and 49 of 53 PATs. This was truly a season to remember and certainly one that Chant fans will be talking about for many years to come. Congratulations to all the young men who fought this year and to the coaches; Nathan Wells, Carl Streeter, Nick Gates, Tyke Kozeal, Johnny Ference, Aaron Cargill, and Jordan Ryschon. Thanks to all of you and all of Chant Nation for making this year so special. Go Chants.







    Team Statistics


    Rushing- 55, Passing- 49


    Rushing-107, Passing- 220


    Individual Statistics


    Rushing- Ulrich (35), Stevens (23), Hurlburt (4), Shoemaker (-1), Campise (-6)

    Passing- Ulrich (49)

    Receiving- Campsie (25), Shoemaker (14), J. Reilly (10)

    Kicking- Meyer (PAT 1-1)


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    Misko Mania 2019

    Misko Mania 2019, will be a SATURDAY ONLY Tournament - Saturday, February 9th, 2019.  We will operate 3 courts all day long, it usually fills quickly as we do not play games on Sunday.  We work hard to schedule your games so you are in and out with at least 2 and usually 3 games without being here all day.
    Once again we invite you to register for Misko Mania 2019 by filling out the Google Form by simply clicking the link below:
    By filling out this form you will automatically generate an entry form that looks much like the .pdf which is attached only I will reply to your email and send you your entry form already filled out.  Please make checks payable to Ord Sports Boosters and mail your payment of $100 to:
    Ord Elementary School
    c/o Misko Mania/Doug Smith
    820 South 16th Street
    Ord, NE  68862
    Or you may fill out the attached .pdf and mail it with your payment. I have attached the form and rules a couple of different ways beings google drive does not always give people access.
    Either way I will let you know when I receive your entry by responding to you via email or text message.
    If you receive this and are not coaching a team this year please forward it to other youth coaches in your community.
    Thanks for your continued support of our Youth Basketball tournament at Ord but more importantly for your continued efforts to teach our young student athletes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship through the fundamental lessons of basketball.
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    Ord One-Act achieves success on the road; preps for District Competition


    The Chanticleer One-Act traveled to Minden on Saturday, November 17 to compete against seven other schools in their panel. Their hours of hard work and dedication over the past several weeks paid off as the Chants came away with first place over several other quality schools including district competitors Cozad and Minden. Recognized for outstanding acting for the Chanticleers were: Ethan Ries, Abby Hysell, Kora Severance, Aaron White, Katie Fischer, Richele Masin, Trevor Vancura, Nia McClure, Cooper Sheets, Cooper Tonniges, Katharine Wadas, Addie Sich, Halle Jacobs, Abby Jacobs, and Mykala Lytle. In addition, Ethan Ries was selected as the overall outstanding male actor from all schools in our panel. “It was definitely one of our better performances and we had a very solid critique from both judges” said Coach Ben Lansman. “They were brutally honest and harsh in their critiques, which was exactly what we needed at this point in our season. They told us what we had to do to improve and be at the top, all the while pointing out what we were doing successfully. I could see in the kids’ eyes after, that maybe we might just have something special this year.” The tech crew was especially tasked with a unique challenge considering it was the one day it decided to rain, snow, blow, and was below 30 degrees. Getting your set unloaded on time and on the stage set up within 15 minutes is a challenge no matter who you are. “We have 32 tech crew members who are responsible for collecting props, loading and unloading the set every time we travel, and working around unique dilemmas such as weather or a smaller stage. I can’t say enough about how well our students handled this adversity, and I have to thank the assistant coaches and stage managers for doing this. They are special people who we have to have in charge to make sure our cast can make their magic on stage.” Coach Brian Wamberg stated, “What we really needed to push us to the next level was a win today, and everyone came together to make that happen. The kids did awesome!” It truly takes a village, and one-act is a great example of how teamwork, sacrifice, and determination accomplishes this.


    Monday, November 19 was the Lou Platte Conference One-Act Tournament at Gibbon. The Chants would have to square off against their long-time rivals Ravenna and Loup City. “Both of these schools have tremendous programs right now,” stated Coach Lansman “and it takes perfection to beat them. We know going in that we have to face the Runner-Up in both Class C1 and C2 from last year – so that is the challenge facing the kids.” After a long day of all 10 schools participating, the Chants fell just short as they finished third behind Ravenna (1st) and Loup City (2nd) and just ahead of Centura (4th). There are three judges who all rank you and then the ranks are totaled up to determine your final placement. Ravenna received a 1-4-1, Loup City a 2-2-2, and Ord a 3-1-3, and Centura 4-3-4. “Overall the kids felt good about their performance, however we did make some mistakes that we normally don’t make. You can’t do that in our Conference and end up on top. We know we’re close and I’m proud that they consistently are contenders in such a tough conference. What I am most proud of, is how many students we had recognized for outstanding acting – by far the most out of any team in the conference.” Recognized for outstanding acting was: Ethan Ries, Abby Hysell, Kora Severance, Aaron White, Katie Fischer, Richele Masin, Trevor Vancura, Nia McClure, Cooper Tonniges, Vickie Ference, Katharine Wadas, Addie Sich, Halle Jacobs, Abby Jacobs.


    If there is a silver lining, Ord will not have to face any of these teams at districts, but will square off against Class B teams such as Gothenburg, Minden, and Cozad. The Class B-5 District competition will be held at The Tassel at Holdrege on Thursday, November 29, with the Chants performing at 10:30am. To prepare for that date, the team will be performing their play one final time for the community on Monday, November 26 at 7:00pm in the vintage gym at OHS. The public is invited to attend and there will be no admission charge at the door. “We simply want more people to attend and help support our students and the fine arts at Ord Public Schools” said Coach Lansman. “If you’ve never been to a play before or perhaps it’s been awhile, we would love for you to attend! This is a fast-moving and hilarious play that the students take pride in. Thank you for supporting the students at OHS and for supporting our hard work in this endeavor!”

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    Calendar Change

    A calendar change has been made in the month of December.

    The girls and boys basketball games scheduled for December 13th against Hastings St. Cecilia have been moved to December 11th.  Same times and place.  Because of that change, the Elementary Christmas program scheduled for December 11th has been moved to December 17th.  It will still start at 6:30 pm in the Vintage Gym.


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    Ulrich Is Athlete Of Week

    Jesse Ulrich was named GI Independent Athlete of the Week.

    Watch here.

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