By Brad Mosher
New England Public School celebrated the new school year with chalk, floats and recognition of the success of last year’s students.
“I want to welcome everyone back to the 2019-2020 school year,” District Superintendent Kelly Koppinger told the students Aug. 28 in the front of the school.
“We have had a great start to the year. The first thing I want to is recognize our new incoming Kindergarten class,” he said, drawing cheers from the newcomers.
“Secondly, last year we had 14 state qualifiers in track – Shelly Kathrein, Angel Erickson, Joseph Harmon, Michael Frank, Gabe Sorenson, Logan Wolf, Lindsay Koch, Hannah Frank, Jaxon Hewson, Kesiah Erickson, Sophie Olsonawski, Grace Dinius, Messa Kuehl – please raise your hands and be recognized,” he said.
“We had someone who qualified for the Northern Ambassadors music – Aspen Barnedt. We had some 4-H people who did very well. We had intermediate members who took first place in meat judging – Jess Schultz and Katie Schmidt. The junior members who took first place in meat judging – Joe Schmidt, Will Schmidt, Tony Dorner and Joe Schultz. We had senior members taking second place – Will Schmidt, Wyatt Dorner and Chelsea Kathrein.
“We had some FFA members who did very well over the summer. Environmental Resources took a bronze, Tate Nordby took a silver, Matthew (Bock) took a bronze, Chevy (Dhamers) took a bronze and Wyatt Dorner took a silver. Lets congratulate them for their work,” the superintendent added.
“Small animals took a gold with Eve Stegner, Grace Dinius, Leah Ehlis and Brenna Wert all took a gold. The meats team took a silver with Will (Schmidt) taking a gold, Wyatt (Dorner) took a silver and Justin Kathrein took a silver. Kayla Ehlis took a gold – lets recognize her,” Koppinger said.
“Advanced Ag Mech sweepstakes took a second and a gold – Eve Stegner took a gold, Tate (Nordby) took a bronze and Emily (Dinius) took a silver,” he added.
“Ninth grade Ag Mech took a gold. Tenth grade Ag Mech took second and they took a gold. Nursery/Landscape, Grace (Dinius) took a gold in that. The Horticulture team took a gold with Grace, Emily, Kayla, Leah and Brandon – they all took a gold medal.
“In food science, Stetson (Urlacher) took a silver, Chevy (Dhamers) took a bronze and Matthew (Bock) took a bronze,” he said.
“Somebody I would also like to recognize… Ellie Rettinger qualified for the nationals in rodeo,” the superintendent said, adding that the students who won state championships would continue the tradition of ringing the bell in front of the school.
He called up members of the 4-H team which placed first, in addition to Sebellah Sorenson and Kayla Ehlis who took a state championship in demonstration.
The afternoon started with a Chalk it Up on the sidewalk in front of the school by the Kindergarten class and with Seniors.
Minutes later, the rest of the school came out for floats in the front of the school and students lined up from the entrance to the playground area.