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Louisville Community Newsletter #703

•••April 17th, 2019•••

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Contact: Jesse Zweep

               402-234-3585 ext. 330



Louisville, Nebraska

Louisville SkillsUSA Students Excel at State Conference 

            (Louisville, Nebraska) – Louisville high school had 17 students attend the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in Grand Island, Nebraska. Louisville had eleven students earn medals and one student elected to state office. The SkillsUSA state leadership and skills conference hosted over 2,000 students and advisors during the two-day conference held at Fonner Park and the Heartland events center in Grand Island. The SkillsUSA state conference showcases student’s talents in over 90 various leadership and technical competitions. Those students who place first in their respective contests have earned a chance to attend the SkillsUSA national leadership and skills contest held in June in Louisville, KY, where over 15,000 SkillsUSA members attend and complete annually from all fifty states.  

Max Yarnell, who will be a senior for the 2019 – 2020 school year, was elected as a SkillsUSA Nebraska state officer. Max had to give a speech in front of 140 student delegates, participate in a question and answer session, and campaigned against eight other students hoping to be elected to the seven officer slate. Max’s duties as a state officer include; attending the SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, KY as a voting delegate for Nebraska, planning and coordinating three conferences during the 2019 – 2020 school year, as well as being an ambassador for SkillsUSA Nebraska to other chapters, business & industry partners throughout the state. Congratulations Max for all your hard work and leadership.

Louisville has six students that qualified for the national conference in Louisville, KY. They include Carsen Knott, Valerie Knott and Isandra Hagge who placed 1st with their community service project. The team of girls hosted several Red Cross blood drives throughout the year collecting over 180 donations. The team also worked with fellow Louisville students Remington Campbell and Max Yarnell to raise awareness and funds for Objective Zero. Objective Zero is a non profit organization dedicated to supporting and helping veterans combat veteran suicide. Together the team raffled off a donated  patriotic turkey feather painted by Rebecca Speer, and a frame made by Roger Campbell. All together the team raised over $1,400 to be donated to the Objective Zero organization.     

Students Julian Covington, Jaylin Gaston and Garron Bragg placed 1st with their promotional bulletin board designed, based on the 2018 - 2019 SkillsUSA national theme: SkillsUSA champions at work; Career Ready Starts Here. The focus of the project is to promote SkillsUSA to student members and to communicate important information for students involved in local SkillsUSA chapters. The team also had to assemble a portfolio and be interviewed by a team of judges. 

Reiley Reed also placed 1st and qualified for the SkillsUSA national conference in the customer service contest. The purpose of the contest evaluates students' proficiency in providing customer service. The contest involves live, role-playing situations. Contestants demonstrate their ability to perform customer service in both written and oral forms including telephone and computer skills, communications, problem solving, conflict resolution and business etiquette. 

Several other Louisville students placed at the state conference, they include Parker Manley with a 3rd place in extemporaneous speaking, which has contestants give a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic with five minutes of advance preparation. They are judged on voice, mechanics, platform deportment, organization and effectiveness.

Michael Rupp in the medical terminology contest, which evaluates the knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of an individual preparing for employment in the health occupations fields.

Two students placed in state only contests. State only contests are for students who choose not to compete at the national contest level, but follow the same rules and guidelines as national contests. Allison Smith placed second in the state only job interview, which is divided into three phases: completion of employment applications; preliminary interviews with receptionist; and, in-depth interviews. Contestants are evaluated on their understanding of employment procedures faced in applying for positions in the occupational areas for which they are training. Lea Kalkowski placed 1st in state only extemporaneous speaking, which again, has contestants give a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic.

Students also completed in many other contests,  these students did not place, but certainly enjoyed their competitions and represented Louisville well.  Remington Campbell, Max Yarnell and Jed McFarland competed in welding fabrication, which is a team competition that requires three students from each school to use their welding and fabrication skills to build a designed project from the given material. Each team is required to be skilled in the following welding and cutting processes: SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW and OFC. Ethan Michalski competed in technical drafting, which evaluates the contestant's preparation for employment in the field of  technical drafting. The contest focuses on applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools which include computer-aided drafting (CAD).

 Two teams competed in crime scene investigation. The team of Lea Kalkowski, Allison Smith and Isandra Hagge and team of Skylar Pollock, Faye Jacobsen and Madison Nolte. Both teams  investigated a crime scene and briefed as to the situation. The contestants will, as a three-person team, process the crime scene. They will legally search for, properly collect and remove evidence of the crime. One member of the team will be required to lift a latent fingerprint from a pre-selected item of evidence. After the scene has been processed, the contestants will write their report, draw the crime scene sketch and mark their evidence.

Jaylin Gaston competed in the medical math contest, which has contestants demonstrate their knowledge of general math concepts used in the healthcare fields. They complete a written test that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, Roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, among other medical math-related problems. Cassidy Niemoth competed in the commercial baking contest, which challenges contestants to meet production and quality standards expected by industry. Students must scale, mix, prepare and bake  products (including breads, rolls, Danish, cookies and pies) and demonstrate cake-decorating skills. They must deliver a quality, salable product while working efficiently and under job-like conditions

Academic achievement awards were  given to Remington Campbell, Julian Covington, Jaylin Gaston, Faye Jacobsen, Lea Kalkowski, Carsen Knott, Valerie Knott, Jed McFarland, Ethan Michalski, Cassidy Niemoth, Skylar Pollock, Reiley Reed, Michael Rupp, Allison Smith and  Max Yarnell or holding a 3.5 GPA or higher as an active SkillsUSA Member.  Louisville students also received the Distinguished Ambassador Award. This award is presented to students who attend all three SkillsUSA conferences throughout the year. They include Julian Covington, Ethan Michalski, Reiley Reed, Michael Rupp and Max Yarnell. 

Louisville Students at State SkillsUSA meet

Garron with his Balsa wood bridge design

Val competed in the Nurse Assisting contest

Welding team of Max, Remington and Jed

Carsen, Val and Isandra placed 1st in community service contest

Julian, Jaylin and Garron placed 1st place promotional bulletin board contest

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More information about SkillsUSA:

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.


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"We are looking for our ancestors.  Everett, and Chidester.   The Everetts, settled there about  1860.  John Everett came there from England  around 1860 and bought a farm.  He had a son named Cluadius who had a son named Edward, who had a son named Austin. Any way  if you could help us find some of our family  it would be great to meet as many as we could.  Thank you,  I look forward to your reply. Ken Everett,  in Montana." Please reach Ken at mtkeneverett@gmail.com if you have any information that may help him!




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We are looking for our ancestors.  Everett, and Chidester.   The Everetts, settled there about  1860.  John Everett came there from England  around 1860 and bought a farm.  He had a son named Cluadius who had a son named Edward, who had a son named Austin. Any way  if you could help us find some of our family  it would be great to meet as many as we could.  Thank you,  I look forward to your reply. Ken Everett,  in Montana. Please reach Ken at mtkeneverett@gmail.com if you have any information that may help him!


Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States.  An estimated 108,000 new cases will be diagnosed each year.  Regular colorectal cancer screenings can detect colorectal cancer early when the chances for cure are best.  Because of this, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department is offering free fecal occult blood test (FOBT) home screening kits to both men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years.  The screening kits are available at the Health Department’s office at 701 Olson Drive, Suite 101, Papillion, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Call (402) 537-6969 for more information.


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Free Mobile Food Pantry in Plattsmouth on April 19

OMAHA, Neb. April 15, 2019 – As families across Nebraska and Iowa continue to reel from the catastrophic flooding, many find themselves in the unfamiliar position of seeking emergency assistance as the long process of cleaning and rebuilding begins.

Food Bank for the Heartland is committed to helping those experiencing hardship during these natural disasters and is partnering with Plattsmouth Bible Church to host a free mobile food pantry in Plattsmouth on Friday, April 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The mobile pantry will take place at Plattsmouth Bible Church, 1602 1st Ave., Plattsmouth, NE 68048.

“Food Bank for the Heartland has been part of this community for 38 years,” said Brian Barks, president and CEO. “We understand the cleanup and rebuilding process from this historic flooding will take many months, and we will be here providing emergency and supplemental food to our neighbors in need throughout the Heartland. We are pleased to provide this mobile pantry for individuals and families in Cass County. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from individuals, organizations and companies locally and across the county.”

Approximately 7,000 – 9,000 pounds of food will be available for distribution and will include spaghetti, tomato sauce, rice, bottled water, and other shelf-stable products along with perishable items, such as fresh carrots, apples, onions, potatoes and assorted bakery items. Disaster pantry packs will also be offered. They are 15-pound prepacked boxes filled with various nonperishable items.

Those attending the mobile pantry are asked to bring boxes or bags to assist in carrying the food they receive. Volunteers will be available to help recipients. No identification is required to obtain food.

Food Bank for the Heartland’s Mobile Pantry program delivers food directly to communities that have a high need but limited food resources. In FY 2018, nearly 400 mobile pantries were held across the Food Bank’s 93-county service area helping approximately 47,400 food-insecure households.

Information about other disaster relief resources is available on https://foodbankheartland.org/flooding/.

If members of the community are seeking opportunities to help their neighbors in need, they are encouraged to visit www.FoodBankHeartland.org to make a donation to disaster relief.


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