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Power Drive Program
The Power Drive Program is an educational effort that challenges high school students to design and build one-person electric vehicles during the school year. In the spring, these teams of students compete with one another at organized rallies in areas such as vehicle braking, maneuverability and endurance.
OPPD established Power Drive in 1998 to give high school students a hands-on way to apply their studies and to promote interest in automotive, electric and energy technologies and careers. Nebraska Public Power District added its resources and has remained a valuable Power Drive partner.
Based on the program's growth since its inception, it's clear that the students, their teachers and schools have embraced the concept.
Information courtesy of:
OPPD / NPPD Power Drive Website
Motorsports Park Hastings – 1st S45
UNL Tractor Testing Lab – 1st Place S45
Alternate Fuel Challenge – 1st A48
Columbus, NE - S45 (Crash and Burn)
Cuming County Open- 1st A48
CHECK out the...
Louisville Power Drive Website:
The following photos are of Mr. Jesse Zweep (Powerdrive Sponsor and Teacher at Louisville High School)
and his Powerdrive Team
Champions at Work
S K I L L S U S A
SkillsUSA is an organization that prepares high school students for technical, skilled and service careers. Students build leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development skills that shape them into responsible employees and leaders. SkillsUSA activities foster the development of creativity, problem-solving ability, and integrity. The program builds self confidence and communications skills, which are qualities employers’ value and look for when hiring workers.
The Louisville chapter has grown to 44 student members this year. Current officers for the 2009 – 2010 school year are: President, DJ Hobbs, Vice President, Sean Churchich and Secretary Cori Hall. Louisville received the award of 100% chapter at the State Leadership and Skills Competition in March. This award is given to schools with all students enrolled in technology classes being members of SkillsUSA. Only one other school in the state received this award. Louisville also had the 3rd highest student enrollment with 44. Congratulations to the Louisville SkillsUSA chapter on its many successes.
In March 44 student members attended the State Leadership and Skills Competition in Columbus NE. Over 1,500 students from across the state attended the conference representing 150 schools. Louisville students competed in areas such as welding, masonry, cosmetology, related technical math and photography. Louisville placed 13 of is members in the competitions listed.
2nd Quiz Bowl – Adam Sparks, Colton Dean, Ryan Burnison, Carson McCormick and Dallas Lemmers
2nd Welding Fabrication – Cori Hall, Sean Churchich and DJ Hobbs
2nd Masonry – Andrew Bauermeister
2nd Motorcycle Service – Wyatt Staben
3rd GMAW Welding – Luke Stohlmann
2nd Co2 Dragster – Austin Drake
3rd Mouse Trap Racer – John Leversee
Mr. Nick Bausch
(Louisville Social Studies Teacher)
The Horace Mann--Abraham Lincoln Fellowship is a week long in depth study of Abraham Lincoln.
They select one teacher from each state, and then they get together during the summer at the Lincoln Presidential library for a week to do research,
visit historic Lincoln sites and collaborate on how best to use Lincoln as a tool for education.
We will develop lesson plans that can then be used in the classroom.
CONGRATULATIONS, Mr. Bausch!
Tues. Apr. 27th: Hot Turkey Sandwich, Soup - Vegetable Beef
Wed. Apr. 28th: Meatloaf, Soup - Broccoli Cheese
Thurs. Apr. 29th: Taco Platter, Soup - White Chili
Fri. Apr. 30th: Chicken Salad Wrap, Soup - Pizza
Have a great week! Happy May Day!
Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the High School Library.
We welcome all school staff members as well as any community members that would like to meet and learn more about each candidate before the May primary vote. Hope to see you there!
-- Melanie Reeves
Time: 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM
Place: Plattsmouth High School Football Field Track
There will be music and games for even the smallest – a bounce house too!
Bring your tents and sleeping bags and camp out with us under the stars! A night you’re sure to remember.
For additional information: www.relayforlife.org/casscone or 402-393-5801
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts …….. Your 2010 Relay Committee
Vendor Open House – Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 to 2:00 at Bellevue Lied Activity Center (2711 Arboretum Dr.). Vendors include At Home Entertaining, Tupperware, Arbonne, Tastefully Simple, and more. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.
Garage Sale – Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5 from 8:00 to 4:00 on both days at 13412 S. 31st Circle, Bellevue. Sponsored by Thundering Herd.
Rock-n-Race for a Cure – Saturday, June 5 at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Admission $10. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by LD’s Warriors.
Blackjack Run – Saturday, June 19, starting at Plattsmouth Keno. Sign up from 11:30 to 1:30. Motorcycles and classic cars welcome. Cost is $10/hand. Sponsored by Carol’s Crusaders.
BIG MONEY IN WILDLIFE WATCHING
(Ord, NE) - There's big money in wildlife watching. Just look at the figures: over the past 20 years, participation in wildlife watching, particularly bird watching, has increased nationally by more than 266%. Conservative estimates put the value to the US economy alone at over $40 billion dollars. During the same time, national participation rates both in hunting and fishing continue to decline.
Jim Mallman of Watchable Wildlife Inc. will be hosting several workshops to share insights about how entrepreneurs, outfitters, individuals, businesses and municipalities can build nature-based or wildlife tourism programs. Workshops will be held in Red Cloud on May 18, Ord on May 19 and Ogallala on May 20. These workshops are especially suitable for current Nebraska outfitters looking to diversify their non-game season by building wildlife encounter experiences.
Workshops begin at 8:30am and run through 4:00pm with lunch and refreshments provided. The cost for early-bird registration is $25 if participants sign-up before May 11. The cost for late registrants is $40. For more information, including registration forms, visit the Nebraska Development Network Central Region website at www.ndncr.com or contact Sharon or Jodi at (308) 995-3190.
South Central Economic Development District, Inc.
PO Box 79; 502 East Avenue (2nd floor)
Holdrege, NE 68949
LHS TRACK TEAM...
continues its quest for time times and jumps at the Platteview Invitational last week.
50 Year Class - Class of 1960
40 Year Class - Class of 1970 (host class)
25 Year Class - Class of 1985
10 Year Class - Class of 2000
Graduating Class of 2010
To find out more about this year's Banquet, go to our newly created website www.louisvillealumni.org
The important work of the Alumni Association can be sustained only if our members are active and involved!
If you would like to part of the committee, please contact one of the members below. We would love to have you!
2010 Alumni Committee members:
• Donna Tlustos Albert
• Jean Johnson Buskirk
• Lori Petereit Gray
• Jean Knutson Heim
• Jack Mayfield
• Judy Hutchison Meyer
• Patsy Dobbs Sawyer
First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series
Faith Singers from Missouri
Saturday, May 1st @ 7PM
Free Admission w/ Love offering taken
Monday thru Friday
For children ages 5-9
Up to $9.00 per hour
Contact Stacy at
Recycling Open House
Cass County Recycling Schedule
MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE
For Immediate Release:
Pankonin Reflects on First Term as a State Senator
April 23, 2010, Lincoln – The four years of my first term in the legislature went by very quickly. I want to tell you what I realized that I needed to learn, in order to represent you to the best of my ability. This job includes four distinctly different elements. I call them the four “Ps”. The four are people, process, policy and politics. At times they must each be considered separately, and at others they intertwine and require a more complex response. Let me briefly explain each of the elements.
The people element has been the one I have enjoyed the most. A senator works with and sometimes against the other 48 members of the legislature, and also runs for legislative offices or leadership positions among these peers. I have developed friendships with many of my colleagues, but, more importantly, I have attempted to gain their respect. I have tried to put in the time and effort required to demonstrate my commitment to the legislature, be straightforward in my dealings with others, make a good faith effort to learn the issues and treat others with respect. This has resulted in being elected by my fellow senators to several positions of leadership and has helped in passing legislation that I have introduced.
The second element is the process. There are written rules and traditions that allow the legislative process to function both within the committee structure and on the legislative floor. Learning the process is like so many of our life learning experiences. First you observe. Then you try some simple tasks to test your skills. With every step you take, you gain more confidence. As the years have gone by, I have felt more comfortable in all aspects of the process.
The policy piece has been fascinating but has also presented great challenges. The legislature considers hundreds of bills every year on a very wide range of topics. Even though I am interested in many policy questions, as a senator I soon learned to focus on bills that received priority designation by an individual senator (one per year), each legislative committee (two per year), and the speaker of the legislature (25 per year). Priority bills are the proposals that are most likely to be enacted and become law. In addition to the priority bills, a senator must spend as much time as possible on bills heard before the standing legislative committees, on which he or she serves. I serve on three standing committees, including the Retirement Systems Committee, for which I am the chairperson. As a committee chair, a senator needs to develop in-depth knowledge of the issues and proposals that come before your committee. It is probably impossible to be an expert on every bill or policy question, but you should be well informed about the bills before your committees and be ready to help with their passage, if they are scheduled for debate by the entire legislature. One final comment about policy. I have learned that many bills can have very valid arguments on both sides of an issue. This can create the need to make some very difficult decisions.
The last but not the least important of the “Ps” is politics. Specifically, I will mention two aspects of this element: being part of an “elected” representative legislature and true political reality. When you file to place you name on the ballot to represent approximately 35,000 citizens, you need to have a sense of what the majority of your constituents’ views are on a range of issues. Plus, you need to understand the political reality of factors, such as the possibility of a gubernatorial veto of a bill, the lobby’s position and the influence of other interest groups, with which many of your constituents may agree. So, a senator cannot operate in a vacuum, and politics is an influential element in the legislative arena.
After four years as District 2’s representative in Lincoln, I have learned that the vast majority of the citizens I represent have a common sense approach to the issues, with views that I share. I also appreciate my experienced office staff, who have made every attempt to serve you promptly.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you for the past four years.
We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.
Senator Dave Pankonin
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Talk about talent. Talk about raw, hands-on, sweat-induced talent. Behind the garage doors of the industrial arts facility at Louisville High School, there are phenomenal things happening. How many of you can say that you have ever built a car…that actually runs? And races to win? And wins again? Well, I know that I certainly can’t admit to a feat as great as that, but some of my students can say that they have had a hand in creating a car.
Mr. Jesse Zweep and his fine students at Louisville have been working diligently on car creation for the past year. Powerdrive has become quite a success, and if you don’t believe me, take a moment to check out their website (there is a link above next to the Powerdrive photos). Though I don’t know as much as I would like about this program, I can definitely say that I am learning more.
In thinking about some of the skills that students must possess to become a success in this particular program, I thought about how these might be applicable in real life as well.
1. Versatility – In Powerdrive, and in life, there’s a chance that things won’t always go exactly as planned and there may have to flexibility involved in changing things in order to make something work better. Tweaking, adjusting and being patient with change all are important life skills that are essential to know. These students, undoubtedly, have experienced frustrations, changes and finally successed along the way.
2. Vitality -- Possessing energy and passion to do something well are only two of the components of the definition of this term. Students have to embody physical strength and mental fortitude while working on their project. This has been evident to me and many others as I see these students pour their after-school hours into the Powerdrive project. Vitality is an important characteristic that these students have learned for later in life.
3. Vrooom !– The urge to drive…fast enough to win is a trait that can be equated with the pure, uninhibited desire to win. The quest to be the best is that inner flame that burns in these students as they work to improve and do all that they can to constantly check and re-check their work. So it is in life…those who aren’t satisfied with mediocrity tend to reach new heights in personal and professional stature.
There you have it…my impressions of what Powerdrive is doing for many of our young people here in Louisville. These are the very folks who may be fixing your car in five years, and they will be ready. They are learning with versatility, vitality and a bit of vroooommm…all to become better, contributing members of our society. Go Louisville Powerdrive!
Have a wonderful week, Louisvillians!
Your Louisville Editor,
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