Saturday, May 14, 2016

Local UNL Graduates

2,800-plus degrees awarded during UNL commencement exercises
LINCOLN, NE (05/10/2016)-- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln granted 2,816 degrees during historic commencement exercises May 6 and 7.
In his final event as UNL chancellor, Harvey Perlman delivered the address at the undergraduate commencement May 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Art Thompson, president of the Cooper Foundation in Lincoln, received the Nebraska Builder Award during the ceremony.
Timothy Carr, department chair and the Jean Sundell Tinstman Professor of Nutrition and Health Sciences at UNL, delivered the address at the graduate and professional degrees ceremony May 6 at the arena. Lyle Denniston, legal journalist, professor and author, addressed the law graduates May 7 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
The graduates are from 43 states, the District of Columbia and 45 countries. The following is a list of area graduates. Some international students are listed under their adopted hometowns in the United States. Some students request not to be listed.

Exeter: Amanda Jean Dinneen, College of Education and Human Sciences, bachelor of science in education and human sciences.

Exeter: Kelsey Kay Swartz, College of Education and Human Sciences, bachelor of science in education and human sciences.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thirteen Exeter-Milligan Graduates

Above – The Exeter-Milligan class of 2016 lines up for photos just before graduation.  Front row from the left: Sam Zeleny, Kirby Soukup, Brianna Beatham, Marissa Howard, Janey Due, Johnathon Mounce, Elliot Erdkamp, Carmin Colacci.  Back row from the left:  Brayden Olsen, Hunter Worrell, Spencer Papik, Jack Dinneen, Sean Maxson.

Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield presented a class of thirteen graduates for diplomas on Saturday, May 7 in the Exeter gym.

This was the first Exeter-Milligan class to graduate who attended all thirteen grades together.

Their class flower was the Sunflower and colors were maroon and purple.  Their motto was “Don’t tell us is the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

After the processional was played by Ella Wilkins and Caitlin Murphy, Senior Brianna Beatham gave the welcome.

After the senior video was played the senior thoughts were given by Janey Due and Spencer Papik.  Due opened her speech with a quote from Nelson Mandela, “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

She reflected on the special traditions the class had embraced along with the wonderful memories they made on their senior trip.

The eighth graders were recognized with certificates for completion of eighth grade.

School Board Vice-President Tim Pribyl presented the class of 2016 with their diplomas and invited them to move their tassels over before the crowd was dismissed.

The graduates received well-wishers in a reception line outside the school.

Above – The Exeter-Milligan class of 2016 strikes a pose before walking in to “Pomp and Circumstance” at graduation.
Below – Exeter-Milligan valedictorian Janey Due speaks at graduation.

Above – Exeter-Milligan School Board Vice-President Tim Pribyl presents Jack Dinneen with his diploma.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Exeter Senior Center Hosts Senior to Senior Breakfast

Above -Rhonda Stokebrand speaks to the Exeter-Milligan seniors and their grandparents at the Senior to Senior Breakfast.
Below – The Exeter-Milligan seniors enjoying breakfast at the Exeter Senior Center.

It’s always a good thing to have a little breakfast in your stomach before you go to graduation practice and the Exeter Senior Center has made that happen for Exeter-Milligan seniors for fourteen years in a row.

Of course, it’s an added bonus that they invite the grandparents of each Exeter-Milligan senior to attend breakfast together at the Exeter Senior Center.

Friday morning 11 of the 13 graduates joined over thirty of their grandparents for a delicious breakfast of egg casseroles, homemade rolls, fruit, juice and coffee.

This program, the senior to senior breakfast, was initiated by Elva McBride, a long-time member of the Exeter Senior Center.

Rhonda Stokebrand, who works with Fillmore County Senior Services, spoke at the event noting, “It’s the parents who get all the recognition as they should.  But we also know how important the love and support of grandparents can be in the lives of their grandchildren.”

The students and their grandparents were served the breakfast by the many volunteers at the senior center.  Stokebrand also introduced all the officers of the Senior Center board of directors who were present.

After breakfast was consumed, Stokebrand asked the seniors to introduce themselves and elaborate on their plans after graduation.  She also asked them to introduce all of their grandparents and family members who were present.

The grandparents were also given an opportunity to share stories about the graduates and evicted a few laughs from the crowd.  The success of the class on the sports field and academically was mentioned.  Also, the grandparents were very proud of the four graduates who are Eagle scouts.

J.J. and Judy Dinneen were invited as grandparents to the event and expressed their thanks to the senior center, “We both think it is a great experience and we are so excited that the senior center does this every year.  It’s a great way to spend time with our senior graduates and for them to relax in the morning.”

Stokebrand reminded the graduates, “No matter what, always remember you’ll always have a link to the Exeter and Milligan communities and family, friends and neighbors like us who are thinking of you and supporting you all the way.”

The graduates enjoyed some time visiting with their grandparents at the conclusion of the breakfast.
The senior center gave away two Casey’s gifts cards to the graduates by drawing the names of Spencer Papik and Kirby Soukup.

Above – Elliot Erdkamp visits with his grandmother Kate Harre,  left, and his great Aunt Jody Senter after the Senior to Senior breakfast.
Below – Jack Dinneen visits with his grandmothers Maxine Filipi, left, and Judy Dinneen, right after the Senior to Senior breakfast.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cub Scouts Tour New Construction

Exeter Cub Scout Pack 218 Webelos Den enjoyed a tour of the new Exeter-Milligan school addition from Ray Kidd, the Superintendent for Rogge General Contractors.  The scouts from the left are Devin Harrison, Troy Kallhoff and Mikey Bartu.  The scouts looked at the detailed plans and talked to Kidd about what kind of education they need to be a construction manager.  They also saw all of the inner workings of the new addition and learned how each room will be used.  They also completed their Build It! Activity pin.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Exeter Public Library News

Library Looking for EHS Yearbooks
The Exeter Public Library is looking for old Exeter High School yearbooks – the older the better! We already have the years of 1940, 1947, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981-1983, 1985-1995, 1997-2001, and 2003. If you have a yearbook (other than those listed) that you would like to donate to the Library, please call the Exeter Public Library at 402-266-3031 or email Hours are MWF 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed over the noon hour) and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon.

May 17 - ‘Savings for Soldiers’ Event Planned
-Tuesday, May 17, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. coupon clipping and sorting at Exeter Public Library.
-Coupons collected will be donated to overseas military bases.
-Only manufacturers’ coupons can be used, NOT restaurant or store coupons.
-Coupons that have been expired up to six months can be used on military base stores.
-Drop off coupons at the Exeter Public Library.
-Tuesday's attendees will get to help select the military base(s) that will receive donated coupons.
-Anyone who wants to help is welcome!


May 28 -Library to Have Special Alumni Weekend Hours
The Exeter Public Library will have extended hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28 for Exeter Alumni Weekend. A collection of Exeter memorabilia, vintage EHS yearbooks, and other Exeter history information will be on display. Exeter Q125 history books will be available for purchase. Visitors from near and far are welcome to come in and see all of the exciting things happening at the Exeter Public Library!