Seven Exeter-Milligan students attended the Sing Around Nebraska Festival in Central City on Saturday, February 18. They rehearsed all day with their clinician, Larry Decker, and performed in a 4:00 p.m. concert held in Central City's new Performing Arts Center (PAC.) The students worked very hard prior to the day to learn six songs. Those participating were Eli Johnson, Patrick Murphy, Johnny Babula, Anna Sluka, Katherine White, Caitlin Murphy and Kayla Geiger.
Mrs. Julia Polak’s Reading Mastery Novels class at Exeter-Milligan just finished the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. It is the story of a 13 year-old boy who becomes stranded in the northern Canadian forest after the bush plane in which he is a passenger crashes. Brian survives for 54 days before being rescued. He encounters bears, wolves, a skunk, and a porcupine. Brian gets quills stuck in his leg, and must pull them out himself.
In order for the students to understand about porcupine quills, Mrs. Polak contacted Dave Erdkamp from Exeter, who contacted some other hunters through the Internet, and Nancy Haefer from Moscow, Idaho, sent the class some quills to examine under the microscope. Mrs. Polak had the students draw what they saw in the microscope so the students would better understand how loosely the quills are attached to the porcupine’s tail and body, and also how hard they are to remove!
Dave Erdkamp also loaned the class a moose antler from a forest moose, similar to the one that tried to kill Brian in the book. Forest moose are smaller than moose we are familiar with, but the students realized what strong neck muscles it would take to hold up two of them!
Ms. Elizabeth Rios’ Spanish II class at Exeter-Milligan has been busy this semester. The class had CPR presentations three times this year (Cultural Participation and Research projects). Each student does four CPR’s during the year, one for every quarter. In the past students have researched Spanish countries, athletes, artists, and food. CPR’s give students an opportunity to connect with the Spanish culture and try new thing they wouldn’t normally try. Some students make traditional Spanish dishes such as tacos or enchiladas. Others have eaten out at an authentic Mexican restaurant and some students with more artistic attributes draw maps of Spanish countries, including landforms and major cities. CPR’s make students step out of their comfort zone to relate their culture with the Spanish culture, giving them a better understanding of the Spanish language.
The Exeter-Milligan Lady Timberwolves head for Lincoln Thursday morning. The send off for the team will be Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Exeter site. The #5 seeded Timberwolves will meet #4 Friend Bulldogs in the first round of the tournament.
Exeter Cub Scout Pack 218 held their Blue and Gold Banquet and Pinewood Derby.
Tiger Cub Marcus Krupicka earned his rank badge and the Bobcat rank. The three members of the wolf den, Braden Capek, Alec Schlueter and Ben Bartu all received their rank badges as did the members of the Bear den, Jackson Beethe, Clint Oldehoeft and Blake Meyer.
Both members of the Webelos II den, Peytan Brandt and Johnny Babula, earned the arrow of light and were presented with the award by their parents. Peytan Brandt earned all 20 of the Webelos activity pins and received a special patch recognizing this achievement.
Four families in the pack, the Roger Brandt family, the Roger Capek family, the Mark Beethe family and the Dean Bartu family also earned the Fun with our Family patches.
Next on the evening's agenda was the pack Pinewood Derby. Stanley Rhodes, of Cordova, coordinates the event every year bringing his track and his helpers, Robert Rhodes of Exeter and Lance Larsen of Cordova. Prior to race time the men had judged the cars for show, but the results were not revealed until after the race.
After each boy raced the others twice, there was one more race off to determine the winner and the results were announced. In the modified category Blake Meyer won first, Peytan Brandt took second and Braden Capek was third. In the stock category Clint Oldehoeft was first, Jackson Beethe, second and Johnny Babula was third.
The show results were announced next. Modified show first place was Ben Bartu, Alec Schlueter was second and Brayden Capek was third. In stock show Clint Oldehoeft took first, Johnny Babula was second and Jackson Beethe was third. Winning the Cubmaster's Choice award this year was Marcus Krupicka.
The Exeter-Milligan Lady Timberwolves fought a hard battle and were ahead by one point with eight seconds left in the quarter finals state tournament game against the Friend Bulldogs. Unfortunately Friend sunk a basket in those last eight seconds leaving the final score 37-36 with the Timberwolves facing no time left and a loss.
On Sunday, February 19th, Exeter Pack 218 held the crossover ceremony for the two members of their Webelos II den.
Peytan Brandt and Johnny Babula both achieved the highest rank in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light.
To obtain the arrow of light the scouts must earn activity pins in physical skills, mental skills, technology and outdoor skills. The scouts must also know the Boy Scout Law and Oath and participate in two Boy Scout activities.
Eight Exeter-Milligan students participated in the Fillmore County Spelling Bee this year. The Junior High students below are from the left, Janey Due, Elliot Erdkamp, Samantha Horne and Ashley Benorden who placed third. Fifth and sixth grade participants are pictured from the left Mitchell Manning, Clarissa Mounce, who placed second, Kaitlyn Vavra, who placed third and Josie Kresak.