Ainsworth High School's 3rd period painting students enjoyed a painting workshop on Monday, December 4, 2017.
The guest instructor for the day was Mary Beckman. She showed the students different techniques that they can try in their own work. She also talked to them about their artistic vision.
The Ainsworth Mock Trial team finished the 2017 season with an appearance at the State Championships at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion, Nebraska, on Dec. 4 and 5. The team didn’t fair well against other regional champions, bringing home an 0-3 record from the tournament. “The competition was tough, as usual,” commented Coach Mary Rau. “I could tell that when we started competing; we weren’t as sharp legally as we have been in the past. We had two first-year attorneys on the team as well as several first year witnesses, and they had a very large learning curve to surmount. Being really good at mock trial takes experience, and we were a little short in that category this year.”
On Monday morning, Ainsworth played the defense and lost a split decision against Bellevue West. That afternoon, the Bulldogs, again representing the defendant, lost in a split decision to State Runners-Up Columbus Scotus. After the Monday night recognition banquet, Ainsworth was paired as the plaintiff with Grand Island Northwest for the Tuesday morning trial, and lost that trial in a unanimous decision of the judges.
The state championship was won by Omaha Creighton Prep, with Columbus Scotus, Ogallala, and Gering rounding out the top four places. Creighton Prep will represent Nebraska in the 2018 National Championships in Reno, Nevada, next May.
“It was a tough year for us in many ways,” stated Coach Rau, “but we’ve learned so much and are very excited for next year. We’ll have a young team again, but the experience gained this year will shine next year.”
Members of the 2017 Mock Trial team are Seniors Cassidy Gilliland, Marley Murphy, and Kayla Witt; Junior Sam Wilkins; Sophomores Coy Carson, Ethan Christensen, and Raven Stewart; and Freshmen Cody Kronhofman and Brandt Murphy.
Once a month, McAndrew Elementary students and staff gather in the hallway for an all-school assembly. At the assembly, we recognize everyone who had birthdays during that month. We also honor students who received recognition during that month from an outstanding effort in the classroom, from a kind act, or for the achievement of a personal goal. All these student names are entered into a drawing. During McAndrew’s assembly this month, three names were drawn, and those three lucky students received a gift certificate to Scholastic for a free book.
Our winners this month were Gracyn S., Landon S., & Natalee T. Congratulations!
The Ainsworth Mock Trial Team qualified for state competition by defeating the Valentine team two a total of four times during district competition. On Thursday, Nov. 16, Ainsworth played the Plaintiff and Valentine represented the Defendant in the Cherry County Courthouse. Ainsworth won in a very close decision of Judges James Orr, Todd Flynn, and Bill Quigley. On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Ainsworth played the Defendant to Valentine’s Plaintiff, and won in a unanimous decision of Judges Bill Cassel, James Gotschall, and Forrest Peetz.
Members of the Ainsworth team who will represent Region 4 in the State Championships on Dec. 4 and 5 at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion are Seniors Cassidy Gilliland, Marley Murphy, and Kayla Witt; Junior Sam Wilkins; Sophomores Coy Carson, Ethan Christiansen, and Raven Stewart; and Freshmen Brandt Murphy and Cody Kronhofman.
Other teams qualifying for state are Gering, Ogallala, Dundy County, Grand Island Northwest, Lutheran High Northwest, Columbus Scotus, Bellevue West, HTRS, York, Omaha Skutt, and Creighton Prep.
The Ainsworth team is coached by Attorney David Streich and teacher Mary Rau.
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The 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies students at Ainsworth Community Schools collected items at the school’s Veterans’ Day program to be donated to the Grand Island Veterans’ Home. The Grand Island Veterans' Home, originally known as the Nebraska Soldiers and Sailors Home, opened in 1887 and was the first Veterans' home in Nebraska. Items that were donated this year include food items, toiletries, magazines and books, cd’s, playing cards, toiletries, etc. These items, along with posters and Veterans’ Day decorations created by Ainsworth Community School’s students, were presented to our local Veterans Service Officer, Judy Walters by 7th and 8th grade class officers. Judy will transport the items to the Grand Island Veterans’ Home.