On Saturday, February 17th, the Ainsworth Speech Team hosted their home meet with 9 teams participating. “Winning our home tournament was a very pleasant surprise. It was a close race with Gordon-Rushville, but we were able to come out 2 points ahead. I’m glad to see the team compete without their scripts and notecards; that obviously makes a big difference," said Coach Mary Rau. “We’re working towards conference and district competition, so it’s important for us to practice well in the next couple of weeks.”
The next competition takes the speech team to Southwest High School in Bartley on Saturday, Feb. 24, with rounds beginning at 9 am.
1st: Sam Wilkins—Extemporaneous Speaking
Morgan Osborn—Persuasive Speaking
Bo Painter & Bradi Scott—Duet Acting
2nd: Cassidy Gilliand—Poetry
Henry Beel—Persuasive Speaking
Jenna Williams—Informative Speaking
Marley Murphy & Morgan Osborn—Duet Acting
3rd: Cassidy Gilliland—Serious Prose
Henry Beel—Informative Speaking
5th: Coy Carson—Humorous Prose
Coy Carson—Entertainment Speaking
2nd: Meg Laan—Informative Speaking
3rd: Kayla Witt—Serious Prose
Meg Laan/Adriana Hood/Cody Scott—OID
4th: Brandt Murphy & Cody Scott—Duet Acting
Team: 1st of 9
For over 40 years, the University of Nebraska at Kearney has held an Honor Band and Choir the fourth Monday in January. This year, with the threat of severe weather, they chose to cancel. Students from across Nebraska and Kansas audition and hope for a spot in the two bands and three choirs. Ainsworth students Marley Murphy and Jaycee Dillon had been chosen for the Festival Band. Although they did not get to participate, everyone enjoyed the snow day.
The 46th Annual High Plains Band and Choir Festival was held Feb 5-6, 2018 on the Chadron State College Campus. To qualify, High School students have to record and submit an audition. This year, four Ainsworth students were selected. They were: Jaycee Dillon; Clarinet, Courtney Lauer; Flute, Tessa Lauer; Trumpet and Josie Ganser; French Horn. Students from 25 schools in Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado participated. Dr. Michael Knight, newly-appointed Director of Bands at Chadron State College directed the Honor Band. This year, in addition to the Honor Band and Honor Choir, a Guitar Ensemble and Keyboard Ensemble were added. Ms. Bejot commented that being able to spend two days intensely working on challenging music is an unforgettable experience. There is always a tremendous increase in the students’ depth of knowledge and playing ability. Their confidence soars and they come back to their own bands with a greater appreciation for excellence.
The 8th Grade Social Studies students signed cards and sent them with popcorn tins to the Veterans' Service Office for our Adopted Veterans. This year's Adopted Veterans are Joe Dodd, Marvin Ohlrich, Ben Beegle, John Seidel, Josh Titus, and Wes Luther. We thank these veterans and all veterans for their service to our country. We appreciate our freedom.
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 Haley H., Makenna K., & Ava G. Congratulations!