Northeast Board Celebrates Student Success

by jamesc  6/5/2014 4:30:37 PM --  NORFOLK – Northeast Community College has recognized several student groups who achieved success over the past academic year. At a recent meeting of the Northeast Board of Governors, agriculture; broadcasting, journalism and mass media; business, forensics, music, utility line, and al-state academic students were acknowledge by the board, administration, faculty and staff for student achievement and success in a number of areas.


Although the College regularly recognizes student achievement, John W. Davies of Pilger, board chairperson, has asked that student success be profiled to the board on a more regular basis. “When my term as Northeast board chair began in January this year; I asked administration to make this the year of student life. This allows us as board members to get an insight into what goes on at the College from the eyes and stories of the student.” 

Members of the student groups and organizations told the board about their programs and the successes they had seen over the past academic year.

The Northeast Community College Speech Team closed out the 2013-14 season with a first place finish at a national tournament. The Hawks captured the Division II First Place Team Sweepstakes trophy at the Junior Varsity National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. In addition, the team collectively earned 58 other trophies at tournaments throughout the season.

The six freshmen who made up the 2013-14 team are Joe Lose, Kansas City, MO; Jordan Sager, Norfolk; Drew Sempek, Stromsburg; Benjamin Temple, Norfolk; Erica Temple, Norfolk; and Musa Fofana, Serrekunda, The Gambia. The team is coached by Terry Nelson.

Northeast Community College broadcasting, journalism and mass media students were honored for their work at the annual Nebraska Collegiate Media Association (NCMA) Conference. NCMA sponsors the Golden Leaf Awards every spring for excellence in print, digital, radio and TV media. Northeast students took top honors in several categories including Best TV Newscast for the Hawk-TV staff and Best Promotional Content, won by the staff of the Northeast college online newspaper, The Viewpoint.

Broadcasting students earning honors include: Tyler Holcomb, Wayne; Brian Koch, Hartington; Joe Lose, Kansas City, MO; BreOnna Schneck, Hooper; Ed Smyth, Greeley; Dylan Strohl-Yeomans, Taylor; and Matt Zuch, Fremont.

Brian Anderson is the broadcasting instructor. 

Members of the Northeast Viewpoint staff include Elizabeth Cornett, editor-in-chief, Wisner; Jackson Miller, web editor, Norfolk; Angela Richart, assistant editor-in-chief, Oakdale; Karly Liska, reporter, Verdigre; Tiffany Jedlicka, graphic designer, Lindsay; and Joe Lose, columnist, Kansas City, MO.

Nancy Sutton-Smith is the journalism and mass media instructor.

Northeast Community College students finished fourth in sweepstakes for two-year colleges at the 2014 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference held at Northwest Missouri State University.

Team members include Ashley Babl, Norfolk; Alex Bendig, Naper; Matt Blunck, Osmond; Dakota Cunningham, Wausa; Megan Dreyer, Wisner; Clay Easterday, Eustis; Carl Frisch, Lindsay; Neal Fulton, Imperial; Garrett Gebhardt, Burwell; Rodger Haselhorst, Randolph; Dalson Hitz, Plainview; Tyler Jaeger, Winside; Ryan Kaczor, Spencer; Calvin Klassen, Lindsay; Brianna Kumm, Osmond; Katrina Olmer, Norfolk; Alex Ott, Blair; Morgan Quinn, Winside; Tarrin Quinn, Winside; Adam Schlote, Plainview; Danielle Schneider, Allen; Courtnie Smith, Yutan; Nick Svoboda, Pender; Alik York, Creighton; Stephen Schniedermeyer, Skidmore, MO; and Kate Donker, Stickney, SD.

Coaches are Hilary Maricle, Mike Roeber, Bernie Thyen, Michael Zierke, Dr. Burton Pflueger, and Chris Burbach.

Several members of the Northeast Community College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Club earned honors at the organization’s State Leadership Conference held in Kearney. Phi Beta Lambda focuses on developing leadership, communication, and team skills in its members as well as giving members an opportunity to meet and network with other PBL members at the local, state, or national levels. PBL places an emphasis on helping students transition to the business world.

Northeast PBL students earning honors include: Audrey Brandl, Stanton; Gary Brunckhorst, Pierce; Beth Ebmeier, Laurel; Kortnie Eckstrom, Osmond; Devon Eggerling, Brunswick; Michelle Haselhorst, Wausa; Jenna McCleary, Battle Creek; Ben Temple, Norfolk; Elysia Wagner, Winside; and Michael Wallace, Norfolk; Also at the State Leadership Conference, Haselhorst and Ebmeier were elected as 2014-15 state officers: vice president of finance and assistant vice president of public relations, respectively.

Angie Shaffer is the Northeast PBL advisor.

Several Northeast Community College Utility Line (UL) students earned trophies at the 2014 College Lineman Rodeo, at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) in Mitchell, SD. Northeast took two teams to the competition. Team One earned fourth place overall, while Team Two placed sixth.

Northeast Community College Team One student Josh Suckstorf, Norfolk, was the first-place overall lineman winner. Team members include: Tristan Bettenhausen, West Point; Justin Comer, Beatrice; Trey Dasher, LaVista; Tyrel Hinton, Taylor; Alex Meeks Taylor; Gordon Needs, Stapleton; Jake Fox, Turin, IA; and Niall Quigley, Lake Katrine, NY.

Northeast Utility Line Instructor Kyle Voecks accompanied the students to the event. Other Northeast UL faculty include Matt Johnson, Tom McKeon, Roger Nelson, and Larry Oetken. 

The Northeast Community College Jazz Machine is a jazz ensemble of select students who perform concerts on campus, play at sporting events, and tour in the spring.  The Jazz Machine performed in eleven different communities in Nebraska and South Dakota on its spring tour.

Members include: Drew Dolezal, North Bend; Angie Dunn, Pender; Elizabeth Ebmeier, Laurel; Kolbi Furgerson, Elmwood; Brian Glock, Rising City; Tiffany Jacobson, Norfolk; Abby Johnson, Pierce; Kelly Langer, Spalding; Dylan Olson, Norfolk; Eric Ostberg, Stromsburg; Brady Rosenblad, North Platte; Anna Sobotka; Inman; Lucas Steffan, Norfolk; Michael Wallace, Norfolk; Jordon Kollbaum, Sergeant Bluff, IA; Ethan Powell, Yankton, SD; Zeke Potter, Ft. Madison, IA; and Dakota Vlotha, Rock Valley, IA.

Dr. Randall Neuharth, was the director of the Jazz Machine during the past academic year.

The Northeast Singers Express, an audition swing choir, provided special performances both on and off campus throughout the year as well as sing at sporting contests. They performed at 13 high schools in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota during its annual Spring Tour.

Members of the Northeast Singers Express include: Tylinn Dodd, Ainsworth; Jeremy Dubas, Duncan; Xandria Gregory, Omaha;  Jenna Hemenway, Creighton; Taylor Kester , Clearwater; Kelsey Larson, Fremont; Justin Lester, Fort Calhoun; Drew Merrill, Norfolk; Dillon Smith, Neligh; Kenzie Johnsen, Orange City, IA; and Aka U. Aka Fiacre, Abidian, Cote D’Ivoire.     

Dr. Linda Boullion is the director of the Singers Express while Margaret Schultz is the accompanist.

Two Northeast Community College students were also recognized for being named to the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Nebraska All-State Academic Team. Ryan Leiting and Sarah Miller, Norfolk, joined 21 other all-state team members from Nebraska’s other community colleges in a ceremony in Lincoln. The all-state academic team is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international honor society for two-year colleges, and the Nebraska Community College Association, to honor students for academic achievement, leadership and community service.

In addition, 134 Northeast Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, (PTK), Tau Chi chapter during a special ceremony held on Sunday, March 16. The newest members were welcomed into this international honor society. 91 students qualified for PTK during the spring 2014 semester and 40 students qualified for PTK during the fall 2013 semester.

Bonnie Johnson-Bartee, Glen Lammers, Amy Ries, Danny Whitlock and Pam Miller served as Northeast PTK advisors during the past academic year. 

Northeast athletes who were named to All-Regional academic teams were recognized at a previous meeting of the board.  

“We have heard student stories of a volleyball team that dedicated themselves to academic success as well as success on the court. Every team member was named to the All-Academic team,” Davies said. “We heard from basketball players who learned that sports are important and one player in particular who struggled to put his priorities in proper position. He is now not only a stellar athlete, but he is an honor student.”

Davies said he is proud that Northeast students and student-athletes have excelled in competition even when they were in contests against larger and four-year schools.

“What we have heard so far is simply amazing! We witnessed students who sing and dance without going to competition and have no chance of awards, but do so only for their love of the arts,” he said. “Things like this are a direct complement to the quality of student now choosing to come to Northeast Community College.”

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Ben Temple, Norfolk, describes competing in forensics while holding Northeast Community College’s First Place Team Sweepstakes trophy earned at the Junior Varsity National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS earlier this year. Temple, and Coach Terry Nelson (left), were among several students and instructors at the College who described their achievements they earned this year at a recent meeting of the College’s Board of Governors.


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