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SkillsUSA Mid-America Leadership Conference
Columbus, Nebraska (by Spencer Trueman) - Recently, Alex Kemnitz, April Harrison, and Brianna Lundquist from Hastings Senior High School participated in the SkillsUSA Mid-America Leadership Conference held in Columbus, Nebraska. These students represented SkillsUSA Nebraska during this four day event which was designed to prepare the future leaders of each state's SkillsUSA organization. In addition to Nebraska, the other states which participate at the conference include Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Alex Kemnitz, April Harrison, and Brianna Lundquist participated in a variety of activities which help develop confidence and skills in public speaking, creative problem solving, and critical thinking. These skills will be shared with other members of the Hastings Senior High School SkillsUSA caper as well as SkillsUSA members throughout the state. Attending this conference is often the first step toward state or national leadership in SkillsUSA. that in turn often leads to professional leadership as these students enter the workforce. "The skills learned and improved at this conference are the ones that will benefit these students their entire life," said Executive Director of SkillsUSA Nebraska. "In addition, they will help our entire country through better prepared workers and leaders as these students pursue careers as adults."
Alex Kemnitz, April Harrison, and Brianna Lundquist received special recognition for winning the Statesman Award by exemplifying the qualities of professionalism throughout the conference.
SkillUSA is a nationwide partnership of business and industry, career/technical instructors and students. Its goals are to motivate students, teach leadership skill, assist teacher with quality program development, and provide quality workers to business and industry. More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations, SkillsUSA has served more then 11.2 million members.
"Business and industry recognize the value of SkillUSA and high school career/technical programs," the State Director, Greg Stahr, stressed. "Now we need parents to realize this is excellent career preparation for their students. they need to take a serious look at these programs as they consider their course selections. this is where they will fin the jobs of the future."
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|At the November School Board meeting, the Board approved a bid from Farris Construction of Hastings (approximately $4.15 million) for the Watson portion of the Elementary School Improvement Project.
Click here to view an updated site plan for Watson.
At the February School Board meeting, the Board approved a bid from Central Contracting of Kearney (approximately $3.098 million) for the Hawthorne portion of the Elementary School Improvement Project.
Click here to view an updated site plan for Hawthorne.
At the March School Board meeting, the Board approved a bid from K-T Heating & Air Conditioning of Hastings ($339,554) for Alcott to receive air conditioning. The Board also approved a bid from Rutt's Heating & Air Conditioning of Hastings ($385,000) to air condition Longfellow Elementary.
At the May School Board meeting, the Board approved a bid from Carmichael Construction of Hastings ($2,414,000) for the Lincoln portion of the Elementary School Improvement Project.
Money to fund this project will come from the Elementary Construction Fund.