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Bell choirs began ringing in 1988

New class officers elected at SHS

Superior High School holds honors program

Barley yellow dwarf appearing in Nuckolls County wheat fields


Bell choirs began ringing in 1988

By Sandra Foot
Brass handbell choirs have been ringing at the United Methodist Church
in Superior for the past 28 years. The idea of purchasing brass handbells began in 1984 when the Rev. Atherton proposed forming a bell choir for the church. In 1988 Pamela (Upton) Hoefs agreed to organize and direct a four octave bell choir for the church. The Hoefs family moved to Lincoln in 1992 and Beverly Beavers stepped in as bell choir director for the next four years. In 1996 Pat McCord was asked to take the baton and will have completed 20 years of directing at the close of this season. Until 1996 there was only one bell choir.
Seeing the need for subsitute ringers McCord organized two other bell choirs. There are 10 ringers per choir. Most ringers have musical, either vocal or instrumental, training in their background. However, McCord said if a person interested in playing in one of the choirs can recognize two notes on the musical staff and count, they can ring!
During the school year, the bell choirs rehearse at least twice a month. Some months three rehearsals are scheduled.
Ringers play for the enjoyment of music as well as the fun and fellowship shared among the choir members. McCord said, "We have seen each other through many life changing events the past 28 years! The music we share are musical prayers that touch the hearts of all who listen or ring. I consider ringing bells as our musical therapy....and a solid Alzheimer's prevention program!"
The bell choirs have performed for many local events over the past 28 years including a 2001 performance with the Hastings Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert directed by James Johnson. Another memorable time came in the early years when the choir was asked to perform in downtown Superior the day after the Thanksgiving. That evening marked the traditionally opening of the Christmas Shopping. Stores were open late and the Christmas lights were lit for the first time that year. The temperature was moderate for November and a light snow was falling as the choir members stood in open air at Fourth and Central and rang their bells. The fresh snow and twinkling lights combined with the music to make for a magical and memorable evening.
In 2007 the choirs were gifted with a four octave set of chimes by a former church member, now deceased, Betty Woerner Carter. The chimes add a flute-like texture against the crisp sound of the brass bells.
Membership in the choirs comes from throughout the community and is not limited to members of the Methodist congregation. For anyone who enjoys music, would like to ring, and has willing heart with a desire to ring there is always a place in one of the choirs.
Currently the Bellissimos and Novellas bell choirs are finishing this season of ringing. Novellas final spring performance was during the 10:30 service at the Methodist church on Sunday, May 15.

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New class officers elected at SHS
Class officers for the 2016-2017 school year have been selected for Superior High Shool.
Serving as officers of the Class of 2017 will be Eric Schiermeyer, president, Jenna Whitmore, vice president, Evin Miller, secretary, Rochelle Corman, treasurer and Bradley Upton, student council representative.
Junior class officers will be Nicki Kirchhoff, president, Makenna Jensen, vice president, Shanna Utecht, secretary, Madison Blackstone, treasurer and Mackayla Farnham and Brandie Simonsen as student council representatives.
Members of the sophomore class have selecdted Jaden Hanson, president, Wyatt Schuster, vice president, Tate Rotchild, secretary, Sedonah Franzen, treasurer, and Adin Leibel, Natalie McMeen, Megan Miller and Trenten Theis, as student council representatives.
Freshman class officers are Dameion Cornell, president, Jayden Simmons, vice president, Darian Brenneman, secretary, Noelle McMeen, treasurer, and Payton Frahm, Trisha Hayes, Brenden Jensen and Damien Ortega-Hawes as student council representatives.
FFA officers will be Blake Kirchhoff, president, Cheyanne Franzen, vice-president, Jenna Whitmore, secretary, Nicki Kirchhoff, treasurer, Makenna Jensen, reporter, John Sullivan, sentinel, Jared Dressma, parliamentarian, and Rochell Corman, student council representative.
Junior FFA officers include Adin Leibel, president, Wyatt Schuster, vice president, Sedonah Franzen, secretary, Malori Grabast, treasurer, Megan Miller, reporter, Dani Freeman, sentinel, Tate Rothchild, parliamentarian, Ashley Rand, student council representative.

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School High School holds honors program
Superior High School held its annual Honors Program, last Tuesday, in the high school gymnasium. Art work and industrial arts projects were showcased at the event. The program recognizes students for their academic excellence, attendance and scholarship awards for seniors.
Bob Cook, Superior High School principal, opened the proceedings with his welcoming remarks. Southern Nebraska Conference academic awards were presented by Cook. Students who scored 30 on the ACT were Trent Morris and Harley Schuster.. Scoring between 27 and 29 were Austin Hawes and Leah Meyer. Achieving scores between 24 and 26 were Riley Butler, Angie Miller, Taylor Jensby and Mariah Parker.
The Kiwanis Club scholarship was awarded to Riley Butler while the Community Service Club scholarship was presented to Parker. Sgt. Alvin Dela Cruz was present to award United States Army reserve National Athlete-Scholar awards to Morris and Leah Meyer.
President's Education Awards were presented by Jacki Porter to Butler, Jenna Langer, Meyer, Miller, Morris, Catera Nondorf, H. Schuster, and Duncan Tucker.
Cornhusker Boys State awards were given to Garrett Caldwell, Superior, and Blake Kirchhoff, Hardy. Girls State awards were received by Jasmyn Gravitt, Superior, and Evin Miller, Hardy. Junior Law Cadets awards were received by Caldwell and Jacob Sunday. Omaha World-Herald All-Academic honorable mentions were earned by Butler and H. Schuster.
Adin. Leibel received an attendance award for missing less than three periods for the school year. Wyatt Schuster, Usama Erickson and eric Schiermeyer were awarded perfect attendance certificates. H. Schuster was recognized for missing less than three days of school over her four year high school stay.
The Horizon Bank scholarship was presented by Marlene MacGowan to Angie Miller. Langer was named as the alternate. Emily Hass was recognized by Mel Rempe, Superior art instructor, for her selection as a Nebraska Best winner in the contest sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Kim Squires Memorial Art scholarship was awarded to Hass. The Chapter DS P.E.O scholarship was awarded to Butler.
Journalism awards were given by Melissa Schuster to Jensby, Miller and Langer. Tucker was the recipient of the Math-Science award.
Ethan Beale, Rochelle Corman and Sloan Willett were named to the Doane Honor Choir. Cheyanne Franzen and Emilee Sack were named to the Doane Honor Band. Corman, C. Franzen, and Keisha Studer were named to the University of Nebraska-Kearney Honor Band and Choir. Members of the KHS underclassmen honor band were Nicki Kirchhoff, Tate Rothchild and Kendra Tietjen. Students who received a superior rating at the district music competition were Morris, Sedonah Franzen, Malori Grabast and N. Kirchhoff. Band letter winners were C. Franzen, S. Franzen, Grabast, B. Kirchhoff, N. Kirchhoff, Morris, Rothchild, Sack, Daniel teachworth, Trent Theis and Tietjen,. Choir letter winners were Taylor Bargen, Corman, Maddyson Korb, Danyelle Matthews, Studer and Sloan Willett. Matthews was the winner of a National Choral Award while Morris received the top directors award.
Miller was the recipient of the Superior Public Schools Staff scholarship
The Nebraska Department of Education allows students the opportunity to become Microsoft Office Specialists in word, Excel, Access and Power Point . Students were required to pass a proficiency test with a score of 700 or higher. Students awarded Word certificates were Chloe Barkow, Erickson, Natashja Hawes, H. Schuster, Theis and Lexi Webber. Power Point certificate recipients were Barkow, Erickson, Gage Rempe, Ethan Roberts, H. Schuster, Theis, Webber and Chase Young. Those who received Excel certificates were Barkow and H. Schuster. Those who passed the Access test were Barkow and H. Schuster. H. Schuster and Barkow passed all four tests and reached director status.
The Future Business Leaders of America scholarship went to Stevie May. The Red Cross Leadership scholarship was awarded to Mariah Parker. Scott Boyles presented the Farmers and Merchants Bank scholarship to H. Schuster. Boyles also presented the TeamMates scholarship to Acena Carter. Bossemeyer Family scholarships were awarded to Langer, Parker and Butler. The Carl O. Dahlgren scholarships were given to Hass, Meyer and Miller. The Elizabeth Woerner Carter scholarships were awarded to Jensby, Matthews and May. The newly established Louise K. Henderson scholarship was presented to Hass. The Cornerstone Bank scholarship was handed to Catera Nondorf. Brodstone Memorial scholarships were presented by John Keelan to Meyer, Butler, Parker, Korb and Nondorf.
The Jake Kleen Memorial scholarship was awarded to Butler. The Knights of Columbus scholarship was presented to Meyer. The Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarships were bestowed upon Miller, May and Parker. Langer was also the recipient of the Jewell County 4-H Alumni scholarship, the Jewell County Family and Education scholarship and the Jewell County 4-H Saddle Club scholarship.
Superior High School seniors were awarded a total of $460, 258 in scholarships. Several students were awarded substantial scholarships from the institutions they will be attending.
The program closed with a musical program presented by the Superior Junior and Senior High School Band and Choir.


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Barley yellow dwarf appearing in Nuckolls County wheat fields
By Jenny Rees
UNL Extension Educator
After last week's storms, some have wondered how long their germinated seed and emerged plants could survive under water. There isn't a great deal of research regarding germinated corn hybrid seed. From some corn inbred research, it is not expected that germinated seed can survive in flooded conditions for more than four days. Within 48 hours, soil oxygen becomes depleted and crusted soils from heavy rains can lead to reduced emergence. A two day flooding event after soybean seed germination and imbibition (water uptake) reduced soybean stands from 20 to 43 percent in research conducted in the early 2000s.
Corn at less than 6 leaf growth stage at temperatures less than 77F can survive around four days. Temperatures higher than 77F may only allow those emerged plants to survive around 24 hours.
As waters recede and for those who received hail on young corn, it will be important to monitor the plant stand. The rains received in early May 2015 in Nuckolls and Thayer counties resulted in a number of early corn diseases including bacterial soft rot and systemic goss wilt which reduced plant stands. We also saw an onset of anthracnose and a Xanthomonas bacterial disease that we couldn't do anything about. Correct diagnosis will also be important.
We recommend monitoring the plant stand in 10 areas of the field, counting plants from two adjacent rows in each area and assessing the distance of gaps between plants. Digging in the areas where gaps occur can help determine if seedlings still have an opportunity to survive. Seedlings that have leafed out underground or are corkscrewed will most likely not develop normally and may never make it out of the ground. It's a judgement call.
An article is also provided in CropWatch this week to help with stand assessment for corn replant decisions at:
One thing to keep in mind with the final decision table from Iowa State is that it all rests on an assumption of optimum planting of 35,000 seeds per acre planted in a window between April 20 and May 5. That may or may not be a realistic assumption for current field conditions. Another thing to keep in mind is that while on average, as planting dates move into May, corn yields tend to drop, 2016 may not be an average year and the best planting date for 2016 with the weather conditions we've had may not have been the earliest ones.
Regarding gaps, ISU shares gaps from 1.3 to 2.8 feet result in an additional 2 percent yield reduction while 4 to 6 foot caps result in an additional 5 percent yield reduction.
Wheat: Rain was falling Monday morning in parts of our area and wheat is in a variety of heading and flowering stages. While the risk management tool at: still says "low risk." I've been concerned it had the potential to be higher with our growth stage and weather conditions.
Last week I received numerous wheat fungicide questions.
Caramba and Prosaro are the two products you can apply legally once your wheat is flowering. Twinline is off-label once flowering begins.
Yes, it has metconazole in it (also active ingredient in Caramba) in addition to a strobilurin, but it only legally can be applied to Feekes 10.5 which is full heading and is off-label once flowering occurs.
Caramba and Prosaro will help prevent scab in addition to kill the rust already occurring in your plants.
Unfortunately, I was also starting to see barley yellow dwarf appearing in Nuckolls County fields. This virus is vectored by a number of aphid species. We'd been seeing aphids and stripe rust for a month at this point but both remained below threshold levels. Barley yellow dwarf can be identified by the flag leaf turning a bright yellow-purple color. With 80 percent of wheat yield coming from the flag leaf and there being nothing we can do about barley yellow dwarf, this also needs to be part of the decision making process if planning on applying a fungicide for preventing scab and controlling stripe rust.
Our next "Conversations and Coffee" will occur at 8 a.m. Friday at the Clay County Extension Office. The Natural Resources Conservation Service representatives will lead this conversation as they report various government programs available to farmers.
If planning to attend please RSVP me at so we can plan for handouts and refreshments.
A Landscape Design Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the 4-H Building in York. Youth and adults are welcome to attend this free workshop presented by Faller Landscape in York. They will teach elements of landscape design as they share a perennial plant design developed for the Nebraska area at the York county fairgrounds. Youth and adults will then be able to create additional designs for annual plants. We will then learn how to take the design and correctly plant it during the workshop. There is no charge. Please RSVP to the York Co. Extension Office at (402) 362-5508. Please also bring gardening gloves and tools for planting the plants. Youth and adults from surrounding counties are welcome to attend and Master Gardeners can receive educational credits and volunteer hours

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