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Superior's Back Pack program in its 6th year

Superior Schools welcomes new faculty members

Webster County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Diehl recognized with leadership award


Superior's Back Pack program in its 6th year

The Nuckolls County Community Action Canter concluded the sixth annual Back to School backpack Program. More than 40 families were the beneficiaries of the generosity of the Nuckolls community. The program began six years ago when Carla Gebers identified a need in the community and implemented the program
Thanks to material and monetary donations, backpacks were filled with the grade specific schools supplies for students from first grade through senior year in high school.
The backpacks were filled at the Community Action Center by Jana Chase and volunteers. The filled backpacks were distributed in time for students to be supplied for the opening days of school in the county.

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Superior Schools welcomes new faculty members
Students returning to Superior High School will be greeted by two new additions to the faculty. JeNae Kort and Mackenzie McCartney joined the faculty. Joylyn Gonzalez will teach first grade at Superior Elementary School.
Kort, a Superior native and the daughter of David and Carol Waters, is a 1990 Davenport High School graduate. She received her bachelor's degree in math education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1994. Since then her teaching career brought her to Blue Hill, Hays, Ashland, Randolph, Fillmore Central, Creighton and Fairbury.
Kort, has been married to Randy for 23 years. Randy is superintendent of schools at Meridian The couple live in Fairbury. They are the parents of two daughters, Andrea, a junior at Meridian High School, and Allyson, an eighth-grader at Meridian.
Kort will be teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics, pre-algebra, algebra , trigonometry, pre-calculus and college algebra,
Mackenzie McCartney is a 2009 graduate of Lawrence-Nelson High School and a Nelson resident. She received a bachelor's degree from Ft. Hays State University and was awarded a master's degree in speech language pathology. She comes to Superior after two years of service with ESU 10 in Broken Bow.
McCartney is engaged to Sean Trumbull. She will work with some home based students but the majority of her work will be with Superior elementary and high school students.
Her biggest challenge will come when Superior and Lawrence-Nelson clash in volleyball as her sister, Annie, is a member of the Raiders team. Perhaps she will remain speechless at the game.
Joylyn Gonzalez joins the Superior Elementary School faculty as a first-grade teacher. She is a 2002 graduate of Annandale High School in Minnesota. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education and early childhood reading at the University of South Dakota-Vermillion. She received her master's degree in curriculum and instruction in 2011 from Wayne State University, Wayne, in 2011.
Gonzalez, and her husband, Ray, a physical therapy assistant at Infinity, Hebron, are the parents of two sons, Gabe, five, and Ollie, three. The family resides in Superior.

From left, Joylym Gonzalez, JeNae Kort and Mackenzie McCartney.

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Webster County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile
Health officials reported that mosquitoes trapped on July 25 in Webster County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
"Mosquito trapping allows us to test a sample of the mosquito population. With a positive pool from Webster County, this is a great reminder to ramp up our precautions to fight the bite," said Jessica Warner, health surveillance coordinator for South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD).
"West Nile Virus is commonly found in some species of Nebraska mosquitoes, so the best defense against it is to prevent mosquito bites," said health director Michele Bever. "The best way to fight back is to use an insect repellant containing DEET any time you will be outside."
Symptoms of the disease can vary from person to person, but can include fever and other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, nausea, vomiting or a rash. These symptoms typically last a few days.
"A small percent of people who become infected with West Nile Virus will develop severe illness," Bever said. "These symptoms can include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, paralysis and coma, which can produce lasting effects on the person's nervous system and can result in death."
SHDHD health officials recommend that people remember and practice the four Ds of West Nile virus illness prevention:
Dusk to dawn - Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are most active.
DEET - Use insect repellent containing DEET.
Dress appropriately - in long pants, socks and long sleeves when you are outdoors.
Drain - frequently drain containers and other standing water around your home to disrupt the breeding cycle of mosquitoes.

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Diehl recognized with leadership award
Allysa Diehl, Lincoln Public Schools middle school English coordinator, received the Ron Joekel Leadership Award at Launch Leadership's annual Fire and Fuzzies banquet. The award recognizes an educator who is a champion of youth leadership development in the classroom and community.
Diehl was nominated by a former student and was selected to receive the award based on her dedication to promoting youth leadership during her nine years as a language arts teacher at Schoo Middle School. During her time at Schoo, Diehl was the student council advisor and developed a leadership class for middle school students. She was recognized as the middle school advisor of the year by the Nebraska Association of Student Councils in 2012. Diehl has impacted the lives of countless students and gave them the opportunity to find their voice as a leader and work to make their schools and communities a better place.
"I am honored to be this year's recipient of the Ron Joekel Award," Diehl said. "I am passionate about youth leadership development, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching youth leadership skills in the classroom and in the extracurricular activities I have sponsored. I can tell you with certainty that our youth are interested in exploring leadership concepts and that they are craving leadership opportunities and the chance to get involved. I am fortunate to have been able to bridge my students with all that Launch provides in order to give them even richer experiences. Thank you so much for this award; it is a tremendous warm fuzzy!"
The daughter of Mark and Jan Diehl, she is a Superior native and graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Doane University.
The award is named for the late Ron Joekel, a long-time educator who taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for more than 40 years and was instrumental in the development and growth of Launch's Summer Leadership Workshop. He served as the director of the Nebraska Association of Student Council for 20 years, the national president of Phi Delta Kappa and on the board of directors of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.
Launch Leadership originated as a volunteer organization in 1976. It promotes and develops youth leadership through an annual five-day summer workshop in Wayne, as well as dozens of year-round services across Nebraska. Launch is based in Lincoln with more than 200 members across the United States.

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