Westside is proud to announce the students who were named as National Merit Semifinalists for 2015-2016.
National Merit semifinalists are selected by their index score, which is the sum of the three subtests, on the PSAT test. The PSAT test is administered every October to approximately 1.2 million juniors nationwide. Of those 1.2 million juniors who take the PSAT, approximately 16,000 will qualify as National Merit semifinalists. Only juniors are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Once a student qualifies as a National Merit semifinalist, she or he must complete an application to become a finalist. Of the 16,000 semifinalists, approximately 14,000 will be designated as National Merit finalists. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation makes the determination of which students will attain finalist status.
National Merit Semifinalists:
WHS Honor Roll
Westside High School awards honor roll recognition for the previous semester’s work twice annually. To be eligible for honor roll, a student must have attempted at least 20 credits of courses that do not have pass/fail or enrichment grades and no failing or incomplete grades. Students may qualify for one of 3 honor roll levels.
The 4.00 Honor Roll is a list of students with a 4.00 grade point average. The High Honor Roll lists students with a 3.75 grade point average or better, and the Honor Roll lists students with a 3.00 grade point average or better.
Click here for the latest Honor Roll listing.
Girls And Boys’ State Delegates
The American Legion provides young men and women an outstanding experience to learn about the fundamental principles of American government through actual practice. Juniors are selected based upon scholastic achievement, good citizenship, and leadership qualities.
Westside High School is proud of its 2016 Girls and Boys’ State delegates:
GIRLS: Amber Froendt, Taylor Schendt
BOYS: Simon Bessmer
Also nominated but not attending: Emily Kate Alston, Steven Simon, Trevor Mumford, and Joshua Militti.
Unicameral Youth Legislature
The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. High school students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators and staff. They will take on the roll of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature. At the State Capitol student senators will sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral.
Westside High School is proud to announce that Trevor Mumford (11) will be representing Westside this year. We look forward to hearing about his experience.
National German Exam
Congratulations to the following students for their scores on the National German Exam. They will be honored at an Awards Reception on April 9.
Level 2: Silver – Erik Henry (9), 3rd in state; Spencer Korengel (9), 3rd in state; Aaron Norton (9), 7th in state; Bronze – Vivian Jacobitz (9), 10th in state. Level 3: Bronze – Madeleine Jacobitz (10), 8th in state; Haley Gagne (10), 10th in state; Jacob Smith (10), 11th in state; Sam Sweeney (10), 11th in state.
State German Convention
Westside High Students will attend the 40th annual State German Convention on Saturday, April 16. They will participate in a variety of competitions including trivia contests, directed dialog, skit, spelling, vocal and instrumental music, artwork, poster, cake making, poetry writing and recitation, music videos, video skits and T-shirt design. There are also non-competitive activities with music, crafts, food demonstrations, games, and videos. Students will enjoy a catered German meal.
Latin Student Competition
Congratulations to Seniors Paola Avalos (12), Danielle Galvin (12), and Jakob Phillips (12) for qualifying for the State Latin Certamen (Quiz Bowl).
Ten WHS students competed at the Lincoln East Invitational. This is the third year we have been involved and the team is slowly growing and improving. This year the WHS team tied for 9th and took 3rd in Write it Do it, 3rd in Electric Vehicle and 4th in Chem Lab.
Boys & Girls Clubs State Youth of the Year
Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs organization premier recognition program that celebrates the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Youth of the Year participants embody the values of leadership, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles; they exemplify the critical impact Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. Brandon McMiller (9), a 7 year member of the Westside Boys & Girls Club, was named Boys & Girls Clubs Nebraska State Youth of the Year at a competition held at the Magnolia Hotel. As the Nebraska State Youth of the Year, Brandon received a $5,000 college scholarship. He will now compete in the Regional Youth of the Year competition in Chicago in July. Congratulations Brandon!
Show Choirs Keep Busy in Competitions
Members of Simply Irresistible, with their band and crew, competed in their first show choir competition of the season in the Kansas City Crown Center. Out of 15 midwest show choirs, SI received the 3rd highest score, Grand Champion in the Unisex Division, and the honor to perform as the showcase exhibition.
At the 2016 Ramageddon, Warrior Express placed 1st in the Prep Division and qualified for Finals with the varsity groups and placed 5th Runner Up. Simple Irresistible placed 1st in the Female Division and also qualified for Finals where they placed 2nd Runner Up. Maddy Stark (10) was also named Best Female Soloist. The Amazing Technicolor Show Choir was named Grand Champion and earned caption awards for Best Vocals and Best Choreography.
At Elkhorn South’s 3rd Annual “Crystal Cup”, Simply Irresistible placed a very narrow 2nd in the Female Show Choir Division and Warrior Express received 2nd in the Prep Division. ATSC finished the Prelims only a half point ahead of Johnston, Iowa’s “Innovation” (a group that has not lost since 2014). ATSC poured it on in Finals and ended the night winning Grand Champion for the third consecutive year. They also earned caption awards for Best Vocals, Best Choreography and Best Band in addition to taking home the Crystal Cup.
SI and ATSC participated in the Great River Show Choir Invitational in Davenport, Iowa. Simply Irresistible placed 1st in the Female Division and earned the People’s Choice Award. ATSC placed 2nd runner up in a very fierce line up. Jacob Thomas (12) was named the Best Male Soloist of the entire competition.
In the 20th Annual Clash of the Titans at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Simply Irresistible turned in a solid performance and placed 2nd in the Female Show Choir Division. Warrior Express finished 1st in the Prep Division. ATSC placed 1st in the Class 4A Division and qualified for Finals where they were named Grand Champion and received caption awards for Best Vocals, Best Choreography and Best Band. Xzavier Fort (12) was also named Best Male Performer.
Vocal Music instructors are Doran Johnson and Kyle Avery.
Band Competition Results
Congratulations are in order for the Westside H.S. Concert Jazz Band and Stage Band members for their performances at the Morningside College Jazz Band Contest. CJB placed 2nd and Stage Band was 6th in Class 4A competition.
Congratulations to the following band students who competed at the 36th Annual Elkhorn Band Olympics: Division 1 – Elley Lawson, 4th Place, 10th Grade Clarinet Solo; Kate Hamann, 1st Place, 10th grade Trumpet Solo; Jill Tucker, 1st Place, 10th Grade Flute Solo; Megan Douglass, 4th Place, 9th Grade Trumpet Solo; Christian Madsen, 5th place, 10th grade Trombone Solo; Allyson Ragland (9) Flute Solo; Craig McMullen, (9) Trombone Solo; Flute duet; Jill Tucker (10)/Blair Mitteis (10), 1st Place Woodwind Duet; Eva Houston (9)/Megan Douglass (9), 1st Place Brass Duet. Division 2 – Gabby Dornacker (10)/Elisabeth Sadler (10), Flute Duet.
Band Instructors are Jim Kordik and Tim Rischling.
Congratulations String Olympians
Congratulations to WHS Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra members Madeleine Jacobitz (10) and Emily Hannans (11) who earned superior (1) ratings at last week’s String Olympics Solo and Ensemble Competition at UNO. Both performed violin solos.
Lanny Stutheit is the Orchesta instructor.
National Scholastic Art Award
Harper Newell (12) earned National Medals in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Harper was awarded a Silver Medal in Art and a Silver Medal in Art Portfolio. Her work was selected by creative professionals as the most accomplished in the nation. Students receiving top Awards have been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 2 and to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City. Congratulations Harper!
Scholastic Art Awards
Congratulations to all of the students and staff that had work selected for the 2016 Nebraska Scholastic Art Awards.
The following students were awarded a Gold Key Award: Farah AlTwal (11), Callie Anderson (12), Jackson Cunningham (12), Asa DeWitt (10), Mullady Dozier (10), Samantha Fee (11), Abigail Hack – 2 (12), Madison Hector (12), Grace Johanningsmeier (10), Melissa Loney – 2 (12), Brennan Malone – 2 (12), Lauren Mott (11), Alex Neumann (12), Harper Newell – 3 (12), Khanh Nguyen (12), Hannah Petri (10), Regan Shafer (9), Yvonne Stone – 2 (12), Erin Toy (12), Libby Whitlow (9), Daniel Wood (9), and Brennan Zatechka (9).
These students earned Silver Key Awards: Farah AlTwal, Jordan Bowen (9), Ava Bowman (11), Ana Carissmo (10), Jackson Cunningham – 2, Hailee Everhart (11), Lilian Fogland (9), Gayle Goldstein (11), Abigail Hack, Dominique Hocij (11), Janna Johnson (9), Jaylen Knight (10), Cassidy Kruse (9), Melissa Loney – 4 (12), Madeline Look – 2 (12), Brennan Malone (12), Kristen McCormack (12), Paige Modlin (11), Shayla Muller (12), Alex Neumann – 2, Harper Newell, Khanh Nguyen, Elizabeth Nigro (12), Camille Rotermund (10), Regan Shafer, Sydney Sladovnik (9), Kati Stanzel – 2 (11), Yvonne Stone – 2, Erin Toy – 2, and Lauren Zimmerman – 2 (12).
Art teachers are Shawn Blevins, Liz Dittrick, Jim Fey, Emily Longe and Erin Lunsford.
Congratulations to Westside DECA for winning Chapter of the Year.
Westside had a great showing at the DECA State Career and Development Conference. These kids competed against over 600 kids in the state and represented Westside VERY well. Some students even placed in two events.
1st Place: Madison Hoy (12), Audrey McCann (11), James Buckley (12), Joe Fehr (12)/Alec Vanderloo(12), Steve Simon/Zane Watanabe (11), Anna Dudziak (11), Rachel Zetzman (12)/Lizzie Harwood (12), Monica Siegel (12), Victoria Liakos (12), Alex Belgrade (11)/Zane Watanabe (11)/Ethan Wolter (11).
2nd Place: Jake Fauglid (12), Olivia Robino (11), Payton Hurlburt (12), Sam Frankel (12), Lauren Zimmerman (12)/Nikki Wagner (12), Edmon Adams (12)/Max Malnack (12), Krissy Hosman (12)/Mckenzie Meradith (12), Levi DeVries (12), Abigail Lippinott (12), Hannah Stodolka (12), Anna Knutson (11), Eliza Jasa (12)/Nikki Wagner (12)/Lauren Zimmerman (12).
3rd Place: Sol Marburg (12), Jackson Frerichs (12), Brett Robinson (12), Michael Merical (12), Krissy Hosman (12)/Mckenzie Meradith (12), Jenna Hynek (12)/Bridget Mizener (12), Nick Trude (12)/Grant Gaden (12), Casey Arritt (12)/Reilly Christensen (12), Levi DeVries/Ben Volberding (12), Spencer Salem (11), Scout Petersen (12)/Nick Pellett (12)/Peter Pellett (12).
Top 8: Jack Callahanz (11), Jack Cohen (12), Mariah Tessin (12), Nick Pellett (12), Scout Petersen (12), Seth Norton (11), Cole Jankovich (12), Teddy Murphy (12), Peter Pellett (12), Jakob Phillips (12), Ethan Wolter (11)/Alex Belgrade (11), Celena Shepherd (11)/Grace Yohannes (11), Matt Johnson (12)/Usman Khan (12), Jenna Hynek (12),
/Bridget Mizener (12), Kate Hammitt (11)/Trevor Mumford (11), AJ Nolin (12)/PJ Nieto (12), Noah Farho (11)/Nick Koslaphirom (11), Emily Alston (11)/Ande Bilyeu (11), Maddie Duggan (12)/Victoria Liakos (12), Abigail Lippincott (12)/Monica Siegel (12), Maddie Look (12)/Nick Gross (12), Trenton Cooper (12)/Sam Arnold (12), Evan Sweetman (12)/Jack Zipay (12), Jess Paproki (11)/Jordan Shaw (11).
DECA sponsors are Katie Harmon and Sarah Schau.
Speech Team Results
Congratulations to Chloe Fowler (9) and Julia Romero (10) for their performance at the Waverly Invitational on March 5th. Chloe got 5th in Novice Poetry and Julia placed 7th in Persuasive speaking.
Jeff Grinvalds and Jennifer Paskach are the Speech Coaches.
Congratulations to Greg Tracey (12) for placing 4th in Varsity Congress at the Lincoln North Star Debate Tournament.
Mikayla Baker is the Debate adviser.
Student Mentoring Program Competition
Please congratulate the following students for their second place finish at the annual Society of American Military Engineers Student Mentoring Program competition. Their team project, focusing on creating a satellite equipped with a custom laser system to eliminate space debris, earned lots of praise for their research, written proposal, presentation, and many other categories.
Jana Tucker (12), Reagan Jones (11), David Atri (11) (team captain), Wyatt Gosnell (11), Soren Johnson (11), Daniel Guo (11), Erik Wilson (11), Shawn Plucinski (11), Ethan Forcade (9).
Westside’s second team also earned lots of accolades for their project, but ultimately did not place. Their project focused on creating a master plan that could be implemented within communities who are looking to rebuild after having been devastated by wildfires. Please also congratulate these students on all their hard work throughout the year.
Erik Henry (9), Jackson Hanus (9), Dillon Hancock (10), Siena Gailloux (10), Jack Dier (12) (team captain), Isaac Ferber (12), Darien Henry (12), Joey Wenzl (12).
SMP is sponsored by Tyler Foster.
Congratulations to Brandon McMiller (9) and Elizabeth Bekins (10) for being selected as two of the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Omaha Teens sponsored by the Omaha Jaycees. The teens were chosen for their passionate volunteerism.
Congratulations to the State Cheer Team for their 4th place finish in the sideline division at the State Cheer and Dance competition. The girls worked really hard this season and it paid off!
Congratulations to Darlondo Hill (11) for earning his second state medal. Darlondo finished 4th at 170 pounds in Class A. He finished the tournament with a 3-2 record. Other state qualifiers were Mickey Wilson (10) and Kobee Brewer (11).
Drew Sorrell (12) and Darlondo Hill were named to the NSWCA Academic All-State Team. Drew was named 1st Team Academic All-State and Darlondo was named Honorable Mention Academic All-State. Congratulations!
Mike Jernigan is the wrestling coach.
To submit information for future Warrior Merits, contact Mrs. Trudi Nolin at 402.343.2787 or email email@example.com
2016 Schrager Award Winners
The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation honored District 66 teachers Sarah Schau and Deb Fayman with the 17th annual Distinguished Teacher Award. The teachers were recognized at an awards ceremony at Westside High School. Each teacher received a $10,000 award.
Schau teaches business and marketing at Westside High School. Fayman is a reading coordinator at Westgate Elementary. Throughout their careers, these teachers have demonstrated the highest standards of leadership and professionalism.
This award is presented to those teachers who, through their exemplary teaching and devoted service, have positively influenced the lives of young people.
2016 Bravo Award Winners
Westside teacher Jason Fry, teacher leader Megan Poell and school counselor Dr. Vicki Londer are the winners of the 2016 Westside Foundation Bravo Teaching Awards.
The Bravo Award recognizes teachers who skillfully and successfully tap the unique academic, social, emotional and/or physical talents of students and who inspire students to fully engage in school and/or community life. The Bravo Award comes with $500.
Congratulations to Tim Rischling for being awarded the Young Jack Snider Band Director Award given by The Nebraska State Bandmasters each year to recognize Band Directors in our state for their outstanding service to teaching Band students in Nebraska.
Andrew Easton, an English teacher at Westside High School, was named one of 52 Lead Digital Innovators by PBS LearningMedia in 2016. Easton was selected from a pool of talented and innovative educators from across the United States and its territories. The program, in its fourth year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in education technology and incorporating digital media into their classrooms.
To recognize a staff member please contact Trudi Nolin 402.343.2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org