Record 709 entries in 65th Annual GFWC Art Show

By Lori Gottula
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs has been sponsoring an area student art contest in Falls City for 65 years now, and this year’s competition soared with entries. According to contest director, Rita Seid, the competition attracted a record number of 709 entries from seven area schools, K – 12.  The previous record was just under 600. The schools that participated were: Falls City High School, FC Sacred Heart, Humboldt-TR-S, FC Middle School, South and North Schools, and the Kolbe Academy (home school).
Now in her seventh year as director of the contest, Seid has built the program into a GFWC-recognized powerhouse of student art work. The contest used to average around 200 entries. Obviously, it has grown substantially since she took over.  
“I believe that the large increase in entries this year was directly due to the Falls City Public Schools’ decision to hire a full-time art teacher for the elementary schools,” Seid said. “The submission numbers from North and South Schools just exploded.”     
The contest is sponsored by the GFWC, and held at the Falls City Library and Arts Center. On Wednesday evening, a reception was held for the students and their parents, so that everyone could see the entries, and the pieces submitted. Parents and students also wanted to see the works done by the winners!  
Sarah Thiltges, a senior with the Kolbe Academy (a Catholic home-schoolingprogram), won “Best of Show” with her pencil drawing depicting pop star Harry Styles. That means that judges Pat Steinman and Diana Rieschick selected her submission as the best out of 709 entries.
The other artists in the high school age group who were named best of category in their divisions were: Madison Huppert, sophomore, FCSH, colored pencils/pastels/crayons; Lauren Parrish, sophomore, FCSH, drawing/pencil; Austin Cochran, junior, FC High, drawing/pen and ink; Brittany Webster, junior, FC High, oil/acrylic; Sara Wertenberger, sophomore, FCSH, watercolor/tempera; Tayten O’Brien, junior, FC High, 2D/mixed media; Greg Folsom, senior, FC High, 3D/mixed media; Halee Roseberry, junior, FC High, graphic design/2D design/computer-generated; Sara Wertenberger, sophomore, FCSH, print-making.    
In the seventh and eighth grade divisions, Dillion Ebel, an eighth grader at FCMS, received the best of category award for his pencil drawing. Jayden Kreifels, a seventh grader at FCMS, submitted a pencil drawing that won best of category for the seventh grade.        
    The first place winners in the K – 6 divisions were: Kindergarten, Tanner Jackson, North; first grade, Ellery Vonderschmidt, FCSH; second grade, Kloie Berger, North; third grade, Kaitlynn Kirkendall, South; fourth grade, Jessica Jones, South; fifth grade, Gaby Niedfeldt, South; sixth grade, Ella Heineman, FCMS.
    The rest of the winners are listed below. An asterisk (*) means that the designated submission will represent this area in the state competition sponsored by the National Federation of Women’s Clubs. That contest will be held during the NFWC’s state convention in Omaha on April 14-16. Seid will deliver the pieces that qualified for state.
    Seid she would like to thank June Bowers and Esther Halbert for helping to hang the display, and Patty Kiekhafer for helping collect the artwork. She would also like to thank those who provided cookies and beverages for the reception, and those who donated prizes for the winners. Those donors were: Breezy Hill Café, Lori and Randy Gottula, Frontier Bank, Schulenberg Bakery, Ms. Beasley’s Dessert Shoppe, Lem’s Northvue Café, Stone Street Arts and Sonic Drive-In.
    The art will continue to hang in the Stalder Gallery at the Library and Arts Center through March 17. Drop by during library hours to view the work done by our talented students. For more information, contact Seid at 402-245-7237.
    Those who placed in each category are mentioned below, along with their grades and the schools that each represented. An asterisk denotes the winner as a state qualifier.
    Pencil/Pastels/Crayons: Best of category, Madison Huppert*, 10, FCSH; First place, Jonny Jones*, 9, FC High; Second place, Abby Fiegener, 10, FCSH; Third place, Keith Salimo, 11, FCSH; Honorable Mentions, Randee Witt, 9, FCSH; Ciara Catlin, 9, FCSH; Austin Sells, 9, FCSH.            
    Drawing/Pencil: Best of Category, Lauren Parrish*, 10, FCSH; First place, Teresa Morehead*, 9, FCSH; Second place, Sarah Thiltges, 12, Kolbe Academy; Third place, Barbara Wilhide*, 11, FC High; Honorable mention: Ahren Ebel, 9, FCSH; Chloe Schock, 9, FCSH; Maggie Goltz, 12, FCSH; and Marina Haralabidis, 10, FCSH.
    Drawing/Pen and Ink: Best of category, Austin Cochran*, 11, FC High; First place, Austin Cochran, 11, FC High; Second place, Louise Hamilton*, 12, FCSH; Third place, Emmet Kirkendall*, 10, FC High; Honorable mention: Ethan Beckner*, 9, FC High.  
    Oil/Acrylic: Best of category, Brittany Webster*, 11, FC High; First place, Jade Hill, 11, FCSH; Second place, Taylor Bachman, 11, FC High; Third place, Kayelee Mosiman*, 10, FC High; Honorable mention: Leslie Vitosh, 10, FC High; Haylee Vice, 10, FC High.
    Watercolor/Tempera: Best of category, Sara Wertenberger*, 10, FCSH; First place, Taylor Bachman*, 11, FC High; Second place, Emily Gonnella*, 12, HTRS; Third place, Lauren Bierman, 12, FC High.
    2D/Mixed Media: Best of category, Tayten O’Brien*, 11, FC High; First place, Bailey  Gilkerson*, 11, FC High; Peyton Campbell, 11, FC High; Savannah Davis, 11, FC High; Honorable mention: Josie Nolte*, 11, FC High; Kayly Leafty*, 12, FC High. 3D/Mixed Media: Best of category, Greg Folsom*, 12, FCHS; First place, Avery Scott, 12, FC High; Second place, Greg Folsom, 12, FC High; Third place, Bailey Coonce*, 11, FCSH; Honorable mention: Thea Schulenberg, 11, FCSH.
    Graphic Design/2DDesign/ Computer Generated: Best of category, Halee Roseberry*, 11, FC High; First place, Mercedes Koosier*, 9, FC High; Second place, Savannah Davis, 11, FC High; Third place, Jonny Jones, 9, FC High; Honorable mention: Jordyn Curtis, 9, FC High; Cece Coral, 9, FC High.
    Print Making: Best of category, Sara Wertenberger*, 10, FCSH; First place, Katie Crofford*, 12, FC High; Second place, Tanner Cromer*, 9, FCSH; Third place, Tayler Ruskamp, 9, HTRS; Honorable mentions: Brookelynne Patnode, 9, FC High; Catie Cooper, 12, FCSH.
    Eighth grade: Best of category, Dillon Ebel*, FCMS; First place, Trey Drake*, HTRS; Second place, Ian Mahs, HTRS; Third place, Paige Stamper*, FCSH; Honorable mention: Hannah Feighner*, FCMS; Trey McAfee, FCMS; Allyssa Mez, FCMS; Kailyn Frederick, FCMS.
    Seventh grade: Best of category, Jayden Kreifels*, FCMS; First place, Lukas Butler*, FCMS; Second place, Paige McCartney*, FCMS; Third place, Zoe Ebel, FCMS; Honorable mention: Dylan Vice, FCMS; Brenna Leyden, FCMS.     
    Sixth grade: First place, Ella Heineman*, FCMS; Second place, Abigail Boatright, FCMS; Third place, Hunter Bauman, FCSH; Honorable mention: Taryn Coronado, FCMS.
    Fifth grade: First place, Gaby Niedfeldt*, FC South; Second place, Brooke Simon, FC South, Third place, Caleb Hamilton, FC South, Honorable mention: Emily Thrash, FC South, Madison Jones, FCSH.
    Fourth grade: First place, Jessica Jones*, South; Second place, Remington Frank, South; Third place, Hannah Berger, South; Honorable mention: Nevada West, South; Zane Ebel, FC South; Mikaela Hawley, South; Grace Morris, South.
    Third grade: First place, Kaitlynn Kirkendall*, South; Second place, Robert Gilkerson, South; Third place, Jentry Lechtenberg, FCSH; Honorable mentions, Henry  Rottinghaus, FCSH; Olivia Frederick, South; Brayden Hatchcock, South.     
    Second grade: First place; Kloie Berger*, North; Second place, Brock Niedfeldt, North; Third place, Ella Glathar, North; Honorable mention: Brooklyn Denton, North; Brock Niedfeldt, North; Kyler Sipple, FCSH; Chaelee Schmidt, FCSH.
    First grade: First place, Ellery Vonderschmidt*, FCSH; Second place, Harley Sutton, North; Third place, Gabi Young, North; Honorable mention: Hallie Jones, FCSH.
    Kindergarten: First place, Tanner Jackson*, North, Second place, Isabella Johansen, North; Third place, Reagan McNeely, North; Honorable mention: Madalynn Hawley, North; Emma Frederick, North; Farrah Wissler, North.

A Husker legend to the nth degree, ‘T.O.’ still makes time for the fans

By Reggie Johansen
If you’re a Nebraska football fan, the years 1973-1997 are remembered as the epitome of Husker football. It brings to memory some of Nebraska’s finest athletes such as Johnny “the Jet” Rodgers, Dean Steinkuhler, Mike Rozier and Tommy Frazier. But the name that stands out more than all of them is head coach Tom Osborne, the man who recruited and coached all those Husker greats. Osborne is known in the hearts of Nebraska fans across the world, especially to one Nebraska fan, my grandpa, Ben Bachman.
My grandpa started getting season tickets in 1964. Ever since then he has attended every game possible, including the National Championship games in the mid 90’s. However, in the last few years he hasn’t been able to go to Lincoln due to a battle with pancreatic cancer, and it was recently discovered that he has cancer in his lungs and liver also. But he makes sure to still watch every game from home, and cheers and tries to let the team know what they’re doing wrong, even though they can’t hear him.
My uncle, Greg Bachman, is also an avid Husker fan. And it just so happened that he knew a guy that knew a guy, no pun intended, that was an acquaintance of Coach Osborne. So he asked a favor of a sit down meeting with the legendary coach, just for fun. To my uncle’s surprise, he received a phone call from Osborne just a few days later.
“Dr. Tom” said that he’d enjoy meeting my grandfather and his family, so in October, my two brothers, Aaron and Cody Johansen, cousin, Eli Bachman, uncles Greg and Stan Bachman, and my grandpa headed to Lincoln.
(The group met at Osborne’s TeamMates Mentoring Program office at 68th and ‘O’ Streets.)
When the meeting started, my brothers, cousin and I waited outside while my uncles and grandpa went in to meet him. About 10 minutes later, we were invited in. Right away you could see that Osborne was a very sincere and knowledgeable guy. He learned we were a farming family and, to my surprise, he was very well-versed in agriculture, and actually even dabbled in corn and soybean market stocks. Then he asked me about Sacred Heart football. I told him of our success over the years, the 87-game winning streak, the state titles, and this year’s success.
“I think I better call the NCAA and have them investigate you guys down there!,” he said, chuckling.
The meeting lasted about an hour, and it was 60 minutes my grandpa will never forget.
“It was really just an exciting experience. He was a great guy to sit down and talk to and was very knowledgeable and open to talk about anything we wanted to talk about, including Husker football,” my grandpa said.
“It was fun to listen to him talk about the ‘95 football team. It really was just an amazing deal.”
My grandpa is a very special man to me; he’s been kind of my stand-in dad since my father (Larry, aka “Reggie”) passed away when I was just 10 months old. I will remember it until the day I die.

This article first appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of the FCSH School magazine, “The Spotlight.”

True Blue-We’ll all stick together, In all kinds of weather, For dear old Nebraska U


  While the happenings inside Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium on fall Saturdays are less sure-fire than they once were, two certainties remain: All the seats will be taken and Butch and Dobey Haws will occupy a pair of them in the northwest corner. And while the some 92,000 “Greatest Fans in College Football” doggedly pass through the gates in time for the Tunnel Walk, the two “Greatest of the Greatest” are equally unwavering (unFaltering?) about encouraging their players when they exit the field. Dobey was honored prior to last Friday’s regular season finale against Iowa for attending every single Nebraska home game the past 50 years, beginning with a 14-10 victory over TCU in the 1966 season-opener. It was the 20th-consecutive sellout, played in front of 60,974. That streak stretched to 347 Friday - and Dobey has been there for all but 19. That’s not even the half of it. The truth is, she hasn’t just seen every game - she’s seen EVERY PLAY! Butch and Dobey don’t leave until the Huskers leave — win, lose, or even lose to K-State.
    Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.
    The Journal will interview the Falls City-native Superfans Thursday and then let you know next week what it takes to be “The Greatest of the Greatest.” (ED NOTE - They don’t just let anyone through with Big Cletus Billy Bob Teeth and an Extreme Big Foam Butt.)

Hourly drawings this weekend at various local businesses

      The Falls City Journal, the Chamber of Commerce, Sunny 101.3 and KTNC are urging folks to do their Christmas shopping at home and the folks at Phillips 66 and Shopko have chipped in to provide some extra incentive.
    Hourly drawings will be held at various local businesses the mornings of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and three winners per hour will walk away with either a $50 Phillips 66 gift card, a $20 ShopKo gift card or $25 in Chamber Bucks. From 8-9 a.m. Friday, breakfast will be served and the first names will be drawn at The Barn at 3-State Stockyards, located on East 4th St.; from 9-10, the promotion moves north to Frontier Bank (formerly Richardson County Bank & Trust) at 1616 Harlan St.; from 10-11 its over to 1534 Stone St. and Chaney’s Furniture; and from 11-noon, your wife’s shiny Christmas present will be ready for pick-up (and sooner or later that $50 Phillips 66 card) at Armbruster Motor Company’s new car lot at 307 W. 17th St.
    The second leg of the tour runs from 9-10 a.m. on Small Business Saturday at Brown’s Shoe Fit, 1615 Stone St.; continues from 11 a.m.-noon at Sapp Bros., 1521 Harlan St.; from 1-2 p.m. at Norma’s Antique Mall, 1715 Stone St.; and wraps up from 2-3, when the final names are drawn at Flair Boutique, 1611 Stone St.
    Enter at each business during its respective above-mentioned hour on the tour to get your name entered for a chance to win one of the three prizes. After that specific hour is up, no names are retained for the subsequent drawings.

Home Sweet Home

      SEVENTH MAN.The Lady Tigers enjoy home court advantage like no other, with a loud and boisterous student section behind them. The guys’ vocal chords will get put to the test down the stretch, too, as FC plays at home five of its final seven regular season dates prior to districts, beginning tonight against Conestoga. The FCHS Invite is Saturday and the Lady Tigers host St. Joseph Lafayette next Tuesday. (RIGHT) FC junior Alyssa Frederick recorded 17 kills, scored eight points — four on ace serves — and had a team-high seven blocks in her team’s 25-20, 20-25, 25-21 win over Horton, KS, last Thursday in Hiawatha. FCHS senior Libby Bauman had a team-best nine kills and five blocks in a 25-14, 25-13 victory over Johnson CC Saturday in Tecumseh.
    FC lost in two to now 15-3 Exeter-Milligan and also to 6-8 NC Lourdes, for the second time this season. The Lady Tigers, after winning a school-record 22 matches and coming within a whisker of advancing to the state tournament for the first time in school history last fall, are just 5-14 on the 2015 season.