The theme for this year’s Homecoming Week was “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.” Students were encouraged to dress up during the week with themes such as “Midwest Monday,” “Twister Tuesday,” and “Which Witch is Which Wednesday.”
A pep rally was held Tuesday morning to congratulate and cheer on the Huskie athletic and quiz bowl teams competing this week. Prior to the pep rally, each high school class chose a representative boy and girl to compete in the trivia challenge and the physical challenge. Points were awarded based on where each team placed in their contest.
On Friday, the school day culminated with a main street parade and a final pep rally. During the parade, the elementary classes marched down the street chanting “Huskie Power” followed by the Junior High Band playing “On Wisconsin.” Representatives of the various fall extracurricular activities donned their signs and jerseys and showed their pride in being a Huskie! The members of the Homecoming Court were driven down the street in style as well!
Following the parade, the High School students had their dance and song competitions. As was the case at Tuesday’s pep rally, each class chose representatives to compete in these challenges. At the end of the event, the song and dance scores, Tuesday’s pep rally scores, and the Homecoming poster contest scores were tabulated. The class of 2021 seniors came out on top with the most points scored!
A special surprise at Friday’s pep rally was brought by Jack Moles from the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association. Our very own Mr. Best was awarded “Superintendent of the Year” from NRCSA! A very well earned and prestigious award. Congratulations, Mr. Best.
The calendar was full of extracurricular activities this week as well.
Heartland placed 3rd at the golf meet in Fairbury on Monday, September 14. Congratulations to Elizabeth Mestl for breaking Heartland’s school record shooting a 76, which won her 1st place at the Fairbury meet. Maddie Miller shot a 86 and placed second. Rounding out the Heartland team were Ruby Kliewer, Christina Adamson and Lilly Carr. Teams present were Fairbury, Beatrice, Crete, HTRS, Seward, Syracuse and Tri County. The girls will travel to Fullerton next Tuesday.
Cooper Regier, Tobin Glinsman, Lisa Buller, Abigael Stebbing, and Tyler Lewis competed in the Literature Quiz Bowl in Seward. This was the first time we have attended this particular event. We finished the round robin with the 2nd highest point total, with a match high of 140 points, which earned us the 2nd seed in the single elimination bracket that was used in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we did not win our first round of the tournament and ended our day earlier than we hoped. ~ Coach Widick
On Thursday the volleyball team traveled to Cross County. The Huskies lost the match 0-3 against the Cougars. Set scores were 17-25, 20-25, 11-25. The Huskies now stand at four wins and four losses.
Friday evening was the homecoming football game against Southern. At the end of the first quarter, the only score on the board was 8 for Southern. But the Huskies soon caught up and put 14 points unanswered points on the board for a halftime score of 14-8. Both teams scored a touchdown in the third quarter but no point after touchdowns (PAT) were scored by either team. In the final quarter, both teams again made a touchdown and Southern completed their PAT, but it wasn’t enough to best the Huskies. Final score was 26-22 in favor of the Huskies. Leading rushers were Nolan Boehr and Kale Wetjen. Highest number of tackles goes to Nolan Boehr, Kale Wetjen and Zach Quiring.
The Homecoming court recognition and coronation took place on the track immediately following the game. Seniors on court included Cooper Regier, Ellyn Hall, Seth Randles, Cora Johnson, Maverick Hiebner, Maddie Miller, Nolan Boehr, Kaelyn Buller, Wyatt Regier and Lauren Quiring. Kindergartners Brock Siebert and Elinor Kroeker brought the crowns down the track and last year’s king and queen, Aidan Swartzendruber and Kalea Wetjen, completed the coronation. This year’s Homecoming king and queen are Maverick Hiebner and Maddie Maltsberger.
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