Name: Kaitlyn Hermann
Birthday: October 16, 1996
Parents: Clyde and Lisa Hermann
Siblings: Dylan and Tanner Hermann
College Plans: University of Nebraska-Kearney
Intended Major: Occupational Therapy
Movie: When the
Game Stands Tall
Book: anything by Lurlene McDaniel
Music: I listen to everything
Dessert: Ice Cream
Hobby: Being With People
Color: Purple or Julep Green
TV Show: One Tree Hill
I have been playing volleyball since fourth grade. Along with playing for Wood River, I also played on South Central for five years. I've loved playing under our coaches, and I'm lucky to have played with the girls I did.
Like volleyball, I have also played basketball since my fourth grade year. I've had the experience of being coached by two different coaches but nonetheless enjoyed every second of my career.
I'm lucky to have the family I do. They support me in everything I do, and they are my number one fans.
The 2015-2016 Wood River Spirit Squad Members have been selected.
Cheerleaders include: Samantha Moss, Dani DeVore, Allison Moss, Lexi Jepson, Gina O’Neill, Abby Parlin, Rachel Cooper, and Cheer Captain- Kassey Wetovick.
Dance team members are: Kassey Wetovick, Samantha Moss, Allison Moss, Arianna Parmenter, Ericka Moffett, Abby Parlin, and Dance Captain- Dani DeVore.
Both teams will begin practice in June in order to prepare for the upcoming school year.
The Spirit Squad Sponsors are Mandi Morgan, Megan Lowe, and Sarah Eschliman.
The Wood River After School Program is currently serving approximately eighty K-8 students. The program has averaged close to 60 students every school day, for the last two years. Students have benefited from having homework assistance, a snack, physical activity and many learning activities with excellent staff. A huge thank you to Samantha Hahn -program coordinator, Teresa Hahn, Kathy Carter, Abbie Meier and Lori Peters. Ryan Woitalewicz and Jordyn Leffler are regular high school volunteers, and have been essential to the program’s success.
The program would not have been possible without the funding from the Heartland United Way. The Wood River Community Centennial Foundation has been vital to the success by aiding in supplies and staff salaries.
5 year Grant of $281,000 to Fund Wood River Community Learning Center
Next year, the After School Program will be transitioning to the Wood River Community Learning Center. We were awarded a substantial, competive, federal grant, through the Nebraska Department of Education that totals over $280,000 over the next 5 years. The Wood River Community Learning Center will be at Wood River Elementary next year for students in grades K-5. The program will have a few similarities, but the focus will be experience and literacy based. Currently, partnerships with Rowe Sanctuary, the National Guard, Hall County Extension Office, and the Grand Island Library will have students connect their field trips and experiences to their learning. The Grand Island Library will also provide programs for Learning Community students and families, to help infuse literacy activities. Full time program students and family members will be able to check out books from the Grand Island Library, with their FREE library card! Students will also be getting homework assistance, organized physical activities, and nutritious snacks. There are still many details to work out, but this is an amazing opportunity to continue after school programming, while enhancing what we are currently doing.
We are really excited about this opportunity! It would not have been possible without community financial commitments from the Wood River PTO, Rohrich Farms and The Grace and Donna Rae Koepp Foundation.
More information about registering will be coming available over the summer.
Show Choir & Choir
This year I joined Choir and Show Choir, Freshman Mentoring and have helped more with the After-School Program.
This fall, I joined the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association and plan on continuing to rodeo in the spring.
I have been a FFA member for four years. This has allowed me to participate in a variety of competitions including Livestock, Land and Range Judging as well as Ag Sales, Natural Resources, Livestock Management, and Veterinary Science. National and State FFA Conventions, Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium and Range Judging Camp were great learning experiences.
4-H has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old and am a member of five 4-H clubs. As an animal exhibitor, I have shown cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, and plan to show chickens this year. I also enjoy photography, heritage, food, nutrition and many other 4-H project areas. I am the Vice President of Junior Leaders and have held other offices in the past. I was recently honored by being chosen as a Hall County 4-H Ambassador.
The number of cattle in my herd increased to five this past fall. This year, I purchased a dog, a horse and laying hens. I am working hard to train the dog and horse. I also have a two year old horse I am training and have been working with my old horse to improve at different events. In addition to my animals, I work a part-time job at the nursing home and for my grandpa during the summer. Daily chores around the farm and high school and college homework keep me busy. Even with all these activities, I still find time for fun and friends.
I am wrapping up my third year in the Wood River Rural School District. My family on my father’s side has deep roots here in Wood River. My great-grandfather built a mercantile business downtown and the building he had built is still there. The building bears the name “DUNN” with the date of 1910. Both of my father’s parents are graduates of Wood River High School, and I have my grandmother’s high school diploma hanging in my office!
My wife, Brenda, and I enjoy a great marriage that will be going on 31 years in June. She works as an administrative assistant in the guidance office at Northwest High Schools in Grand Island. We have one son, Jason, who will be 27 in May. He is finishing up his graduate studies in media management at the New School in New York. He will graduate in May and hopes to stay in New York and work in the media industry. His mom and I just want him to do something he loves that will pay the bills (and get his student loans paid off!).
I have the title of Activities Director at Wood River Rural Schools. I am in charge of all the athletic and fine arts activities for middle school and high school. I also run the alternative education/credit recovery program for high school students. Some of my other duties include being responsible for attendance for middle and high school students, lunch supervision, and obtaining substitute teachers when needed. Next year I will have some additional responsibilities as well.
One of those responsibilities will be to coordinate some of the elementary youth program athletic activities. It will be my goal to get the youth programs and teams that we have here under one umbrella and working in conjunction with our high school coaching staffs so that kids are taught the fundamentals of the sport in the way our coaches want them taught. This way our kids will enter middle school and high school with a better understanding of the fundamentals of the game. I will reaching out to parents who work with those teams in the future to get them on board and so that we are all on the same page!