My name is Lily Woitaszewski and I am currently a senior at Wood River Rural High School. I am the daughter of Larry and Anne Woitaszewski, and we live on our family farm outside of Wood River. My family also consists of my brother Lance who is a sophomore at Wood River High School, and my sister Lacey who is a teacher at Gates Elementary School in Grand Island. After high school, I plan to play softball and attend Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and major in agriculture with an emphasis on agronomy.
I have been an active high school athlete in softball, basketball, and track. Other activities that I participate in are FBLA, FFA (vice president), 4-H, Spanish Club, One Act, Speech, Letter Club, freshman mentoring, and National Honors Society (treasurer).
I also enjoy fishing, working on our family farm, showing livestock, and spending time with friends in the summer.
My name is Haley Jo Parlin (or Bean), and I am a senior at Wood River High School. I'm the daughter of Bobbi and Darren Parlin and older sister of Faith and Abby Parlin. I've lived in Wood River my entire life and can't imagine growing up anywhere else. Most of my family lives in Wood River or very near it, and I am thankful for that because it allows us to be as close as we are. I take school very seriously and have been on every honor roll and been in the top 10 students of my class every time possible. Next year I plan on attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney, but have not yet decided on a major. All I know is I want to be in a job that allows me to help people and make them smile everyday.
Throughout my four years at Wood River I have been involved in many activities and organizations. I played volleyball for all four years and basketball up until my senior year. I am FBLA Vice President, Student Council Vice President, and NHS president. I am also involved in Spanish club, letter club, and freshman 7 mentoring. Because I love to write I have been a part of Journalism throughout high school, and I am now one of two Copy Managers. This year I am one of the Leads in the All school play. I also sing in the choir at my church and teach a Fifth Grade Sunday School class.
Music is my passion and I have been actively involved in music all four years of high school participating in choir, show choir, and being the Drum Majorette in Band. I had the privilege of making all three of the possible choirs for the UNK choir festival at some point. I made the Women's Choir my sophomore year, the Festival Choir my junior year, and the Honor Choir my senior year. I also went to the Doane Honor Choir this year and had a blast. I was part of two musicals, Annie and the Sound of Music, and had leads in both.
Food: Mashed Potatoes
Movie: Any of the Harry Potter Movies
Musical Group: The Beatles
Hobby: Making People Laugh :)
Color: Baby Blue or Mauve
For I know the plans I have for your, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
My name is Samantha Luehr, and I am a senior at Wood River Rural High School. My relationship with Jesus Christ defines who I am as a person. I both value and love the fact that Jesus is Lord of my life. Without Him, I would be utterly lost. My family holds a very special place in my heart as well. My father, Dean, is a pig farmer that has a passion for Christ and for providing for his family. My mother, a physical therapist, creates a loving home with her continuous care, and she makes the most delicious food! I have four siblings: Matty, the oldest, attends Concordia University and is getting married this April. Elle, my younger sister, loves to talk to people, and she is currently a junior in high school. Gideon, a freshman in high school, is growing like a weed at 14 years of age. Joshua, a fifth grader, adds life and drama to the family with his never-ending energy and volume. Madoc, my black, white, and brown Welsh Corgi, completes the family with his adamant love for chasing birds (I also have a ton of cats).
As a student of Wood River, I am very involved in many different clubs, sports, and organizations. I play three sports: volleyball, basketball, and track. I am involved in FBLA, National Honors Society, FCA, Freshman 7, Band, and the All School Plays and Musicals. For four years I have been the FCA leader of the Leadership Team, and I have had the fortunate opportunity to help the Freshman form healthy habits through the Freshman 7 program this year. For three years, I have been the Stage Manager for the All School Plays and Musicals, but this year, I plan to step out from behind the curtain and act on the stage itself. Last year, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Leadership of Tomorrow Program (YLT), and I graduated this program in June of 2016 in the Class 19.
After high school, I plan to attend Concordia University with my sister Matty. I am undecided on what I would like to study, but I am confident that I will find my passion in college. While attending Concordia, I plan to play on the Concordia Women’s Basketball team.
Finally, I enjoy working on the pig farm with my Dad. For the past two summers, I had the opportunity to work full time alongside my Father on the farm. Although many tasks were both physically and mentally challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed the experiences that I had on a day to day basis. Pigs are now my favorite animal. My favorite part of farm work is being able to see the glorious sunrises and sunsets come and go with their blazing color. Ultimately, I am ready to take the next step in my life, and I am excited for the opportunities and experiences that God has for me in this new world of college.
My name is Taylor Rae Lambrecht, and I am currently a senior at Wood River Rural High School. I am the daughter of Michael and Cheryl Lambrecht and the sister of Mallory Wagoner and Clinton Lambrecht. I have lived on a farm just north of Wood River my whole life. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the lake, creating DIY Pinterest ideas, and playing with as many animals as possible. Throughout high school, I have participated in basketball for two years and volleyball for four years. I am a member of FBLA, NHS, Student Council, Letter Club, and Freshmen 7 Mentoring. After graduation, I plan to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney and possibly major in elementary education.
Hi! My name is Emily Loy and I’m a senior at Wood River High School. My Parents are Scott and Carrie Loy and I have one older sibling, Chris. I am involved in numerous activities both in and outside of school; these activities include, FCA, NHS Vice President, FBLA, 4-H, 4-H Council, Band, YLT, Student Council, Cross Country, Basketball, and Track and Field. Once I graduate, I plan on attending Concordia University while majoring in Elementary Education and receive my coaching endorsement. I also plan on continuing my track and field career while there.
I have been involved in Cross Country from my sophomore to senior year. The Cross Country team this year has truly become a family to me. Not being able to run with them next year will be something I miss the most from high school.
Track & Field
I have been involved in Track for four years; my events include the 100m dash, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and the 4x1 and 4x4 relay. I have qualified for the State Track meet in both my sophomore and junior years as well as earning a state medal in the 4x100 relay both years and breaking the school record in that relay. I will definitely miss running with and against all the great athletes on the team as well as having a great coaching staff to perform for throughout high school.
For three weeks, the personal finance class was given $200,000 fake cash and were sent out to "buy" five or more stocks to invest in. They had to make a spreadsheet and keep track of when they bought it, how much it was, the profit, and the loss. After three weeks, they recorded how much they gained or lost. The students used the MSNmoney website to check the stock prices each day.
My name is Jasmine Kennedy. This is my second year at Wood River Rural High School. Before that, I attended Shelton. My parents are Dan and Kristy Kennedy, and I have a little sister named Briana. When I was in kindergarten, we hosted a foreign exchange student from Germany who has become a big sister to me as well. She comes to visit us once a year, and I plan on visiting her in Germany one day.
I have participated in FBLA, STAND, and One-act crew. Outside of school, I participate in competitive dance with Just For Kix in Shelton. I've been dancing since 4th grade. This year I have been able to intern with the kindergarten class. I am also in my second year working at the Wood River After School program. My volunteer work provides great experiences for for my future career. After graduating from high school, I plan on going to a community college to get my general education credits done and then go to a state college or university to finish up my major in Early Childhood Education.
My name is Norma Elizabeth Hernandez, and I am currently a senior at Wood River. My parents are Julian and Lucila Hernandez. I have a sister name Ruth, a half sister name Maria, and I also have a brother named Moises. During my high school career, I have participated in cross country, basketball, and track. I am a member of Spanish Club and FBLA. Throughout high school I've enjoyed getting to know the teachers most of all. The teachers have not only helped me academically, but in my personal life as well. I aspire to be a preacher.
One of my favorite things to do is preach the word of God. It is something that inspires me, and I love to inspire other people by sharing the love of Christ. Some day I have hopes of sharing my love for God around the world.
Hi! My name is Ruth Hernandez. I'm 19 years old, and I'm a senior at Wood River High School. My dad’s name is Julian Hernandez. I have a full brother and a sister, Moises and Norma Hernandez. In some of my high school years, I did track and field, cross country, and some basketball. Some of the things that I also participate in is FBLA and Spanish Club. Overall, even though high school has been a challenge for me, I have really enjoyed learning new things for the long run. I know for sure that I will miss school, especially all my teachers. After high school, I plan to attend Central Community College to hopefully become a dental hygienist. After college? I don't know. I will have to wait and see what the future holds.
Hello! My name is Zach Harvey, and I am 17 years old. I have a family of five, a brother, sister, and my great parents. I have been involved in football, basketball, and golf at one time in high school. Also, I have participated in Spanish Club and FBLA for at least one year. After high school, I plan to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in the business field of some sort.
Hi, my name is Kinsley Forbes, and I am 17 years old. I have one full brother, Koltyn; two step brothers, Evan and Ayden; and a half sister, Mara. Throughout high school, I have participated in FBLA, HOSA, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Freshmen 7. I also have played volleyball all four years of my high school career, and I've earned a letter three of those four years. After graduation, I am going to attend the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to major in something in the medical field. Although I am not 100% positive, some of my interests are nursing, physical therapy, and pediatrics. I am excited to see where my future takes me.
My name is Lizzy Gannon, and I am a senior at Wood River. I was involved in volleyball all four years of high school. I was also involved in various music organizations, such as choir and show choir. I also participated and had leads in two school musicals: Annie and The Sound of Music. I auditioned for UNK Honor Choir which consists of the Festival Choir, the Women's Choir, and the Honor Choir. I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Honor Choir and hope to be selected again this year. I am involved in many organizations such as FBLA, Spanish Club, Letter Club, Student Council, and I am a freshman 7 leader. I am also president of Spanish Club and Letter Club. I am also very focused on my academics, and I have made the honor roll every semester. For college, I plan to attend a four year university in Nebraska and pursue a career in elementary education.
On Thursday October 27th, 34 FBLA members participated in the annual Halloween for the Hungry. Every year, students go door to door asking for food items to be given to the local food pantry. The students loved helping out with this project, knowing that they are helping out people in our community. After we were done, pizza was served to the hardworking students. We would like to thank everyone who donated this year.
Hello, my name is Fernando Brito. I'm a senior at Wood River High School, and my hobbies include running and making clay sculptures by hand. Don't mess with me because I can be the nicest person you will ever meet or I can be your worst nightmare. I'm a Co-Captain of the Cross Country team, President of the FBLA group, and I participate in Spanish club and Track and Field.
On Tuesday, the 27th of September, 9 members of the Wood River FBLA chapter participated in the annual Fall Leadership Conference in Kearney. Josh Erikson was the keynote speaker this year. He talked about empowering young people to be an active leader in their community. After the speaker, they split up to participate in workshops to help build new skills. In the afternoon, they had a choice of what leadership workshop they went to. The majority of students from Wood River went to "The Art of Communication: Leaving a Legacy" workshop. The leaders of the workshop were State President Ojus Jain and the State Vice President John Willey. All of the students will take the skills they learned and apply them to our FBLA chapter.
On September 6th, eighteen of the Wood River FBLA members participated in adopt-a-highway. They spent an hour of their day off cleaning up along highway 30. This is a great way to give back to our community by making the sides of the road cleaner. Afterwards, pizza and pop was served to the hard-working students.
The Business Education Department is offering the following classes this year: Periods 1 and 8 Information Technology I, II and Period 2 an Independent Study Class of Information Technology I. The first unit is Introduction to Computers and How to Purchase a Computer. The students researched three different computers that they would like to purchase and then pick the one that best fits their needs. The students then had to present their results. We purchased new textbooks and updated the software to Microsoft Office 365/2016 it is a web based software and can be use on several devices.
During Period 3 we are offering Personal Finance. We are working on the our Careers unit, Students are researching three careers of interest and are filling out self assessment exercises to get to know themselves. We will then create a Resume, Letter of Application, fill out an Employment Application, and will go through a Mock Interview.