Hi there! My name is Ryan Anthony Woitalewicz and I’m a senior at Wood River High School. I am the son of Melissa and (the late) Kenny Woitalewicz. My mother will always be someone I admire to be. She has performed the role of both my parents ever since the age of four years old, and she never seems to amaze me with the accomplishments that she can do. I also have two siblings and they include Matt, who is a 2012 graduate from Wood River High School. He holds a career as a firefighter in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has always been my go-to when things are rough, and without him, I wouldn't be the person I am today. And Logan, who is a fifth grader at the elementary, keeps me on my feet. He is a ball of fire and can light up any room with his sense of humor. There's another special person in my life, Chad, he came into my family when I was only six years old. He has supported me and all my endeavors and I appreciate everything he's done for me.
I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my friends and family. I will most definitely miss the atmosphere of Wood River and interacting with my peers daily, however, I am ready for this next chapter in my life! After high school, I plan on attending Southeast Community College in Lincoln. I will begin a profession by studying Business Administration. Upon completion of the required coursework, I look forward to furthering my education even higher to a Bachelor’s degree.
I have been apart of the Fine Arts all four years of high school. During my sophomore year, we performed the musical, Annie, and I was held responsible for the lights and sound of the production. I also had a small part in the production as well. Another musical I was apart of was in April of 2016. I decided to step outside my comfort zone and audition for the lead role of Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music. It was definitely a learning experience and it also was a great show for all. Just recently, I was involved in the spring play and portrayed the lead role of Thesus in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. I was very excited to watch it come together as it was my last performance of my high school career.
A few of my favorite productions that I was involved in:
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.
As most Nebraskans know, the Nebraska School Activities Association annually holds high school athletic and activity competitions. People are familiar with the process of school teams competing at districts and the winners moving on to the state competition in their respective classes. In the NSAA Journalism Competition, the process of qualifying for state is different, but similar. The first difference is that all schools are only divided into two categories: Class A for schools with enrollment of 464+ students and Class B for schools with enrollment below 440 students. The other difference lies with how students qualify for state. In the journalism competition, students may enter their work in the school's yearbook, newspaper, or website in one of the twenty-one different competition categories. Their preliminary work is then judged on various characteristics, and the top twelve students in each category (per class) are chosen as state qualifiers. The state qualifiers will then compete in Norfolk at the NSAA State Journalism Competition on Monday, April 24th.
This is the first year that Wood River yearbook students have entered the competition, and we are excited to announce that seven of our students have qualified in six events.
We wish them luck at the upcoming NSAA State Journalism Competition. Congratulations, ladies!
Yearbook Theme Competition
Yearbook Layout Competition
Headline Writing Competition
Theme Copy Writing Competition
Hi, my name is Baily, I have two brothers Garret and Johnathan. Garret is 12, and Johnathan is 7. I enjoy running track and just running in general. After high school, I plan on attending Southeast Community College in Lincoln Nebraska. While there, I will study physical therapy. Some things I like to do are hang out with my good friends and spend time with all my family.
Hello, my name is Shivani Patel. I am a senior at Wood River Rural Schools, and I plan to graduate in May of 2017. I’m daughter of Dharmendrakumar Patel and Sudhaben Patel, and I have a brother named Rudra Patel. He goes to the Wood River Elementary School. Some of my hobbies include drawing and helping other students in mathematics. I enjoy doing mathematic; therefore, I believe that accounting is a great career path for me. My plans after high school include attending Central Community College in Grand Island to get a accounting degree; then, I plan to transfer to UNL to earn a master's degree in Accounting and become a CPA.
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
Hello Wood River!
My name is Jeremy Brandt. I was blessed to have been elected to serve on the Wood River Board of Education. I am married to my lovely wife of 12 years, Dawn, and we have two awesome kids, Cody is 12 and Maggie is 10.
I started my education in Wood River and later my family moved to Grand Island. I graduated from Grand Island Senior High in the class of 1998. I graduated with a class of nearly 500 students. My senior year, the district moved in the 9th grade class into the same building. There was now nearly 1,900 kids under one roof. This the very reason that my wife and I decided that we wanted to move back to Wood River to raise our family in a smaller school system and a town where we know almost everyone.
After high school, I started my college career at Central Community College in Grand Island working towards a degree in Criminal Justice, as I wanted to be a law enforcement officer. Through my high school career, I was a Police Explorer with the Grand Island and Hastings Police Departments. I made a mistake during this time, that since I had school bills piling up that I needed to work more and could finish school later in life.
Fast forward some years, I had decided that agriculture was my second passion and that I would come back to work in the Dannebrog and eventually Shelton area for local growers. I learned so much from both of my bosses about the many aspects of raising row crops (seed and commercial), alfalfa, cattle and hogs. This passion that was deep down, brought me to my current career with a local cooperative, where I get to work first hand with many local producers. While doing the career that I love, I also have started back to college to work on an agribusiness degree.
When not at work, my family and I are very vested in community service work. I am a leader in the Wood River Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and volunteer at my church. I do many different jobs and projects with the Grand Island Elks Lodge and the Nebraska Elks Association.
When deciding to run for a seat on the Wood River school board, I wanted to help the families of Wood River to continue to have a GREAT school system that the previous boards and administrations have provided for us. To the students of WRRSD, enjoy your school careers and be a part of everything that you can, as later in life you will wish that you had! When finished here, go off to college or tech. school and develop the skills for your passion as it is much harder to go back to school later in life.
As the culminating project for the English 9 poetry unit, students will showcase their creativity, writing skills, and technological prowess to create poems and publish them to a blog online. Each student will compose nine poems of varying format that range in length between three and twenty-four lines. To learn more about the requirements for each poem, please click here.
In addition to writing poems, students will be asked to comment and critique the work of their peers. In fact, the whole high school will be participating by viewing the blog from their iPads and leaving feedback for the developing poets. Here's what some sophomore students who were involved with the project last year had to say about it.
"I liked both the positive and negative feedback because it helped my writing skills get better," said Layce Sickler.
"It made some of us realize that we were actually better writers than what we thought," said Ericka Moffett.
"It made our work better because we knew that it was going to be available to the public," said Nyadoar Williamson.
Mrs. Adelman, along with the freshman class, are soliciting community feedback on their work as well. We'd appreciate it if you'd take a moment to stop by and read our blog and comment on our work. However, please remember that these students are freshmen who are still learning how to write: They're not professional authors. Please be kind with constructive feedback.
We'll be adding work nearly each school day for two weeks, so please check back often for updates.
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.
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
Four runaway lovers find themselves in the middle of a dispute between Oberon, the king of the fairies, and Titania, their queen. If that isn’t enough, a troupe of amateur actors are trying to rehearse a play for the dukes wedding. Between these unlikely groups flies Puck, the jester of the fairy kingdom, armed only with a wicked sense of humor and a love potion capable of making anyone fall in love with the first person they set eyes upon. What could possibly go wrong?
The Wood River All-School Play Cast/Crew will perform one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join us for a night of frivolity and fun! Performances will be Saturday, March 25th at 7 PM and Sunday, March 26th at 2 PM.
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.
You know you’re getting a little long in the tooth when you still remember Prince’s song “1999” being a hit, and thinking how far off the year 1999 sounded. I will save you the time of looking it up….the song was released in 1982. We must be having fun, because time has sure flown since then!
The second semester of the school year has arrived and it won’t be long until we are setting up for graduation and planning for summer school. Each day, month and season seem to go by so quickly, and I’m sure we are guilty of not stopping to smell the roses when we have the opportunity. My goal for 2017 is to slow down and enjoy more of the little things that occur everyday in our school.
I was recently reminded how great we have it, after watching a documentary on “The Blizzard of 1948-49” on Nebraska Public Broadcasting. The photographs that were shared and the stories told by those that experienced the long event are nearly unbelievable. An inch or two of snow makes me nervous now, so I just can’t imagine the hardships that were experienced in our state during that winter.
My hope is that our snow that arrives this year falls on the weekend and melts before Monday, so that we avoid any snow days. But, if we do have a snow day anytime soon, be sure to make a cup of hot cocoa, put a blanket around yourself, and consider how blessed we are to live in Wood River, Nebraska. You might even kick up your heels and party like it’s 1999….again!!!
Go Eagles!!! …..Dr. James Haley
Hi everyone! I'm Sarah Maginnis and am the new resource teacher at WRRSD. I LOVE being a part of Wood River and am ambitious to see what the year brings!! You will find me in room 130 Monday through Friday teaching math and language arts.
Some things about me:
I grew up in Odell, NE (a town of 300 south of Beatrice on the Kansas boarder)
I graduated from UNK last year with a degree in high school special education and elementary special education.
I'm from a family of 5 and we name all of our cars, which I reference in the classroom often.
Math was my favorite subject in school.
I am passionate for Autism Speaks and the Alzheimer's Association and love coordinating fundraisers for the foundations!
I like messages like this:
I am very close with my siblings, so they have the honor of being in my "Featured Teacher" post. I am looking forward to meeting you!
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.
My name is Michael Fines. My parents are David Fines and Dawn Fines, and I have one older sister named Ana and three older brothers named Dakota, Taylor, and Jacob. In high school, I have participated in basketball, football, wrestling, and track. After high school, I plan on attending Southeast Community College in Lincoln where I will study physical education to become a coach. The thing I will miss most about high school is sports. My best memory I have in high school was when I won a wrestling match in a dual against Broken Bow.