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.
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.
This past weekend Mr. Freeling and I enjoyed spending part of our day with some amazing kids volunteering our time to help out at Race For Grace in Grand Island. We helped to ensure the "In Honor of " cards could be easily found by the family members who care and love those who suffered or are suffering with cancer. This involves taking the cards down, carefully removing tape, organizing according to alphabetical order and storing them in a box so that they can be picked up at a later time. Sometimes people came by in the middle of the process and asked us if they could have a card or cards. The kids loved searching through the countless piles finding the names because they witnessed the peace and comfort it brought when handing the cards back to them. The kids worked fantastic together; like a fine tuned machine on an assembly line. Super proud of them. Below are some pictures of them working. Pictured are Mr. Freeling, Kaitlyn Thesenvitz, Haley Parlin, Nate Bahe, Kassandra Wetovick, Emily Loy, and Samantha Luehr.
The process of gaining new members began in late February and is coming to a close on April 26th at the Academic Banquet when the newly selected students will become officially inducted into the National Honor Society. Congratulations to the following students: MacKenzie Peters, Bailey Landanger, Samantha Moss, Allison Moss, Maria Johnson, Samantha Thienel, Jazmin Matias, Abbie Philmalee, Cade Ludwig, Gabrielle Luehr, Lily Woitaszewski, Mikayla Barg, Madison Thesenvitz, Kinsely Forbes, and Taylor Lambrecht.