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.
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.
This last Tuesday, December 2 the Wood River One Act team finished their season at Districts, traveling to Cross County where they finished on a high note. The play received the highest rank it could- a superior. We also received five outstanding actress awards. Those awards went to Matty Luehr, Jordyn Leffler, Kaylee Reimers, Sloane Tiarks and Jessica Rauert. “The kids did a great job. I felt it was their best performance of the year. I’ll miss them. They were a great group to work with.”
The One Act team began their season at Ord with the Chanticleer Festival. Here the judges spend extra time critiquing the team instead of ranking them. It’s a good place and time to get some quality feedback. Two judges spent 30 minutes talking to each actor and actress about what they could do to better themselves. Although there was no ranking of the plays, outstanding actor and actress awards were given to each team and Wood River had five. Those five were Matty Luehr, Jordyn Leffler, Sloane Tiarks, Eric Winfield and Kaylee Reimers. We were given some good comments, many regarding the set which our art department was so generous to paint for us. “The set was truly amazing. Mrs. Wiseman and the art students put a ton of work into it and we got nothing but oohs and ahs all season long.”
After performing for the Wood River community on November 17, the One Act took their talents to the Conference meet at Ravenna on November 24. “This meet is always so competitive. The judges always tell us how this conference is the toughest in the state and it is.” Although we didn’t come away a winner, we did do very well. We walked away with five outstanding actor and actress awards. Those awards were won by Matty Luehr, Jordyn Leffler, Kaylee Reimers, Sloane Tiarks, and Dakota Schroll. ‘The kids did a good job. We still can improve but we stepped it up from where we were at Ord.” The play itself received a superior rank, which is the highest rank a judge can give.
“I really enjoyed this year. The kids were so workable and wanted to do well. I will miss the times I had with all of them. For the seniors I will miss you and wish you all the best. For the rest, tear it up next year and be the role models for the new kids on the block.”
“Since this is my last play, I do want to take this opportunity to say thank you- to the community, the parents and the kids I’ve had the pleasure to work with these last twelve years. It has been my pleasure and I’ve built some wonderful relationships with all of you. I have been so blessed. I only hope and pray that I have touched some lives in a positive way.”