Members of the Nebraska City School Board heard reports from high school student council representatives and administrators during the regular meeting of the board on Monday night.
Logan Hoover, a junior, and Alexis Hoover, a freshman, gave the student council updates.
The pair reported that Lilly Frields, Sam Biaggi, Fernando Dominguez and Lukas Huge would be representing NCHS as part of the All State Choir on Saturday in Lincoln.
Also of interest, the student council reps extended their appreciation to NCHS Band Director Emily Roth and the Pioneer concert band for playing at four Veterans Day assemblies, noted that the safe trick or treat night had 320 trick or treaters this year, reported the induction of 21 new members in the National Honor Society and said that the one act group of 28 cast and crew gave performances on Monday and Tuesday at the high school.
Logan Hoover said juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for National Honor Society.
Winter sports participation numbers were also reported. Thirty two are out for boys’ basketball, 24 for girls’ basketball and 37 total athletes 32 boys and five girls, are out for wrestling.
Brian Hoover, of NCHS, gave the first of the principal reports. Hoover said that the high school students have a lot of action going on right now.
With 90-plus out for winter sports, 28 for one act, 20 for speech, 13 at FFA Nationals, six at the FCCLA National Cluster meeting along with National Honor Society and quiz bowl, that represents a big percentage of students involved in something outside the classroom.

“This is not a down time for us,” said Principal Hoover. “The kids are doing extremely well in all of their activities.”
Hoover also gave his appreciation for the band and noted that those who didn’t get a chance to listen to the band play or Natalie Turner sing at Veterans Day activities should turn out on Sunday, Dec. 10 for the holiday concert. The event begins at 2 p.m. with the band and choir being featured.
Hoover said Chloe Higgins also deserves a shout out. She will be representing the high school at the Nebraska State Education Conference as part of the student voices section.
Hoover said the high school recently hosted a motivational speaker in Kevin Kush. Alexis Hoover said Kush talked about the value of surrounding yourself with the kinds of friends that are going to make you strive for more instead of anchoring you in the same spot.
Finally, Hoover talked about the positive direction the sports programs have been going at NCHS as the leaders of the sports programs focus on enhancing the student experience and being cognizant of conduct inside and outside of competition. Hoover said Pioneer Athletic Director Matthew Koehler’s vision is on focusing energy on the components of success rather than on the wins and losses.
“Eventually, anybody who has coached, knows that those eventually lead to wins,” Hoover said.
Craig Taylor of NCMS was next to give a principal report.
Taylor recognized the work of Elizabeth Dunn and  Kaleb Walker for organizing the Veterans Day breakfast and program.
Around 20 veterans and their families attended. That number was a bit down from last year, but Taylor said the experience was still a positive one.
“It’s great to see that community come into the building and be recognized for their sacrifices,” said Taylor.
Board members Carol Crook and Teri Stukenholtz had positive things to say about the Veterans Day program. Crook applauded the respectful way in which the students conducted themselves in listening and being attentive during the program. And Stukenholtz said she was impressed by how focused the National Junior Honor Society students were in getting everything organized for the big day.
Getting back to Taylor’s report, the NCMS Principal said that he awarded 163 honor roll certificates during an end-of-quarter one pep rally celebration and that students were recognized for their participation in sports and all other activities and that positive behavior was reinforced with awards.
Kush also gave a motivational talk to the NCMS students recently and talked about the ways in which students could open up new opportunities for themselves and how good friends are a big component in accomplishing that goal. Taylor said he thinks the message was received.
“He had an energy and I think our kids attended to his message very well,” Taylor said of Kush.
After school numbers provided more good news at NCMS. The middle school has 30 students with 30 days of participation in an after school club, double the number they had at the same time last year.
The National Junior Honor Society Community Dodgeball tournament held recently was reported to be a success as was the musical club’s efforts in putting on Annie Junior for two shows at the NCHS auditorium last weekend. Taylor said 200 attended on Saturday and he heard reports of an even higher attendance number from Friday.
Taylor praised the work of Samantha Collins in organizing Annie Junior.
And the NCMS Principal also said that Heather Lemon deserved special recognition for the work she does at the middle school and also at Northside. Taylor said Lemon works with students transfering into the district.
“She plays a vital role in their success,” he said.
Hayward Principal Scot Davis reported a lot of great news coming from his building. Davis said the school hosted a sponsor for its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. The sponsor asked students and staff evaluation questions with both groups earning a 100 percent score.
Students were aware of expectations, have earned buzz tickets for positive behavior and were able to give reasons for that positive behavior ticket. Staff indicated that they were aware of expectations and were rewarding positive behaviors with buzz tickets. Davis said the school had a substitute in on the evaluation day that the substitute also scored perfect.
The Veterans Day program was a success at Hayward. School Board member Kent Blum was on hand. He represented the Elks Club for the program and talked to students about the Star Spangled Banner. The NCHS band was also there and Davis said the band and Turner gave a great performance.
Also, Davis reported that he and Taylor were going to join Curt Feilmeier from Lourdes for a pie eating contest put on by the Girl Scouts at 1 p.m. at the Eagles on Sunday. The pie eating contest will raise money to help families in the community at Christmas time. Taylor said several other groups will also be represented at the event.
Principal Brent Gaswick wrapped up the administrator reports by giving an update about Northside.
The Northside school hosted a fun Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program event with students and teachers enjoying various activities.
Gaswick said the Halloween parade went well at the school and that the parent-teacher conferences saw great participation with 95 percent of the students having an interested parent come to get a report on how the school year was going.
Also, Gaswick said that the Northside school will be hosting a coat give-a-way on Nov. 29 for students from all the schools in town.