Bringing the Farm to School

Students in Agricultural Science and Technology Class have been learning key terms and evaluation of livestock over the past two weeks. On November 4th, these students got first hand experience  as a class of market swine was brought to the high school.  The pen was set up behind the welding shop, and students had time to evaluate the swine, write notes about each hog, and were then asked to write down their placings.  Students discussed each body part and were asked what they liked and disliked about each animal.  This was a great way to promote the livestock industry and to give students a lasting experience.


The Blazer Receives Top Honors

By: Paul Lawrence

Fairbury High School’s school newspaper The Blazer received top honors for its 2014-15 volume. The National High School Press Association (NHSPA) awarded the staff  a Cornhusker Award after judging the publication along with other publications from across the state.  According to the NHSPA, a Cornhusker is “awarded for journalism excellence in high school publications.” It is the equivalent to winning a state title.

The Fairbury High School Blazer for  2014-15 included:

Cole Bauer, Editor-in-Chief

Paul Lawrence, Assistant Editor

Jace Harris and Bryce Schouboe, Sports Editors

Halle Knigge and Brooke Eisenhauer, Page Editors

Gabby Weatherl and Madison Schlake, Columnists

Reporters: Avery Joe, Anna Schouboe, Mercadeze Engleman-Meyers, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Kellsie Specht, Michaela Bartels, and Stephen Engleman

Jed Martin, Adviser

Energizers Poster Contest Winner

In coordination with Red Ribbon Week, Energizers club sponsored a drug-free poster contest for local elementary students. Energizers members voted on a winning design and through grant-funding had the design made into t-shirts for the entire class of the winning student. On Thursday Oct. 22nd,
 Energizers members presented the winning class of with their t-shirts, the yellow Minion shirts, designed by Lauren Wanamaker, say “Drugs are Despicable”. We received many amazing designs, and used the poster submissions to decorate the high school halls for Red Ribbon Week. Thanks to all who submitted their own depiction of a drug free message and hope we can keep inspire students to stay active in their school and community activities.



Fairbury Band Has Successful Marching Season

The Fairbury High School Band has had a busy and successful marching season. The band performed at four halftime performances for home football games, played the National Anthem and fight song for the home Cross Country meet, participated in the Homecoming Parade, traveled to the Heritage Care Center, and marched in the Harvest of Harmony Parade on Saturday, October 3.

While the band performed their final marching show of the season on Friday, October 16, students are eagerly looking forward to the transition into concert band. The band invites you to their Winter Concert on Sunday, December 13 at 2p.m. in the Burkley Fine Arts Center. The concert will also feature the choir and show choir.  

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Local FFA Members Umland and Black Selected as Members of National FFA Chorus

Ryan Umland and Madison Black, members of the Fairbury FFA chapter in Fairbury,NE, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 28-31 during the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Umland, a senior and the son of Matt and Deb Umland, and Black, a junior and the daughter of Allan and Terri Black have been selected for the National FFA Chorus.

The National FFA Chorus will perform several times during the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo, adding excitement and motivation to the sessions through their music.

Umland and Black will join fellow chorus members in Louisville three days before convention begins for rehearsals.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters 
throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FHS Cheer Clinic

On Friday, October 2nd, the FHS Cheerleaders held a cheer clinic for younger students at Central and Jefferson. They had 54 future FHS Cheerleaders participate. The girls spent the afternoon learning cheers, playing games and eating snacks! To end the clinic, the girls put on a performance for friends and family, where they did a wonderful job. For the girls that wanted to participate, they were able to go to the Varsity Football game vs. Lincoln Lutheran and perform with the HS Cheerleaders until halftime. All girls involved did a fantastic job!! As a sponsor, I am very proud of the hard work they put into this!!

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The Interesting World of Monogastrics

Students in the Agricultural Science and Technology class examined many characteristics of the monogastric digestive system of a fetal pig.  Unlike polygastric (ruminant) animals that have multiple compartments to their stomach, monogastric animals have a simple digestive system.  This system contains one stomach that uses acids to breakdown food. This dissection also helped students get a 3-dimensional picture of how all the systems fit together in an entire organism. They had seen separate diagrams of many of the major systems previously, but they got to see how they are all arranged spatially through the dissection lab.



FBLA Pink Out

The Fairbury vs. Wilber-Clatonia softball game on Monday, October 5 and football game on Friday, October 9 are the dates for FBLA’s fifth annual Pink Out. The two FBLA chapters are teaming up for a Pink Out week to promote awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The support of numerous business sponsors will help to defray the cost of the shirts, allowing greater profits for donation. T-shirts should be pre-ordered by September 16. Order forms are available in the high school office or on the school website. Orders can also be placed during lunch through September 16. Shirts are $10 each, and are available in youth and adult sizes. Forms and money should be returned to Melissa Dux at the high school by September 16.

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