November Awards & Honors
Posted October 30, 2018
Kaitlyn Hanna, Westside High School
- Westside High School freshman Kaitlyn Hanna tied for first place at the girls Class A state golf tournament in Norfolk. Hanna scored a 76 in rain at Norfolk Country Club on October 9, just four strokes over par. The NSAA called the event due to weather; Hanna tied with Omaha Marian senior Jalea Culliver. Hannah is believed to be the first freshman in 33 years to win a girls state golf title. Congratulations as well to her coach, Barry Glanzer!
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Jeanette Kleppinger, Westside High School
- Westside High School Business Teacher Jeanette Kleppinger has been named the 2018 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force. The group, also known as NETForce, recognizes educators who have made significant contributions toward the organization, implementation, development or evaluation of entrepreneurship education in Nebraska. Kleppinger was a key figure in the creation of the Nebraska Furniture Mart School of Entrepreneurial Thinking, a groundbreaking $150,000 partnership between Westside Community Schools and Nebraska Furniture Mart. In addition to overseeing this pilot as the new Teacher of Entrepreneurial Thinking, Kleppinger is also a leader in the award-winning Westside High School Business Department.
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Lexi Zeiss, Westside Middle School
- Westside Middle School 7th grader Lexi Zeiss was recently invited to attend a USA Gymnastics developmental training camp. Camp invitations were extended by Kim Riley (Managing Director of Athlete Programs for USA Gymnastics) and Tom Forster (High Performance Director of the US Women’s National Team). Lexi and her coach Kelley Banks Green trained with National Team coaches for four days in Crossville, Tennessee. The camp is held to provide the highest level of training and development to both the athletes and coaches working within the Elite program with USA Gymnastics.
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Ethan Goldner, Westside High School
- Congratulations to all Westside Cross Country teams and coaches on a great fall season! A special congratulations to WHS student athlete Ethan Goldner, Class A Boys Silver Medalist with a time of 16:19:5, and to Reese Young-Oestmann and Noelle Abels, who shattered Westside’s school record at Districts, running 19:44!
Girls Cross Country Team, Westside Middle School
- Congratulations to the Westside Middle School Girls Cross Country Team, champions at the 2018 Nebraska Junior High Cross Country meet! The team consisted of Claire White (7), Heike Lowe (7), Cece Gerard (7), Kailie Kaufman (7), Ava Paulson (8), Michelle Dong (8), and Elaine Wiles (8). Out of the more than 200 student athletes, Claire White placed 4th overall and Heike Lowe placed 14th overall! Congratulations to the team, and to coaches Emily Vlcek, Ashley Sams and Thomas Benedetto.
Louder Than A Bomb, Westside Middle School
- Congratulations to all student artists who participate with Louder Than A Bomb, Westside Middle School’s slam poetry team! Led by teacher John Horton, WMS is one of only 3 middle schools competing in the field of 40 teams composed of mostly high school students. At an October event in Benson, Louder Than A Bomb was among the highest scoring performances, making it to finals! They will be honored by the Board of Education November 5.
Angela Madsen, Westside Middle School
- Westside Middle School Teacher and NEA 2018 Global Fellow Angela Madsen is now a published author! Madsen co-wrote the book Twelve Lessons to Open Classrooms and Minds to the World, offering advice to help students think critically about global affairs. The book is available for purchase on Amazon: click here!
Nolan Miller-Johnston & Madigan Brodsky Westside High School
- Nolan Miller-Johnston and Madigan Brodsky have been named 2018-2019 Believers & Achievers Award Winners by the NSAA. Both were named winners for Westside High School; Brodsky was also named one of 48 overall winners from across the state of Nebraska. All of the students nominated for the Believers & Achievers awards program represent the very best of Nebraska’s high schools, outstanding leaders within their schools and communities.