Congratulations to Erin Brewer and Jason Vitosh for being honored at the Falls City Jaycees DSA banquet Monday night. Erin was the H.O.B.Y. representative from Falls City High School, and Mr. Vitosh was recognized as the Educator of the Year. Thank you Falls City Jaycees for the recognition of these two individuals and for everyone that makes Falls City such a great place!
On Saturday, January 14, 2017, seven FCMS students participated at the 12th biannual Singing Youth of Nebraska Choral Festival, sponsored by Nebraska Choral Director’s Association. Seven Nebraska Cities, Beatrice, Hastings, North Platte, Omaha, Gering, Fremont and Grand Island, have or will host the festival, which is for grades 7-9, throughout the months of January/February 2017. FCMS attend the festival at Beatrice High School.
FCMS 7th grade students included Abigail Boatright, Grace Holys, Jocelyn O’Grady, and Piper Sutton. FCMS 8th grade students included Thayer Armbruster, Shaylee Mackey, and Courtney Rumbaugh. These students, along with around 90 other students from Friend Public Schools, Tri-County Public Schools, Beatrice Middle and High School, Pawnee City Public Schools, Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools, Johnson County Central Public Schools & Weeping Water Public Schools rehearsed all day under the direction of Mrs. Tina Schwahn from Elkhorn. A festival concert was given at 4:00 pm in the Hevelone Center of Performing Arts at Beatrice High School. The choir performed “Al Shlosha D’varim” by Allan Naplan, “Oye” by Jim Papoulis, “Sing Me to Heaven” by Daniel Gawthrop, “Homeland” arranged by Z. Randall Stroope, & “The Rhythm of Life” arranged by Roger Emerson.
Front Row--left to right: Jocelyn O'Grady, Courtney Rumbaugh, Piper Sutton
On January 8 & 9, 2017, FCHS senior Isaac Hogue and Junior Zachary Petry participated in the 40th annual Doane Vocal Festival at Doane University in Crete, NE. After rehearsing for two days, a Grand Concert, made up of three Outstanding Soloists, Doane Choir and Doane Vocal Festival Chorus, was given. The Festival Chorus was under the direction of Dr. Kurt Runestad, Doane’s Director of Choral Activities, and world-renowned composer and conductor Jake Runestad. Doane Choir performed “Laudate” by Rene Clausen, “Gaellic Prayer” and “The Peace of Wild Things” by Jake Runestad, “Unclouded” Day by J.K. Alwood, and “How Great Thou Art” arr. By Sam Robson. The DVF Chorus performed “Dereva Ni Mungu”, “Good Night, My Love”, and “Nyon, Nyon” all composed by Jake Runestad. The DVF chorus, made up of 230 sophomore-seniors from about 90 schools from across Nebraska, and Mr. Runestad co-composed an original piece called “Let the Beauty”, which was the highlight of the two days.
Pictured L to R: Junior Zachary Petry and Senior Isaac Hogue
The staff and administration of Falls City High School have announced the selections for December High School Students of the Month. The honors go to the following students:
Upperclassmen- Noah Milam, a junior, is the son of Max and Michelle Milam. Morgan Bletscher, a senior, is the daughter of Matt Bletscher.
Underclassmen- Zach Beaver, a freshman, is the son of Mike and Kris Beaver . Hailey Buchner, a sophomore, is the daughter of Paul and Jennifer Buchner.
The students were nominated by high school staff and are being recognized for being innovative, responsible, resilient, and resourceful. Each of the students was praised in nomination comments for “academic excellence, going above and beyond what was asked of them, their helpfulness, and their leadership, and serving as excellent role models for their peers,” according to high school principal Gale Dunkhas.