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Hall of Fame Inductees 2015

April 20, 2015 10:33 am

This year’s Hall of Fame recipients were Theodore (Ted) R. Muenster, Robert Cherny and Max Martz.

Muenster graduated in 1958 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1962. His more than 40-year career has included serving as Campaign Manager for Clair Callan’s successful bid as Nebraska’s First Congressional District representative, Former Chief of Staff to the Governor of South Dakota and many other roles.

Cherny graduated in 1961, and later earned a degree from UNL. He became a history instructor at San Francisco State University in 1971. Cherny became a Professor Emeritus in 2012 and served as department chair for six years. He has also coauthored six books.

Martz graduated in 1956. He went on to play football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and lettered three years in varsity football. After college he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Later he attained the title of captain. Martz also served as dean of students at John J. Pershing College.

This year’s Friend of Education award was presented to Dennis Hynek.

The Friend of Education award acknowledges someone who had a major impact or contribution in education within the district.

Hynek taught science and biology at the Beatrice junior high school for 12 years, later became the assistant principal, then principal until his retirement in 1998.

2015 Beatrice Educational Foundation scholarship winners

April 20, 2015 10:33 am

One by one, more than 20 Beatrice High School students made their way to the podium Sunday afternoon to be recognized for scholarships awarded by the Beatrice Educational Foundation.

Thirty-four scholarships totaling $74,975 were presented during the ceremony at the BHS commons area.

John Brazell, secretary treasurer for the foundation, said the total figure has increased each of the five years he’s been with BPS, which demonstrates the quality of education Beatrice provides.

“I think it’s just a real testament to our school and all the hard work that they do to prepare our kids for their next role in life,” he said. “It’s exciting to see kids getting ready to take that next step. It’s a testament to the quality of kids that we do have in our school.”

A selection committee from the foundation, which aims to provide financial support for the expansion of learning opportunities in Beatrice, read 65-70 applications to select the scholarship recipients.

Foundation members with children applying for scholarships are not allowed to participate on the selection committee.

“It’s a blind application process so the selection committee does not know who’s receiving the scholarships until they’re awarded,” Brazell said. “All they know is the number on the application. It is difficult to go through and sort because some of the scholarships have requirements, so trying to balance that out can be challenging, but it’s also very enjoyable.”

The funds come from a handful of donors who give their donations to the foundation to handle. The current endowment is a little over $1.3 million.

Some donors request that their donation goes toward a scholarship for a particular area of study, such as elementary education or biological sciences.

Throughout the year, along with providing scholarships, the foundation gives out about six $1,000 classroom grants.

Sunday’s event was led by School Board President Lisa Pieper, who said announcing the scholarship recipients is a highlight of being involved with BPS.

“To me, this is one of the crowning moments of our year,” she said. “I don’t think anything gives us greater pleasure than rewarding these kids, not only for their scholastic abilities, but so many of the scholarship requirements talk about leadership, community involvement, and citizenship. I think when we hear those things, it restores my faith that the next generation is going to do great things.”

In addition to recognizing current students for their work at BHS, past graduates were honored during the Hall of Fame and Friend of Education awards ceremony.

“As far as the hall of fame, it’s great to find out that Beatrice graduates have gone on to do such great things,” Pieper said.

This year’s Hall of Fame recipients were Theodore (Ted) R. Muenster, Robert Cherny and Max Martz.

Muenster graduated in 1958 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1962. His more than 40-year career has included serving as Campaign Manager for Clair Callan’s successful bid as Nebraska’s First Congressional District representative, Former Chief of Staff to the Governor of South Dakota and many other roles.

Cherny graduated in 1962, and later earned a degree from UNL. He became a history instructor at San Francisco State University in 1971. Cherny became a Professor Emeritus in 2012 and served as department chair for six years. He has also coauthored six books.

Martz graduated in 1956. He went on to play football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and lettered three years in varsity football. After college he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Later he attained the title of captain. Martz also served as dean of students at John J. Pershing College.

This year’s Friend of Education award was presented to Dennis Hynek.

The Friend of Education award acknowledges someone who had a major impact or contribution in education within the district.

Hynek taught science and biology at the Beatrice junior high school for 12 years, later became the assistant principal, then principal until his retirement in 1998.

Students receiving scholarships were

Allison Carothers: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; Flint Hills Biodiesel Scholarship, $1,500; The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship Alternate.

Tanner Lusk: The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship, $7,000; The Leatha Grimes Scholarship, $100.

Chauncey Kleveland: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; Colin Hays Legacy Scholarship, $500; The Diane Cornelius Scholarship, $350; The Esther L. Damkroger Scholarship, $250.

Ty Bardsley: The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship, $7,000.

Jarrett Schultze: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; The Virgil Jurgens Scholarsip, $375; The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship Alternate.

Adam Eisenbarth: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000.

Rachel Hoffman: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000.

Ian Doyle: The Robert Taylor Scholarship, $4,000; Flint Hills Biodiesel Scholarship, $1,500.

Rebecca Garland: Dr. Alan Fiala Natural Science Scholarship, $4,000.

Andrew Venneman: Neil and Allison Henry Scholarship, $2,500.

Rachel Bishop: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700; The Rhoda and Virgil Pethoud Scholarship, $500.

Margaret Eubanks: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700; The Perley F. and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship, $400.

Heath Hovendick: Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship, $1,000; Brandon Villafane Scholarship, $1,000.

Madison Blum: David Fry Award, $1,000; The Ben Stindt Scholarship, $1,000.

Tyler Parthemer: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700.

Elizabeth Cowan: Klaus Dueck Scholarship, $1,250.

Hunter Cook: Klaus Dueck Scholarship, $1,250.

Bryce Trisler: Irene Sokolik Scholaship, $750.

Aryssa Borrenpohl: Don Linn Scholarship, $700.

Kimberly Higgins: BHS Class of 1961 Scholarship, $700.

Samantha Caver: The Rhoda and Virgil Pethoud Scholarship, $500.

Nichole Weaver: The Harold R. Deitemeyer Scholarship, $500.

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2013-2014 BEF Scholarship Application

BEATRICE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION MATERIALS

GENERAL GUIDELINES
NOTE: All scholarships listed herein use the general scholarship application form of the Beatrice Educational Foundation. The application form is due March 1 st in the Beatrice Senior High Guidance Office at 4:00 p.m. Typewritten applications are required.
The intent of the Foundation is to provide funds to deserving students needing assistance to attend a school of higher learning. Should a recipient receive other scholarship funds in excess of need, the Foundation scholarship will not be forwarded at that time. It will, however, be available for a five-year period should the recipient need these funds at a later date for tuition, room and board, or books. Foundation scholarships are restricted to undergraduate studies.

Each applicant shall, in good faith, meet the criteria of each scholarship awarded.  If the criteria is not met, the scholarship may be awarded to an alternate at the discretion of the Beatrice Educational Foundation.

Beatrice School District Listed in Newsweek’s 2013 Top 2000 Schools in United States

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Beatrice Educational Foundation to induct 3 into Hall of Fame

May 16, 2013 6:00 pm

The Beatrice Educational Foundation will induct three people into the Beatrice High School Hall of Fame Saturday at the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon.

This year’s honorees are Bill Roach, Wayne Kaeding and Dr. Louis Gilbert.

“I am very honored to be able to be inducted,” Roach said. “I think it is kind of a neat thing.”

Roach graduated from Beatrice High School in 1973 with a list of athletic achievements in tennis and basketball. He went on to the University of Nebraska-Kearney to play both sports.

He was conference singles champion in tennis both years he competed and reached the national quarterfinals his junior year.

He was inducted into the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

After graduation he became a tennis pro in Omaha and is still teaching the sport today. He also was a firefighter for Omaha Fire Department retiring three years ago after working for 21 years.

Although his life has been mostly dedicated to tennis, he said his fondest memories at BHS were playing basketball.

The other BHS inductee, Gilbert, graduated in 1936.

He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine in 1943.

After interning, he joined the United States Army Medical Corps, serving as medical battalion surgeon in the Pacific.

In 1955, he opened a urology practice in Lincoln. He is a founding member Urology P.C. of Lincoln.

The foundation is inducting Kaeding as a Friend of Education, an honor given to people in the educational field in Beatrice who have impacted students or the community through their educational efforts.

Kaeding came to Beatrice in 1948 and taught social studies, physical education, and math at BHS. He then moved to the Junior High School and taught algebra for 14 years before becoming principal in 1966, a position he held for 19 years.

Beatrice Educational Foundation board member Kay McKenzie said the foundation looks for inductees in all fields including the fine arts, sports, science and military.

“We try to cover the whole range,” McKenzie said. “It doesn’t mean you have to be a scientist in order to be recognized.”

The foundation puts out requests for nominations in the fall.

Past honorees include: Robert Taylor, Louis Goossen and Ervin Dixon.

The Beatrice Educational Foundation and Beatrice Sertoma Club have co-sponsored the event since 1996.

This year’s luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at the Centenary United Methodist Church Dining Room. Valentino’s will cater the event.

The main goal of the foundation is to promote educational scholarship and support the total educational process. The foundation is the repository for scholarship monies.

In April, the foundation awarded $55,225 in scholarships to 24 Beatrice High School seniors and one college student.

Beatrice Educational Foundation awards $55,000 in scholarships

April 23, 2013
The Beatrice Educational Foundation awarded $55,225 in scholarships to 24 Beatrice High School seniors and one college student Tuesday.

Beatrice Public Schools School Board President Lisa Pieper and Mickey Gleason of the foundation presented the scholarships to students in front of their families at the Hevelone Center.

“This is one of the highlights of the year to come together to celebrate the achievement of these kids is rewarding,” Pieper said.

To receive a scholarship, the students’ applications had to go trough the foundation’s scholarship committee of six members. Each member went through the applications and made their recommendations for each scholarship.

Gleason said it took over 12 hours to go through the applications and make notes.

“It just restores my faith in the youth of today every year when I read these applications,” Gleason said.

Each spring, the foundation awards the scholarships. Last year, the foundation awarded a total of 25 scholarships totaling $63,875

Donations to the scholarship fund mostly come from local people with ties to the high school.

This year’s 24 recipients included:

Leighann Campbell and Isaiah Friesen were the recipients of the Reed Scholarship of $7,000.

Campbell, daughter of Virgil and Barbara Campbell, plans to attend Doane College to study to become a music teacher.

Friesen, son of Merlin and Rita Friesen, plans to attend Goshen College to plan a career in renewable energy development.

To maintain the scholarships students must maintain a B average during their college careers. Alternates were Emily Hoffman and Rebecca Behrends.

Devin Carey, Emily Carothers, Elizabeth Cowan, Emily Hoffman and Garret Easley received the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship of $6,000 available to students of high moral character and rank in the top 25 percent of their class.

Carey, son of Calvin and Monica Carey, plans to attend the Kansas University to study music education.

Carothers, daughter of Andy and Lynn Carothers, plans to UNL to study to become a physical therapist.

Cowan, daughter of Sam and Vicky Cowan, plans to attend UNL to begin a career in pediatrics.

Hoffman, daughter of Darin and Kendra Hoffman, will attend UNL to study music education.

Easley, the son of Berri and Rhonda Easley, plans to attend the Nebraska Wesleyan University to major in music education.

Easley also received the Esther L. Damkroger Scholarship of $250 that is available to graduating seniors who want to pursue a career in teaching music.

Mackenzie James, daughter of Courtney and Bryan Crumrine and Jason and Shelly James, received the Dr. Alan Fiala Scholarship of $4,000 available to students who plan to study for a career in natural sciences and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

James planes to attend Kansas State University to study to become a veterinarian.

Rebecca Behrends, daughter of Russell and Becky, received the Robert Taylor Award of $4,000 given to a student who plans to pursue a career in fine arts, communications, language arts, journalism, music or theater.

Students must also rank in the top 50 percent of the class to receive this award.

Behrends plans to attend Boston University to study art and architectural history.

Brianna Aden, Jennifer Christensen and Jordan Pethoud received the Jepsen Scholarship of $1,700 given to students who plan to attend a two-year vocation school or attend a four-year college.

Aden, daughter of Theresa and Dan Aden, plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Christensen, daughter of Randy and Diane Christensen, plans to attend UNL to major in elementary education and Spanish.

Pethoud, daughter of Mark and Amy Pethoud, plans to attend UNL to study physical therapy.

Kayla Busboom, daughter of Michael and Doreen Busboom, received the Klaus Dueck Scholarship of $1,250.

Selection is based on academic achievement, good citizenship and involvement in school and community activities.

Busboom is a sophomore at UNL who is studying to become an event coordinator.

Garret Thompson, son of Vicky and Rick Jurgens and Ron and Jami Jo Thompson, received the Ben Stindt Scholarship of $1,000 given to a student who is active in a Christian church, participates in athletics and has a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Thompson plans to attend the University of Kansas to study engineering.

Tristin Zastera, daughter of Kasey Jacobsen and Jason Zastera received the Irene Sokolik Scholarship of $750 given to a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last two semesters.

Zastera will be attending UNL to become a crime scene technician.

Taylor Buhr, daughter of Galen and the late Susie Buhr, received the Brandon Villafane Scholarship of $1,000.

The award is given to a student who participates in either football, basketball or track and exhibits traits of mental and physical toughness.

Buhr plans to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to study pre-med.

Mary Ellen Langley, daughter of Mike and Jo Langley, received the Don Linn Scholarship of $700 given to a graduating senior of BHS.

Langley plans to attend Northwest Missouri Start to study business or marketing.

Kayla Cody, daughter of Connie and Spencer Jones, received the Perley F. and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship of $400 given to students who exemplify good citizenship.

Cody who will be attending UNL to study accounting also received the Rhonda Pethoud Scholarship of $500.

This scholarship is awarded two students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. One is given to a student who has participated in softball for two years and the other is for a student who is planning a career in the medical field.

Shelby Bloomquist, daughter of Steve and Laurie Bloomquist received the scholarship as well. She plans to attend Northwest Missouri State.

Elyse Lyons, daughter of Christina and Dave Lyons, received the Harold R. Deitemeyer Scholarship of $500 given to a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who plans to attend a University of Nebraska campus and is active in school and community.

Lyons plans to attend UNL to major in psychology.

Tanner Dewey, son of Marc and Jodi Dewey, received the Virgil Jurgens Scholarship of $375.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must participate in baseball at BHS and hold a class rank in the top 25 percent of the class.

Dewey plans to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to study physical therapy. Dewey also received the Neil and Alison Henry Scholarship of $2,500 available to students who participate in track and field and have an ACT score of at least 21.

Chandler Sandman received the Diane Cornelius Scholarship of $350 given to a student who participates in music at BHS, school and community activities and whose GPA is in the top 50 percent of the class.

Sandman, the son of Steve and Julie Sandman, plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in engineering.

He also received the Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship of $1,000 given to a student who participates in golf and is active in school and community activities.

Adrianna Powers, daughter of Rob and Melissa Powers, received the George McNenny Scholarship of $250 given to students who plan to pursue careers in art or architecture.

Powers will be attending Peru State College to major in art education.

Abigail Burenheide, daughter of Glen and Stacy Burenheide, received the Leatha Grimes Scholarship of $100, given to students pursuing a career in nursing.

Burenheide plans to attend Bryan College of Health Sciences to study nursing. She also received the BHS Class of 1961 scholarship of $700 given to a student who is the top 40 percent of the class and demonstrates exemplary personal ethics and high morel character.

Beatrice Educational Foundation to induct 3 into Hall of Fame

May 16, 2013 6:00 pm  •  By Emily Deck/Daily Sun staff writer

The Beatrice Educational Foundation will induct three people into the Beatrice High School Hall of Fame Saturday at the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon.

This year’s honorees are Bill Roach, Wayne Kaeding and Dr. Louis Gilbert.

The Beatrice Educational Foundation will induct three people into the Beatrice High School Hall of Fame Saturday at the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon.

This year’s honorees are Bill Roach, Wayne Kaeding and Dr. Louis Gilbert.