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News for 4/3/19

More Help to Flood Victims

Last Tuesday, March the 26th, a semi of hay was delivered to Nebraska flood victims through the Eastern Nebraska Research and Education Disaster Relief. The load was taken to the Nebraska University Research Station which is the collection point for that area. It is 30 miles north of Lincoln. Jean Ann Wagner of Farmers' National Bank contacted Greg Billings to organize the donation. The Farmers' National Bank purchased a semi load of round alfalfa hay bales from Bill Molzahn, who helped load it. Manager Sam Schofield agreed that Trinity Ag would donate the fuel for the trip, and Greg Billings donated his time and the trucking.

Once hay is delivered to the station, farmers can come and load hay to take to farms in need. The National Guard is assisting that station each day by dropping hay from helicopters to locations where trucks can't get. When Greg got to the station, there were several trucks in front of him and several behind. It was great to see so much generosity. Everyone there wanted to extend their thanks to everyone who helped with this effort and all other donations.

TRMS Students Win Regional National Geographic Challenge

Friday, March 29, Thunder Ridge Middle School Science teacher Shelby Dannenberg took a team of 8th graders to Abilene, KS to compete in a National Geographic Challenge at the regional level. The challenge, Tackling Plastic, had 1,100 teams from nation wide presenting at 16 regional locations. This Thunder Ridge team, Team Opportunity, presented with 18 other teams from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri and they came out on top! Team Opportunity members are: Zach Barnes, Ryan Epple, Alex Keshmiry, Sydni Rust, and Ava Wiehman. They have developed an idea to create a robot that will pick up plastic along the beaches, compact it and dispose of it. They call this robot TRASHi. These students have earned their way to Washington D.C. to next compete at the National level in May.

Left-right: Sydni Rust, Ava Wiehman, Alex Keshmiry, Zach Barnes, Ryan Epple, Ms. Dannenberg.

Thunder Ridge High School students tour CCCC cadaver lab

Students from Thunder Ridge High School (Kensington) recently toured the cadaver lab and Wind Energy department at Cloud County Community College.

The college offers these cadaver visits as a way to get high school students more interested in studying biology and other sciences at the college level. The students get the opportunity to meet and interact with college faculty and current Cloud students.

“I believe the visiting students have an opportunity to explore some of the experiences they can have at Cloud, such as being involved in studying the human body with the cadavers,” said Cloud Science instructor Josh Urban. “Very few institutions nationwide offer opportunities like these for freshmen and sophomores at the undergraduate level.”

Cloud is one of only two community colleges in Kansas to have a cadaver lab, offer a human dissection course, and utilize the cadavers in the human anatomy course. Each year, 400 to 500 high school students tour the lab and listen to a presentation from Urban. Tours can be arranged by contacting the science department at


Students from Thunder Ridge High School visited Cloud County Community College to tour the cadaver lab and biology department. Students pictured are, front row, left to right: Jacob Barnes, Casandra Gibson, Madelyn Davis, Maycee Westbrook, Ray VanTassel, Mya Hoersdig, Brody McManus; middle row, left to right: Jadeyn Bice, Raini Hrabe, Kylie Reimer, Edgar Galicia-Banuelos, Jonathon Ferguson, David Alexander, Seth Brown, Anthony Bouchard; back row, left to right: Mary Jo Shook, Nolan Hughes, Kyler Seemann, Caleb Dodds, Owen Dennis, Keeton Wiehman, Mark Ferguson.

TRHS compete at Math Relays

On February 7, 2019, students at Thunder Ridge High School competed in the American Mathematics Competition 12A. The American Mathematics Competition consists of twenty-five (25) extremely difficult multiple choice mathematical questions. Students are not allowed calculators or any technical resources. Brittany Atchison, Seth Brown, Liam Corbett, Casandra Gibson, Andrew Glennemeier, Brice Hendryx, Cameron Hendryx, Mya Hoersdig, Brennan Kirchhoff, Tyler Krueger, and Bayleigh Morgan all competed. The following earned places at Thunder Ridge High School: Brice Hendryx, 1st place; Andrew Glennemeier, 2nd place; and Bayleigh Morgan, 3rd place. Congratulations to all!

TR Activities/Dates


Thur. 4- MS Track @ Norton 9:30am (leave @ 8:00am)

Tue. 9- MS Track @ Stockton 10:00am; HS Track @ Smith Center 3:00pm

Thur. 11- MS Track @ Logan 10:00am

Fri. 12- HS Track @ Hill City 3:00pm

Sat. 13- PROM

Mon. 15- Mother/KAY Banquet

Tue. 16- Tdap/MCV4 Clinic for 6th grade

Wed. 17- PTL Music Contest @ Pike Valley (Courtland) 8:30am

Thur. 18- MS Track @ Osborne 9:00am (lv K-Town 6:50; Agra 7:00; Kirwin 7:15); K-3 & HS Spring Music Program @ 7:00pm High School gym

Fri. 19- No School – Good Friday

Mon. 22- No School – Easter Break

Tue. 23- MS Track @ Beloit (Hosted by Southern Cloud) 9:00am (lv K-Town 6:40; Agra 6:50; Kirwin 7:00); HS Track @ Osborne 3:00pm

Wed. 24- 5th/6th grade to Water Jamboree @ Harlan Lake (Republican City, NE) 9:15am; Pre-K to visit Kindergarten 8:45-10:45am; 4th grade bused to the GS for Band Presentation 9:30am

Thur. 25- Safe Driving Program @ HS for 7th/8th grades 1:00pm

Mon. 29- Instrument Display for 4th grade 7:00 @ MS

Tue. 30- MS Track @ Beloit St John’s 9:00 lv K-town 6:40; Agra 6:50; Kirwin 7:00

Alumni of Kensington and Thunder Ridge

The Annual Alumni Banquet is scheduled for May 25 at the American Legion Hall in Kensington honoring all years ending in 4 and 9. If you are a graduate of West Smith County or Thunder Ridge High School and you have had a change of address, please contact Staci Foreman at the District Office to update your info. We will soon be mailing out invites for the annual alumni banquet and we want to ensure you receive it! Call 785-476-2218 or email

District Lions Club in Hays

On March 22-23, the 17-K District Lions Club Convention was held in Hays. It is the 100th year of Lions in Kansas so this was a landmark convention. A dinner was held Friday, the 22, with a variety of entertainment from Hays Community Theater. Darold and Joyce Grauerholz and Greg and Robin Billings attended the evening. International Lions Director Billy Blankenship and his wife, from Lafayette, Tennessee, were there in attendance as well to help in the celebration.

The morning of the 23rd, the convention continued in the Union on Fort Hays Campus. Members Darold and Joyce Grauerholz, Bob Bearley, and Greg and Robin Billings attended the day's events. Each club was asked to bring their club banner to line the halls. News articles and pictures of the clubs' activities were also scanned and added to the history journal for Kansas Lions. Break out sessions were held on various topics like growing club numbers and fundraising. An auction of donated items was held to raise money for the Lions Sight Foundation. Both the District Governor, Reland Cole, and the International Director spoke at the luncheon banquet. The entertainment was a men's quartet, Uncalled 4. The group chose their name because, they joked, many of their comments to each other were "uncalled for". Following the entertainment, several service awards were given. Darold Grauerholz was given an award for his past year's service on the Sight Council.

Lions Club's motto is WE SERVE: Where there's a need; there's a Lion! Another good acronym is Loving Individuals Offering Needed Service=LIONS

Darold Grauerholz receiving his award.

Left-right: Darold and Joyce Grauerholz, Bob Bearley, Robin and Greg Billings.

Celebrating Birthdays!

The Over 80’s, birthday ladies, plus a few celebrating their 90’s Birthday, which were: Evelyn Levin; Alice Rietzke; Eulonda Hagman and Maria Seemann. This party was celebrated at the Rusty Tractor, last Thursday, March 28th with a noon luncheon. Those attending were: Evelyn Levin, Alice Rietzke, Eulonda Hagman, Maria Seemann, Juanita Reneberg, Doris Slavik & daughter Elaine Phiffer, Wanda Fink, Wilda Conaway, Irene Haase, Lois Kussman, Karen Pollock, Marlene Kuhlman & Carolyn Billings. Carolyn Billings served Birthday cupcakes for all in attendance. We were missing a few ladies, due to other conflicts, but we had a great time visiting and celebrating.

American Legion Menu

The special at the American Legion this week will be your choice of chili & cheese, ham & cheese, butter sour cream and chives, or broccoli & cheese to top your baked potato along with a salad and dressing of your choice. Our dessert will be Boston cream cake. New to the menu are BLT's, crunchy chicken wrap, grilled chicken wrap, and a crunchy chicken salad. Please call us if you'd like a table reserved or if you'd like to have your supper to go by calling 785-476-3204. Hope to see you Friday night, serving from 6-8:30pm.

Weekly Inspiration

Life is easier when you take it one day at a time and remember that nothing is permanent. - Lori Deschene

But the most beautiful things in life are not just things. They're people and places, memories and pictures. They're feelings and moments and smiles and laughter. - Unknown


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