LUSK – Students and community members filled the hallways and arts wing of Niobrara County High School and Middle School on Thursday, May 5. A special Cinco De Mayo fundraiser and student showcase was in full swing with visitors touring visual arts, metal arts, wood working and many other demonstrations. Members of FBLA lead tours through the halls and gave introductions and commentary on the various programs being showcased. Then, in each area, students from the classes were available to answer questions and demonstration different processes.
Students in Roxanne Fish’s art classes had their paintings, drawings, pastels, pottery and much more on display. Students were also doing pot-throwing and sculpting demonstrations for those in attendance.
In the FFA and metal shop community members were able to see some of the completed projects that students have been welding and building including a metal shed, “Impossible Chair” and rope halters. Rocket stoves and tool boxes were also on display. FFA members were on hand to discuss the classroom work and the posters from the Ag Week competition were available to view.
Next the tour went into the Industrial Arts classroom where middle school and high school students demonstrated coding with the Adueno boards and computers, the 3D printer and made custom key chains with the laser engraving tool. Other attendees watch a student use the table plasma cutter.
In the wood shop cabinets, night stands, cutting boards, benches, long boards and map puzzles were all out to show the different types of projects and experience levels of the wood shop classes.
After touring the shops and classrooms attendees enjoyed tacos, nachos and churros and had the opportunity to bid on silent auction baskets created by FBLA students. The event served as both a student showcase and as a fundraiser for the 13 students that will be traveling to Chicago to represent NCHS at the National FBLA Convention in June.
Community members expressed their appreciation for all of the hard work of the students and how impressed they were with the projects and growth of students under the tutelage of Roxanne Fish, Joseph Martinez and Jason Hubbard. One school board member stated, “It was exciting to see those programs growing and that we can support and give students those opportunities.” Many hope that this will become an annual event for the school and community.