NCSD #1 approves middle school and high school cross country

Brandie Collins
Posted 5/22/24

NIOBRARA - Niobrara County School District #1 (NCSD #1) school board recently approved several things on their agenda on May 13, one that will be an addition to next year’s sports middle school and high school cross country.

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NCSD #1 approves middle school and high school cross country

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NIOBRARA - Niobrara County School District #1 (NCSD #1) school board recently approved several things on their agenda on May 13, one that will be an addition to next year’s sports middle school and high school cross country.

The school board was unanimous in their decision to add the sport to next year’s school year with this sanctioned activity. According to what the board heard from Coach Jim Lyons, was that there seemed to be an interest in the Middle school and it made sense to have this opportunity for the NCHS students as well.

The board approved another year of Win-Culture contract was approved. This was approved through the recommendations of staff. According to the Lusk Elementary/Middle School (LEMS) and the Niobrara County High School (NCHS) principals and board members they found this program to be very resourceful and helpful.

Superintendent George Mirich gave his reports. One that he gave was a brief synopsis that concerned complaints that were given to the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) about the special education department. These reports were unfounded after WDE completed an investigation and that NCSD #1 were found to be overcompensating within this department.

The school board heard presentations from several of the clubs that gave a brief synopsis of their year and what they had won on state levels in their perspective clubs. The clubs were; FFA (Future Farmers of America), Skills USA, and FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America).

This year NCHS hosted the American Dream Essay contest. It has been held for over 20 years in the state of Wyoming and it entails an essay that can be submitted by 9th through 12th grades. The contest has some guidelines that is set forth in submitting the essay. This year’s recipient was Samantha Kelsey was the local first place essay. Tessa Manning took second and Skielynn Bouissey took third. Kelsey then went onto the state competition to which she earned third place in state. She did receive cash prizes for both the local and state level.

Haven Hendricks won the won first in the state for the Trigonometry Star Award. Other notable students that competed were Hattie Nelson and Jackson Bennet. The students took a trigonometry test.

SEWAC (Southeastern Wyoming Athletic Conference) players of the year were Cory Bruegger and Melody Zumbrunnen. Bruegger for Boys Basketball and Track of the year and Zumbrunnen was Girls Track, which she has won three times and has broken school records. Both coaches had many praises for their two players.

During the presentation of students of the month, Camden Rose took a moment and said this about NCHS principal Katherine Kruse, “As a graduating senior I haven’t been able to take a moment and really reflect on this past year. The teacher that I had in chemistry as a junior Mrs. Kruse and the way she has changed as a principal has really been amazing.”

The students of the month were Bringham Hendricks, Mason Hiser, Carter Bannon, Grant Ashurst, Tammie Munoz, and Hattie Nelson.