Stewart, Zabokrtsky medal at state meet.

On May 4, junior high students from Fairbury Junior-Senior High School participated in the state trap meet in Doniphan. Out of approximately 865 shooters from all across Nebraska, Riley Stewart ’21 received 9th place with a score of 96/100 and Lane Zabokrtsky received 12th place with a score of 95/100.

The pair competed throughout the season for the Fairbury Trap Team at multiple events and will continue to compete next year as high schoolers. IMG_0887

Journalism staff introduces new Quill and Scroll members

On May 5th at their end-of-year Journalism banquet, the Fairbury High School journalism staff added nine new members to Quill and Scroll, an international honor society for high school journalists.

Quill and Scroll new members, left to right:
Delainey Stewart ’18, Rielee Achtemeier ’19, Emily Burkley ’18, Nichole Harris ’19, Evie Schwab ’18, Mikasa Lierman ’19, Caitlin Nimmich ’18, Joy Ondrak ’19, Destini Warnke ’18. Not pictured: Paige Livingston ’18

The FHS Journalism department has been a part of Quill and Scroll for the past 75 years, and the society itself has been around since its founding on April 10, 1926.

The society recognizes and encourages both individual and group achievements in journalism and academics. Some of the requirements for Quill and Scroll are that the student must be atleast a sophomore, they must either have a B average or be in the upper third of their class, and they must have shown superiority in some form of journalism or media school work.


Journalism brings home nine medals from state competition

On April 24th eleven journalism students competed in Norfolk against other Class B schools.

Patrick Onrak ’17 earned 6th in Newspaper Layout and 5th in Sports News Writing. Shaye Stall ’17 brought home the 5th place medal in Newspaper Layout. Kelsea Swartz ’17 placed 3rd in Advertising. Mary Lawrence ’17 earned the 5th place title in Infographic design. Delainey Stewart ’18 earned 4th place in Advertising, and Evie Schwab ’18 place 5th in Entertainment Writing and 4th in News Writing.

The yearbook editors Paige Livingston ’18, Emily Burkley ’18, and Mary Lawrence ’17 placed 6th in Yearbook Theme Development.

Delainey Stewart ’18 (left) and Kelsea Swartz ’18 (right) showcases their friendship formed in journalism by holding hands on the podium while accepting their 3th and 4th place medals in Advertising.  Photo by: Joy Ondrak
Mary Lawrence ’17 eats her Gushers on stage accepting her 5th place medal in Infographic Design. Photo by: Joy Ondrak

Golfers take on Beatrice; Superior invites

The Fairbury boys golf team traveled to Beatrice on April 24 to play in the Beatrice Invitational. The team struggled and ended up shooting a 424 for the team’s score. Robby Meyer ’17 led the charge for the Jeffs as he shot a 96 and finished in twelfth.

However the Jeffs rebounded on April 25 when they traveled to Superior. The Jeffs shot a 372 as a team score and finished as runner up in the team race. Justin Peterson ’17 won the invite as an individual and shot a 74 on the day. Robby Meyer ’17 finished as the invite runner up as he shot an 84.

The next competition for the Fairbury Golfers is Monday, May 1 as they will compete in the Crete Invite.

Track competes at Yowell Invite

On Saturday, April 22 the Fairbury track teams headed to York to compete in the Jerry Yowell Invitational. The invite consisted eight teams, with most teams in Class B. The boys team had a rough day at the invitational and finished in eighth place.

“Honestly we didn’t finish where I wanted to. We were last place and that’s not where we want to be. We have always done a good job in field events, but we have got to get better on the track,” head boys track coach Derek Garfield said.

On the girls side the Lady Jeffs also finished in eighth place in the team competition. Jaelle Johnson ’20 scored some major points as she finished runner up in the high jump.

The next competition for the Fairbury track teams is Saturday, April 29 as they travel to Centennial to compete in the Southern Nebraska Conference track meet.

SkillsUSA brings home gold medals from state convention

From March 30 through April 1 SkillsUSA held their state leadership conference in Grand Island. Fairbury took several students up to the state convention and was able to bring home a couple of first place finishes.

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Dalton Buxton ’19 and Tanner Novotny ’17 smile after being awarded their gold medals for Drone Tech.

Dalton Buxton ’19 and Tanner Novotny ’17 competed in the Drone Tech contest, which consists of being able to fly a drone and the other half was a journal about drones.  They were able to bring home a state championship as they earned a gold medal in the contest.

“The notebook was worth 700 points and that’s the only reason we won because nobody else had theirs done. But our flying was pretty solid too. ” Buxton said.

Also competing and bringing home a state championship was Madison Gregory ’19, as she took first place in the Cosmetology contest. The gold medal came as a surprise to Gregory.

“There was a lot of girls that did very well . . . I knew that I did good, but I didn’t think that I was even going to place,” Gregory said.

Being able to bring home some hardware from the state convention was a great accomplishment. Both Buxton ’19 and Gregory ’19 plan to return to the state convention and defend their state championships.