FBLA qualifies three for Nationals

On April 6-8, the Fairbury FBLA chapter competed in the State Leadership Conference in Omaha, NE. The first day of the conference began with a general session with guest speaker American Ninja Warrior Hoan Do.

While at the state conference FBLA members participated in business oriented tests and attended seminars from many guest speakers.

Members from the Fairbury chapter practiced and studied for these tests to compete at their best in Omaha.

“I was nervous because I wanted to place well,” Isaac Robertson ’19 said. “But I went up

Justin Peterson ’17 shakes hands with FBLA State Treasurer Blake Langmack after placing fifth in Business Plan. 

last year for two things so I knew what to expect.”

This year the Fairbury FBLA chapter qualified for nationals in three events. The American Enterprise team consisting of Justin Peterson ’17, Jacob Johnson ’18 and Isaac Robertson ’19 placed third in this event. Peterson and Robertson also qualified for nationals individually with Peterson in third place in Securities and Investments and Robertson in fourth with Introduction to Financial Math. Robertson will be able to attend nationals with a fourth place finish due to the drop out of another top qualifier.

Other recognized participators are Jaelle Johnson ’20 fourth in Middle Level Career Exploration, Mikasa Lierman ’19 Honorable Mention in Introduction to Business and Megg Vaughn ’17 Honorable Mention in Job Interview.

“I’m extremely proud of how our students competed this year at SLC. Our student’s hard work paid off this week, they really deserved it,” Logan Kats FBLA adviser said.

Nationals qualifiers will compete in Anaheim, California from June 29-July 2.

Fairbury sends eleven state Journalism qualifiers

Eleven journalism students qualified for state in a multitude of events. They will compete Monday April 24 at Northeast Community College. The students and their events are as follows.

Mary Lawrence: Editorial Cartooning, In-Depth News Coverage, Photo Illustration, Graphic Illustration, Yearbook Theme Development, and Yearbook Theme Copy Writing.

Evie Schwab: In-Depth News Coverage, Entertainment Writing, News Writing, and Newspaper Layout.

Mikasa Lierman: Yearbook Layout and Photo Illustration.

Kelsea Swartz: In-Depth News Coverage and Advertising.

Delainey Stewart: In-Depth News Coverage and Advertising.

Emily Burkley: Yearbook Feature Writing, Yearbook Theme Copy Writing, and Yearbook Theme Development

Joy Ondrak: In-Depth News Coverage

Paige Livingston: In-Depth News Coverage and Yearbook Theme Development

Patrick Ondrak: Newspaper Layout and Sports News Writing

Shaye Stall: Newspaper Layout

Destini Warnke: Sports News Writing

Boys golf tees-off the season

Monday, March 20th the boys golf team traveled to Beatrice for a dual. This was the first meet of the season.

Anthony Moyer ’17 follows through a put and watches it sink in the hole.

Robby Meyer ’17 had the lowest score out of the entire dual.

“I scored a 42… I think I had the lowest score out of everyone.” Meyer said.

Fairbury ended with a score of 200 and Beatrice with 183.

Justin Peterson ’17 scored a 50, Meyer ’17 42, Blaker Bauer ’17 56, Anthony Moyer ’17 65, and Tanner Novotny ’17 64.


Track earns top honors at Superior Invite

On March 16 the Fairbury Track teams began their season as they traveled to compete at the Superior Invite. The invite had only three other teams consisting of Superior, Thayer Central, and Franklin. Both the girls and the boys teams had several athletes earn gold medals on the day. The boys team took the team title and the girls took the runner up honors.

Hobie Gray ’17 and Colton Starck ’19 compete in the 300 Intermediate hurdles. 

The next action for Fairbury is Saturday March 25, as they host the Fairbury Invite with field events starting at 9:30 a.m.

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Emily Burkley ’18 tries to stay ahead of a Thayer Central runner during the girls 4×800 meter relay.  


Flashback Friday 1971

This Friday we take a look back at the 1970-1971 school year, as the Fairbury boys basketball team won their first state championship. In the championship game they won 65-64 over the Cozad Haymakers. Flashback Friday 1971 (2)

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Pictured above is Garth Gibson as he cuts the net following the Jeffs state championship  victory over Cozad. 

Flashback Friday 1980

This week we take a look at the 1980-1981 school year.

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In the Blazer, the high school newspaper, the Journalism picked a vehicle called the Heap of the Month. This month’s winner was Phillip Luehring and his 1959 Blue Chevy Fleetside. 
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The 1980-1981 school year was the inaugural year that the Jeffs competed in the Central 12 Conference (now know as the Central 10). Fairbury’s last season in the Central 10 was 2016, when they joined the Southern Nebraska Conference. 

Grapplers compete at state duals

On Saturday Feb. 25 the Fairbury wrestling team traveled to Kearney to compete at the NSAA State Duals. This was the first time in Jeff history that a Fairbury team has qualified for the state dual tournament.

The Jeffs went into the dual tournament as the eighth seed in the bracket and took on the first seeded, and eventual champions, Gretna Dragons. Fairbury had a tough time scoring points against Gretna and lost by a final score of 57-12. In the second dual of the day the Jeffs squared off against the Grand Island Northwest Vikings. The Vikings got off to a hot start and the Jeffs couldn’t recover as they lost 51-26.

The Jeff wrestlers finished their season with many impressive accomplishments and records. They qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament, which was a school record. Over the course of the season five wrestlers earned their 100th wins. The Jeffs graduate four seniors from this year’s team.