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Teacher Recognition 2016
Staff members at NRHEG were recognized at the annual ceremony Friday, June 3. Above from left: John Schultz (30 years), Ann Howe (30 years), custodian Dan Bell (30 Years), Richard Ellerbusch (30 years), superintendent Dale Carlson. Below, retirees Chuck Crabtree (bus driver, 23 years), Marty Nelson (bus driver, 23 years), Sue Hill (lead cook, 25 years), Joanne Phillips (11 years) and Bonnie Jacobson (24 years); not pictured: Jill Schlaak (23 years). (Star Eagle photos by Eli Lutgens)
By ELI LUTGENS
Staff members at NRHEG Schools were recognized during the annual Years of Service and Retirement Recognition program Friday, June 3 at the high school in New Richland.
After a reception, including slideshow and refreshments, Years of Service Awards were presented.
They were as follows:
• 5 years — Kari McNeil, teacher; Kelsey Pederson, teacher; Emily Schultz, paraprofessional; Mychelle Lynch, paraprofessional
• 10 years — Jenny Bunn, teacher; Diana Foster, teacher; Sara Ihrke, teacher; Clarice Clausen, paraprofessional
• 15 years — Beckie Johnson, custodian; Jim Steen, custodian; Michelle Thiele, community education
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Class of 2016 graduates
Emotions ran the gamut as the NRHEG High School class of 2016 graduated Sunday, June 5. Here, graduates exchange congratulations outside the school following commencement. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)
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NRHEG class of 2016 to graduate Sunday
By JIM LUTGENS
A total of 63 students, many of whom have known each other since preschool, will gather as a group for the final time Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m., as the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School class of 2016 graduates.
This year’s Valedictorian is Jessica Nafe, daughter of Terry and Karen Nafe. She was NRHEG’s homecoming queen last fall and is involved in almost everything. She plans to attend Bethel University with a major in organizational communications and a minor in Spanish. Nafe’s favorite teacher was Mrs. Bently.
Her advice: “Don’t be afraid to try new clubs and sports! You’re only in high school once so make the most of it!”
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Panthers fall despite Schultz no-hitter
NRHEG's Jack Schultz, left, checks the baserunner at third before firing to Eli Lutgens for the out at first during Thursday's Section 2AA Baseball Tournament at St. James. The Panthers' season ended with a 2-1 loss despite a complete-game no-hitter for Schultz. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)
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Panthers upset St. Peter in tournament
John Hubly (19) prepares to greet NRHEG pitcher Dempsey Tucker (22) while Eli Lutgens (31) sprints to join the celebration after the final out of the 13th-seeded Panthers' 5-4 upset victory at No. 4 St. Peter in the opening round of the Section 2AA Baseball Tournament Friday, May 27. Tucker pitched a complete game as the Panthers advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament Tuesday at 5 p.m. against No. 5 seed Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Fairfax. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)