HARTINGTON — Students from Hartington Public, Cedar Catholic and Wynot have been selected to join other junior students from across Nebraska at the American Legion Cornhusker Boys State and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State in Lincoln this summer.
Houston Arens and Monta Meirose will represent Hartington Public School at Boys and Girls State. Rachael Flaugh was chosen as the alternate.
Cedar Catholic’s Boys and Girls State selections are Kelsey Christensen and Cody Lammers. Alternates are Brittany Kramer and Chance Becker.
Wynot’s Boy’s State representative is Seamus Koch. The Girls State selection is Angelique Stappert with Carrie Wiepen as the alternate.
Houston Arens, 17, is active in choir, band, speech, one-acts, student council and basketball at Hartington Public.
Arens lettered in basketball and has been chosen for Honor Choir and Honor Band.
Arens earned several medals in speech and was chosen as an outstanding actor at the state competition for One-Acts.
He served as a class officer for three years and was elected to the Student Council.
Arens is a member of the National Honor Society.
“I enjoy Algebra and English,” Arens said. “I plan on attending the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where I plan to major in English and minor in Mathematics.”
Arens is also active in the community and in his church.
He volunteers at basketball camps during the summer.
He plans on helping out at the annual Holy Trinity summer retreat, as well as joining the local Totus Tuus program, which is a summer youth program, at his church.
Arens is looking forward to attending Boys State this summer.
“I want to be able to understand what is occurring with the state government to a greater extent,” Arens said. “I look forward to experiencing something different.”
Arens is the son of Chuck and Jolene Arens, Hartington.
Monta Shaye Meirose, 17, is a member of the National Honor Society.
Meirose also takes part in volleyball, speech, one-act and band.
Meirose has won several awards and medals which include first place at the Jr. Quiz Bowl at the Wayne State Tournament during her sophomore year and a first place in the one-act play production at State.
Meirose has been very successful at extemporaneous speaking in speech competition.She has earned numerous first place medals in Speech Extemporaneous Speaking which includes a first place at Districts along with several medals in Persuasive Speaking.
Meirose’s favorite subject in school is math, but she also enjoys learning about current events and politics.
Meirose’s future plans include furthering her education in math.
Currently she is looking at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D. She plans on working toward a mathematics major.
Meirose attends Holy Trinity Church where she is a cantor for Mass. She also helps her mother teach fourth grade CCD for the church.
Meirose is happy to be chosen for Girls State.
“I think I will enjoy Cornhusker Girls State because it will give me a taste of politics, while allowing me to meet people from around the state. The current events and issues interest me,” Meirose said.
Meirose is the daughter of Chuck and Julie Meirose, Hartington.
Hartington Public student, Rachel Flaugh is an energetic, talented teenager.
Flaugh is on the A Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Flaugh takes part in volleyball, basketball, speech, one-acts, choir and band, which includes jazz, concert, pep and honor bands.
She has taken part in the Quiz Bowl; is active in FFA; the Big Cat, Little Cat Mentoring program and serves as the junior class president.
Flaugh was a double-medalist in Informative Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking at the State Speech Contest; a cast member of the 2011 One-Act Champions and was a Nebraska Leadership Seminar Delegate.
She qualified for State in livestock judging, dairy judging and extemporaneous speaking and attended Agriculture Issues Academy through FFA.
Flaugh is very involved in her community and with the nondenominational Christian Church she attends.
She teaches piano lessons, is a member of the Pearl Creek 4-H Club and is a volunteer at local libraries and at annual church conventions.
Her future plans include college.
“I hope to attend a college or university and graduate with a doctoral degree in medicine or veterinary science or with a degree in mechanical engineering,” Flaugh said.
Cody Lammers is an honor roll student at Cedar Catholic.
He participates in football, basketball, track, baseball, one-acts, band and jazz band.
He has lettered in football and participated in the Quiz Bowl. He is an officer for FFA.
Lammers’ future plans include college.
Lammers attends St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fordyce, where he is an alter server. He also helps out at church breakfasts.
Two of his favorite past-times are hunting and fishing.
Lammers believes the Boys’ State program is important.
“I will be developing leadership skills that can be used in the future,” he said.
Lammers’ parents are Rhonda and Lyle Lammers, Fordyce.
High School years at Cedar Catholic are a busy time for Kelsey Christensen.
Christensen is involved in choir, swing choir, one-acts, Quiz Bowl and she takes part in Peer Ministry.
She is a member of the Student Council, where she serves as secretary.
Christensen has excelled in golf. She earned a letter and received the Academic All-State Award in Girl’s Golf.
Christensen is a member of the National Honor Society.
Her favorite subject is chemistry and she loves to draw.
“After my high school graduation, I plan to major in architecture with a minor in art history,” Christensen said.
Christensen attends Holy Trinity Catholic Church where she is a cantor at weekend Mass.
She is looking forward to attending Girls State.
“I am excited for the opportunity to meet new people and voice my opinions while learning about my state government,” Christensen said.
She is the daughter of Cody and Lori Christensen, Hartington.
Chance Becker, an alternate for Boys State, is on the Honor Roll at Cedar Catholic and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Becker’s favorite activity at school is band, which he has lettered in all three years.
He plays the trombone in the Concert Band, Jazz Band and the Pep Band.
Becker plans on attending Northeast Community College for four years.
“For two of the years I’m going to major in automotive technology and the other two years I’m going to major in PC support and networking,” Becker said.
Becker has been involved in community service and helps as an altar server at Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Becker said the best part about attending Boys State is the ability to connect with other kids.
Becker is the son of Michael and Carla Becker, Hartington.
Brittany Kramer, CCHS alternate to Girls State, is on the straight A Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society.
She still finds time to be involved in golf, choir, swing choir, jazz band, one-acts and Peer Ministry. She also keeps the football stats.
Kramer is a member of the Student Council and is the treasurer for the junior class.
Kramer has lettered in one-acts, band and choir. She has received the South Dakota Governor’s Leadership Award and has participated in Quiz Bowl.
She is involved in choir and EMHC at Holy Trinity Church.
Kramer’s favorite subject at school is History.
She has always been interested in government and attending Girls State would be a great opportunity to learn more about Nebraska government.
“It would be an unforgettable experience,” she said.
Kramer’s future plans include attending SDSU for Pharmacy.
Kramer is the daughter of Marty and Bonnie Kramer, Hartington.
Seamus Koch, who will be representing Wynot Public School at Boys State, is out for football and basketball at Wynot High School.
He is involved in Future Business Leaders of America and helps with the school newspaper.
Koch lettered in football and is a member of the Student Council.
He plans on attending college and earning a major in architecture after he graduates from high school.
“I have always been interested in architecture,” Koch said. “I might move to a bigger, more populous area after I finish college. I would like to have my own business some day.”
Koch attends church at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Newcastle.
Koch is interested in meeting new people when he attends Boys State this summer.
Koch is the son of Bill and Chloe Koch, Newcastle.
Angelique Stappert, 16, is looking forward to representing Wynot Public School at Girls State.
“I am interested in learning more about the government and meeting new people,” Stappert said.
Stappert has been out for volleyball for two years and participated in track for three years. She is also in one-acts, chorus and takes part in FBLA.
Stappert lettered in chorus and received a Superior on solos at district music contest.
She has been on the Honor Roll.
Stappert is involved in the Catholic Order of Foresters Youth and is a server at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Holy Family Parish, Bow Valley.
Her future plans include attending Wayne State College and studying elementary education.
Stappert is the daughter of Keith and Pam Stappert, Bow Valley.
Carrie Wiepen, 17, an alternate at WPS for Girls State, is an Honor Roll student and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Her favorite subjects are chemistry and art.
She is unsure where she will attend college but she wants to earn a major in Art Photography.
“I plan to attend either the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., or the University of Nebraska, Lincoln,” Wiepen said.
Wiepen has been very active at Wynot High School where she is involved in volleyball, one-act, speech, band, art and FBLA. She is on the annual staff and helps with the Wynot Whisper.
She has been a participant of the Quiz Bowl and was named Academic All-State in Speech and One-acts.
She served as the president of her class when she was a freshman and is the junior class secretary.
She is active in her community and church as a volunteer for the 4th of July Celebration, a Mass server and a junior camp counselor.
She attends Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Holy Family Parish, St. Helena.
She believes Girls State gives participants a great opportunity to learn about their government and become better citizens.
It is also a good time to meet new people she said.
Wiepen is a daughter of Mick and Tami Wiepen, St. Helena.
The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and the 72nd annual American Legion Cornhusker Boy’s State will be held June 3-9, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country.
The delegates study local, county, and state government. The girls do this by setting up their own miniature city, county, and state governments and administer them according to the rules and procedures set by Nebraska’s laws.
Each summer approximately 25,000 young women participate in Girls State sessions across the nation.
Boys’ State, which is an annual citizenship program, is designed to provide youth with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate.
Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics and be involved in other activities.
Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Dave Heineman and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard. National acclaimed motivational speaker Joanne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.