Activities Director News Letter
The fall has been very successful for the Hershey Panthers. November is a transitional point for the school activities. 85 high school student athletes participated in sports this past fall. Here is a synopsis of the fall activities.
Vocal Music has had a very successful quarter! We started out the year with a Pops Concert where both the junior high chorus and high school chorus sang popular songs from the last couple of decades! We ended the concert with a mass sing of "Wagon Wheel" where we encouraged the parents to sing along! We have doubled our high school show choir from last year where we meet every Sunday for 2 hours, and they have been working really hard for competition season next semester! This year, I have also started a middle school show choir, where we meet twice a week and they are in charge of coming up with their own choreography! They are sounding really awesome, as well! Next semester, we will also be adding on an auditioned a cappella choir where we will compete at SPVA and Districts! Right now, we are preparing for the Veteran's Day program and the three Christmas concerts in December!
Volleyball Update-We just finished our regular season last week and are now preparing for Sub-district play. We will play Gothenburg on Monday night at North Platte High School at 7:30. Overall, we had good seasons with all the units (reserve, JV, and varsity). At times, the youth showed, however, I am excited for the future of this program. We have a lot of talented and driven young people who will do some great things as they mature, gain experience, and develop confidence!!
I anticipate that finishing this season will be bitter-sweet for me, personally. Every year it is difficult to see the volleyball season come to a close. The worst thing about coaching for me is going into that locker room when it is over?! This year will be even harder as there will not be an upcoming season to look forward to. However, I must admit “it just feels right”! I believe there is a need for change for the players, the program, and myself. I truly appreciate the opportunities and support that Hershey Schools and the administration have given me in the past 32 years!!! I have genuinely enjoyed teaching and coaching here. It is a special place with a culture that makes it feel like family.
My greatest joy is having had the chance to develop relationships with young people. The most rewarding part of this journey has been getting the wedding invitations and the baby shower invites over the years. I will treasure the memories and the Hershey people that I have been so lucky and honored to have encountered in my teaching and coaching career. It has been a “great ride” and I thank you for the opportunity to have been a part of Hershey Public Schools for so long!
Football:The Varsity Football team finished the year with a 4-5 record. The team had four outstanding seniors : Josh Eshleman. Will Huebner, Coy McConnel and Levi Naranjo. The Varsity team returns for 2020 14 starters and over 17 players who saw varsity action. The team showed tremendous improvement throughout the year, case in point, the 30-14 victory over Wood River here in Hershey for the last home game.
Band:The Hershey Pride Marching Band wrapped up their season on October 26th in Kearney at State Marching Competition. Every student performed to their best ability after working many hours throughout the fall with music, marching, and teamwork. It was a very windy day but they were persistent and did not let it get the best of them. Now marching band is switching gears to focus on the rest of the musical activities throughout the year: Veteran's Day, Pep Band, Holiday Concert, Concert Band, SPVA, and Districts. Some students have even begun planning out show ideas for next season's marching show. It was a fun season for everyone but all of HPMB is relieved.
Speech:Early in October, veteran members of the Hershey Speech Team began planning and practicing well before their season that begins in January. The reason: An invitation to a pre-season meet at Bellevue West on November 2nd! The Thunderbird Invitational at Bell-West is a huge opportunity for the students of Hershey Speech to experience Class A schools from Lincoln and Omaha to improve their skills in method acting, writing, and communication. The students hope that this networking opportunity will encourage more students at Hershey to join in addition to letting schools in Eastern Nebraska know that Hershey is able to compete with them. We are building our team this November and December hoping to bring everyone interested to their first speech meet at Chase County on January 11th.
Cross Country:The 2019 cross country season was very successful for the Hershey Panthers. The girls team had their fastest team average of the year at the SPVA Conference Meet in Perkins County and ended their season beating two teams for the first time this year at the District Meet in Bridgeport. The girls team consisted of five seniors that contributed significantly to the program’s success because of their experience, leadership, and positive attitudes and they will all be missed next year.
The boys team had one of the best seasons in school history. They started the year strong by winning the St. Pats. Invite. The boys built on that by winning the SPVA Conference Meet for the first time since 1996. At that meet, three Hershey runners ran under the previous school record of 18:31 held by senior Gabe Becher. The results were as follows: Matt Bruns-17:59, Blake Bruns- 18:05, and Gabe Becher 18:16.
The boys team then won the District Meet, putting four boys in the top 20. This was only the second cross country district championship in school history, and the first since 1989. The boys ended their season finishing 12th at the State Meet, only 18 points off of a top 10 finish as a team. The boys team had two seniors that will be missed for their many contributions to the program’s success this year both in the races and because of their work ethic, attitudes, and leadership.
Thanks to everyone for the amazing support throughout the season and great job Hershey cross country athletes on an outstanding year!