Kayla Mundorf of Community Connections Inc., has been named the employee of the year and was presented a plaque by the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce. She has worked for CCI for seven years and works the third shift at one of the residential sites.
Staff of CCI say a person has to be special to work overnight. It is a shift that requires a person to be independent, dedicated and self motivated not to mention that you have to help people in their home with their daily needs. The person who works the overnight shift has to be caring and trustworthy. “Kayla is all those things and much more,” said staff members. She lives 45 miles away and still makes it to work on time and ready for work no matter the weather. If the weather is bad, she stays in town just in case she is needed at work.
Mundorf volunteers to work on holidays, she picks up extra days and at different places if asked. She has been known to play secret Santa and bring in entire holiday meals for the people she supports who cannot afford a meal on their own. She spends her own money buying stocking stuffers for those who otherwise would not get a gift.
It is just not here at work that Kayla shows what an amazing person she is. In the summer she volunteers at a camp for children who have been abused and neglected. She participates in missionary trips, most recently to Guatemala this past April taking basic necessities and little presents to children in orphanages and those living on the street. She personally sponsors a couple of the children she met there. And all of this is in addition to raising a wonderful son of her own.
“While we already know that Kayla is absolutely amazing, we have to take this opportunity to share with others just what a wonderful, awesome and amazing employee we are lucky to have here at Community Connections,” said the staff.
Colome students riding the bus home last Tuesday afternoon were uninjured after the driver collapsed after suffering a medical condition. One of the passengers, a Colome High School student, came up and took control of the steering wheel and stopped the bus. The accident happened west of the Colome football field on 286th St. at 3:13 p.m.
The Tripp County Sheriff’s Office reported the bus went into the ditch and threw a fence. There were 11 students on the bus at the time of the accident. Tripp County Sheriff Shawn Pettit said when he arrived on the scene the students were off the bus and EMTs were working on the driver. The bus driver was transported to Winner Regional Healthcare Center where he died. Pettit said two vans were used to transport the children home following the accident.
Pettit said the high school student was the hero in this accident. “He knew what to do and stopped the bus. He did a great job,” said Pettit. The student called 911 and told dispatchers what had happened. Pettit noted that normally the high school student does not ride the bus home. But on Jan. 17 he rode the bus and Pettit said it was very fortunate the student was on the bus.
Pettit said EMTs from Winner and Colome were on scene of the accident.
Damage to the bus was estimated at $1,500.
Winner area students have been named to the president’s list at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown.
Named to the list are Cameron Biggins, Michael Massa, Adam Farner, 4.0; Lane Fawcett, formerly of Colome; Tucker Ulmer.
Twelve Winner Area wrestlers placed at the local Winner Invitational tournament on Saturday. The Warriors took second place as a team with 190 points. Philip won the tournament with 236 points.
Winner had two champions in Kayleb Brozik and Tre Doren.
In addition to the two champions, other placers were: Trevor Peters, 2nd; Wyatt Turnquist, 3rd; Kaden Keiser, 4th; Atlas Willuweit, 3rd; Zach Mayes, 6th; Landon Debus, 6th; Avery Gilchrist, 4th; Achilles Willuweit, 5th; Jace Voegeli, 4th, Nick Blare, 4th and Jayden Schroeder, 2nd.
Kaden Keiser’s 10-6 decision over Chase Olson at 106 pounds gave Winner Area wrestling team a 39-36 victory over Valentine, Neb., in a triangular on Jan. 17.
The Badgers were the No. 1 ranked team in the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association most recently Class C rankings.
It the dual with O’Neill, Neb., Winner won 58-18.
“Last Tuesday was a complete team effort and I think that some of the younger guys are figuring out that they can compete at a high level” said Coach Novotny.
Tri Valley defeated Winner boys basketball team 56-42 in the Hanson Classic Saturday in the Mitchell Corn Palace.
Drew DeMers scored 23 points with Isaac Naasz adding 8 and Brandon Volmer, 6 points.
Rebounding leaders were Cameron Kuil, 8; Chase Kingsbury, 6 and Naasz, 5.
On Friday, Pine Ridge got by Winner 57-52.
Kuil scored 15 points, DeMers, 14, Naasz and Chase Kingsbury with 6 each.
Trevor Bertram scored 12 points, DeMers, 11; Kuil and Wyatt Ewing, 7 each and Luke Engel, 5.
Naasz pulled down 8 rebounds and Kuil 7.
Kelly O’Bryan scored 23 points as the Colome boys basketball team defeated Jones County 69-41 on Jan. 17
Holden Thieman and Will Cahoy each added 10 points and Beau Bertram added 9.
Bertram pulled down 5 rebounds. O’Bryan and Cahoy each had 5 assists.
Colome Cowboys received balanced scoring as they defeated Cody-Kilgore 64-32 on the road Jan. 19.
Four players scored in double figures led by Kelly O’Bryan with 16 points, Holden Thieman, 14; Kolton Salonen, 12 and Layton Thieman with 10.
Holden Thieman pulled down 10 of Colome’s 37 rebounds. Jackson Kinzer grabbed 7 rebounds.
Pine Ridge edged Winner Lady Warriors 71-65 Thursday in Winner.
Bella Swedlund paced Winner with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. She made five 3 point shots. Chloe Bartels and Morgan Hammerbeck added 9 points.
Bartels pulled down 12 rebounds with Rachel Sherman grabbing 7 rebounds.
The next action for the Winner girls team will be Friday when they are at home hosting Mt. Vernon-Plankinton. This will be a double header with the boys team.
After taking a 19-6 lead in the first quarter, Winner Lady Warriors basketball team raced to a 58-19 victory over Bennett County on Jan. 17 in Winner.
Madyson Frazier had a season high 26 points. Chloe Bartels and Rachel Sherman each added 7 points.
Strong on the boards, Bella Swedlund pulled down 8 of Winner’s 36 rebounds. Sherman grabbed 7 rebounds.
Morgan Hammerbeck had 6 steals.