Winner High School Attends FFA Convention

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Winner High School FFA attended the state convention in Brookings. Pictured in front from left are Trista Kierstead, Ainsley Henderson, Amanda Blare, Bailey Fairbanks, Brianna Gilchrist, Sierra McCall, Clay Sell. Middle row from left are Justin Hausmann, Abe Kaiser, Maggie DeMers, Emily Sachtjen, Roper Moore, Kyla Mammen, Leah Wiechelman. In back from left are Stetson Shelbourn, Rylee Schroeder, Rowdy Moore, Hunter Shippy, Austin Blare, Chandler Benedict, Briar Cook and Andrew Henderson.

Colome FFA places at state

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Eight members of the Colome FFA chapter attended the state FFA convention in Brookings. Pictured in front from left are Raylynn Dehning, Morgan Gill and Gracie Rohde. In back from left are Kash Heath, Seth Heath, Jack Anderson, Joseph Laprath and Raelynn Kingsley.

Eight members represented Colome FFA at the 95th FFA convention in Brookings.

The livestock team of Jack Anderson, Morgan Gill, Kash Heath and Seth Heath completed well in a tough contest.

The livestock contest consists of judging six classes of beef, swine and sheep taking a 25 question test over livestock information, giving three sets of reasons, completing a keep/cull class, and answering questions over the classes judged. There were 71 teams.

The floriculture team of Raylynn Dehning, Raelynn Kingley, Joseph Laprath and Gracie Rohde showed their skills of floral design, identification and horticulture knowledge.

They placed sixth and there were 60 team and 200 competitors.

Joseph Laprath was recognized for his ag sales entrepreneuship. His SAE project was Joseph’s Sawmille. He harvests down trees and lumber to cut construction wood, fire wood and make wooden creations such as cutting boards, tables and chairs. He was awarded second place in the state.

Judy Lynn Hansen, 76

Judy Lynn Hansen was born on April 11, 1947 to Kenneth and Wanda (Williams) Tuttle in Portland, Ore.

She passed away on April 22, 2023 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents; Kenneth and Wanda Tuttle.

She is survived by her husband; Jerry Hansen, children; Darcy (Joel) Aakre, Della (Brice) Thomas, and Jason (Amy) Hansen, grandchildren; Hanna White, Myca Vanderveen, Isaac Aakre, Grace Spafford, Josiah Aakre, Tyler Hansen, Sarah Hansen, Julia Thomas, great grandchildren; Martin White, Nadia White, Ayla White, Carter Aakre, Audrey Aakre, Levi Aakre, Avery Aakre, brothers; David Tuttle and Robert Tuttle, sisters; Jean Stenson and Susan Hauff.

Celebration of Life Services and fellowship with the family will be held Sunday, April 30, 2023 at Reichmuth Funeral Home – Elkhorn, NE.

Patricia Waller, 85

Patricia Waller, 85, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility in Winner, SD. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.  

Patricia Waller, the daughter of John and Lois Neuhaus, was born Nov. 12, 1937 in Stickney, SD.  She grew up and attended school, graduating from Mt. Vernon High School.  Following graduation, she moved to Winner, SD to work at the Farmer’s State Bank as a teller.

 On June 8, 1958, she was united in marriage to Ronald Waller and the couple made their home in Winner.  Pat and Ron’s family grew with children Stephanie, Brenda and Steve being born within the first 7 years of marriage. With a house full of kids, Pat made the decision to leave her job at the bank and take on the more difficult position of stay-at-home mom.

 Pat stayed very busy playing bridge and golf.  Pat was an active member of the ESA, Red Hat Society, and the Catholic Daughters.  She loved to serve her church family in any way possible at events, in the choir and served for a time as the part-time parish secretary.

 After her beloved husband Ron passed away in 1995, Pat continued to reside in Winner until 1998 when she moved to Hartford.  While in Hartford, she was once again very active in her new church home of St. George Catholic Church as well as playing mahjong and golf with a great group of friends.  Pat also found great joy volunteering at the Hartford Elementary School.  Pat moved back to Winner in 2018.

 Pat’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends wherever she was, no matter what they were doing.  There was very rarely a time when Pat went to the grocery store or on a plane trip that she did not meet a new friend finding out their life story.  She was always quick with a smile and had a laugh that lit up any room.  One of Nana’s favorite things was spoiling her granddaughters.  She was always looking for the perfect gift, taking them on fun trips, being silly with them, sending thoughtful cards and leaving perfect voicemails.  It was always the right time to have an ice cream with her girls and make precious memories.

 Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Stephanie Waller, Fountain Hills, AZ; Brenda Klein (Doyle), Winner, SD; Steve Waller (Joy) Fountain Hills, AZ; and her grandchildren: Ronae Klein, Paige Waller, Bailey Waller and Hannah Buresh.

 Pat was preceded in death by her husband Ronald as well as her parents John and Lois Neuhaus.

James Mateicka, 92

James Mateicka, 92, of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Winner, SD passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at the Monument Healthcare Facility in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD.  Burial will follow on Friday, April 28, 2023 at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. 

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 3:30-4:30 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 4:30 p.m.

James was born on Dec. 22, 1930 at Bijou Hills, Brule County, SD to Joseph and Mildred (Dvorak) Mateicka. He grew up on the farm along with his nine siblings in Buffalo County, SD. He attended Chamberlain High School and graduated in 1949.

He joined the United States Army in 1950 where he served 2 years in active duty stationed at Fort Monmouth NJ, Fort Carson CO, and Fort Richardson AK. While stationed in Alaska he was in the ski troops that were the United States border defense in conjunction with the United States Air Force. He completed his military career with another 22 years in the Army National Guard of South Dakota until his retirement in 1978 at the rank of First Sergeant.

Jim attended college at the University of South Dakota where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education allowing him to teach high school students in Phillip and Gregory.

In 1966, he met LaVerna Larsen and they were united in marriage on July 2, 1966 in Mitchell, SD. To this union one daughter, Jane, was born.

Jim enjoyed his life as a business owner and made his career selling real estate and insurance from his office in Winner.

He was a faithful member of his parish family at Immaculate Conception Church in Winner as well as a 70-year member of the American Legion having at one time served as the state Vice Commander.

Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, LaVerna and his daughter Jane (Richard) Amiotte of Rapid City, four grandchildren; Kevin (LaTia) Swedlund and great granddaughter Katarina of Maryland, Kyle Swedlund of Winner, Kodi (Josh) Beckman and great granddaughters Avery and Kathryn of Prairie City, and Brenden (Ashley) Amiotte and great grandson Spencer and great granddaughter Maeve of Kansas City MO. Jim is also survived by 3 sisters: Gladys Stewart of Reliance, Patricia-Betty Jane Decoteau of Oregon, and Linda Penberthy also of Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers-Joe, Bob, DeLayne, and Eddie and two sisters-Vivian Cable of Washington and Mary Lou Bracy of Winner as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Academic banquet is May 1

The 38th annual Winner High School academic banquet will be held May 1 at the auxiliary gym. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and supper will be at 6:30 p.m.

Donna Kubik of Antler Ridge Lodge will cater the meal.

The guest speaker will be Justin Hausmann, president of the National Honor Society.

The event will feature the induction of 25 members into NHS.

The new inductees are Jackson Bachmann, August Bartels, Ava Craven, Broden Duffy, Keelie Kuil, Hayden McMurtrey, Cora Moss, Aiden Schroeder, Tessa Sieh, Adam Miller, Matthew Brozik, Konner Osborn, Kellen Brozik, Kyla Mammen, Shawn Hammerbeck, Karson Keiser, Landon Calhoon, Austin Blare, Jacob Manke, Jenaya Schrader, Hannah Schroeder, Evan Bartels, Bo Hurley and Stratton Morehart.

The current juniors in NHS are: Leila Balsiger, Bailey Fairbanks, Ellison Kaiser, Ashlynn McPhee, Cassandra Shutt, Samuel Scholz, Garrett Phillips, Kendall Dice, Maxton Brozik, Payton Fisher, Emily Sachtjen, Jude Sargent, Saylor Schuyler, Cici Watson, Noah Best and Aiden Barfuss.

The seniors in NHS are: Kendyll Bachmann, Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik, Maggie DeMers, Justin Hausmann, Ainsley Henderson, Tessa Mann, Aleya Miller, Pierce Nelson, Dalton Petersen, Rylee Root, Blake Volmer, Leah Wiechelman, Mallory Thayer, Mali Beehler, Joselin Kludt, Chaz Blotsky, Kelbi Meiners, Shayne Day, Faith Covey, Amanda Blare, Jack Kruger and Clay Sell.

In addition to Hausmann, other officers are Emily Sachtjen, vice president; Tessa Mann, secretary; Jack Kruger, treasurer and Melanie Brozik, historian.

There will be 18  seniors who will receive plaques for having been honored at the academic banquet all four years.

Senior plaques will go to Kendyl Bachmann, Mali Beehler, Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik, Shayne Day, Maggie DeMers, Justin Hausmann, Ainsley Henderson, Joselin Kludt, Tessa Mann, Kelbi Meiners, Aleya Miller, Pierce Nelson, Dalton Petersen, Rylee Root, Mallory Thayer, Blake Volmer and Leah Wiechelman.

The academic banquet honors students in both academics and subject area.

Seniors to be honored for academics are Kendyl Bachmann, Ethan Bartels, Mali Beehler, Amanda Blare, Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozilk,  Faith Covey, Shayne Day, Maggie DeMers, Justin Hausmann, Ainsley Henderson,  Trista Kierstead, Joselin Kludt, Jack Kruger, Tess Mann, Tayden Mathis, Kelbi Meiners, Aleya Miller, Rowdy Moore, Pierce Nelson, Hunter Osborn, Dalton Petersen, Rylee Root, Clay Sell, Mallory Thayer, Blake Volmer and Leah Wiechelman.

Seniors honored in subject areas are: Kendyl Bachmann, design; Amanda Blare, animal science; Brindy Bolander, anatomy; Melanie Brozik, American government; George Clark, intro to construction; Faith Covey, current events;  Illyanna Crabb, choir;  Maggie DeMers, choir; Justin Hausmann, Art I and band;

Ainsley Henderson, personal finance, art III and horticulture; Aleya Miller, parenting; Jack Peters, intro to technology; Tocarra Shot With Arrow, English 12; Mallory Thayer, band; BlakeVolmer, sociology, intro to welding, small engines, mechanics; Leah Wiechelman, chemistry II

Juniors honored for academics are: Leila Balsiger, Aiden Barfuss,Noah Best, Maxton Brozik, Kendall Dice, Bailey Fairbanks, Payton Fisher, Ellison Kaiser, Alexis Klein, Ashlynn McPhee, Garret Phillips, Emily Sachtjen, Sam Schultz, Jude Sargent, Saylor Schuyler, Cassidy Seeking Land, Cassandra Shutt, Braden Tarrell, Cecilia Watson

Juniors honored in subject area are: Leila Balsiger, biology II; Payton Fisher, advanced construction; Garret Phillips, vet science; Cassidy Seeking Land, psychology; Stetson Shelborn, advanced welding; Cassandra Shutt, English 11; Braden Tarrell, U. S. History and Cecilia Watson, nutrition.

Sophomores honored for academics are: Jackson Bachmann, August Bartels, Austin Blare, Matthew Brozik, Landon Calhoon, Kellen Cihak-Brozik, Ava Craven, Broden Duffy, Shawn Hammerbeck, Bo Hurley, Karson Keiser, Keelie Kuil, Kyla Mammen, Jacob Manke, Hayden McMurtrey, Adam Miller, Cora Moss, Konner Osborn, Preslie Petersek, Aiden Schroeder, Tessa Sieh.

Sophomores honored in subject areas are: Andrew Henderson, basic electricity, Bo Hurley, geometry; Karson Keiser, English 10; Keelie Kuil, Algebra II, Chemistry, Spanish II;

Kyla Mammen, wildlife & fisheries; Hayden McMurtrey, choir, world history; Adam Miller, cabinetmaking; Hunter Shippy, biology; Tessa Sieh, geography and Jacob Turney, English 10 .

Freshmen honored for their academics are Joseph Anderson, Livia Audiss, Lillian Barfuss, Matthew Calhoon, Jasmine Crow Eagle, Amanda Edwards, Bailey Fisher, Brianna Gilchrist, Addison Heenan, Abe Kaiser, Noah Manke, Parker Mathis, Roper Moore, Zachary Olson, Ryken Orel, Gracie Root, Kylie Sachtjen, Paige Sachtjen, Kaylee Soles, Olivia Swedlund, Sadie Tegethoff and Sierra Wise.

Freshmen honored for academics are Amanda Edwards, health; Addison Heenan, Art II, band, computer studies; Roper Moore, intro to ag; Royal Roubideaux, Lakota studies and cultures; Paige Sachtjen, employability; Kaylee Soles, Algebra I, English 9, Photographic arts; Sadie Tegethoff, Spanish I.

Lisa Jankauskas is the advisor for NHS and the academic banquet. This will mark the 38th year for the academic banquet which was started by Cyndy DeMers.