“The High 5″ March 14th Edition

I was on vacation last week, but were back this week and have some High 5’s to give out!  So here we go!!

Evan Davis (stocking cap on) & Philip Davis come out after the polar plunge!

Evan Davis (stocking cap on) & Philip Davis come out after the polar plunge!

Our good buddy Evan Davis gets a Hot High 5 to try to warm him up after taking a Polar Plunge on March 1 at Holmes Lake in Lincoln.  As if the water wasn’t cold it enough, if I recall on that day the temperature was in the single digits.  Evan and his brother Philip did this together and along with proving to everyone they were crazy enough to do this stunt, they also raised over $1000 for Special Olympics! A crazy thing to do, but a great thing to do to help raise funds for Special Olympics!  High 5 Evan….and we better give Philip one too!!

Scott Poese and Sasquatch aka Kyler Dean at Terry Peak!!

Scott Poese and Sasquatch aka Kyler Dean at Terry Peak!!

Our next High 5 goes out to Sasquatch!!  Well he looked like Sasquatch!!  We’re talking about our little friend Kyler Dean.  Last weekend around 120 O’Neill kids and adults headed to Terry Peak for Spring Break Skiing!  Along with all the spills and thrills on High 5 Friday a furry creature appeared on the slopes and brought laughs and smiles to all that saw him in a brown blur headed down the hill on his skis!  Of course we had to get a High 5 from our furry friend!! It’s the little things that make a trip memorable and fun and Kyler definitely did that!!  High 5 Kyler!!

payitforward2014Here’s a High 5 to our favorite cool guy….George Holm from Dairy Queen in O’Neill.  George is always doing great things in our area for organizations, churches, teams and individuals.  Well this time George wants to finish up the campaign to raise the funds to build the Northeast Community College Extended Campus in O’Neill.  And were just about there!!  But we need about $150,000 to finish it off!  This week George delivered over 60 ice cream buckets, not full of ice cream, but hoping to get filled with donations to get us to the goal.  George calls it “Pay It Forward Today, For a Brighter Future Tomorrow” and he couldn’t be more correct.  This facility will help keep residents young and old alike in our area where they will be able to get a college education along with all the other fun and informational courses that they offer today.  So next week when you are visiting our local businesses and see an ice cream bucket with the picture of the new facility on it, please donate.  Whether it’s $5, $100, $10,000 or just your pocket change, every little bit will count and we hope to hit the $150,000 left by the end of the month!  And when you see our ole buddy George, give him a High 5!  Hit the goal and I’ll bet he’ll give you a High 10!!!  High 5 George!!

front row left to right:  Maranda Winter, Kristy Tompkins, Myles Stagemeyer   back row left to right:  Jon Hunt, Collin Nemec, Shea Lueninghoener

front row left to right: Maranda Winter, Kristy Tompkins, Myles Stagemeyer
back row left to right: Jon Hunt, Collin Nemec, Shea Lueninghoener

And we’ll give out 6 High 5’s to the O’Neill High School Quiz Bowl Team.  Members are Maranda Winter, Kristy Tompkins, Myles Stagemeyer, Jon Hunt, Collin Nemec and Shea Lueninghoener.  This team competed in the ESU 8 Quiz bowl on March 12.  Now there were 21 teams that competed and the O’Neill High School team came away with the 1st place trophy.  They also qualified for the State Competition in Holdredge.  Well if you’ve ever been to a quiz bowl, you know the teams take it seriously and the questions are tough.  I have enough trouble watching the Price Is Right, so you know these kids really study hard to compete at this level!  High 5 OHS Quiz Bowl Team and Good Luck at State!!

That’s it for this week’s edition of “The High 5”!  Now I’m counting on all of you to go out there today, enjoy the spring like weather and give at least 5 High 5’s today!!

High 5!!

Scott

P.S.  Along with knowing I would not be a good quiz bowl team member, I also commit a few typos in this blog.  So until my sister Cindy Morales reads this and e-mails me back my errors, I apologize for any blunders!!

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Last High 5 for February!!

Last day of the month of February and it’s Friday!! Hopefully you’ve passed out the High 5’s today!!

Tim Lechtenberg with the O'Neill Eagle State Runner-Up trophy.

Tim Lechtenberg with the O’Neill Eagle State Runner-Up trophy.

In this edition of “The High 5” we give our first High 5 out to a young man who has gained some attention across our state and that is O’Neill Eagle Wrestler Tim Lechtenberg!  And Tim is getting his second High 5 in this blog. This time though we give him the High 5 for his effort to raise money in the battle against pediatric brain cancer.  Earlier this year Tim came up with the idea to raise money to help a young O’Neill boy, Aidan Spangler, who has been battling brain cancer.  “Pins For Aidan” is what Tim came up with and went around town and asked for pledges for each pin that an O’Neill Eagle Wrestler makes during the season.  So far over $2200 has been raised and this weekend will be the final matches of the year so hopefully even more will be raised!  High 5 Tim!!  You can listen to an interview Tim did with us on KBRX by clicking on this link http://www.radiop1.com/kbrx/?programid=641176&autoplay=y

Our next High 5’s go to O’Neill Wrestlers also!!  Joseph Gillham, Blake Walters and David Fox!  These three wrestlers went the distance during the 3-days of the State Wrestling Tournament and came out with the Gold Medals around their neck!  If you were there, or listened to reports, this tournament is the best of the best and to come away with no losses during the 3 days is no easy feat.  High 5 Joseph, Blake & David!!! You guys deserve it!!

Joseph Gillham

Joseph Gillham

Blake Walters

Blake Walters

David Fox

David Fox

Our final High 5 today goes out to all the kids from schools in North Central Nebraska that participated in the Sing Around Nebraska event last Saturday at Wheeler Central School in Bartlett.  Over 100 kids got up early Saturday morning to load a bus and then spent the day practicing for their concert which was presented that afternoon.  The performance was exceptional and the musical selection was very entertaining.  High 5 kids for a job well done!

Sign Around Nebraska Kids

Sign Around Nebraska Kids

Hope everyone had a great week and hope the forecasted snow stays away!!

High 5 til next week!!

Scott

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The High 5 For February 21

Well I have no excuse other than thinking that getting home late a few nights from basketball meant I didn’t have time to give out some High 5’s!  So I applied a few High 5’s to each side of my skull and will apologize that I sluffed off.  So today let’s get a crack-a-lackin’ and get our hands in the air for High 5 Friday!

The Glow Stick Outlined West Holt Dance Team

The Glow Stick Outlined West Holt Dance Team

I’m only about a week behind in giving the West Holt High School Dance Team a High 5 for a light’s out halftime performance last week!  Literally a lights out performance, as the lights were shut out in the gym and in a flash, glow stick outlined performers put on a one-of-a-kind show.  It was pitch dark and the performers pulled it off without a hitch.  High 5 Girls and great job!!

It’s National FFA Week and the chapters in our area have been busy!  Of course one week of daily activities is nothing for these kids.  Along with sports, music, speech, and their many projects in FFA they do have to find time for school studies and most excel at that too.  All I can say is that these kids are amazing and if you see them at any of these events pat them on the back and encourage them to keep it up!  Here are some High 5’s from some of the FFA Chapters and also some of their events this week!  High 5 FFA!!!

Chambers FFA & FCCLA Members Giving KBRX's Shirley Cobb a High 5!

Chambers FFA & FCCLA Members Giving KBRX’s Shirley Cobb a High 5! (l to r) Brant Pavel, Alexa Farewell, Shirley Cobb, Bethany Lambert, Paige Dexter

O'Neill FFA & KBRX's Scott Poese celebrating High 5 Friday!

O’Neill FFA & KBRX’s Scott Poese celebrating High 5 Friday! (l to r) Scott Poese, Cindy Jakubowski, Breanna Jakubowski, Jacob Goldfuss and Brandi Taylor

West Boyd FFA with Drive Your Tractor To School Day!

West Boyd FFA with Drive Your Tractor To School Day!

Stuart FFA in The Doghouse (l to r)

Stuart FFA in The Doghouse (l to r) Samantha Sattler, Trina Swanson, Scott Poese, Brittany Hanzlik and Kayla Bouska

Our final High 5 this week is quite fitting.  The KBRX area is well represented this weekend at the State Wrestling Championships in Omaha.  Not only the athletes, but the coaches, student bodies and families that could not even begin to add up the time and effort put forth to make it to the Century Link Center and a quest for gold.  And is it me or have you noticed that when they determine a victor of a match, when the official holds their hand up does it appear to be similar looking to the form for a High 5??? I think so!!  So here are the State Wrestling Qualifiers from the KBRX area!  High 5 on a great season!!

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And in closing, we give out High 5’s here on “The High 5″ in hopes that maybe you will notice someone that needs a High 5!  Human contact in the form of a slap of the hand high in the air can go a long way!  It’s the little things that most often mean the most .  Whether it’s a High 5, a hello or as Hyatt Hotels prove in this video, even something as simple as opening a door for someone can make a difference, just watch 

Simple isn’t it….and so is a High 5!!  So today give a High 5 to 5 different people that you don’t know!!  Watch and see what they do and how they react!!!

Celebrate High 5 Friday every week!!

High 5!!

Scott

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Last High 5 Friday For January!!

It’s the last day of the month and the last Friday of the month. And I’m about a week behind here on “The High 5”. So before January is gone let’s get our hands in the air and give them out today!

Gary Hostert (left) receives award from O'Neill Rotary President Cody Boettcher

Gary Hostert (left) receives award from O’Neill Rotary President Cody Boettcher

Last week the O’Neill Rotary Club had an evening dinner to thank all the volunteers that help each year to make the St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run such a success. The event takes place the Saturday morning before the big St. Patrick’s Day parade, but the planning takes months of preparation. One of those volunteers received a special honor and that was Gary Hostert. Gary has put in 26 years of service to the Fun Run and the honor from the Rotary was well deserved. But this Fun Run is one of many activities that Gary helps out with. Any student that has had Mr. Hostert for a teacher will tell you there is none other that is as passionate about learning history and making it fun as Gary. Gary also helps out with other fun runs in town, is active in his church, helps with the Alumni Basketball Tournament, makes an extra effort to make sure that kids are learning, does play by play on KBRX, and we could go on and on. But Gary would not want any extra credit for any of this, he does all of these with the goal to see others succeed. And no matter what your age, we all can learn from what he does out of the kindness of his heart! For this Gary, we give you a big High 5!!

hcypA High 5 to our Holt County Young Professionals and their Social Media day today wanting to know what you love about Holt County. If every day you posted one good thing about living where we do on your Facebook or Twitter page or posted one good thing that happened to you today, I can assure you it would not only make you feel better but you’d be surprised how many you would touch. High 5 to the Holt County Young Professionals and thanks for making Holt County a better place!!

Tom Chvala & Coach Miles celebrate a big win!

Tom Chvala & Coach Miles celebrate a big win!

Our final High 5 today goes out Nebraska Basketball Coach Tim Miles. This past couple of weeks there have been Holt County ties to a couple of things that Coach Miles went out of his way to do. And his example is one we all can follow today, on High 5 Friday. A couple of weeks ago when Nebraska beat 17th ranked Ohio State, after the game Coach Miles gave O’Neill’s own Tom Chvala a celebratory hug which resulted in a photo opportunity that went viral on the internet and was replayed many times on different TV networks. Then this week Coach Miles records a personal video that results in one of our former residents, Theresa Conradt, saying yes to her now fiancé. You can see more on that video by clicking here http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140130%2FLIVING%2F140139898 What does this have to do with High 5 Friday? It goes back to our repetitive request each week to do something that takes very little time, but could result in making a

Newly engaged Theresa Conradt & Joe Haack thanks to Coach Miles

Newly engaged Theresa Conradt & Joe Haack thanks to Coach Miles

difference in someone’s day. Coach Miles didn’t have to do any of those little things that turned huge for just 3 people and also made thousands feel good. One person getting a High 5 from you, then giving another person a High 5 can go on and on. Or one person visiting our town, seeing a crazy person at the convenience store giving everyone in there a High 5 could start giving High 5’s in their hometown. And that’s our goal….to take High 5 Friday and make it happen every Friday worldwide! Make a difference…you can give 5 High 5’s in a total time of 5 seconds, and there’s a lot of seconds every Friday!!
High 5!!

Scott

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It’s High 5 Friday….So Here’s “The High 5″

We’re giving out more High 5’s this week in “The High 5”, so here we go!

Tim Lechtenberg Picked Up Some Well Earned Hardware!

Tim Lechtenberg Picked Up Some Well Earned Hardware!

Our first High 5 goes out to O’Neill Eagle Wrestler Tim Lechtenberg. Congratulations to Tim on being awarded both the Individual Sportsmanship award and the Never Give Up award at the Mid Dakota Monster wrestling tournament in Presho SD. Anyone who has seen Tim wrestle knows he was deserving of both. We are proud of you Tim and here’s a big High 5 to you!!!

Star Spangled Gymnastics Team performing at O'Neill High School Wrestling Meet.

Star Spangled Gymnastics Team performing at O’Neill High School Wrestling Meet.

Our next High 5 goes out to Melanie Peetz and her Star Spangled Gymnastics Squad.  If you’ve never been to a basketball or wrestling meet or to the Husker Hoops during St. Patrick’s Day to see these kids of all ages do some amazing gymnastics, then you need to make sure the next time they perform to get there.  Now they usually perform in O’Neill, however last night they hauled their mats and made a road trip to Ainsworth to perform during the O’Neill/Ainsworth basketball games.  Some of the gymnasts are from Ainsworth and they wanted to bring their show on the road for others to see.  Here was a comment on Facebook today after watching them perform last night: “Wow the most entertaining and energetic two or three minutes I have spent in a long time.”  High 5 to all the kids, parents and Melanie and her helpers for all their hard work!  High 5!!

Front and Back of Art Holz's Tree Stump Turned Art Piece & Feeder

Front and Back of Art Holz’s Tree Stump Turned Art Piece & Feeder

My final High 5 goes out to my ole buddy, Art Holz.  I’m not for sure who Art hired to do this, but Art turned an ugly ole tree stump in a great piece of art and charity for the squirrels. The “H” which you see from the road is cool, but the back of the stump with the ears of corn for the squirrels that are protected from snow and rain is even more cool!  Here’s a big High 5 to Art…and his chainsaw artist!

This week’s edition is short and sweet but none-the-less those above are deserving of a High 5!

Make sure this week to give a High 5 to someone you don’t know!!  You can do it!!

High 5!!

Scott

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“The High 5″ First Post For 2014

Welcome to 2014 and to the first blog of the year for “The High 5.”

2014 Avera St. Anthony's Baby New Year and Mom.  Nicole Hiatt and son Kayden.

2014 Avera St. Anthony’s Baby New Year and Mom. Nicole Hiatt and son Kayden.

So here we go and we welcome in 2014 with a High 5 to our first baby of the New Year Kayden Anthony Hiatt! Kayden was born to Nicole Hiatt on January 3rd at 5:30 pm and weighed in at 8 lbs 1 oz. High 5 Kayden and mom Nicole, what a great way to start the year!!

Our next High 5 is a paw in the air and a High 5 to the O’Neill Casey’s General Store and their customers for coming through in a big way for the Holt County Animal Shelter. They had a goal to raise $1000 which willcaseysdoghigh52014 pay for a new kennel and went above their goal and raised $1200. Not only did they raise the money but they also collected over 40 items from dog treats, toys and food that went to our four legged friends that are searching for a new home. If you haven’t been to the Holt County Animal Shelter it is a busy place and has been successful in finding homes for dozens of dogs this past year. Check out their website at http://www.holtcountyanimalshelter.com High 5 Casey’s and your Customers for this awesome donation!!

Makayla Hilker (left) and MaKenzie Parks volunteered to deliver Meals On Wheels

Makayla Hilker (left) and MaKenzie Parks volunteered to deliver Meals On Wheels

Another High 5 goes out to all the volunteers that deliver Meals on Wheels every week. Our local Senior Centers do a great job and put out a great meal 5 days a week, and if you haven’t enjoyed a meal at your local senior center do so this week. But not everyone is able to get out and come to the local centers for the meal and rely on volunteers to come and pick up the meals and get them delivered. Today I had the honor of helping along with two young ladies from O’Neill Elementary School. Next week the O’Neill Public High School will be delivering. And from individuals to churches to youth groups all year long every week there is someone that is volunteering. Thanks to you that volunteer and to those that will in the future. High 5!!

We gave out some High 5’s last month to those that helped and also donated to the Toys For Tots but today I thought I would give a High 5 to the individual who sent a thank you note to KBRX to the Men’s Club and to those that donated to make a child’s Christmas better. After you read the note here it pretty much sums it up.toysfortotsletter2014

It’s a new year and that means you can make it a great one. And that is why we celebrate High 5 Friday. It’s a chance once a week to greet someone that you might not know or someone that you’ve know all your life. It’s a chance to bring a smile to someone’s face or to wake up a room when you walk in and announce that “It’s High 5 Friday” and pass out High 5’s to all. It’s a simple gesture, yet you never know when it will be that one moment that turns someones bad day into a good day. Aaron Davis, who has talked in our area quite a bit had a quote on his Twitter feed today and it sums up why we celebrate High 5 Friday. Learn more about Aaron at http://www.aarondavisspeaks.com/ Here’s the quote…and High 5!!

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So it’s a new year…let’s make 2014 The Year Of The High 5!!  Start today!!

High 5!!

Scott

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“The High 5″ Final Post For 2013

And here it is,, the final post to “The High 5″ blog for 2013.  And this week instead of 5 High 5’s I thought I would post my top pictures of High 5’s that I’ve received this year.

I would also like to thank all that sent pictures this year.  And I would encourage you that wherever you are if you can get a picture of a High 5 somewhere, someplace e-mail it to scott@kbrx.com right away.  I get a lot of comments from all the great photos that you send in.  So here they are and in no particular order.

The Barlow Stelling Wedding Party at Summerland Golf Course

The Barlow Stelling Wedding Party at Summerland Golf Course – See the Bride & Groom??

Tracy Chvala, Krissy Krotter, Emily Pongratz and Riley Sibbel with a well timed High 5!

Tracy Chvala, Krissy Krotter, Emily Pongratz and Riley Sibbel with a well timed High 5!

Clearwater/Orchard High School Students Homecoming 2013

Clearwater/Orchard High School Students Homecoming 2013

Tim and Garrett Gleason, Ty and Tanner Sawyer in the Snowy Mountains in Wyoming with a high High 5!

Tim and Garrett Gleason, Ty and Tanner Sawyer in the Snowy Mountains in Wyoming with a high High 5!

Heidi Hostert & Friends in Prague, Germany

Heidi Hostert & Friends in Prague, Germany

He not only won our hearts but also an ESPY. Here's Jack Hoffman & Senator Deb Fischer

He not only won our hearts but also an ESPY. Here’s Jack Hoffman & Senator Deb Fischer

An engaging High 5 picture here with Jake Reiman and Michelle Kester.

An engaging High 5 picture here with Jake Reiman and Michelle Kester.

Michael Poese & his cousin Kristin Williams on the turf in a sea of red.

Michael Poese & his cousin Kristin Williams on the turf in a sea of red.

Michael Stepp and Tim Estudillo on the roof at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

Michael Stepp and Tim Estudillo on the roof at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

Hooray for Hollywood and Hooray for High 5 Friday!  Here's Tara & Bill Price!!

Hooray for Hollywood and Hooray for High 5 Friday! Here’s Tara & Bill Price!!

There you have it and this is just the tip of the iceberg of all the great pictures that I received in 2013.  So you know what to do!  Celebrate High 5 Friday every Friday in 2014 and if you are somewhere and get a picture of a High 5 email it to scott@kbrx.com

Wishing you a High 5 Happy New Year!!

Scott

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