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State Fair Academic Contests
State Fair Academic Contests
Kristen Wilton
Monday, September 16, 2019

Nebraska State Fair 2019

Each year the Nebraska State Fair has an Education Department where students can compete in contests to earn scholarship money.  Again this year, several Shelby-Rising City students prepared static entries ahead of time, such as essays, penmanship, Quilts of Valor and artwork.  Four middle school students, Alex Larmon, Ava Larmon, Kaylei Perry, and Lillian Wetjen, and one high school student, Haley Hanak, spent the first weekend of the state fair taking tests and competing in performance competitions, hoping to bring home some awards.  Not only did all of these girls earn scholarship money, but Haley Hanak was also presented with the Brad Fossberg Outstanding Performer Award, which is presented to one middle school student and one high school student each year. The Shelby-Rising City Middle School also placed 3rd in team sweepstakes awards, competing against schools from all over the state!  Combined, students from S-RC earned over $950 in scholarship money to be used at the college of their choice. Congratulations to all of the students who had entries in the academic contests, and especially to the students who placed in the different contests!

State Fair Winners 2019

6-8 School Sweepstakes -- Shelby-Rising City Middle School


3-D Art Grades 6-8

5th Nicole Martensen

6th Taya Pinneo

7th Trinity Prokupek

8th Katelyn Nekl

HM Lillian Wetjen

HM Christine Czarnick

HM Aubree Siffring


3-D Art Grades 9-12

2nd Brenna Houdersheldt

Construction Science 

7th Alex Larmon

HM Kaylei Perry


Essay 6-8

5th Alex Larmon

6th Luke Curry

7th Rylie Carter

8th Jenna Logan

9th Aurora Slusarski

HM Taya Pinneo

HM Kaylei Perry

HM Angel Barnes

HM Taryn Fischbach

HM Alexa Carter


Grammar 6-8

10th Alex Larmon

HM Lillian Wetjen

Impromptu Speaking 6-8

2nd Alex Larmon

5th Kaylei Perry

7th Ava Larmon

HM Lillian Wetjen

Impromptu Speaking 9-12

5th Haley Hanak


Improv Team 6-8

2nd Alex Larmon, Ava Larmon, Kaylei Perry, Lillian Wetjen


Improv Team 9-12

4th team of students from 3 different schools that included Haley Hanak representing S-RC


Brad Fossberg Outstanding Performer 9-12

Haley Hanak


Informative Speaking 9-12

2nd Haley Hanak


Know Nebraska Art From the Past 9-12

1st Brenna Houdersheldt


Know Nebraska Photography K-8

6th Kaylei Perry


Penmanship 6-8

4th Jaimee Paddock

6th Elena Murray

10th Rylie Carter


Poetry Recitation 9-12

2nd Haley Hanak

Snowflakes 6-8

HM Jaimee Paddock


Snowflakes 9-12

HM Brenna Houdersheldt

HM Brenna Houdersheldt

HM Brenna Houdersheldt


Short Story 6-8

7th Aurora Slusarski

9th Elena Murray


Warmth for Veterans K-5

1st McKenna Stewart

2nd Alexis Stewart

3rd McKenna Stewart


Warmth for Veterans Other Items K-5

2nd McKenna Stewart


Wall Art 6-8

10th Alex Larmon

HM Alayna Ervin


Wall Art 9-12

1st Brenna Houdersheldt (selected for Statehood Day display at State Capitol)


Zen Coloring 6-8

3rd Angel Barnes

5th Taryn Fischbach

7th Sophia Renner

10th Gustavo Vallejo

HM Taryn Fischbach


Zen Coloring 9-12

2nd Brenna Houdersheldt