Youth in the News!

Elkhorn Hills UMC has many gifted youth members.  Here are some of their recent accomplishments.

Jordyn Ritnour

Jordan was named EHS Outstanding Music Department Student of the Year.  The following text is from the recognition ceremony.  This student (Jordyn) is honored for her outstanding level of commitment and leadership to both the band and choir departments at Elkhorn High School throughout her 4 years of high school.  She has been a powerful and positive influence, contributing to the school community and music program at Elkhorn High School.  She is unique in the diversity of her interests and skill sets and in the level of commitment she brings to everything she is a part of.

She has a humble leadership style that her peers, as well as teachers and adults, appreciate and respect.  She is highly engaged in every offering of the music program including band, choir, show choir, jazz band, jazz choir, show choir band, and the annual musical.  She has assumed named and unnamed leadership roles in these ensembles by her outstanding musicianship and desire to better the music program at Elkhorn High School.  She was selected to represent Elkhorn High School as a part of the 2014 Nebraska All State Band and has performed on behalf of our school in District Music Contest performances, receiving numerous superior ratings.  Most recently, our recipient performed at District Music Contest for band, choir (where she sang and also played a substantial accompanying role), women’s choir, jazz choir, percussion ensemble, a vocal solo, marimba solo, and duet.  I am in awe of the amount of music that was rehearsed diligently and performed  beautifully for these important performances.

Our recipient embodies servant leadership and has consistently arrived early and stayed late to perform thankless tasks for the betterment of the ensemble.  She organizes others around her , and takes personal responsibility to make sure that everything that is needed for a particular event is ready to go.  Her patience and genuine care for the success and feelings of other students is seemingly eternal, and she truly understands the meaning of team and more importantly the value of each individual member.  She has contributed to a positive tone of rehearsals and has inspired others to higher levels of musicality.

Congratulations, Jordyn!  We are proud of you.

Meg Carney and Josh Uehling

On April 23-24th two Elkhorn Hills youth helped to put on Elkhorn Grandview Middle School’s production of School House Rock Live Jr.   Meg Carney and Josh Uehling both contributed in their own ways to the musical.  Meg co-directed the musical and Josh was part of the ensemble that sang the majority of the classic School House Rock songs.  Way to go, Meg and Josh!

Elly Beeson

Elly was named Omaha Force’s player of the week after batting over 500 in the last couple of tournaments and hitting the teams very first over the fence home run.  Elly plays catcher and outfield for the team.  She will be attending Skutt Catholic High School next year.  Congratulations, Elly.

Jackson Thompson

Jackson is finishing his Eagle Scout and should be done by May 23rd.   Jackson Thompson was named a National Merit Commended Student.  Commended students represent the top 5% of the 1.5 million students entered in the 2016 competition.   He was also recognized as a member of the Omaha World Herald’s 2016 All Academic Scholars Program. The World-Herald annually presents more than 900 academic awards to the highest performing high school graduates in Nebraska and western Iowa.  Jackson is the son of Dr. Michael and Michele Thompson of Elkhorn.  He attended Elkhorn Valley View Middle School.

Sierra Cammack

Elkhorn High School senior Sierra Cammack was one of two students named as National Merit Scholar Finalists.   She is among 16,000 students nationwide who have an opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. To become a finalist and to compete for National Merit Scholarships, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance.

Sierra, the daughter of Rex and Beth Cammack, is involved in Academic Decathlon, Quiz Bowl, Foreign Language Club, Japanese Club, National Honor Society and she volunteers at the library.

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