Student Joins Ag Tech Program

Gordon, NE – 21st Century Equipment welcomes Toby Scherbarth as part of the company’s Ag Tech training program in conjunction with John Deere.

Toby will be sponsored by 21st Century Equipment’s Gordon dealership. Toby is a senior at Hay Springs High School and is the son of TJ and Holly Scherbarth. He will attend school at Southeast Community College in Milford, NE.

“We’re proud to have Toby as part of our team,” said Jake Palmer. “We know he will be a great asset to 21st Century Equipment.”

The John Deere Ag Tech program is a unique alliance between John Deere, John Deere dealers and various 2-year colleges across the nation. Students will graduate from the program with an associate of applied science degree while also completing a cooperative work experience at a John Deere dealership.

Students gain knowledge on all aspects of John Deere products, including receiving their certifications in hydraulics, electrical and service advisor diagnostics software and developing a strong understanding of the current technologies that are available on John Deere equipment.

21st Century Equipment’s Ag Tech college program provides reimbursement for up to 100% of college tuition, books, fees, room and board, plus Snap-On tools and a toolbox.

For more information about the John Deere Ag Tech program, contact, or visit

State Speech

The following students qualified for state speech held at Kearney High School in Kearney, NE on Friday, March 17th.

Mia Skinner – Persuasive
Taden Tobiasson – Humorous Prose
Abby Nelson & Brooke Winter – Duet Acting

Students will compete in 3 preliminary rounds with the top 6 getting to compete head to head in a finals round. If a student breaks into finals, they will receive a state medal!

Elders’ Wisdom Program Rescheduled

As you may already know based on yesterday’s post, we postponed our Elders’ Wisdom program that was scheduled for Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 PM due to the blizzard-like weather that was being forecast. Last fall at the beginning of the school year, we had set both the date of the program and the alternate date in case of bad weather. However, it has come to our attention that the alternate date we had picked caused a scheduling conflict. Therefore, we have now chosen a new alternate date to alleviate that problem. The Hay Springs Public School 2023 Elders’ Wisdom Program will now be held on Thursday, April 20th, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the high school auditorium. Please add this date to your calendars and we apologize for any confusion our previous message may have caused. We look forward to seeing you there!

District Speech Results

Congratulations to the Hawk Speech team for their strong showing at District Speech in Big Springs at South Platte High School on Monday, March 6th!

Lilly Dorshorst – 6th place extemporaneous speaking
Abigail Russell – 4th place informative speaking
Mia Skinner – 2nd place persuasive speaking-state qualifier
Taden Tobiasson – 2nd place humorous prose-state qualifier
Abby Nelson & Brooke Winter – 2nd place duet acting-state qualifier.

Mia, Taden, Abby and Brooke will continue their season at State Speech held at Kearney high on Friday, March 17th.

The Hawk Speech team is coached by Raime Varvel & Tina Skinner.

March Sheridan County Newsletter

The March Sheridan County Newsletter is here! Read it below or for a larger version, follow this link: