Connecting The Dots

On Tuesday, Nov. 8th, Hay Springs Freshmen and Sophomores attended the Connecting the Dots event hosted by Gordon High School and led by our local Nebraska 4-H extension office. Connecting the Dots is an interactive career exploration program designed to help 9th and 10th grade students learn more about careers of interest. Through the experience, participants learn how to “connect the dots” from early high school through post-secondary education and training to the workplace. Students were joined by local employers and employees who shared their advice for how to find successful and rewarding careers in the future.

Apply2College Day

On Wednesday, Sep. 27th, the seniors at Hay Springs High School applied to college! Mrs. Pinnt and Connagher Stumpff, a representative from Western Nebraska Community College, assisted students in filling out applications to the schools of their choice, which included 4-year colleges, community colleges, and trade schools. Although some students may decide that college isn’t the right path for them, applying to at least one school allows students to see what’s out there and what kind of offers are available.

Once students have applied to a school, they will receive communication from the college, most likely as an email, letting them know whether they have been accepted, and whether they need to submit any further information. It’s important to pay attention to due dates!

Wishing our seniors the best of luck as they plan for their futures!

8th Grade College Visit

On Thursday, April 27th, the 8th grade class toured the campuses of CSC and WNCC. They were able to compare the programs offered at each school, while getting a feel for college life and it’s opportunities. They learned that choosing a college is about finding the right fit and that sometimes there are obstacles to attending college, but there are people and resources that can help.

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

Health, Human and Public Services Day

On October 25th, a group of students interested in WNCC attended their Health, Human and Public Services Day. Students participated in activities and classes specific to their pathway of interest, which included health sciences, education, criminal justice, and psychology/counseling. Students were also able to tour the main campus buildings.

Manufacturing Day

Jordyn Anderson, Noah York, Jarhett Anderson, Abby Nelson, Taden Tobiasson, and Brooke Winter traveled to Scottsbluff on October 5th to attend Manufacturing Day at Aulick Industries. They toured the facilities, learned a lot about what goes into manufacturing all of the different trailers and trucks that Aulick produces, and participated in a challenge to see who could assemble a grain gate the fastest (based only on blueprints). Jordyn, Abby, and Noah placed 3rd out of 35 teams!

Financial Aid Webinar

Parents of Seniors:
EducationQuest offers several opportunities to participate in Financial Aid webinars during the Fall. We will be hosting a “viewing party” at the high school next Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 5:30pm for seniors and their parents. We will watch the webinar, then have time for questions and discussion following the webinar. Seniors who register are entered into a drawing for a $500 scholarship! Please RSVP to if you plan to attend the viewing party on Sept. 14th. More information about other college-prep webinars that are offered can be found at

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