(l. to r.) (back row) Scott Becker, Kadance Dworak, Elyse Warnke, Linus Borer, Mattew Dilly, Skyler Meis, Father Kevin Vogel (middle row) Taylynne Charf, Emma Ruterbories, Paiton Hoefer, Nevaeh Jockens (front row) Jaime Dozler, Cale Kinney, Carter Beckman, Sharon Bartak

On Wednesday morning, St. Boniface Elementary School in Elgin said goodbye to its’ class of 13 sixth-graders. The event was celebrated during Mass at St. Boniface Church and was followed by a reception for the graduates.  St. Boniface Principal, Betty Getzfred and sixth-grade teacher Scott Becker presented the graduates with their certificates.  Two students were selected to receive the Delbert Salber Memorial Tuition Scholarship to Pope John XXIII Central Catholic to continue their Catholic education.  Scholarship winners were Linus Borer, son of David and Lindy Borer and Skyler Meis, daughter of Eric and Brenda Meis.

Graduates were: Sharon Bartak (daughter of Paul & Sonja Bartak), Carter Beckman (son of John & Tracy Beckman), Linus Borer (son of David & Lindy Borer), Taylynne Charf (daughter of Stacy & Danelle Charf), Matthew Dilly (son of Doug & Shawn Dilly), Jaime Dozler (daughter of Berton & Janet Dozler),  Kadance Dworak (daughter of Ben & Amanda Dworak) Paiton Hoefer (son of Autumn Hoefer and Jeremy Hoefer), Nevaeh Jockens (daughter of Christy Jockens), Cale Kinney (son of Josh & Maria Kinney),  Skyler Meis (daughter of Eric & Brenda Meis), Emma Ruterbories (daughter of Paul & Erin Ruterbories),  Elyse Warnke (daughter of Anthony & Sara Warnke)

Peggy Payne, Rachel Becker, Betty Getzfred

Farmers Make a Difference in Rural Communities by Directing Donations from Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program to Local Nonprofit Organizations

  • The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program will provide more than $3 million in financial support to nonprofits across the US in 2017
  • Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $26 million to more than 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

ELGIN, NE (May 16, 2017) – An anonymous Antelope County farmer has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School.

Pope John will use the funds to improve their fine arts programs offered by the school.  The musical department, led by instructor Rachel Becker will be able to purchase a much needed drum set for the Pope John band, along with some audio equipment for the annual musical production.  The One-Act team, led by instructor Peggy Payne will be able to purchase a portable spotlight and performance boxes for students.

“The arts are such an important foundation to an education at Pope John, we are grateful to Monsanto and our anonymous donor.” said, Betty Getzfred, Administrator at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit www.GrowCommunities.com.


Pictured left to right: Gene Selting, Betty Getzfred, Carter Selting and Brian Selting.

The 2016-17 school year at St. Boniface Elementary in Elgin marks Principal Betty Getzfred’s 40th year of teaching and leadership at the school.  Mrs. Getzfred (as she’s known at school) began her service at St. Boniface in 1976 as a classroom teacher and in 1978 she assumed head teacher duties.  She was named St. Boniface Principal in 1996 and continued to teach fifth grade.  In 2008, in addition to her Principal responsibilities at St. Boniface, she also took on the role as Administrator at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic.
This year when Carter Selting,  son of Brian and Kelsey Selting, began pre-school, he marked her first third-generation family she has worked with at St. Boniface School. Carter’s father, Brian Selting and grandfather, Gene Selting attended St. Boniface and were students during Mrs. Getzfred’s tenure.
Betty Getzfred was recently recognized by the St. Boniface School community at their Spring Concert.  Father Kevin Vogel, President of St. Boniface expressed his appreciation, “Betty’s constant presence in the community and the school is a large part of the strength our Catholic Schools. With our deepest appreciation Mrs. Getzfred – thank you for the countless hours you invest in our children. You have made a lasting difference in many lives.”

Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School will hold it’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 14th.

The weather has not been kind to the members of the Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Jr. Right to Life group, but they have been busy turning nature’s fury into positive ways to share their message.

Pope John’s Jr. Right to Life group had been scheduled to attend the National March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 27th of this year, but due to a blizzard in northeast Nebraska, they were unable to make their bus trip across the country.  Several area groups had donated funds to help offset the costs of the trip. After the students were unable to go, they began the process of returning the donations.  The St. Boniface Knights of Columbus Council #2411 of Elgin had donated funds towards the trip and requested that the group keep the donation and find a way to utilize the money to promote the Right to Life cause.

That’s where the weather came into play again.  On Christmas Day 2016, a long-standing pro-life message billboard on highway 14 north of Elgin was destroyed by high-powered winds.  The sign had previously been a billboard for an area business.  After the business closed, some area volunteers had turned it into a pro-life message board.

After learning of the sign’s destruction, the group’s faculty sponsor, Sister Patricia Hoffman and co-Presidents Shantel Preister, Sydney Kerkman, and Emily Seier began working with their Jr. Right to Life members at Pope John to develop a new sign.  They asked members to submit message ideas for the sign and selected one created by Pope John junior, Paige Meis – “Every Life Deserves A Lifetime”. The school’s Advancement Office helped the group select a photo and submit a final design for creation by a local sign company.  The new billboard was put in the previous sign’s place by school supporters using equipment loaned free of charge by a local business – Beckman Lumber. The group was able to pay for the project utilizing the Knights of Columbus Council’s donation.