New National Honor Society Members inducted to Pope John XXIII Chapter

( l to r:) Back row: Luke Henn, Brynn Dilly, Breanna Bartak Front row: Allyson Selting, Marissa Preister, Kayce Kallhoff

At a special National Honor Society Induction Ceremony held during school mass on Tuesday, December 11th, six new members were welcomed into the Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School Chapter in Elgin.  New members include sophomores Marissa Preister, daughter of Scott and Kay Preister of Petersburg; Allyson Selting, daughter of Lynn and Amy Selting of Elgin, juniors Breanna Bartak, daughter of Gary and Mary Bartak of Ewing; Brynn Dilly, daughter of Doug and Shawn Dilly of Neligh; Luke Henn, son of Denis and Jan Henn of Elgin; Kayce Kallhoff, daughter of Brent and Susan Kallhoff of Elgin.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. To be considered for membership students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Pope John Grocery Sales Fundraiser Successful!


Alyssa Burenheide, Maddie Schrage, Kyle Schumacher

Brooklyn, Skyler & Ashtyn Meis, Natalie & Austin Bauer, Sharon & Lane Bartak

Started in 1995, the Pope John XXIII Central Catholic’s Grocery Sales Project has become an annual fundraiser completed by Pope John students.  They had a very successful year due to the efforts and cooperation of our area grocers, patrons and supporters. Those who purchased certificates or debit cards contributed an additional 5% above the purchase amount to the school. A number of Pope John supporters added generous donations, making it possible for the students to donate a total of $12,575.00 to the school’s operating budget.

Dean and Kim Schrage, Dean’s Market in Elgin, Greg and Carm Thramer and Terry and Connie Kaczor, Ewing Family Foods, Jeff Henning, Clearwater Market, Larry and Radeene Temme, Rae Valley Market in Petersburg, and Paul Bichlmeier, Thriftway Market in Neligh and Tilden, have all contributed 5% of the total sales to their respective stores to the fundraiser as well.

High salespersons recognized for their outstanding efforts were individuals Maddie Schrage ($9,800 sold), Alyssa Burenheide ($8,725 sold) and Kyle Schumacher ($7,000 sold).  Families bringing in the most sales were Austin and Natalie Bauer ($7,700 sold), Lane and Sharon Bartak ($6,025 sold) and Ashtyn, Skyler and Brooklyn Meis ($2,750 sold).

Christmas Ribbon Tree

The applications for the Ribbon Tree will be available on Tuesday, October 30, at the Willows, Golden Living Center, Heritage Bank, Pinnacle Bank, AMH Family Practice, Neligh Clinic, Neligh-Oakdale Pre-school, Health and Human Services Office, Thriftway,  Food Pantry, Neligh Library, and at the Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools. In Elgin, the applications can be picked up at Dean’s Market, the Elgin Public School or St. Boniface. The applications need to be returned or mailed to Health and Human Services: 501 M Street, Neligh, NE 68756.  (or email to  This ongoing project sponsored by the Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA in conjunction with HHS provides families as well as residents of the Golden Living Center and Willows with an opportunity for a better Christmas. The deadline for the applications is Tuesday,  November 12th.

If you’d like to purchase a gift for the Ribbon Tree, you can find them on the Christmas trees at Heritage Bank, and Pinnacle Bank in Neligh after November 19th.

Fifth Graders Put Life Science in Action

The 5th grade students finished Life Science with Mrs. Starman last week. The last two weeks of the quarter were spent demonstrating their understanding of the science standards. The students did this by creating a model that showed the flow of energy and the cycling of matter in a food chain. They worked hard and did a great job!

St. Boniface Elementary Receives Grant for New Program

Sixth grade families at St. Boniface Elementary in Elgin will benefit from a new program offering made possible by a grant from the Omaha Archdiocesan Education Fund.

The program called LoveEdhelps empower parents to teach both the theology and science of human sexuality within the context of God’s plan for love and life. It helps young people discover the beauty and the purpose of their sexuality, which is fully articulated in Catholic teaching. LoveEd doesn’t just teach the facts of life, but the meaning of life.

Sessions will be offered December 3rd, 12th, and 19th and facilitated by Steve and Becky Kerkman of Elgin. The goal of the program is to assist parents in raising children that are strong, smart and pure.

Pope John Alum Seeks Adventure Abroad

2018-19 Enrollment Shows Growth

Pope John XXIII and St. Boniface Catholic Schools has a total enrollment of 133 students for the 2018-19 school year. Pope John XXIII Central Catholic, which offers grades 7-12,  graduated a class of sixteen seniors in May and they were followed  by a seventh grade class of eight students. The school also had three new families enroll, which added four new students. Total enrollment at Pope John is 53 students.

Pope John
Grade # students # boys # girls
7 8 4 4
8 12 5 7
9 7 0 7
10 11 2 9
11 10 5 5
12 5 3 2
Total 53 19 34

St. Boniface Elementary School, which serves preschool through sixth grade has seen a strong increase in enrollment. The school had an increase of nine students from the previous year and four new families.  The incoming preschool class has fourteen students and was split into a morning and afternoon session due to the strong numbers. Combined enrollment for both schools increased by two students when compared with 2017-2018, which was 131 students.

St. Boniface
Grade # students # boys # girls
Pre K 14 7 7
K 12 8 4
1 8 6 2
2 5 1 4
3 8 4 4
4 9 4 5
5 16 7 9
6 8 2 6
Total 80 39 41


School Supplies

Invenergy Presents Scholarships

Luke Hinkle of Invenergy presented two Pope John Seniors with scholarships on Monday, May 7th.  Calli Krebs, daughter of Jeff and Lynette Krebs and Nickol Payne, daughter of Ray and Peggy Payne each received $750 to put towards their college education.

Art Students Excel in Contests