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Northeast recognizes students for outstanding achievement

Northeast recognizes students for outstanding achievement

NORFOLK, NE – A number of students at Northeast Community College have been recognized for their achievements over the past academic year.

“I am pleased to honor and congratulate our outstanding Northeast students,” said Dr. Michael Chipps, president, during a ceremony held recently in the Lifelong Learning Center.

The Student Achievement Awards ceremony allows the College to recognize the accomplishments students have achieved academically, through student club or co-curricular organization involvement, and athletics during the 2017-18 academic year.

Chipps said it is an excellent opportunity to celebrate with the students and give them the recognition that they deserve. He said that countless Northeast students have performed exceptionally, many of whom are earning national recognition for their skills and abilities. 

“The top goal in Northeast’s Vision 2020 strategic plan is all about student success. All of you epitomize the definition of success, in and out of the classroom. We are very proud of your achievements and for representing Northeast in such an exemplary fashion.”

Students recognized at the ceremony include:


Nebraska Intercollegiate Band 

  • Connor Lemke-Elznic, of Winside, percussion, and Seth Rivest, of Battle Creek, tuba, were selected to participate in the annual Nebraska Intercollegiate Band. The group, made up of approximately 90 outstanding instrumentalists from colleges and universities across Nebraska, performed at Kimball Recital Hall in Lincoln during the annual Nebraska State Bandmasters Association State Convention.


  • Northeast’s “KylEd” robotics team, Calvin Craig, of Norfolk, Eduardo Guzman, of Madison, Kyle Lentz, of Hartington, and Kody Salak, of Columbus, qualified for the 2018 VEXU Robotics World Championship at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. This is the first time a team from Northeast has qualified for the competition, which featured over 90 teams from eleven countries
    on five continents.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) 

Several business administration students qualified for Phi Beta Lambda’s (PBL) National Leadership Conference in Baltimore in June.


  • Shanae Baker, of Petersburg, is a national qualifier after placing second in four events including Community Service Project, Business Presentation, Management Analysis and Decision Making and Social Media Campaign. She will compete in Business Presentation and Community Service Project.

  • Hunter Bergman, of Neligh, is a national qualifier with a second place finish in Community Service Project and Social Media Campaign. He was also nominated as the Nebraska State PBL Vice President of Technology.

  • Christopher Ellenberger, of Osmond, is a national qualifier with a third-place finish in Cyber Security

  • Shawn French, of Norfolk, is a national qualifier with a second place finish in Cyber Security, third-place finish in Networking Concepts, and fourth place in Computer Concepts

  • Holden Gabel, of Osceola, is a national qualifier with a seventh place finish in Computer Concepts

  • Zaine Gallagher, of Norfolk, is a national qualifier with a second place finish in Social Media Campaign and fourth place in Statistical Analysis 

  • Shayla Kramer, of Norfolk, is a national qualifier with a second place finish in Community Service Project and Business Presentation

  • Jack Tyson, of Carroll, is a national qualifier with a third place finish in Business Ethics and fourth place in Accounting Principles

  • Jesse Wiseman, of Norfolk, is a national qualifier with a first place finish in Networking Concepts, first place in Cyber Security, and second place in Computer Concepts

  • Chelsea Wortmann, of Crofton, is a national qualifier with a second place finish in Business Presentation and third place in Business Ethics


Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-State Academic Team

The all-state academic team is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) – an international honor society for two-year colleges and the Nebraska Community College Association, to honor students for academic achievement, leadership and community service.  

Northeast Community College PTK All-State Academic Team members include Allan Brenner, of Cuiaba, Brazil; Melissa Cruz Saldana, of Sioux City, IA; Domingo Franco, of South Sioux City; Walker Wolff, of Cody; and Chelsea Wortmann, of Crofton.


SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that partners students, instructors and industry to work together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It serves middle school, high school and college students in programs preparing them for technical, skilled and service careers. Several Northeast students qualified for the National Skills USA Contest in Louisville, KY, this summer after earning gold medals at the Nebraska SkillsUSA competition this spring.

  • Architectural Drafting - Marco Moreno, of South Sioux City

  • Audio Radio Production - Landen Scheffler, of Madison; Noah Wilcox, of Norfolk    

  • Automotive Refinishing Technology - Dylan Barg, of Norfolk

  • Automotive Service Technology - Joseph Stellato, of Norfolk

  • Broadcast News Production - Kaylee Dankert, of Pierce; Henry Hagge, of Bloomfield; Dustyn Stortzum, of Silver Creek; Dustin Van Zee, of Sioux Falls, SD

  • Computer Programming - Patrick Kosmacek, of Stanton

  • Electrical Construction Wiring - Trevor Pecena, of Wayne

  • Industrial Motor Control - Dylan Eisenmann, of Madison

  • Information Technology Services - Francisco Nuno, of Wakefield

  • Internetworking - Jessie Wiseman, of Hubbard

  • Mobile Robotics Team - Kyle Lentz of Hartington; and Kody Salak, of Columbus

  • Sheet Metal - Austin Zoucha, of Albion

  • Urban Search and Rescue Robotics - Calvin Craig, of Norfolk; and Cody Greenwood, of North Bend

Student Club Activities

Student Activities Council (SAC)

  • Danielle Gilliland, of Wakefield, secretary of Student Activities Council, was named Student Programmer of the Year for the Midwest Region by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA). With the distinction, she also qualified for APCA national competition.




  • Kaci Millikan, of Bloomfield, placed first in the Women’s Bow Hunter Division at the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association (USCAA) North Regional Tournament in Yankton, SD, and placed sixth overall to qualify for nationals. She went on to place second in Women’s Bow Hunter Division at the USCAA National Tournament in Las Vegas.

Men’s Basketball

  • Steve Wooten, of Madison, WI, was named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) 2017-18 Division I All-Conference Second Team.

  • Melkisedek Moreaux, of Hamburg, Germany. Moreaux was named to the ICCAC’s Division I All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.

Women’s Basketball

  • Mykala Baylor, of Gary, IN. Baylor received National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
    All-American Division I Honorable Mention recognition for the 2017-18 season. She was also named to the ICCAC’s Division I All Conference First Team named to the ICCAC’s Division I All-Conference First Team.

  • Sierra Bell, of Danville, IL, was named to the ICCAC’s Division I All-Conference First Team

  • Irene Sanz, of Vilassar de Mar, Spain, and Judit Valls, of Sant Pol de Mar, Spain, were named to the ICCAC’s Division I All-Conference Honorable Mention Team

Men’s Baseball

  • Drew Smith, of Elkhorn, was named at the NJCAA’s National Division II Baseball Player of the Week for the week of February 5-11

Men’s Soccer

  • Victor Galterio, Pedreira, Brazil, of was named by the ICCAC to its All-Conference First Team

  • Massimiliano Simonazzi, Reggio Emilia, Italy, of was named to ICCAC’ s All-Conference Second Team

  • Daniel Isaza, of Bogota, Columbia, and Aaron Wilken, of Norfolk, were named to ICCAC’s All-Conference Honorable Mention Team

Women’s Soccer

  • Hailey Curry, of Elkhorn, and Ellie Gess, of Papillion, were named to the ICCAC’s All-Conference First Team

  • Valentina Haboush, of Montevideo, Uruguay, and Erika Kumm, of Norfolk, were named to ICCAC’s All-Conference Second Team All-Conference

  • Lauren Hirsch, of Watertown, WI, and Alexis Wemhoff, of Columbus, were named to ICCAC’s
    All-Conference Honorable Mention Team                                                       

Women’s Volleyball

  • Monique Schafer, of Stuart, was named to ICCAC’s All-Conference First Team

  • Macy Stewart, of Shelby, was named to ICCAC’s All-Conference Second Team

  • Savannah Nelson, of Wakefield, and Peyton Roach, of Wayne, were named to the ICCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention team

  • The Northeast volleyball team qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Charleston, WV, for the second consecutive year. Team members include Gabriela Barbosa, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Delaney Belt, of Shelby, Samantha Brester, of Howells, Tayler Klassen, of Hampton, Taylor Lammers, of Hartington, Savannah Nelson, of Wakefield, Shelby Poprocki, of Clarkson, Peyton Roach, of Wayne, Monique Schafer, of Stuart, Elizabeth Selting, of Elgin, and Macy Stewart, of Shelby

Chipps told the student honorees that they all possess outstanding skills and abilities.

“You bring those skills and abilities with you into your classes and on the court or field. You use those skills to strengthen your relationships and experiences while attending Northeast, which helps to build a more vibrant student life and community. We are thankful and proud of you represent Northeast Community College.

The Northeast Broadcasting Department videotaped the program. It may be viewed on You Tube at


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Northeast Community College students Monique Schafer, of Stuart, Taylor Lammers, of Hartington, and Gabriela Barbosa, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, share a light moment prior to the start of Northeast Community College’s Student Achievement Awards Night Ceremony recently. They were among several students who were recognized for outstanding achievement during the 2017-18 academic year at Northeast.