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Distance Learning Equipment Donated to Capitol

Polycom, Dascom Thanked at Press Conference for Distance Learning Equipment Donated to Capitol

On the afternoon of February 25, State officials gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to thank benefactors for distance delivery education equipment donated for the use of the three branches of Nebraska government. Cooperating with the Educational Service Units Coordinating Council, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches will design and deliver interactive educational enrichment activities to K-12 schools throughout the state. The activities will include virtual tours of the Capitol, incorporating its art and history.

Gordon Rothemeyer, Kearney, Director of Distance Education for the Educational Service Units Coordinating Council, thanked Amanda Stewart, representative of Polycom, Inc. of Olathe, Kansas, donor of the video teleconferencing system. Dave Ewing of Dascom Systems Group, Woodbury, Minnesota, donor of additional equipment, was thanked by Rothemeyer via video teleconference.

Foundation Receives Woods Charitable Fund Grant for TPAL

Woods_logo Through a grant from the Woods Charitable Fund of Lincoln, an update of Nebraska Laws related to the Teen Parents and the Law (TPAL) curriculum has been completed and is now available online. Teachers who have taken the TPAL training may access the newly revised materials at TPAL teachers who have not already completed the TPAL teachers' survey should contact the Bar Foundation to obtain a user name and password. Simply send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Lincoln East High School Wins State We the People

On January 11, 2010, the 24-member team from Lincoln East High School won the 2010 We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution State Championship which was held in Lincoln. This team will represent Nebraska in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 24 – 26th. This year’s win marks the 5th consecutive state championship win for East High School.

Team members are: Lauren Bejot, Tom Bolin, Preston Bradley, Kyle Carlson, Maeson Churchill, Jahan Claes, Kate Dwyer, Mitchell Ediger, Mike Foley, Nate Germer, Jacob Gist, Artemis Gogos, Brianna Harder, Kaitlyn Hayes, Isha Jain, Emily Lamberty, Nick Nigro, Mary-Catherine Overcash, Hannah Pahre, Helen Pitts, Alex Scheideler, Kate Scheckloth, Hannah Sher, Jimmy Wang and teacher-coach Kevin Rippe.

Skutt Catholic HS Wins State Mock Trial

Not even a good old Nebraska snow storm could stop Skutt Catholic High School from winning the Nebraska High School State Mock Trial Title. Skutt Catholic High School defeated the North Platte High School team in final round competition on Wednesday, December 8th, in Omaha. The Honorable Lyle Strom, Federal District Court Judge for the District of Nebraska, presided over the competition at the Roman L. Hruska U. S. Courthouse.

The Skutt team, which presented the government’s side of an immigration asylum case, In the Matter of Kev Inruser, has achieved the privilege to represent Nebraska at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 6-8th 2010.

Constitution Day 2009: Ben Franklin LIVE

Elena Dodd as Eleanor Roosevelt
Christopher Lowell as Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin was our most beloved Founding Father who signed all four of the key documents that established our Republic. His life is a showcase of patriotism, community service, life-long learning, and scientific achievement. Therefore, it is fitting that Ben Franklin re-enactor Chris Lowell, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, present his “Ben Franklin Live” Chautauqua-style performance on September 14 in celebration of Constitution Day in Nebraska.

Constitution Day 2009
Ben Franklin LIVE Picture Gallery
The morning session, which targeted fifth-grade students, originated from Windy Hills Elementary School. Students at Hershey, Loup City, and Pleasanton also participated via distance learning technology provided by Educational Service Unit (ESU) 10.

The afternoon session, which focused on upper level students, originated from ESU 10. Two sections of American History student from Kearney Catholic comprised the live audience, while students from Loup City and Pleasanton were able to interact with “Ben Franklin” by distance learning.

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