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Sep 18
Scholarships well worth the effort


For those affected by senioritis, filling out scholarship applications isn't always on the list of top priorities. Doing so, however, can lead to a huge payoff.   

MPCC alum Summer Malsbury, of North Platte, is among the many students who can boast of financing her education by taking the time to fill out an application. 

Malsbury received a $500 general scholarship initially. She then received a $1,000 fine arts scholarship and the Presidential Award, which covered tuition for her sophomore year. 

"By going to Mid-Plains, I got almost all of my school paid for," said Malsbury. 

And while the application process may sound daunting – it doesn't have to be. MPCC's online form makes it easier than ever to apply for financial aid. Perhaps the best part is that potential students can fill out the required information from the comfort of their home computers. 

 "The easy-to-use format streamlines the application process and is a huge time-saver for everyone involved," said Erinn Brown, area director of Financial Aid. 

The form will be accessible at in early October. Both current and prospective MPCC students must register for an account to complete the scholarship application. 

Brown recommends that students sign up with an email address they will have access to throughout the 2019-20 school year to ensure they receive follow-up communications. 

Students will be able to see within their accounts what scholarships they qualify for and track the progress of their applications. 

"If they receive an award, students will be notified through the system," said Brown. "They can then log in to accept or decline the scholarship." 

The priority deadline for turning in a scholarship application for the 2019-20 award cycle is March 1. More information about the process is available by calling Brown at (308) 345-8112, or emailing

Sep 18
Mid-Plains saddle bronc rider receives NLD scholarship


Mid-Plains Community College saddle bronc rider Wyatt Kunkee, of Lexington, is the recipient of a $750 NEBRASKAland DAYS Buffalo Bill Rodeo Scholarship. Kunkee was presented with the award during the MPCC Stampede on Saturday at the Wild West Arena. 

Money for the scholarship came from a combination of entry fees from NLD's Cowboy Kickball Competition in June and NLD funds. 

MPCC Rodeo Team coaches Dustin Elliott and Garrett Nokes selected Kunkee for the scholarship based on his performance in the arena and classroom, leadership skills, volunteerism and promotion of the team. 

Sep 18
MPCC Rodeo Team finishes second at Stampede


The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team continues to hold its own following two days of competition in North Platte. The team hosted the MPCC Stampede Friday and Saturday at the Wild West Arena. 

The MPCC cowboys finished second in the men's team standings and claimed the top spot in the team roping thanks to brothers Chance and Wyatt Williams of Ord. 

"I was really happy to see the Williams boys do as well as they did," said Garrett Nokes, MPCC timed event coach. "All they do is team rope, and they work really hard at it. They struggled last year, but I'm excited they're doing as well as they're doing this season." 

Sawyer Strand, of Harrisburg, S.D., was second in the steer wrestling. Marshall Still, of Callaway, ended up third in that event followed by Blake Henry, of Rushville, in fourth place, and Landon Sivertson, of Ree Heights, S.D. in sixth. 

JD Draper, of Oakley, Kan., placed third in the tie down roping. 

Team roping duo Sean Miller and Seth Pearson, both of Callaway, also finished third while JT Bradley, of Brewster, came in sixth. 

"I'm real proud of the way the kids competed and handled themselves," said Garrett. "The hardest rodeo to win is your hometown rodeo no matter what happens because it means more. Another challenge was that our team was the entire labor force for the Stampede." 

The MPCC team put on a fundraiser team roping the night before the rodeo that lasted until 11 p.m. Members were sorting cattle at 10 a.m. the next morning prior to two days of Stampede action. 

"This deal is a marathon for these kids," said Nokes. "There's no rest, and they work their tails off. I feel like we put on one of the best college rodeos, and that's because the kids jumped in and helped out. Do I wish we would have come in first in the team standings? Yes, but they all competed well and tried hard." 

The next competition for the MPCC team will be Sept. 28-29 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Sep 18
Starting a new generation of rodeo fans


KIDS Klub members from Buffalo and Lincoln elementary schools learn how to rope during an educational workshop hosted by the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team. 

Forty-three members of North Platte's after-school program were bussed out to the Wild West Arena on Friday afternoon. There, they petted a bull, swung ropes, raced out of a roping chute and ran the barrel pattern among other activities. 

Members of the team also gave the children a brief description of the events they compete in, demonstrated how various equipment is used in rodeo and talked safety and animal welfare before working with the students one-on-one. 

Area rodeo queens signed autographs for the children, who also received a commemorative cowboy hat, t-shirt and ticket to the MPCC Stampede that night. 

The rodeo experience was part of KIDS Klub's Rough Riders education program that was funded in part by a Two-Year Opportunity Grant from the Nebraska Department of Education.

Sep 17
Opening Night set for MCC production of 'Sylvia" Sept. 27


The cast for this month's presentation of "Sylvia" by the McCook Community College Theater Department has been announced as preparations continue for Opening Night Sept. 27.

MCC sophomore Lindi Johnson will play the role of Sylvia with sophomore Will Babbitt portraying Greg. Freshman Haven Shada-Wid will play Kate. Sophomore Luis Guardado will play the roles of Tom, Phyllis and Leslie.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. each night with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus.

"Sylvia" is a play by A. R. Gurney which premiered in 1995 Off-Broadway.

According to MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle, who will direct the play, the story is centered around Greg and Kate, who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities.

"So Greg brings home a dog he found in the park – or that has found him – bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag," said Grizzle. Sylvia is a street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle.

"Sylvia then becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection."

The dog thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until -- after a series of hilarious and touching complications -- Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

When the plays wraps up on campus Grizzle and the cast plan to take the show on the road to various high schools later this fall.

Sep 17
MCC to honor POW-MIA Day with local veterans

McCook Community College's new Student Veterans Organization "Stars and Stripes" and MCC's student life office are teaming up with area veterans to commemorate POW/MIA Day Sept. 21 on campus.

The POW/MIA flag will fly below the American flag at the east side of Weiland Field. Veterans will gather for a brief ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Michael S. Confer Memorial across the street from the west entrance of McMillen Hall on East Third Street.

Following the ceremony, MCC students will host area American Legion members for lunch in Brooks Hall.

"This will be an opportunity for our students to sit across the table from Veterans and just ask questions about their service," said Brian Obert, Mid-Plains Community College Area Dean of Student Life

In addition, MCC is sending the POW/MIA flags to fly at other Mid-Plains Community College locations. These include the north and south campus at North Platte Community College, Valentine and Broken Bow. These flags will also be flown all day Sept. 21.

The event is open to the public. Any area Veteran is invited to attend and share their story. For more information, contact Brian Obert at 308-345-8109.

Sep 13
Kohler receives key to auction house

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Brad Kohler, of North Platte, receives a symbolic key to the 2018 North Platte Community College Foundation Auction House on Thursday from Roger Fattig, NPCC building construction instructor. 

Kohler submitted the winning bid of $127,500 for the home in May. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students in the college's Building Construction, Electrical and Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) Technology programs. They are the ones who built the house – an ongoing tradition since 1971. 

A similar home is currently under construction.

Sep 12
MCC Volleyball team recognized as 'adopt-a-kennel' sponsor


​The McCook Humane Society has recognized the McCook Community College volleyball team as September's "Adopt-A-Kennel" Sponsor.

This is a program where local individuals, businesses and groups can show the community their support for the areas homeless animals.

According to Coach Hayley Kobza part of the motivation for this project came with the death of her dog "Dottie" -- a long-time companion -- last month. The team has adopted a kennel in memory of "Dottie" who was adopted from a humane society in Oklahoma in 2008.

The MCC Volleyball kennel will have a displayed sign which includes a couple images of "Dottie" and the inscription "This Kennel Lovingly Sponsored by MCC Lady Indians Volleyball… In Memory of 'Dottie' … adopted in Oklahoma in June of 2008, a loyal and faithful companion until August of 2018."

Kobza said the Humane Society's Adopt a Kennel Program is a perfect idea for a classroom project and has been a big hit with her players. The entire team spent time with several animals a few hours prior to three-set sweep over Garden City Tuesday. On most days two or three players help walk dogs before practice. She expects her team to continue to be frequent visitors to the Humane Society for the remainder of the year.

Sep 12
Welding students help restore Veteran grave markers


First-year students at McCook Community College recently completed a community-service project where they helped restore Veteran grave-side markers.

Instructor Mike Harris said he requires first-year students to do a community-service project. When Tom Stritt, Red Willow and Furnas County Veteran's Service Officer contacted him, MCC students were excited.

Some markers were simply cleaned up, some required welding markers to the stakes, and some were major fixes.

In addition to doing this locally, Harris is encouraging students to go back to their home towns, make contact with Veteran organizations and take the lead in putting their welding skills to work in restoration projects like this.

There were 10 first-year students who were involved in this project over the past year. Nine more will continue the work this year.

Some of the students involved in the restorations in the past year included (photo from left): Logan Jankovits, Sean Anderson, Brady Wonderly, Veteran Service Officer Tom Stritt, and Tyler Masada.

Sep 12
Wranglers to host tailgates at NPCC volleyball and softball games

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The Wranglers are throwing a party, and everyone is invited. The Wranglers are the official booster committee of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.

They will have a tailgate party Sept. 26, on the north side of the McDonald-Belton building on NPCC's South Campus, when the Knights volleyball team plays Southeast Community College. The tailgate is open to the public.  It will start at 5:15 p.m. and last until 6:30 p.m.

The Wranglers will fire up the grill again Sept. 28 at the Dowhower Softball Complex during the softball doubleheader between the Knights and McCook Community College. That tailgate will begin at 5:15 p.m., and continue until the end of the second game.

Admission is a free-will donation.  The menus for both will include hamburgers or cheeseburgers, chips, water and cookies.

There will be a charge of $5 for a hamburger meal or $6 for a cheeseburger meal.  All proceeds will go to benefit the NPCC volleyball and softball teams.

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Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​