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    BHS Spotlight--Where Are They Now? Featuring Jason Hughes, Class of 1998

    BHS Alumni Spotlight--Where are they now?
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    Burwell High School is excited to continue to feature alumni and their accomplishments. We hope this will inspire and encourage current BHS students! This month we feature 1998 grad, Jason Hughes. Check out his questionnaire and pictures of him at work!
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    Name: Jason Hughes
    Graduation Year: 1998
    Where do you reside (City, State): Lincoln, Nebraska

    Education, Schools Attended, Degrees Attained:

    University of Nebraska-Kearney, College of Business and Technology, Business Administration with an Emphasis in Airway Science

    -What is your current job and how did you get started there? What kinds of things do you do in your job?

    I am currently employed as a First Officer (Co-Pilot) with Southwest Airlines. I was selected to interview with Southwest about six months ago after working and building experience in various roles over the last fifteen years. Over the years I have worked as a Flight Instructor for the University of Nebraska, then, as a Corporate Pilot flying private aircraft and finally working for a smaller airline for about the last 7 years as a Co-Pilot, Captain, and finally as a Line Check Airman where I would evaluate existing and newly hired pilots in their job performance at the airline.

    -Have you had any other jobs/careers of interest?

    When I was in High School at Burwell back in the 1990’s, I worked on computers and built webpages for companies out of my parent’s basement.

    -Do you ever come back to Burwell?

    I come back to Burwell all the time. My parents still live here and I have many close friends here. It’s always great to come back, get away from the city, and catch up with friends and family.

    -What is your favorite memory of Burwell High School?

    “Cruising the square” was always a favorite. I can remember before cell phones really were around much, if you thought you could get ahold of someone, you had to abandon the square and go call from the “free phone” over by the Livestock Market and then hope you could still catch them at home and meet them somewhere. Otherwise, if they had a CB, you might be able to use that. I don’t know how many miles I logged around that piece of real estate in downtown Burwell, but I’m sure it’s staggering.

    -How did your experience at BHS impact your career/life path?

    I think you learn quickly in a farming and ranching community the importance of working hard and staying true to your word. Nothing came easily for anybody who lives in this part of the country, and you learn fast in that type of environment what people expect of you and it molds you as a person in a very positive way I feel. I always try to remember that respect is earned, never given. I knew that no matter how important your role in your job was, if no one respected you, the job title was pointless. That was something that was instilled in you, not just at BHS, but by the whole community.

    -What piece of advice would you give current BHS students?

    Stay focused and determined. If you’re passionate about something in your life, pursue it. I wasn’t exactly a scholar in High School, but I had great teachers who saw potential in me that I had yet to discover within.

    -What are your hobbies?

    I love to play the guitar although over the last couple of years, I haven’t had time to play as much as I’d like. I also enjoy running.

    -What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

    Fate is the Hunter by Ernest Gann. I loved it. Great Book.

    -What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it?

    I love holiday movies, so each year around October, I start digging through the Holiday Classics and even though it might be cliché for me, I just finished watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles the other night. I’d say next to Christmas Vacation it’s one of my all-time favorites.

    -What is your favorite place to vacation? Why?

    That’s a tough question for me. I have always felt my favorite place to vacation depends on a lot of variables that are always changing, but if I had to choose one, I would probably choose Ireland. My Wife and I went there a couple years ago in October and just rented a car and drove from south of Dublin all the way to Belfast in Northern Ireland and back. There is so much to discover beyond the usual sights and sounds and the things we discovered on our own are memories that will last us a lifetime. No matter where we go, we always learn so much about ourselves as people.

    -What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?

    Honestly, getting a job at Southwest. They receive hundreds of thousands of resumes from extremely well-qualified aviators and just to be selected for an interview blew me away, so when Southwest contacted me in late June of this year to extend me a job offer after my interview, I was pretty much walking on air (no pun intended).

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  • Look Out for the Grinch and Support BHS Post Prom

    Look out for the Grinch this holiday season! The post prom parents would appreciate your support if this grouchy guy shows up at your home or business. Check the envelope on the back for instructions!

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    Weverka Learning Academy Grants

    Weverka Learning

    Acadamy

    Can you imagine the lasting impact of a planned gift toward a community?  In 2016, Burwell Public Schools found out they were the recipient of such a gift.  In 2016, Burwell Public Schools were notified that the Mary Lou Weverka estate endowed a gift of $377,769 to Burwell Public Schools.  The monies are to be used to provide “educational opportunities” for the students who attend Burwell Public Schools.  Each year for the life of Burwell Public Schools, the school will receive approximately $17,000 to make a difference in student’s lives.  The monies will live in the Burwell community forever.  What a gift! Her carefully planned endowment has the ability to impact every student who attends Burwell Public Schools.

                    Mary Lou Weverka was born June 22, 1926 to Carl and Rose (Quinn) Treptow 10 miles south of Burwell.  She was one of three children.  Mary Lou grew up and received her education at District #56 through the 8th grade.  Mary Lou moved to Burwell where she stayed with her grandmother and she attended Burwell High School, graduating in 1944. While in Burwell she worked at McMullen Grocery and Clothing for two years.  She took summer school so she could obtain her teaching certificate.  Following graduation she moved home where she taught at a small country school three miles from home.

    In 2019, the Weverka Learning Academy will be established to provide educational opportunities to students in all grades.  The goal of the Weverka Learning Academy is to fund sustainable projects that will have a lasting impact on the education of Burwell students.  Burwell Teachers, Staff and Administrators who are employed at Burwell Public Schools can apply for the learning grants starting on January 1, 2019.  The first Weverka Learning Academy Grants will be funded starting on March 1, 2019.  A community selection committee will be established and The Calamus Area Community Fund advisory board will oversee the grant program.    

    The Power of Establishing An Endowment….A Lifetime Gift!!!

    Weverka Learning Academy Grants

    The Weverka Learning Academy has been established to provide educational opportunities to students in all grades.  The goal of the Weverka Learning Academy is to fund sustainable projects that will have a lasting impact on the education of Burwell students.  The applications for the grant will be available starting January 1, 2019.  The first Weverka Learning Academy Grants will be funded starting in March 2019.  The Calamus Area Community Fund advisory board will oversee the grant program and have final say in all grant payouts.   The Weverka Learning Academy will be reviewed and evaluated on an annual basis by the Calamus  Area Community Fund. 

     

    Important Deadlines:

    January 1, 2018                 Applications will be available to Burwell Public School Teachers & Staff

    March 1, 2018                    Applications are due Wednesday, March 6, 2018 (4:00 pm).  Applications are turned into Mr. Bird

    June 30, 2018                     Monies are to be spent by June 30, 2018

    Selection Process (three-steps)

    Step One:                            Application submitted

    Step Two:                            Weverka Selections Committee (committee is made up of teachers, administrators, and community members)

    Step Three                          Calamus Area Community Fund Advisory Board

     

    Who Can Apply?

    Burwell Staff, Teachers and Administrators currently employed by Burwell Public Schools

     

    Weverka Learning Academy Grant Reimbursement:  Reimbursement will be through the Calamus Area Community Fund (Weverka Endowment) under Nebraska Community Foundation.  Invoices will be paid through the Burwell Public Schools Activity Fund and a Disbursement Form will be submitted directly to the Nebraska Community Foundation. 

     

    Can you apply for Weverka Learning Academy Grants more than once?

    Yes,  the final selection determination will be made by the Weverka Selection Committee and the Calamus Area Community Fund Advisory Board.

     

    Where This Money Came From:

    In 2016, Burwell Public Schools received a planned gift in the form of an endowment from the Mary Lou Weverka estate.  Mary Lou Weverka was born June 22, 1926 to Carl and Rose (Quinn) Treptow 10 miles south of Burwell.  She was one of three children.  Mary Lou grew up and received her education at District #56 through the 8th grade.  Mary Lou moved to Burwell where she stayed with her grandmother and she attended Burwell High School graduating in 1944. While in Burwell she worked at McMullen Grocery and Clothing for two years.  She took summer school so she could obtain her teaching certificate.  Following graduation she moved home where she taught at a small country school three miles from home.

     

    Weverka Learning Academy Grant Application

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