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From Feb. 8-10, football coaches from all over the country, including the varsity Griffin coaches, attended the Glazier Clinic in Tennessee. The conference allowed for coaches to learn from different programs and network with the other coaches.

Griffin coaches return from Tennessee with new plans for offense, defense

Brody Heidemann, Sports Editor February 26, 2024

“The long stretch” is what football coaches call the time between the end of football and the beginning of summer workouts. As for the Griffin football team, the offseason will be a time to reload,...

Directing his first period band class, student teacher William Holke has students play Lightning Field. He had students play different notes by section as the class came to a close.

Former band student, current student teacher composer of school fight song

Reese Beery, Reporter February 22, 2024

From football to basketball games, as soon as the band hits the familiar note, students, staff and the Griffin faithful stand together as one Griffin nation and sing these lyrics with pride. This song...

New rules create high school transfer portal similar to college, causes unfair advantage for open-enrollment districts

New rules create high school transfer portal similar to college, causes unfair advantage for open-enrollment districts

Brody Heidemann, Sports Editor February 20, 2024

Back in 2021, when the NSAA stripped the Class A State Champion title from our football team, our community was outraged. An offensive player was found ineligible following a transfer into the district...

Time to show up, show out for Nebrasketball

Time to show up, show out for Nebrasketball

Peyton Parker, Reporter February 17, 2024

Husker basketball has taken a big step from their previous seasons under head coach Fred Hoiberg, who has a record of 57-91 during his time with the Huskers and is now sitting with a record of 17-8 this...

Lining the commons from Feb. 5-9, the  ‘Nebraska Remember our Fallen Exhibit’ the names, photos and stories of Nebraska military members who died in the line of service.

Visiting tribute features veterans with ties to Gretna community

Drew Rhoades, Reporter February 15, 2024

In a tribute to fallen heroes, the ‘Nebraska Remember our Fallen Exhibit’ brings together communities to remember those who gave their lives in the Global War on Terror. The “Nebraska Remembering...

Prom, Post-Prom preparations underway, theme announced

Prom, Post-Prom preparations underway, theme announced

Onnika Moore, Editor February 14, 2024

Based on the 2010 Disney classic “Tangled,” this year's theme for the Gretna East and Gretna High combined junior/senior prom, which will be on Apr. 6 from 6:30 - 10 p.m., at the Strategic Air Command...

GPS Director of Curriculum to retire after 25 years

GPS Director of Curriculum to retire after 25 years

Onnika Moore, Editor February 13, 2024

Meeting with grade-level teachers at Thomas Elementary School, working at admin on a new physical education program, voting on upcoming plans at the board meeting: that’s all in a day’s work for a...

Practicing for the SkyHawk Speech High School Invitational, sophomores Lydia Contor and Natalie Kraaz perform for speech coach Nicole Schlautman on Jan. 30.

After several competitions, team’s success ebbs, flows as they wind down season

Adelyn Ridley, Reporter February 9, 2024

Last Friday, Feb. 2, 15 students were not at school but instead were at Skutt Catholic High School. As part of the school’s speech team, the group, consisting of three freshmen, seven sophomores and...

Work piles up, causes stress after snow days

Work piles up, causes stress after snow days

Leena Macklin, Reporter February 9, 2024

Going full force into the second semester, students have already started to complain about the workload being thrown at them so early on in the new semester. Gretna Public Schools has been back in session...

After school on Jan. 19, students and staff warm up their vehicles and dust off the snow. Later that day, at 4:55 p.m., cell phones received a “Snow Squall Warning” saying:  Snow Squall Warning until 6:00 pm. Slow down or delay travel! Be ready for a sudden drop to near zero visibility and icy roads in heavy snow.

Snow blanket, cold weather puts sports on ice

Drew Rhoades, Reporter January 25, 2024

Today's temperature of 35-37 degrees and the melting snow is a stark contrast to just six days ago, Jan. 19, when the high was five degrees with a wind chill between -13 to -30 degrees. The cold temperatures...

In 1956, English teacher Blaine Christens uncle, Leo Christen, went missing. His car was found near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Teacher’s story of missing uncle inspires creative writing class

Leena Macklin, Reporter January 24, 2024

Trying to inspire his first-hour Intro. to Creative Writing class for their nonfiction narrative projects right before winter, English teacher Blaine Christen told the unsolved, true story of his uncle...

Settled in between Principal Chad Jepsens and Assistant Principal Jamie Ewers offices is new Assistant Principal Michael Tomjacks office. Tomojack was hired to help the administrative team for the spring semester.

Experienced educator becomes Gretna East’s fourth administrator

Brody Heidemann, Sports Editor January 22, 2024

Challenging doesn't begin to describe the first semester at the school, at least for some. Opening a brand new school, managing and planning professional development for staff, dealing with every detail...

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