Panhandle Perspectives: Retreat provides Panhandle eighth-grade students a chance to think about life after high school

Panhandle Perspectives
October 5, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. —A Nov. 7 retreat near Chadron will introduce eighth-grade students from around the Nebraska Panhandle into thinking about their next chapter after high school, while they also experience traditional camp activities such as archery and a challenge course.

The retreat, called LOG N to your Next Chapter, will be held on Nov. 7 at Camp Norwesca near Chadron.

The workshop is just the beginning for youth who participate in Next Chapter at Nebraska. Each year through high school, Nebraska Extension youth educators and 4-H assistants will be meeting with the grades to cover useful topics, and the youth will get to know each other through fun activities. As sophomores, the group will take a trip to UNL as a part of the program.

Throughout the Next Chapter program, youth will practice skills that will help them after high school graduation in furthering their education, applying for scholarships, or entering the work force, such as writing a personal statement, job applications, interviewing, and more, with help and coaching from Extension staff.

Youth who stay in the Next Chapter program until their senior year will get their admission application fees waived for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK), and University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The Nov. 7 workshop is open to all eighth-graders. It will start at 9 a.m. and end 3 p.m., and the $40 fee will also cover lunch. Register at local Extension offices or online at

Recommended COVID-19 prevention measures will be used following consultation with Panhandle Public Health District.

For questions, contact any of the organizers: Extension Educator Melissa Mracek at, phone 308-762-5616; Extension Educator Sarah Paisley at, phone 308-772-3311; 4-H Assistant Ashley Fenning at, phone 308-762-5616; or Extension Educator Michelle Garwood at, phone 402-376-1850. 

The program is a partnership between Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development and the Nebraska Office of Admissions.


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