Retiring A.D., business friend and student athletes, honored by Beatrice School Board

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Public School District has named as its teacher of the month a man who is retiring from his administrative position after several years coordinating activities at Beatrice High School.

Neal Randel was honored before the District 15 Board Monday night. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jackie Nielsen calls him “one of the hardest workers” she’s ever seen.

"Whether its finishing cleaning up after a late-night basketball game, to setting up for an early morning wrestling meet, or making sure co-workers or students are supported with their needs, Neal ensures that the task is done, and done well. He clearly demonstrates Orangemen pride and works to instill that in all that surround him."

Randel was also recognized for his leadership in helping to develop the new Trailblazer Conference, of which the Beatrice Orangemen and Lady Orange are now members.

"The countless hours that have been unknown by many and uncounted by him, deserves to be rewarded."  Nielsen said Randel is almost always the first person to show up and ask, how can I help?

The Beatrice School Board also honored members of the Beatrice Boys Basketball team Monday night, on this year’s Class-B State Championship title. Elliot Jurgens was honored as a second-team all-state player in Class B….and Kaden Glynn as a second team all-state member. Lady Orange basketball player Mak Hatcliff was recognized as a first-team all-state player and the Honorary Captain on the Trailblazer Conference all-conference team.

Also recognized by the Beatrice School Board was the YMCA of Beatrice….as the district’s Business Friend of the Month. The YMCA has hosted Beatrice swimming and diving and provides swimming lessons for second graders within the district….and strength training programs for athletes in the district.

Members of Beatrice State Class B Basketball Champions


Beatrice Lady Orange All-Stater, Mak Hatcliff