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North Platte High’s distinguished alumni Tell North Platte what you think
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Byron Boslau
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Jim States
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Jim McFarland
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Chuck Schwartz

The North Platte Public School Foundation, in conjunction with the North Platte High School, has selected the 2013 NPHS Distinguished Alumni.

They are:

Byron Boslau class of 1962

Boslau is noted for outstanding accomplishments in business.

In 1974, Boslau joined Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraka as Accounting Manager. In 1998, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer he became the Chairman of the Board in 1999. Boslau is also active involved in the Lincoln community.

Dr. Jim States class of 1962

States is noted for outstanding accomplishments in medicine and service to the community.

After graduation from NPHS, States attended graduate school and returned to North Platte, where he practiced dentistry for 40 years – first with his brother Jerry, and later with his son, Trent. States continues to be active in the North Platte community.

Jim McFarland class of 1965

McFarland is noted for outstanding accomplishments in both business and athletics.

After graduation, McFarland played in the UNL, where he was named all-Big Eight and second-team All American. Then he played professional football for the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Dolphins in the NFL. After his NFL career, McFarland attended Cornell University and earned a law degree. He served two terms in the Legislature and currently practices in Lincoln. He is on the steering committee for the NFL Players Association. He also devotes time to visiting and educating inmates at the Nebraska state penitentiary.

Chuck Schwartz class of 1968

Schwartz is noted for outstanding service to the NP community.

For the last 40 years, Schwartz has been a business owner and broadcaster in North Platte. He is best known to the community as “The Voice of the North Platte Bulldogs.” Schwartz has also owned and operated the Swiss Colony in North Platte. This fall, he began his 25th consecutive year broadcasting in North Platte. His professionalism and skill earned him recognition multiple times and he serves as an ambassador for North Platte area schools and their teams, and also for the entire community.

Officially honored

The North Platte Public School Foundation recognized these alums at the “Education After Hours” gathering from 5:30-9 p.m. on Friday at the Holiday Inn Express.

Teachers of the year, an administrator of the year and a staff member of the year will also be honored. The gathering is the foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year.

A silent auction and live auction will be held as part of the evening’s events.

Funds raised will help the Educator REACH Grant Program, the Prepared to Learn Program as well as scholarship funding, executive director Jackie Lucas said.

REACH Grants help educators provide more innovative instruction at all grade levels. The foundation has awarded more than $170,000 in REACH grants to educators during the last 14 years.

The Prepared to Learn Program provides immediate assistance to students in need, such as school supplies, clothing, shoes, eye glasses, after school care, lunch money, dental care and beds.

In addition, the foundation awards scholarships to graduating students.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/5/2013
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