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Ogallala Gets a New Chief

The Tribe Gets A New Chief

By Alexis “Belle” Scheele


The Ogallala Public School Indians are proud to announce the arrival of a new Chief. I got the chance to talk with new superintendent, Mr. Mike Apple, and ask him some questions.

Mr. Apple grew up in Auburn, Nebraska and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Peru State College followed by a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

For the 8 years prior to coming to Ogallala, Mr. Apple was the Superintendent at Hitchcock County Schools a district which includes the communities of Trenton and Culbertson, and before that, he was the secondary principal at Oakland-Craig.

Mr. Apple chose education because of the influence of the teachers he had growing up. One question that I asked was, “What advice would you give to the high school students who are interested in a career in education, either teaching or administration?”

He responded with, “Education is an awesome career. I have been fortunate. I have never really thought of it as a job. I go to school, and I am around kids. In my opinion, that is the best career a person could choose. When a graduate comes up and speaks to me about something that has happened or something I had said to them that helped them make it through school, and they tell me they will always remember me, that is the greatest compliment that anyone could ever receive.”

Many people out in the community don’t realize what all is involved in being the superintendent of a school district.  It is hard work and takes a lot of time and effort making decisions that will impact the entire community for years to come. When I asked Mr. Apple what his vision for our school district is, he responded, “My vision for OPS is to make the best district in the state and make sure that everyone in the State of Nebraska realizes we have the best schools, best staff, and best students.”

We all know that our teachers may have a goofy side to them which none of us get to see, and the only way to find out about the fun stuff is to ask, and that’s just what I did. I asked Mr. Apple, “If you had to leave the field of education, what career would you choose?”

The response was, “I don’t know, I have enjoyed my career, and it is very difficult to imagine not being in education. I love teaching. Now, if I had to choose a career, I would say professional golfer, but sadly, I am not nearly good enough, nor will I ever be, so I would probably starve!”

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