Education After Hours 2018 - Destination GREATNESS

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The North Platte Public Schools Foundation, in conjunction with the North Platte High School, is excited to announce the 2018 NPHS Distinguished Alumni Award!  A committee of Foundation Board Members, NPHS Administrators and NPHS Alumni and community members began the selection process in December.  These outstanding alumni of NPHS will be honored in North Platte on Friday, April 6th, at the Holiday Inn Express as part of the Foundation's Education After Hours event. 

The 2018 NPHS Distinguished Alumni are:


Mr. Joe Staroska (Class of 1992), Outstanding Accomplishments in Business and Service to the North Platte Community:

Mr. Joe Staroska was nominated by his wife Wendy Staroska. Mr. Staroska is a 1992 graduate of NPHS and went on to attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln while also serving in the Army National Guard.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Communication from UNL. He pursued law school in Chicago and was accepted to 3 before deferring to pursue his business ventures in North Platte.  He served in the Army National Guard from 1991-2005.  In 2004 Joe, along with his business partner Scott Erickson purchased Weathercraft Roofing.  Together they have expanded their business to 15 locations in 5 states.  He has earned Weathercraft coveted awards including the Eagle Award and the Firestone Master Contractor.  Joe has served his community in various capacities including the North Platte Chamber of Commerce, North Platte Public Schools Foundation Board, NebraskaLand Days Board, Cody Cavalry, North Platte Ambassadors, North Platte City Board of Adjustments, Prairie Lake Boat Club Board and he is a member of First Presbyterian Church.  He and his wife Wendy have one daughter Blakely who attends Eisenhower Elementary School.

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Colonel Jeff Buck (Class of 1987), Outstanding Accomplishments in the Military:

Colonel Jeff Buck was nominated by Darrell Drullinger.  Jeff is a 1987 graduate of North Platte High School where he was a national honor society member and a three year athletic letter winner.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1995. (Distinguished Military Graduate)   He earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and a Master of Strategic Studies in 2017 at the United Army War College.  Colonel Buck has served successfully in a multitude of command and staff positions across the world including the Pentagon.  He has served in multiple combat zones including Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and operation Enduring Freedom.  Colonel Buck has earned the Bronze Star (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (six awards); Army Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Army Achievement Medal (two awards). He continues his military service and lives with his wife Michelle and sons Cody and Trevor in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 

“Education after Hours” will be held on Friday, April 6th, from 5:30-7:30. 

The Foundation will be honoring our 2018 Distinguished Alumni and North Platte Public Schools 2017-18 Teachers of the Year, Administrator of the Year and Staff Member of the Year.  “Education after Hours” is a casual evening to celebrate public education in North Platte.  For more information on our Distinguished Alumni Program or ticket information please contact the North Platte Public Schools foundation at (308) 696-3325 or visit our website 

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