Featured SHS Alumni

Alumni Connections Newsletter

Q. Do you have a favorite high school memory?

A. "When I think of memorable moments I think of our Dixie Jazz Band.  We played only Dixieland music.  We were very popular in Scottsbluff and played everywhere.  I was the drummer.  We used to practice every morning.  One morning when we were practicing I noticed a really cute girl watching me.  Her name was Louise Gross.  One time after a concert I was talking to my friend, Kent Green, when Louise came up to me and said, 'You were so great!', then she walked away.  I looked at Kent and said, 'Someday I'm going to marry her', and I did.  Lucky me!  She later became Louise Kent.

Q.  Do you remember a teacher who made a big impact on your life?

A.  "The teacher who made the biggest impact on me was Nellie Baron.  She taught Algebra.  Mrs. Baron barely talked louder than a whisper but she was a wonderful teacher and devoted to each student.  I'm not sure what her age was, but she was one of my Dad's teachers".

Q.  What do you do for fun these days?

A.  "I play with my wife Louise.  We will be married 58 years on October 12th.  For a hobby, I do stained glass.

I have a studio that I rent on 15th street.  Hanging in the window is a piece I made that says KENT.  But the most rewarding activity that I have found is volunteering at the Scotts Bluff National Monument.  I have been doing this for more than 8 years now.

My name is Maria Torres and I am a 2011 SHS graduate.  And, I am now a new 2021 SHS employee!  I joined the SHS staff this year as a Freshman Academy math teacher.  I teach Algebra and Geometry to both freshman and sophomores.  

I am very excited to be back at SHS and to help build on to the wonderful things taking place here.  I remember walking the halls and admiring the teachers before me.  I am a strong believer that it's the little things that help build strong relationships.  I had a teacher/coach who called me "spark plug" because of how energetic I was.  I held on to that for an entire decade and years later, when I began teaching I wanted to make sure that I made my students feel the same way that Mrs. Behnke had made me feel.

I am excited to be a "spark plug" teacher at SHS.  I plan to be "THAT" teacher.  I want to be the teacher who goes all out for homecoming, the teacher who students can confide in, the teacher who uses humility in teaching, and the teacher that makes everyone learn to love math.

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Doug Kent

Maria Torres

Class of 1958

Class of 2011

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