Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

GHS announces top graduates

by marlys good

Hunter Grant, Sarah Bockman, Michaela Denniston and Dane Gifford share valedictory honors for the Greybull High School Class of 2013. Luke Zeller is the salutatorian.

For Hunter, Sarah and Michaela, being valedictorian is the realization of a goal set when they entered high school.

“I always tried my hardest to do well; I definitely wanted to be valedictorian since I was a freshman,” Sarah said. Her sentiment was echoed by Hunter, who added that her next goal is, “To do well in school after this.” Michaela always strived for straight A’s. “I always wanted to do my best; I knew how important it was.”

Michaela, the daughter of Collette Meyer of Greybull and Jerry Denniston of Basin, plans to attend Arizona State University located in downtown Phoenix, where she will major in health sciences, pre-professional. “My final goal is to be a physician’s assistant,” she shared.

In June she will attend the National FBLA conference in Anaheim, Calif., and fly directly from California to Arizona to live with her sister (in Paradise, a suburb of Phoenix) and get a job.

“I will definitely miss the friends I made here and my family since I’m moving away, and the teachers who have really helped me a lot throughout my entire schooling. I am definitely ready to go to a bigger city; I won’t miss the small-town environment. I am ready to get out there and explore.”

Hunter, who attended school in Greybull as a third grader before moving back to Georgia, returned to Greybull the second semester of the eighth grade. She has lots of good memories of Georgia, notably living closer to “things,” like malls and movies, plus “it was warm all the time,” she laughed.

But in Greybull she realizes “I was allowed to do more than I would have in Georgia because you know who everyone is and my parents know everybody. I have liked being in all the different activities; everyone supports each other. I have learned a lot and I have a lot of good friends, a lot of good memories.”

Sarah said she will always remember “all the fun times with friends, whether on trips, activities, or things that go on in school – dances, homecoming, prom. There isn’t much I won’t miss, unless it’s the work.”

Both young women plan to attend the University of Wyoming. Hunter is looking to pursue a degree in business while Sarah plans on pursuing a pharmacy degree.

Hunter is the daughter of Jeff and Karen Grant; Sarah is the daughter of Steve and Margaret Bockman.

Dane Gifford, son of David and Tracy Gifford of Greybull, moved from California to Greybull when he was in the third grade. An outstanding scholar, Dane plans to attend the University and pursue a major in music education. Degree in hand, he plans a career as a high school music teacher.

That was not his first career choice. At one time “I wanted to be a lawyer,” he shared.

The shift began in the sixth grade when he took up band under the baton of Darcie Weydeveld. He went on to become proficient on the flute, saxophone and oboe. “I really got into it in my sophomore year,” he said. “It’s just fun to play.”

His best memory of high school? “I guess it would be the fourth quarter band concert of my freshman year. I just liked the songs we played, especially ‘Out of Nowhere.’” Marc Graham was the band instructor. It was during his sophomore year that his desire to be a lawyer veered to a career in music.

He’ll miss the music, his history classes, and “some of my friends. Most of them are going to Northwest College.”

His advice to younger students is, “Try to choose a variety of classes; that way you’ll have an idea of what you like when you go to college.”

Luke Zeller, son of Todd and Sarah Zeller said, “It hasn’t quite hit me yet that I am going to be graduating. I imagine it (graduation) will be pretty emotional, something along the lines of the last state wrestling tournament.”

He’ll miss being involved in sports, (football and wrestling) and other clubs and all the trips taken as an athlete/member. He’ll miss all the fun he’s had participating in both sports and clubs, but he has stored up dozens of good memories. Luke said he’ll also “miss just being able to see my friends every day, the friends I’ve known since kindergarten.

His involvement in activities also led to his “scariest” high school experience. “It was a Student Council trip this year when we went to Cheyenne to the state convention. I had to get up and speak in front of about 600 students. It was just about a minute of talking and I was done; it was all over. I’ve given different presentations, Science Fair, History DAY, FBLA. It was not like I was a stranger to it, but it was by far the largest audience I have spoken to.”

His route to class salutatorian started at the end of his freshman year. “At the end of the year I realized I still had a 4.0, so I figured I’d just try to keep getting a high GPA.” He didn’t take the easy way. “This year I really took hard classes, three different college courses the first semester, and two now. Nominally that doesn’t show.” His GPA slipped to 3.9, but I learned more because of it.” He is not going to miss “all the hard work,” he laughed.

He would advise incoming freshmen to “get involved. Definitely. Do as many of the things as you can because in a few years, you won’t be able to and you’ll look back and wish that you had.”

Eighteen vie for commissioner seat

by karla pomeroy

Eighteen Republicans have put their name in hoping to be appointed as the next Big Horn County commissioner.

The vacancy for the late Thomas “Scotty” Hinman, will be filled by official appointment from the commissioners but first the Big Horn County Republican Central Committee must narrow the list to three candidates to submit to the commissioners.

The candidates are Linda Harp, Fred Willert, John Hyde, Michael Scherman, James Szlemko, Monte Lewis, Heath Hopkin, Lisa Kimsey, Richard Russell, Michael Riley, Bill Burbridge, Selena Brown, Barbara Anne Greene, David Banks, Felix Carrizales, Robert Kampbell, Stanley Jones and Joe Wildman.

Each applicant will meet with the Big Horn County Republican Central Committee at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Big Horn County Weed and Pest meeting room.

The applicants will be sequesters and then a question committee will ask each applicant the same set of questions. Applicants will also be provided an opportunity for a three-minute summary.

Precinct committee people will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

The Big Horn County commissioners, expecting the names of the three candidates to be submitted to them on Friday, will set up interviews for the three finalists on Monday, March 13.

Cundall to speak at GHS graduation

by marlys good

John Cundall of Rock Springs, former GMS math teacher, high school football coach and athletic director for Big Horn County School District No. 3, will be the guest speaker at commencement exercises May 19 in the Buff Gym.

Cundall, who has taught in Rock Springs since leaving Greybull two years ago, said, “The class of 2013 was a special class to me while I was at Greybull. I had worked with many of them in various ways from the time they were little kids until I left Greybull after their sophomore year. They were always a great group to have in class and work with. Even though I’ve not had the day-to-day contact with them the last two years, I have, through school activities and officiating, been able to somewhat keep tabs on them so that has been nice.

“They are a great group and I am humbled and honored by their invitation to be their speaker at their graduation ceremony.”

In his graduation address Cundall said, “I will touch on some things that I believe are important as we work through the day-to-day trials and tribulations that life presents us. I very much am looking forward to it.”

Cundall, a Wyoming native, was raised in Glendo. After graduating from Glendo High School, he attended Chadron State College where he earned degrees in mathematics and business.

He has been a teacher and coach for 24 years. His “tours of duty” have taken him to Rushville and Gering, Neb., Kemmerer, Campbell County (Gillette) and Greybull. Seventeen of his teams appeared in state football playoffs, 10 of those advancing to the semifinals, six advancing to the state championship, and two of them winning it all.

He has been part of five Shrine Bowl staff, served as president of the Wyoming Football Coaches Association for several years and is currently the executive director of the Wyoming Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game.

He and his wife Kris have three children. Chloe and Clay graduated from Greybull High School. Chloe lives in Rock Springs, is married to AJ Muller and is finishing her education degree while working in the SWSD 1 school system. The Mullers are expecting their first child this summer. Clay attends Chadron State College where he is majoring in education and plays football for the Eagles. Kyra graduated from Rock Springs High School. She is an accounting major at the University of Wyoming.

Elks distribute $12,600 in scholarships

by nathan oster

Local students walked away from a dinner ceremony Friday night with more than $12,600 in scholarship money, courtesy of the Greybull Elks Lodge.

Scholarship recipients this year included:

• Daniel Davison of Burlington, who won the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award.  The scholarship is worth $4,000 — with four annual distributions of $1,000.

• Emily Jones of Burlington, who won an Elks National Foundation allocated $1,000 scholarship award.

• Amantha Robertson of Riverside, who won a $600 local scholarship from the Greybull Elks Lodge.

• Luke Zeller and Michaela Denniston, both of Greybull and both recipients of $500 scholarship awards from the Jerry Schmer family.

• Holly Huber of Greybull, who earned a $1,000 Wyoming Elks National Foundation vocational scholarship award.

• Sarah Bockman of Greybull, recipient of an Elks National Foundation allocated $1,000 scholarship award as well as a $4,000 Elks National Foundation Legacy Award that pays out $1,000 annually.

• Wyatt Good, who is in line to receive an Elks National Foundation Emergency Education Grant.  This grant was established to help families of deceased Elks Club members. Wyatt’s dad Chris, who died Aug. 31, 2008, was a member of the Greybull Elks Lodge.

Eleven GMS track marks fall

by nathan oster

Greybull Middle School athletes set 11 new school records during the spring track and field season.

Braeden Tracy was the young Buff most responsible for the assault on the record books, as he established new sixth-grade marks in the 100 meters (12.99 seconds), high jump (5-0), long jump (16-6) and shot put (31-5).

Five school records fell in the sixth-grade girls division. McKenzie Mazur set two of them, establishing new marks in the 1,600 meters (6:15.69) and high jump (4-1).

Brea Terry set a new school record in the 800 meters (2:47.66).

Sydney Tschiffely is the new record holder in the long jump (13-5 3/4).

Tatem Edeler now owns the triple jump record (26-2).

Records in the seventh- and eighth-grade divisions are considered tougher to reach because they span a longer period of time. In fact, some date as far back as the 1970s and 80s.

The only two new records that were set this year in those divisions came in the seventh-grade boys division.  Miguel Gomez had a hand in both.  He set a new mark in the triple jump (35-10 1/2) and joined Jovani Garay, Max Mills and Eduardo Burgos on the record-setting, 800-meter relay team (1:55.56).

 

Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille Lipp

Sept. 20, 1940 – May 6, 2013

Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille Lipp, 72, of Greybull, passed away Monday evening, May 6, at the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana in Billings.

A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc., assisted the family with arrangements.

Harley McKinney

April 23, 1939 – May 5, 2013

Funeral services are pending for Harley McKinney of Rock Springs. Harley, 74, died May 5 at the veterans hospital in Salt Lake City from complications of AML.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Greybull Standard and Basin Republican-Rustler.

Cards can be sent to: The McKinney Family, Box 213, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

Buffs hope for strong effort in Lander

by nathan oster

The Class 2A West Regional is all that stands between a group of Greybull High School athletes and either the end of the season or a trip to the State 2A Track and Field Championship in Casper.

The Buffs will head to Lander Friday hoping to put the Meeteetse Invitational far in the rear-view mirror.  Coach Jeff Sukut called it, “A rough meet for us,” noting that there were only a handful of personal-best performances.

“You see this is a little bit sometimes … where the kids kind of hit a late-season plateau,” Sukut said. “Now that we’re heading into the regional and state, we’ll start the tapering process this week.  Hopefully it’ll pay off in the form of some better times and distances (in Lander).”

In Meeteetse, the Buffs saw many of the same teams they’ll face this weekend in Lander.

Greybull finished eighth in the boys division and ninth in the girls division. Eleven teams attended the meet, which was won by the Lovell girls and the Wind River boys.

McKenna Powers placed in all four of her events, taking third in the 400 and 800 meters, fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump. The remaining three teams points came on a seventh-place finish by Sydney Eckman in the 400 and an eighth-place finish by Aftin DeRosa in the 200 meters.

Kyler Flock, Wyatt Good, Calder Forcella, Alex Hebb, and Logan Jensen accounted for all of the individual scoring in the boys division.  Forcella was fourth in the discus and sixth in the shot put.  Flock was sixth in the 100 and seventh in the 400.  Good placed in both hurdle races, taking fourth in the 300s and seventh in the 110s.  Jensen chipped in a sixth in the discus.  Hebb took seventh in the long jump.

A third-place finish by the 400-meter relay team of Forcella, Hebb, Dylan Brenner and Flock rounded out the scoring for the Buffs.

Sukut noted the following personal-best efforts:

• Keegan Jenness, who trimmed 1.5 seconds off his best time in the 800 meters (2:33.08).

• Aftin DeRosa, who jumped 13-2 1/4 in the long jump, placing 11th.

• Powers, who turned in her best effort of the season in the long jump (14-7).

• Jensen, with a 34-9 effort in the shot put, good for 12th.

• Gerald Fulkerson, who increased his PR in the triple jump by 1 1/2 feet.

Sukut said that with only a few exceptions, times and distances were down across the board as athletes dealt with cool temperatures and a “fairly brisk wind” that was blowing right down the straight-away (which is the finishing stretch) of most running events.

 

Off to Lander

Four Buffs have already punched their tickets to Casper, and Sukut is hopeful that by the end of the two days of competition in Lander, he’ll have at least twice that many. “I’m hoping to get eight,” he said. “But my primary goal for every kid is that they show improvement, whether it be in inches or seconds.

The 400-meter relay team of Forcella, Brenner, Hebb and Flock is an automatic state qualifier.

To qualify, an athlete must finish among the top eight in an individual event or run on a relay team that cracks the top four.

“A person never really knows what to expect at regionals,” Sukut said. “It’s such a gamble when you go. Some of the stronger teams, they have a lot of kids and can take a girl who hasn’t competed in an event like the 400 all year, throw her into it, and viola, she’s running a 61 and placing out of the blue.”

 

GIRLS DIVISION – Lovell 125, Shoshoni 98, Meeteetse 59, Wind River 56, Riverside 51, Burlington 45, Wyoming Indian 37, Rocky Mt. 30, Greybull 23, Ten Sleep 23, St. Stephens 17.

200 METERS – 8, Aftin DeRosa, 31.94.

400 METERS – 3, McKenna Powers, 1:07.39.  7, Sydney Eckman, 1:09.93.

800 METERS – 3, Powers, 2:41.65.

LONG JUMP – 6, Powers, 14-7.

TRIPLE JUMP – 4, Powers, 30-11 3/4.

BOYS DIVISION – Wind River 137, Lovell 97, Shoshoni 90, Meeteetse 58.5, Burlington 51, Rocky Mt. 48.5, Dubois 39, Greybull 31, Wyoming Indian 27, Riverside 27, Ten Sleep 10.

100 METERS – 6, Flock, 12.56.

400 METERS – 7, Flock, 1:00.84.

110 HURDLES – 7, Wyatt Good, 19.08.

300 HURDLES – 4, Good, 47.88.

400 RELAY – 3, Greybull (Dylan Brenner, Alex Hebb, Calder Forcella, Kyler Flock), 48.09.

LONG JUMP – 7, Hebb, 17-8 3/4.

SHOT PUT – 6, Forcella, 37-11.

DISCUS – 4, Forcella, 123-1.  6, Logan Jensen, 114-7.