The state second place Sales and Service Team (from left) Amanda Lewton, Madison Anderson, Kristian Nash, and Aften Peterson. Lewton was also high individual at the state contest, earning a $1,500 scholarship

Ten Sleep FFA has great state convention

TEN SLEEP — “The Ten Sleep FFA chapter had a tremendous showing this year at state convention,” said chapter advisor Jarred Bower.
The Ten Sleep FFA Range Judging team — members Carina Lewton, Kristian Nash and Lacy Nelson — was second overall in the state, with Nelson placing second high individual in the contest.
The Ten Sleep Sales and Service CDE Team was second overall in the state behind Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School sales team. Sales team members were Amanda Lewton, Aften Peterson, Madison Anderson and Kristian Nash. Lewton was the high individual in the sales contest earning a $1500 scholarship as a sophomore.
“The Ten Sleep sales team had the high individual in every sales contest held in the state of Wyoming this year, an accomplishment no other team in any other event can brag about,” Bower said.
Ten Sleep’s Madison Anderson is the Wyoming FFA State Champion Creed Speaker.
“The creed contest in the state of Wyoming is one of, if not the hardest of any event in the state of Wyoming to win (athletics or academics),” said Bower. “This is a contest that you can only compete in as a freshmen so you only have one shot at the title. Not only do the contestants have one shot, there are no divisions. Madison beat every other 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A school.
“To put it in to perspective there are over 2,000 FFA members in Wyoming and of those, there are over 700 freshmen enrolled in FFA in the state. All FFA freshmen are required to give the creed and most compete in different creed contest to earn a spot at state. Most creed contestants have to be the top three in their chapter, top three in their district contest and have to be top two in their region to qualify for state. Madison has earned one of the most prestigious honors in the state of Wyoming and will compete and represent the state of Wyoming at the National FFA convention in Louisville Kentucky this fall.”

Parks director shares pool
vision with Thermopolis

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

THERMOPOLIS – Following the news that the state has terminated the lease agreement between Wyoming State Parks and TePee Pools, Director of State Parks Milward Simpson and Domenic Bravo, his administrative director, met with members of Thermopolis Economic Development Committee last Friday.
It was an opportunity to sit down in an informal setting and listen to the concerns about the park, Simpson said in a telephone interview.
Simpson and Bravo in turn told the group the state’s plans and intentions for the site occupied by TePee Pools.
“It was a good meeting and good dialogue,” Simpson said. “We shared with them our vision for the future and the process.”
The gathering was the foundation to form a good relationship between the parks department and community. During the meeting, he told the economic development members that his office is putting together a Request for Proposal (RFP) which will go out nationwide to attract business that might be interested in relocating to Thermopolis and running a new facility.
The EDC expressed strong interest in having local involvement in that process.
“I assured them the local community will be asked to participate in the new facility and the overall master plan for the park in 2015,” he said.
The committee was advised what a first-class building will include. They made it clear that whatever happens, it needs to be a year-round facility, open when the weather is good and bad.
In trying to figure out whether it will be a state-built or private built facility, all the information, decisions and plans will be out in the open.
At some point, the process will involve holding public meetings, he said.

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State Nickname: Equality State, Cowboy State

State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

State Gemstone: Jade

State Mammal: Bison

State Fish: Cutthroat Trout

State Reptile: Horned Toad

State Dinosaur: Triceratops

State Sport: Rodeo

State Coin: Sacajawea Golden Dollar Coin

State Grass: Western Wheatgrass

Area: 97,914 Square Miles

Date of Statehood: July 10, 1890

State #: 44

State name is from a Delaware Indian word meaning "mountains and valleys alternating"

First National Park: Yellowstone 1872

First National Monument: Devil's Tower 1906

First state to give women the right to vote

First National Forest: Shoshone National Forest

First state to have a country public library system

First state to have a woman governor Nellie Tayloe Ross 1925

First artificially lit evening football game in Midwest 1925

First town in nation to be governed entirely by women: Jackson 1920 to 1921

First business west of the Missouri River: Trading post at Fort William


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