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SM/HS celebrates achievements, rallies around classmate


Max Miller

English teacher Larry Cloyd heaps praise on the speech and debate team.

"When I first walked in, there were all these kids talking to the wall," Saratoga High School Activities Director Rex Hohnholt said of his trip to a speech and debate competition earlier in the year. An assembly held after classes were dismissed March 31 honored the 1A/2A state champions.

"Thank you for enlightening me at the meet, and impressing me," Hohnholt said before yielding the microphone to the public speaking pros.

"Speech and debate is the best because you basically make a family" said Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow senior Mariah Scharosch. The team is eager to recruit new blood for 2017, as they will be losing graduating seniors Mariah Scharosch, Rowan Ford, Milo Hunter, Gale Jackson and Jacob Dickinson.

Wrestling coach Jared Mason also took the floor to recognize the achievements of his grapplers.

"Not only were these guys tough on the mat - they did great academically, too," he said of All Conference Wrestlers Daynon Mowry, Thomas Ingraham, Jaxon King, Bradley Bifano and Thatcher Spiering. Spiering and Bifano additionally took home All-State Wrestling honors.

Jace Berger and Meredith Lincoln on the Panthers basketball team were likewise brought to the front of the auditorium to be applauded for their All-Conference achievement.

At the individual level, Larissa Ford was recognized for her acceptance into the High School Institute (HSI) program in Laramie. Designed to nurture high-performing high school sophomores, HSI is a three week incubator program that serves as an introduction to collegiate life for 100 students from around the state.

Forming a reception line, and doling out high-fives and hugs, the seventh grade class seemed eager to show their support for fellow student Kaden Hedley at the assembly. Hedley's mother Cassandra Vining and stepfather Patrick Vining were also in attendance, and the family brought home a gift basket courtesy of the school. The seventh grader underwent surgery April 4, and he will likely miss the rest of the academic year while recuperating.


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