May 4, 2012 Staff

Riverton FFA earns awards at state event

The Riverton FFA Chapter took 27 members to the State FFA Convention on April 2 in Cheyenne. The group did well in several areas and competitions. In the freshman Quiz Bowl competition, the team took second overall with Christina Linthicum receiving high individual. In horse judging, the team placed high in reasons, second in halter and third overall. Tenikah Dolbow took high individual in all areas and Jamie Walker received third in reasons. Meats judging was the fifth high team, and in extemporaneous speaking, Amber Erhart placed fourth. For swine proficiencies, Rylee Crippen received bronze and Drew Chrichton received silver.

Four students also received state degrees: Christa Richardson, Makala Turner, Marissa Stone and Tyler Crippen.

Mikayla Billin was featured as the FFA Talent with her singing. The chapter was also given the Gold Chapter Award, placing it with the best in the state.

Lt. Cmdr. Vanoss to retire June 1 from USR00;Navy

Lieutenant Commander of the United States Navy Vincent M. Vanoss will retire June 1, after completing 7,130 days of honorable active duty service to the United States of America.

Vanoss was born in Lander and earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1992 and entered the Submarine Training pipeline.

In March 2006, Vanoss received orders to serve in Baghdad, Iraq, as Chief Engineer for the joint Counter-IED Electronic Warfare Composite Squadron ONE. Through the combined engineering expertise, training, tactical generation and dedication, JCCS-1 not only made a difference by saving lives but were recognized for their actions in receiving the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation. From the time Vanoss arrived until his departure in November 2006, U.S. casualties were reduced by more than 50 percent -- a credit to the unit's dedication and effectiveness.

Vanoss has spent the past five years working in the Tomahawk Missile Program Office as the submarine integration lead responsible for all aspects of making the weapons system work on submarines.

Vince is the son of Ronald and Marilyn Vanoss of Fairfield, Ohio, and is the grandson of Lander residents Pete and Iva Carpenter.

Northern Arapaho scholars named at UW

Seven University of Wyoming students are the recipients of Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarships for the coming summer session and academic year.

They will be recognized at the American Indian Studies Honoring of Graduates ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Garden Ballroom of the UW Conference Center, located at 22nd Street and Grand Avenue in the Hilton Garden Inn.

Current recipients of the endowment scholarship, who will continue to receive support for the coming year, are Melvin Arthur, a graduate student in kinesiology and health from Ethete; and Elizabeth Jude Friday, adult education, graduate student, Lander. A past scholar returning for graduate education and also receiving support is Aldora White from Fort Washakie.

New recipients include Winslow Friday, a civil engineering junior from Lander; Shanae Lawson, biology, junior, Riverton; Teri Miller, elementary education, junior, Riverton; and Veronica Miller, a graduate student in literacy instruction from Riverton.

The Northern Arapaho Endowment Scholarship Program was created in 1987 when the Northern Arapaho Tribe gave $500,000 to UW. The gift was matched by the state, creating a $1 million endowment, which annually produces income for the scholarships. The endowment today has a market value of $1.8 million and has provided support of more than $1.7 million to 86 individuals, 54 of whom have earned degrees and several more who are currently enrolled.

The Northern Arapaho Endowment at UW was established to help students from the Northern Arapaho Tribe gain formal knowledge, skills and abilities.

CWC wins top honors at Wyoming Model UN

A delegation from Central Wyoming College won top honors at the Wyoming Model United Nations held at the University of Wyoming on April 20 and April 21.

Forensics students Nick Esposito and Amber Ezell each won best delegate for their respective work representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in the U.N. General Assembly and United Nations Development Program. Annawynn Blankenship earned honorable mention for best delegate in the U.N. Security Council, and Garret VonKrosigk received an honorable mention for the best paper in the U.N. Development Program.

The students were led by Assistant Director of Forensics William Cooney and advised by Director Jeremy Christensen. The Model UN affords students the opportunity to study a number of countries and better understand their political, economic and social positions regarding international mandates.

In preparing for the competition, Esposito and Ezell spent hours studying Iran and its reactions to a variety of potential issues of concern within the U.N., including those issues relating to Iran's right to develop nuclear energy and the recognition of a Palestinian state, Christensen said.

Blankenship and VonKrosigk had to work through similar issues on India, he said, developing a sense of the economic and political challenges facing India as it emerges as a developing economy.

Martin Diaz, who also participated, advocated the political positions of Bolivia by studying that nation's economic and political development in the context of Latin and South American politics.

The Model UN activity was sponsored by a Title VI grant, written and co-managed by professor Jim Thurman, director of the International Studies at CWC, and Dr. Jean Garrison, director of International Studies at UW. The grant has fostered the participation of all the community colleges in the state. In accordance with its objectives, the grant has supported course development, an international speaker series and additional activities promoting international studies in Wyoming.

Two county residents graduate from MSU

Two Fremont County residents graduated from Montana State University Billings on April 28 during the university's 85th commencement at Metra Park's Rimrock Auto Arena. Jennifer Grace Gale, of Dubois, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in elementary education and reading. Shari Scribner, of Riverton, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in liberal studies.

MSU Billings conferred degrees on 1,028 candidates for associates degrees, bachelor degrees and master degrees at graduation for the 2011-12 academic year, said Dr. Cheryl Johannes, director of admissions and records.

Shoshoni student receives Discus Award

Nicholas Wright of Shoshoni High School was recognized as a 2011-2012 Discus Award winner for his achievement in the areas of athletics, government and academics.

The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes.

Nicholas is now eligible for the 2011-2012 Discus Awards scholarships.

Nicholas also created a multimedia profile highlighting his achievements, which can be viewed in the Discus Award Winners Gallery at

Former resident hired as assistant county attorney

Former Riverton resident Blaine Nelson has been hired as assistant county attorney in Evanston.

Nelson recently concluded his studies at the University of Wyoming and is currently preparing to defend his master's thesis.

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