Meeting the WolverinesSep 7, 2012 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Riverton High School students participating in activities and sports this semester had a chance to tell the community about their plans for the year during Thursday's first-ever Meet the Wolverines event, which was held in conjunction with the annual back-to-school ice cream social at RHS.
Activities director Jeremy Hill said the addition of Meet the Wolverines should allow school supporters to feel more connected to Riverton students.
"We wanted to reach out to the community and make sure the kids know their activities affect more than RHS -- they affect Riverton as well," Hill said. "We can talk about what students do all day long, but when the kids do it ... it makes them more accessible."
Parents and teachers said they were pleased Thursday to hear from representatives of RHS clubs and other organizations in addition to the traditional sporting groups. For example, one of the first students to speak was Josh Bechtel, a member of the Wolverine Readers group that encourages students to spend more free time reading. He was followed by the RHS girls swimming team, which is making "a lot of progress" this year, co-captain Taylor Hill said.
"Everyone's doing really great," she told the crowd.
Cheerleaders said local sports fans should look out for the new stunts the squad has been learning this year, while members of the RHS Student Council outlined plans for a circus-themed homecoming dance. Representing the school's cross-country team, Myron Oldman complimented his fellow runners for the effort they have put forth this year.
"It's a tough sport, but each day we improve," he said. "We all push ourselves."
The cross-country group will compete in Rock Springs on Friday, and volleyball players said they are preparing for a home game Saturday against the same city.
Senior Quentin Lance stood to speak for the RHS Key Club and the school's "successful" speech and debate team.
"As a team we're doing quite well, and we expect to do well this year too," Lance said, adding that the Key Club is thriving as well.
Last year, the Riverton club was ranked first in the Kiwanis Rocky Mountain District, which consists of 3,270 members serving 102 clubs in Colorado, Wyoming, the panhandle of Nebraska and northern New Mexico.
"It was quite an honor," Lance said. "We log several hundred hours of service yearly by member, and I expect you'll see us around this year too."
Members of the school's Family Career and Community Leaders of America Career and Technical Organization informed the audience about the activities they have planned for this year, from highway cleanup initiatives to tailgate parties before football games. Other presenters included members of the RHS Future Business Leaders of America group, the Wolverine football team, and the school's new dance team.
Each group was greeted with applause and shouts of support from the crowd and the school's cheerleading squad.
"It was nice that everyone got to see all of the clubs we have to offer," sophomore cheerleader Cara Carper said after the event. "There are probably more than people think."
After the introductions, students, parents and teachers headed toward RHS for the ice cream social hosted by the school's student council. Families also were invited to walk through the building to check out their students' classrooms.
"We're just eating and following," dad Lance Bolte said, spooning ice cream into his mouth as he followed his daughter, sophomore Chantel Bolte, down a hallway toward Kim Krieger's English classroom. Chantel showed her sixth-grade sister, Kami Bolte, around the room while their parents, Lance and Misti Bolte, grilled Krieger about honors English.
"Is it worth more credits?" Misti asked, followed by, "Do you have pretty full classes?"
Krieger said she enjoys the open house format, which is more informal than regular parent-teacher conferences.
"I like it -- it's a way to put faces to their names, and they can put a face to my name when they hear their kids talking about their English teacher," she said.
Krieger, who coaches the school's new dance group, also appreciated the opportunity to showcase her team during Meet the Wolverines.
"It was nice to see all the kids and start new traditions," Krieger said. "Anything we can do to get people more involved, the better."