Kemmerer Lions Club hosts student awards dinner


The Kemmerer Lions Club hosted its annual student recognition dinner for KHS students at Luigi’s on Wednesday, May 23. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts) 

As another school year comes to an end, the Lions Club hosted its annual student recognition ceremony for Kemmerer High School administration, teachers, students and their families at Luigi’s restaurant in Diamondville on Wednesday, May 23.

Kemmerer Mayor Tony Tomassi opened the ceremony thanking everyone for attending and encouraged people to join the Lions Club as he reminded the crowd of the community projects the Lions Club participates in. As the students and families waited for the announcements to begin, everyone enjoyed a prime rib and shrimp dinner. The Lions Club uses donations from local businesses to cover the expenses of the dinner, which is provided to the students for free.

The guest speaker this year was Kemmerer High School graduate Amy Grenfell,who graduated in 1994 and received her bachelor’s degree from University of Wyoming. Grenfell is the Director of Administrative Services for the City of Evanston. She engaged the crowd with a powerful speech as she reflected on her successes and offered advice to the students for their future. She told the students to embrace their individuality and realize the power that they each have to make a difference in the world. Grenfell referenced Edward Lorenz’s “butterfly effect,” which suggests that the act of small changes can have large consequences. Grenfell explained how the flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a hurricane, and empowered the students to take chances, follow their dreams and embrace the possibilities of their choices.

LCSD No. 1 Superintendent Teresa Chaulk introduced the teachers as each one came to the podium to announce their student of recognition. Each department was responsible for choosing a student who excelled in the classroom or on the court. Certificates were handed out as staff shared each student’s story, highlighting their achievements. The crowd cheered as each student accepted their award.

Bank of the West, Crank Company, Diamond G Dental, Diamondville Collision, DJ’s Glass, E&L Motors, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Farm Credit Services, First Bank, Frontier Ford, Kemmerer Gazette, Luigi’s Supper Club, Oyster Ridge BOCES, PacifiCorp Naughton Plant, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Sundberg, South Lincoln Medical, Quality Realty, Wagner’s Chevron Food Mart, Westmoreland Mining-Kemmerer and Williams Field Services-Opal Plant sponsored the dinner.

Student Recognition Awards

• Jeydon Boyd – Football

• Jordan Boyd – Girls’ Basketball, Art IV, Yearbook

• Taylor Brunski – Girls’ Basketball, Sewing II

• Jeff Caugherty – Auto Shop

• Michael Clarke – Foods 1

• Robert Clark – Art II

• Easton Countryman – Drafting, Spanish II

• Brandon Crank – Exceptional Character, Boys’ Basketball

• Brayden Dearden – Perfect Attendance

• Dakota Dunning – Art I

• Eli Erickson – Theatre, Band

• Louis Failoni – AP Government, Spanish 1010, Physics, Boys’ Track, AP Calculus

• Sophie Failoni – World History, English 9, Spanish I, Physical Science, CP Geometry

• Grace Gregory – Volleyball

• Ty Hysell – Golf

• Colter Julian – Exceptional Character

• Alexis Krall – Integrated Algebra II

• Jenna Krell – Cheer, Student Council

• Carl Krell – Boys’ Swimming

• Kellsie Linsay – Exceptional Character

• Joseph McRoberts – Lifetime Sports

• Maisey McRoberts – Woods, English II, Algebra II

• Marisa Orcutt – Girls’ Track

• Kenley Plowman – Sewing I and Girls’ Track

• Tanner Plowman – Strength and Conditioning

• Aspen Pollard – Exceptional Character

• Donny Proffit – Wrestling

• Catherin Rily – English IV

• Collin Smith – Robotics

• Teryn Thatcher – Girls’ Swimming

• Jillian Tibbetts – Algebra I

• Morgan Van Der Zalm – Geometry

• Ty Vineyard – Zero Hour Lifting

• Allison Walker – Career Art

• Hayden Walker –Welding, English III

• Ben Wergin – Golf

• Oscar Zhang – Chemistry, Pre-Calculus

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