Wind River Eighth Grade students, from left, LeVesta Stringham, Michael Kerr, Mariah Smith and Shandi Nakota played a game to win prizes Friday. (Ernie Over photo)
Wind River Eighth Grade students, from left, LeVesta Stringham, Michael Kerr, Mariah Smith and Shandi Nakota played a game to win prizes Friday. (Ernie Over photo)

Wind River Eighth Grade students, from left, LeVesta Stringham, Michael Kerr, Mariah Smith and Shandi Nakota played a game to win prizes Friday. (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Pavillion, Wyo.) – For the past 12 weeks, up to 28 students participated in a class at Wind River Middle School with a goal of staying on track for graduation. Sponsored by the Fremont County Prevention Management Organization, and offered through the school’s health curriculum, the class raised awareness of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, and especially underage drinking.

Tauna Groomsmith, who taught the class, said those students who faithfully participated did well. “They asked good questions and when I asked them questions, they had good answers,” she said. The class discussed good decision making and goal setting in regards to drug, tobacco and alcohol use. “This was a tough class,” she told graduates last Friday morning, “I appreciate you being willing to participate enthusiastically.” (See list of graduates below)

As a graduation event from the class, the students were treated to a lasagna and salad dinner and had the chance to play board and other games for prizes (including county1o.com stickers). Each of the graduating students then received a Certificate of Completion, a water bottle and a tote bag.

Legrand Willow, Alex Mills, Chance Jennings and Ryan Crabtree play pick-up-up stickers while Douglas and Verna Willow looked on. (Ernie Over photo)

Legrand Willow, Alex Mills, Chance Jennings and Ryan Crabtree play pick-up-up stickers while Douglas and Verna Willow looked on. (Ernie Over photo)

Additionally, Jim McGilvray, Advertising manager of KTAK/KVOW radio in Riverton was there and six of the students were chosen to record two different Public Service Announcements that will be distributed to Fremont County radio stations this spring. The PSAs concerned the issue of underage drinking.

Groomsmith said a similar program is being offered in Riverton and Dubois schools and she said she hopes to offer the course in other schools in the county.

From top left, Gabby Cunningham, Danika Ingalls, and parents Maria Nakota and Misty Ingalls played UNO for prizes prior to the students receiving a lasagna lunch and Certificates of Completed. (Ernie Over photo)

From top left, Gabby Cunningham, Danika Ingalls, and parents Maria Nakota and Misty Ingalls played UNO for prizes prior to the students receiving a lasagna lunch and Certificates of Completed. (Ernie Over photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students who received completion certificates from the course are: 

Shandi Nakota

Tristin Miller

Shoshanna Norris

Mariah Smith

MacKayla Smith

LeVesta Stringham

Legrand Willow

Johnny Fenton

Gabby Cunningham

Danyka Ingalls

Chola Bell

Chance Jennings

Aneesa Tibbs

and

Alex Mills