Posts from October, 2022

EWC Rodeo Finishes Fall Season

Seth Glass

Seth Glass

The Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo Team finished their fall season recently at the Laramie County Community College rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Freshman Seth Glass finished second in the average for calf roping. He was a 13.5 in the long round which placing him 10th. In the short round he was an 11.1 placing him first in the short round and second in the average.

Sophomore Trace Travnicek was a 12.2 in the long round placing him ninth. In the short round he was a 13.6 splitting third and fourth in the short go and fourth in the average.

Freshman Colton Zimmerman was a 13.0 in the long round placing eighth with no luck in the short go.

In the Bulldogging Bridger Amiotte was a 5.0 placing him fifth in the long round. In the short round Bridger had a good run but broke out, this took him out of the average.

In the Team Roping the team of Wyatt Day and Chase Heim were an 8.7 this placed them eighth in the long round. No luck in the short Round.

In the Goat Tying Karissa Rayhill was a 7.0 in the long round. This placed her third in the long Round. In the Short Round Karissa was a 6.9 placing her third in the short go and third in the average.

This was the last rodeo of the fall season and the second half of the rodeo season will kick off in March 2023 in Gillette.

The Lancer Rodeo team will be holding a fundraiser, “Black Jeans and Gold Buckles Gala,” on Friday, Nov. 18. All proceeds will go to help the rodeo team. Watch for more information.

Lancers win Otero College tournament

George Cordall & Noah Taylor

George Cordall & Noah Taylor

Eastern Wyoming College golfers finished first at the Region IX Tournament held in La Junta, Colorado.

“The guys played very well both days to get a critical Region IX win. We had a balanced effort from all the guys both days,” EWC head golf coach Zach Smith said. “Whenever we shoot under par for the team tournament total we feel we have a good chance to come away with a win. “

The Lancers finished the tournament with a -5. The score 276 on the first day, 279 on day two for a total of 555. McCook Community College finished second with a +6. McCook Community College finished 281 on the first day, 285 on day two for a total of 566.

Eastern Wyoming College’s George Cordall, Nottinghamshire, U.K. tied for second overall with Otero College’s Agustin Pizzorno with a -3. Central Wyoming College’s Hunter Hall won the overall with a -4. EWC’s Noah Taylor, Spanish Fork, UT tied with McCook Community College’s Ethan Gough for fourth with a -2. Lancer, Leander Suttka tied for sixth place with Lamar Community College’s Tyler Cassaday with an Even.

“We’ve got some freshmen that are starting to settle into college golf and play much better,” Smith said. “We are excited to head to Lamar for our last Region IX tournament of the fall.”

Amiotte finishes second in steer wrestling

Bridger Amiotte

Bridger Amiotte

Karissa Rayhill

Karissa Rayhill

Ryan Shepherd

Ryan Shepherd

Seth Glass

Seth Glass

Colton Zimmerman

Colton Zimmerman

Eastern Wyoming College’s Bridger Amiotte placed second in the average in steer wrestling after winning the short round with a 4.5. He had a 5.5 in the long round at the recent Lamar College Rodeo in Lamar, Colorado.

In the goat tying Karissa Rayhill, sophomore, Martin, SD, was a 7.8 placing third in the long round She had some tough luck in the short round and did not place in the average, according to EWC Rodeo Head Coach Whit Peterson.

In the long round of the team roping Eastern Wyoming College’s Ryan Shepherd, freshman, North Platte, NE heeling for his partner Hayse Wetzel from Casper College tied with Eastern Wyoming College’s Seth Glass, freshman, Central City, NE, heeling for his partner Jaden Mathis from Casper College were both an 8.7. They split eighth and ninth in the long round. Shepherd and his partner ended up sixth in the short round and sixth in the average.

In the calf roping EWC’s Colton Zimmerman, freshman, Wellington, CO, was a 10.1 in the long round, this placed him fifth.

In the Short round he was a 9.5 placing him second in the short round and split fourth and fifth in the average.

This weekend the Lancer rodeo team will travel to Cheyenne and compete at the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo Oct. 14-15.

Lancers finished second in Lamar

 George Cordall and Noah Taylor

George Cordall and Noah Taylor

Eastern Wyoming College golfers finished second at the Lamar Community College Region IX Tournament in Lamar, Colorado behind McCook Community College.

McCook Community College won the tournament with a -7. McCook Community College scored a 275 through round one and 278 for round two for a total of 553. EWC finished second with a +18. The Lancers recorded a 283 in round one and a 295 in round two for a total of 578.

“We played well on Thursday,” EWC head golf coach Zach Smith said. “We definitely felt like we left some shots out there but overall, the first day was solid. We could have played much better on day two.

It was fairly cold and windy in the morning. The guys looked good early but let some get away later in the round.”

The Lancer’s George Cordall, Nottinghamshire, U.K. finished tied for third with McCook Community College’s Brayden Dahl with a -1. McCook Community College golfer Ethan Gough won the tournament with a -5, followed by teammate Cade Cryer with a -3.

EWC golfer Noah Taylor, Spanish Fork, UT  finished in a tie for ninth place with Northeastern Junior College’s Jackson Rottschafer. Both golfers finished with a +5.

“We had a strong Fall season, and we look forward to getting some classes caught up after a hectic fall travel schedule and continue to work on our game,” Smith said.

Impacting Tomorrow’s Teachers

LeAnn Smith and students

LeAnn Smith and students

As a senior in high school Dr. LeAnn Smith worked as a student aid for a kindergarten class. Her experiences there lead her into a career as an educator and ultimately to being Eastern Wyoming College’s new Associate Professor of Education.

“There was a boy in the (kindergarten) class who was so wild. He would run all over the classroom and he’d stand on the table and sing,” Smith said. “The teacher put me in charge of him.”

Instead of disliking the experience and the boy, Smith “thought he was a great kid, just needed some special attention.”

The experience made her want to go into education.

“I also had some extraordinary teachers when I was a student and I am inspired to be like them,” she said.

Growing up on a ranch outside Grover, Colorado, Smith learned the value of hard work from her parents, Andy and Marian Sierman. She was involved in sports, FFA and rodeo.

“Rodeo has always been a part of my life,” Smith said. She is involved in barrel racing, team roping and breakaway roping. She has a WPRA card in barrel racing.

After graduating in a class of “seven” she attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. While a NJC she competed on the rodeo team. She finished her degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at Eastern New Mexico College.

“While attending college I worked at an alternative high school,” Smith said. “I taught in a GED program, most of my students were older than I was. It was a high poverty area.”

Smith did her student teaching in Grand Junction, Colorado before moving to Cody, Wyoming for her first full time teaching position. As a December graduate she was hired to finish the school year teaching special education at an elementary school.

Wanting to be closer to home, where her sister, Lisa Johnson who had recently had a baby, Smith accepted a position at Prairie School. The k-12 school is located between Stoneham and New Raymer, Colorado.

“I did a lot of things at Prairie School,” she said. “I taught K-12 in math and English, coached junior varsity basketball, volleyball and track.”

While at Prairie School she worked and completed a Masters in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

“I had a lot of students who had special needs and academic needs, so I wanted to get my masters to better help them,” she said.

After receiving her Masters there was a change in leadership and Smith was named the interim principal. She was also the school counselor.

“If I was going to be the principal I was going to do the best I possibly could,” Smith said. So she began working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

As a principal “I wanted to help other teachers as they worked to achieve student and teacher success,” Smith said.

Everything was going well at the school. However, her sister had married a rancher from LaGrange, Wyoming where they were living.

“We’ve (Smith and her sister) have always been very close,” Smith said. So when a ranch came up for sale 12 miles from her sister, Smith and her husband purchased it and moved to eastern Wyoming.

With a Doctorate degree in hand,  Smith began substitute teaching in Albin, Wyoming at Albin Elementary School.

“I substituted for a year then was hired on,” she said. “I taught a combined first and second grade class for a couple years.”

Some asked why, with a Doctorate, she would go from small rural school to rural school?

“Our rural students deserve to have the same high quality education our big city schools get,” she said. Also, “you bloom where you are planted.”

At Albin, she later became the school’s principal. She served as principal for 12 years until she accepted the position at Eastern Wyoming College in May 2022.

“I worked with an amazing staff,” Smith said. “It was also a very supportive and hardworking community.”

The school had a long history of success that Smith was able to keep going.

“We hired the right people and empowered them to do their job,” she said. “Get out of their way and let them grow. I have a strong belief in a growth mindset. No matter how much we learn we can still learn more. I also believe in servant leadership. As a principal it was my job to help others succeed.”

Under Smith’s leadership the school received recognition three times at the national level. Twice the school was honored with the National Distinguished Title 1 award and once with the Blue Ribbon Award.

“LeAnn was a great mentor and a great leader for our school,” Albin Elementary School head teacher Chris Nusbaum said. “She had high expectations for students and staff alike.”

Nusbaum worked with Smith for “more than 15 years” and said Smith “is very much missed, but we understand her desire to step out and put her mark on education in another avenue.”

“I am very confident she will be as successful with this endeavor as she was when she was at the helm at Albin Elementary School,” Nusbaum said.

In the spring of 2022 she worked as an adjunct professor at Eastern Wyoming College, besides being the principal and teaching special education at Albin.

“They were long days,” she said. “But something I learned growing up on the ranch is that hard work pays off.”

Leaving her job at Albin was hard, but Smith wanted to “cast a wider net.”

“All along (in her career) one of my missions has been to have a meaningful impact on people,” Smith said. “As an instructor at EWC I can impact not just one or two schools but all my college students can go out and have that positive impact on their students.”

In her first semester as the Associate Professor of Education she said, “I love my job here. The students are amazing and eager to learn.”

The education program at EWC offers degrees in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Secondary Agricultural Education and Secondary Physical Education both in-person and virtual. For more information on the programs call 307-532-8200.

EWC Community Education updates class information

The Eastern Wyoming College Community Education Office in Torrington announced a change to the upcoming Women’s Self Defense class.

This class will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the CTEC Building room 101 and 133. The cost of this class is $75.

Community Education has also added an additional session of Healthy Aging Yoga. This class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, November 7 – December 21 from 9:45-10:45 am in FA 47. The cost of this class is $84.

For more information about these classes or others, please call the Community Ed office at 307.532.8323 or stop in at 3200 West C in the CTEC building.


EWC Vet Tech club holding dog wash

The Eastern Wyoming College Veterinary Technology Club will be holding a dog wash on Saturday, October 22.

Appointments will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude at 1:30 pm. Walk-ins will be welcome at 9:00 am until 11:00 am. The student technicians will do minimal brushing and do not shave out mats. A current rabies certificate is required to participate. If you have a dog that is scared of the dryer, they need to be here early so they can stay until they are dry.

Pricing per dog is as follows:

Small Dog (0-20#) $10
Medium Dog (20.1-50#) $12
Large Dog (50.1 – 90#) $15
Extra Large Dog (90.1 and above) $20.00

Added charge for long hair: (Require additional grooming and Drying Time)
$5.00 per dog

Other Services:
Nail trim: $10

If the weather permits, the students will set up a registration table outside of the north entrance to the Veterinary Technology building.

Vet Tech students will be calling previous customers for appointments. To make an appointment please contact Gracie at 307.389.3605. Leave a message and a student will return your call.

EWC Phi Theta Kappa inducted new members

Eastern Wyoming College - Fall Phi Theta Kappa 2022 inductees

Fall PTK 2022 inductees: Front row left to right: Karen Schardt, Hannah Kerkes, Jackson Morgheim, Shelby Carr, Celilo Brun – Back Row left to right: Makenna Reinert, Justus Wilkinson, Rave Rising, Joseph Clamp, David Andrew, Monica Brcina – Not pictured: Lorren Henkel, and Lindsey Steyer

Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that thirteen  students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on September 14, 2022. Phi Theta Kappa is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.

Students inducted into the Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter of PTK include: David Andrew, Littleton, CO; Monika Brcina, Tuzla, Bosnia; Celilo Brun, Joseph, OR; Shelby Carr, Alliance, NE; Joseph Clamp, Wheatland, WY; Lorren Henkel, Bayard, NE; Hannah Kerkes, Lusk, WY; Jackson Margheim, Morrill, NE; Makenna Reinert, Thornton, CO; Rave Rising, Torrington, WY; Karen Schardt, Ft. Laramie, WY; Lindsey Steyer, Scottsbluff, NE; Justus Wilkinson, Douglas, WY.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jeffry Hawes, EWC’s President.

Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.

Eastern Wyoming College golfers finished second behind McCook Community College

George Cordall

George Cordall

Danny Coombs

Danny Coombs

Ryker Dunkley

Ryker Dunkley

Eastern Wyoming College golfers finished second behind McCook Community College at the Northeastern Junior College tournament held in Sterling, Colorado.

McCook Community College finished the tournament at -8, while Northeastern Junior College finished third with a +27, Central Wyoming College finished fourth with a +36, Lamar Community College finished fifth with a +57, and Otero College came in sixth with a +67.

“The guys played well on the first day but never really got it going on the second day,” EWC head golf coach Zach Smith said. “McCook played incredible the first day to take a lead that we were unable to catch.”

McCook Community College’s Ethan Gough and Cade Cryer tied for top honors at the tournament with a -6. EWC’s freshman, George Cordall, from Nottinghamshire, U.K. tied with NJC’s Alex Tanner with a +1.

EWC’s Ryker Dunkley, freshman, from American Fork, UT finished sixth with a +3, and Danny Coombs, freshman, from Southampton, U.K. tied for ninth with Central Wyoming College’s Gaige Toone with a +6.

“We are young this year and making some positive progress.,” Smith said. We are looking forward to keep making positive strides as we navigate the season”