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4A State event champions, Junior Chef Challenge winners recognized by district staff; swimmer awarded “Athlete of the Year” accolade

Cheyenne students earned top places in swimming, indoor track & field, basketball and public debate.

Cheyenne seniors Tyson McMillion and Jack Artery take a photo with coach Tyler Will at the 4A State Speech & Debate competition in early March in Cheyenne. (Photo courtesy of Laramie County School District 1)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Dozens of LCSD1 staff members and parents gave praise to students Monday night for their recent wins in athletic competitions and extracurricular activities.

On Monday night, student athletes who brought home gold at recent state championships — including events such as speech and debate, swimming, track and basketball — were honored by LCSD1 staff, coaches and faculty. Several students thanked family members, close friends and mentors for their accomplishments.

The 4A competitions were held on the following dates, according to the Wyoming High School Activities Association:

South High 4A State Male Swim champion & Athlete of the Year

South High School senior Caleb Brewer finished in first place for the 200 Meter Individual Medley and 100 Meter Butterfly Stroke. He was also named Athlete of the Meet and overall Athlete of the Year.

Brewer broke two minutes for the first time in the 200 IM, he said on Monday night. According to results from WHSAA, he finished with a time of 1:58.30. He said he is a repeat state champion in the 100 Meter Butterfly, and he thanked his parents for supporting his athletic aspirations, as well as his coaches and the staff and faculty at South High.

Brewer was previously LCSD1 Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 6.

Caleb Brewer, a senior at South High, was selected as Laramie County School District 1’s Student of the Week for the week of Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy of LCSD1)

4A State Speech & Debate champions in Public Forum Debate

South High seniors Jack Artery and Tyson McMillion became state champions in Public Forum debate. The pair earned the title by prevailing through three days of competition and completing nine full-length debates. In the final round, the South High duo was watched by a panel of judges as well as an audience of around 50 listeners.

Artery said he has been doing speech and debate for the past four years. In his partnership with McMillion, the teammates were able to overcome debate opponents they historically lost against at the recent 4A tournament.

“We were able to make it and do something we honestly didn’t think was possible,” Artery said.

4A State Boys Basketball Team champions

The basketball varsity team at Central High School clinched the state championship title at its recent visit in Casper. The team consists of Ryan Bradley, Sam Shumway, Mason Tafoya, Chase Talich, Carson Brown, Marcus DeHoff, Joe Sawyer, Tyler Davis, Mason DeHoff, Trey Love, Nate Brenchley and Blake Cox.

The team is comprised of “great young men, and they are destined for a lot bigger things than state championships,” said Jim Shaffer, the team’s head coach, at Monday’s school board meeting.

4A State Swim & Dive champions

Aside from Brewer, two other local swimmers received honors for their first-place wins at their respective state events.

Central High senior Izzy DeLay landed first place for the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:05.72 during her November meet in Gillette. She is attending Grand Valley State University in Michigan in the fall, the swimmer said Monday night.

Brady Benne dove his way to first place at 1 Meter Diving and received a final score of 460.15, according to results from WHSAA.

4A State Indoor Track champions

Many members of Central High’s Indoor Track team crossed the finish line ahead of the pack at their early March meet in Gillette. The following students finished in first:

  • Tegan Krause: First Place at 55 Meter Dash, 6.55; First Place at the 200 Meter Dash, 22.46
  • Bridger Brokaw: First Place at 800 Meter, 1:58.03
  • Trevor Schmidt, First Place at 3200 Meter, 9:47.06
  • Jonah Rigg, Trevor Schmidt, Bridger Brokaw and Race Morrell: First Place at 4×800 Meter Relay, 8:15.86
  • Miles Porwoll, Shawn Basart, Jonah Rigg and Race Morrell: First Place at 1600 Meter Sprint Medley, 3:40.75

Junior Chef Competition winners

The district’s school board of trustees also gave props to two elementary school students who won in their respective categories for the LCSD1 Smart Spoon Café’s annual Junior Chef Competition. Finalists were chosen in early February and then proceeded to cook their submitted recipes for a panel of judges on Feb. 28. The winning recipes will appear on the district’s school lunch menu later this year.

From left: Jessica Sisk stands with LCSD1 students Madeline Johnson-Rouse and Olivia Garrett. Both students won for their respective recipes in the 2024 Junior Chef Competition. (Photo courtesy of Laramie County School District 1)

Second grader Olivia Garrett of Pioneer Park Elementary won for her pizza quesadilla recipe, while fourth grader Madeline Johnson-Rouse of Poder Academy received first place for pulled pork grilled cheese.

Madeline’s recipe will be on the district school menu Thursday, May 9, said Jessica Sisk, program coordinator for the Junior Chef Competition, on Monday night. Olivia’s submission will be available for kids to try in cafeterias Tuesday, May 21.

The Cheyenne students also appear in a two-minute YouTube video, guiding viewers through their respective recipes. The video can be viewed below.

The LCSD1 Board of Trustees will hold its next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8.