The University of Wyoming says the world needs more cowboys, and it’ll be getting both cowboys and cowgirls in the form of incoming freshmen from Jackson Hole High School.

On Thursday, President Laurie Nichols — embroiled in drama on campus following her demotion without explanation — and representatives from UW will be at the high school to celebrate Teton County students who have committed to attending UW in the fall of 2019.

The program will occur in the auditorium from 2 to 3 p.m. After brief remarks, students will come to the stage and sign an official commitment document.

Last year, more than 65 students in the 2018 graduating class of 155 were accepted to UW. At least half were expected to attend.

Since the 2009 school year, 241 graduates of the high school have gone on to the University of Wyoming. In 2017, there were 188 students from Teton County enrolled on the Laramie campus and an additional 65 Teton County students taking courses online through the university.

Signing days are a University of Wyoming initiative, started last year, that occur around the state.

“TCSD is excited to join President Nichols and the University in recognizing the hard work and dedication our students have exhibited during their time in our district and to celebrate these outstanding students as they start on their post secondary path,” a press release from the school district states.

Parents of students signing with UW and alumni of the college are invited to attend.

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Kylie Mohr covers the education and health beats. Mohr grew up in Washington and came to Wyoming via Georgetown. She loves seeing the starry night sky again.

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