JHHS Graduation

The Jackson Hole High School class of 2021 claps during their graduation on Saturday. Some students sported a pin that says, “Live Like Wiley,” which refers to the Jackson Hole High student, Wiley Jay Olsen, who died in a car crash on Highway 22 near Skyline Ranch last September.

Students weren't the only ones being celebrated at Saturday's high school graduation.

Just before the armada of seniors stepped onstage to earn their degrees, Jackson Hole High School Principal Scott Crisp honored two winners of the educator of the year award. Usually, the student-selected commendation only goes to one high school staffer, but given the weird, taxing year, a pair of folks won.

Students selected nurse Beth Shidner as the first recipient. School nurses around the district have picked up a heavy load this year as contact tracing and other pandemic precautions added to their already busy workloads. 

They also choose English and literature teacher Jess Tuchscherer for the award. Tuchscherer elicited a wave of applause from the students as he stepped up to receive his award.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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