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The Alta 4-H club has elected its newest officers.

The Grand Teton 4-H Club of Alta has started the year by voting on club officers. at its first meeting, held Nov. 29. The officers, according to CJ Hibbert, 11, are: Eliza Wilson as president, Sydney Mitchell as vice president, Monica Mayberry as secretary, Kalia Moncur as treasurer, CJ Hibbert as reporter, Evey Gregory as historian, Wyatt Loudenslager as pledge leader, Garity Stitt as snack leader and Evey Hibbert as cleanup supervisor. Club leaders are LaRee Hibbert and Megan Hibbert.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, announced Dec. 28 that he has nominated Jackson student Albert Wheeler for an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy.

“Attending a U.S. service academy is all about responsibility, leadership and academic excellence,” Barrasso said. “Albert has shown he is highly motivated and possesses the strong leadership skills needed to succeed. It’s an honor to nominate him, and I am confident that if he is offered an appointment, he will represent the Cowboy State well.”

Barrasso annually nominates the most qualified Wyoming students to compete for acceptance to the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Military and Naval academies. A congressional nomination is just the first step in a competitive process that can lead to an appointment.

Young men and women interested in U.S. service academies apply to members of Congress for nominations. Those nominated are screened by academy officials, and students with the best scholastic and personal credentials are selected for admission.

The Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund has launched its annual grant cycle. It seeks proposals for research, education, habitat protection and habitat restoration. In the past decade over 70 grants have been awarded. Guidelines and an application form can be found at RaynesWildlifeFund.org. Click on “Grant Requests” to find requirements and an application form. Proposals are accepted through Feb. 1.

Jason Quattlebaum, of Jackson, graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University during the Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremonies held Dec. 17 in the Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. Quattlebaum earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students.

Stripping for a Cure recently presented the St. John’s Health Foundation with a check for $145,000, exceeding its original $120,000 pledge.

“We are thrilled by the generosity of our Old Bill’s Fun Run donors,” Stripping for a Cure board member Clairey Grubbs. “Their continued support allows us to further increase our impact in supporting cancer care at St. John’s Health.”

Stripping for a Cure is an annual celebration of women, fly fishing and philanthropy bringing female anglers together to raise funds for the St. John’s Health Foundation. The gift from Stripping for a Cure supports cancer screenings and survivors, from preventive and diagnostic screenings to treatment and survivorship programming. The St. John’s Health Cancer Survivorship Program, set to launch this year, offers comprehensive services to improve physical, emotional, spiritual and psychosocial well being throughout the cancer journey. Stripping for a Cure is the lead donor for this program, and its financial support will waive participant co-pays for bodywork services and group exercise classes.

“Massage and acupuncture are complementary therapies to traditional cancer care that can alleviate cancer symptoms and treatment side effects in a relaxing and peaceful environment,” Survivorship Program Coordinator Katelyn Webb said. “Our small group yoga and Pilates classes provide personalized attention as participants rehab from their cancer treatment and build relationships with fellow survivors.”

The Jackson Hole High School speech and debate team started 2022 with many impressive finishes at a tournament held in Jackson on Jan. 8. Four schools attended the one-day meet. The Jackson team, coached by Londe Gagnon and Peggy Gagnon, recused itself from the sweepstakes category, but would have earned first place if it had been in the running.

Junior Julieta Anaya Aguilar found success in their events. They were the champion in Poetry Interpretation, and they followed that up with a third place in Dramatic Interpretation. Junior Frida Campuzano Olivares also triumphed in her events this weekend. She tied for first place in Informative Speaking and finished sixth in Poetry Interpretation. Junior Nicole Checker tied for the championship in Dramatic Interpretation and tied for third in Original Oratory. Sophomore Sascha Mizelle finished as the champion in Humorous Interpretation, with freshman Case Meaney in second place. Juniors Maya Worcester and Ventura Garcia Perez were the champions in Duet Interpretation.

The Jackson team also excelled in the debate events. Senior and team captain Lily Briggs partnered with Meaney in Public Forum Debate, where they tied for third place along with the team of freshmen Jasper Brandenburg and Ben Moffett. Sophomores Jackson and James Neishabouri were the second-place finishers. Senior and team captain Carter Worcester partnered with senior Sarah Schweitzer to bring home first place in the event. The debate teams spent the weekend arguing whether or not the United States federal government should legalize all illicit drugs.

In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Mizelle was the runner up, with freshman Oscar Andersen finishing in fifth place. The LD topic debated over the weekend was whether or not the appropriation of outer space by private entities is unjust.

Congressional Debate again proved to be a strong event for the Jackson squad, with Maya Worcester finishing in eighth, Briggs finishing in seventh, Garcia Perez placing fourth, James Neishabouri tying for third and Carter Worcester placing second.

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