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RHS Hall of Fame inducts first members

Sep 4, 2015 From staff reports

An appreciative crowd honored the first 10 inductees to the Riverton High School Hall of Fame in ceremonies Saturday at RHS.

A dinner crowd of about 200, plus dozens of other spectators watched a video recalling the accomplishment of each honoree, and each inductee or surviving families members then spoke to the audience.

Inducted were:

- Carl Andre, longtime high school and middle school teacher and coach;

- Everett Befus, multi-sport RHS athlete as well as longtime teacher and coach;

- Sherry Douglas, a Riverton High School teacher for many years and four-time state

champion volleyball coach for the Wolverines;

- Leora Kennedy, a retired high school teacher and coach who was a pioneer of girls athletics in Wyoming;

- Brett Newlin, an all-state musician and swimmer for RHS who rowed for the United States in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games;

- Robert A. Peck, an all-state Riverton athlete and musician in the early 1940s who served as publisher of Riverton Ranger Inc. for 58 years, founded Central Wyoming College, and was elected to five terms in the Wyoming Senate;

- Lois Sackman, legendary high school speech coach and drama director who earned national recognition in both fields;

- Bill Strannigan, well-known RHS basketball coach, teacher and the school's first activities director;

- Ron Thon, popular Riverton Middle School instructor, Riverton High School guidance counselor, and golf and wrestling coach;

- Members of the 1984, 1985 and 1986 RHS girls track team, which won three consecutive state championships in addition to multiple titles in girls basketball and volleyball.

RHS activities director Jeremy Hill was master of ceremonies at the inductions event. He said nominations for the next hall of fame class will be accepted beginning in December.

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The permanent Riverton High School Hall of Fame exhibit has been installed at the RHS commons. Photo by Tibby McDowell

The permanent Riverton High School Hall of Fame exhibit has been installed at the RHS commons. Photo by Tibby McDowell


The permanent Riverton High School Hall of Fame exhibit has been installed at the RHS commons. Photo by Tibby McDowell

The permanent Riverton High School Hall of Fame exhibit has been installed at the RHS commons. Photo by Tibby McDowell

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