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Apr 13, 2012 - Staff

Riverton band honored by Wyoming Arts Council

The Fat City Mardi Gras Band, of Riverton, was one of 21 Wyoming artists approved by the Wyoming Arts Council Board to be included in the Council's Artist Roster, which serves as a resource for communities seeking artists for festivals, performances and other types of art programs. Seventy-nine artists are featured on the 2012-13 roster.

WAC Roster Artists are selected through a rigorous panel process that rates artists on art professionalism, presentation, expression and subject matter. Artists represent a wide range of art forms, cultural and ethnic programs and presentation styles. Organizations can apply to the WAC's Artists Across Wyoming grant category to bring a Wyoming roster artist into their communities and schools for performances, readings, workshops, presentations and more.

For more information on the Artist Roster, go to the WAC's website at www.wyomingartscouncil.org or call the Council office at 777-7742.

Shoshoni FFA member elected as state officer

CHEYENNE -- Shoshoni FFA member Jessica Pingetzer was elected as the 2012-2013 Wyoming State FFA Vice President on April 5, at the Wyoming State FFA Convention in Cheyenne.

Pingetzer was one of nine students chosen to lead the Wyoming FFA Association for the coming year. Fulfilling her role will require traveling across the state; meeting top leaders in business, government and education; visiting Wyoming's 50 FFA chapters; and participating in events like the Wyoming FFA Leadership Camp and the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Pingetzer's responsibilities will include providing personal growth and leadership training for students, setting policies that shape the future of the organization and promoting agricultural literacy.

Nominees submitted an application detailing their accomplishments and contributions to their chapter and community. Once at the convention, candidates participated in five rounds of interviews, testing their knowledge on FFA matters and demonstrating their leadership and career skills. The officers are selected by a panel of student FFA members.

Pingetzer was one of 29 students running for state office. Her FFA adviser is Corey Turner.

The Wyoming FFA Association is part of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. This national youth organization has 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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