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May 17, 2013 - From staff reports

RHS seniors receive scholarships

Two Riverton High School seniors are recipients of scholarships from the RHS Class of 1962. At the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1962, $2,000 was raised.

The scholarship recipients are Morgan Hinkle and Jordan Belville.

Hinkle plans to attend Central Wyoming College in the fall.

Belville will use his scholarship at Black Hills State University.

Dubois resident graduates college

Dubois resident Katrina Hotka-Truempler graduated from Clarkson College on April 27.

Hotka-Truempler received her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. She graduated cum laude and is employed by Bellevue Medical Center. She is the daughter of Kathy Ware of Etna and Jim Hotka of Davenport, Iowa, and the spouse of Steven Truempler of Dubois.

Clarkson College is a private, non-profit college in Omaha, Neb.

The college is nationally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Mission of Clarkson College is to prepare students to provide high quality, ethical and compassionate health care services.

Three join Heritage Center board

Three new members have joined the board of directors of the Wind River Heritage Center.

John Boesch, Misti Motisi and Shawn Peck joined the board in April.

Peck and Motisi are fourth-grade teachers at Rendezvous Elementary School in Riverton. They are leaders in the planning of the annual fourth-grade rendezvous at the 1838 Rendezvous site adjacent to the Wind River Heritage Center, as well as field trips to the museum.

"Both these new additions will add enthusiasm and energy to the board, perhaps with some new ideas and better ways to get our message to the public," said Wind River Heritage Center president Lew Diehl.

Diehl said the new "Shinin' Times" wax museum lends itself to teaching history in a "you read about it, now here it is" method.

"This is what Lewis and Clark looked like," Diehl said. "Here is a Mormon handcart, etc."

Boesch replaces his wife, Gerri, on the Heritage Center board as treasurer. He is a longtime organizer and participant at the annual 1838 Rendezvous encampment.

The Heritage Center is moving forward after the recent death of Jake Korell, the colorful fur trapper whose collection of animal mounts is the central attraction of the facility.

"Even before the passing of 'Trapper' Jake, the board realized some of us are getting older, and we need to move on and let some new blood take the reins and keep things growing," Diehl said.

He said the Heritage Center still seeks a development officer "who has experience and willingness to take on the fundraising job."

Diehl said the museum soon will begin recruiting a manager and CEO "for a secure future."

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