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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 1, 2015 PATTI CARPENTER Rocky Mountain Middle School sixth-graders (l-r) Halley Davison, Taylor Despain and Alexis Minemyer set up a sweets shop under the guidance of RMHS Future Business Leaders of America students. The older students, who are members of the school's FBLA club, passed on valuable information they learned as members during a "mini mall" event held on Dec.18 in the school gymnasium designed to get the younger students excited about business. Future Business Leaders pay it forward BY PATTI CARPENTER Future Business Lead- ers of America club mem- bers at Rocky Mountain High School sponsored a special event on Thursday, Dec. 18, designed to pay- it-forward by passing their business knowledge on to middle school students. The event was designed to teach middle school students how to set up a business during a simulated mini-mall ex- ercise that was held in the school's gymnasium. "Most of the older stu- dents have done this type of project before and are ex- cited to share what they've learned with the younger students," said FBLA advi- sor Skye Mader. Students set up booths where they sold their wares in exchange for "Grizz bucks," with the incentive of winning cash prizes for the most sales of the day. Mader said the club has organized and held the event for many years, after Jennifer Jones started it some years ago as a work- to-school project. "It's kind of cool to watch them compete," said Mader. "Some of them really go all out for the competition." She added that the high school students enjoy pass- ing on what they've learned as members of the club. "Every year it's exciting to see how excited the stu- dents get about this proj- ect," said Mader. Rasmussen nominated for teaching award BY PATTI CARPENTER Though she doesn't know who nominated her, Kaylena Rasmussen is thrilled to learn that she has been nominated for con- sideration for the Montana State University Billings College of Education Ben- edict' and Frances Surwill Memorial Teaching Award. Rasmussen, who is in her final year of studying to be a teacher at MSU-Bill- ings, was nominated by one of her teachers for the pres- tigious honor. Should she win, she will receive a mon- etary award of $1,500 and her name on a commemora- tive plaque that will be pre- sented at the 2015 College of Education Convocation on May 1, 2015. Rasmussen said initial- ly she thought she wanted to be a radiologist but quickly found out after a very short time in the program that it was not a good career choice for her. Once she switched her major to teaching, she knew.it was a perfect fit. "At first, when I thought O Gynecology 7 . " Rheumatology " Kaylena Rasmussen about college, I looked for a career that would make me the most money," she said. "All that has changed now for me. Now I realize that what I really want is a ca- reer that is rewarding in a much different way than money and teaching is that career." Rasmussen said she first experienced the spe- cial rewards connected with teaching when she had an opportunity to work one- on-one with a fourth grader who struggled in reading. "I always struggled with reading in school, so when I entered the teaching college, I wanted to learn all about it," she explained. "I took a reading clinic, where part of the clinic was to work with a fourth grade boy who was struggling. It was unbelievably reward- ing to see his improvement. He was a shy student, with little confidence. I saw all that change and it was just so rewarding and so cool to be a part of that. It made me really excited about what I could do for others as a teacher." Rasmussen, who is originally from Burling- ton but now lives in Cowley with her husband Dylan, said she hopes to land a teaching position at either Rocky Mountain Elementa- ry School or Lovell Elemen- tary School after she gradu- ates from MSU-B. She will realize a part of that dream by doing her student teach- ing work with kindergarten teacher Eric Honeyman at g A new year is born, and we hope its arrival brings you much happiness and success. These Lovell banks will be closed as noted below. a h al i}w 8nk  rcji.t. N,A. FD 648-2213 '179 E. 3rd Lovel! Closed New Year's Day _ 00'Ar00o, i:i  " Where YOU are FIRST! ea,,.b., 548-2751 284 E. Main Lovell R)IC Closed New Year's Day Big Horn Federal II ( GreybulL PowelL Thermopotis, Cod),, Worland, Lovell 548-2703 8 E. Main Love, Member FDlC Closed at 3 p.m. Dec. 31. 1 All day New Year's Day Rocky Mountain Elementa- ry School, starting in Janu- ary of 2015. Rasmussen said she is proud to be the first in her family to graduate from col- lege. She said her moth- er-in-law Geranne Ras- mussen, a teacher, has encouraged her and sup- ported her efforts. County adopts strategic economic development plan BY KARLA POMEROY While the final Big Horn County countywide economic development stra- tegic plan still was not com- plete, the Big Horn County commissioners on Dec. 16 adopted the plan, with an- ticipated changes to come. Lovell Inc./Grow Big Horn County (GBHC) Ex- ecutive Director Sue Tay- lor came to the commis- sioners seeking adoption of the plan and said consul- tants Community Build- ers Inc. (CBI) should have the plan completed in early January and it will then be made available to the pub- lic on the Lovell Inc. web- site and an CD version will be given to each incorporat- ed community. "I think overall they did a very good job. They did quite a few changes from the first draft and beefed up some sections," Taylor said. She also submitted to the commissioners a list of some of the changes that still needed to be made. "This plan divides the county into three sections; can you justify or explain that a little bit better?" Commissioner John Hyde asked. "I thought the way they had it is not really the way it is." Taylor said she talked to CBI about the perceived north versus south divide and how to further tie the county together. She said in looking at data, CBI con- cluded there are three cen- sus tracks that show minor differences in ages of peo- ple, housing and education- al differences. "I don't know that it makes a big difference in how we move forward," she said. Hyde said, "I just go back to I wonder if it's real- istic or not." Hyde also noted that the plan does not provide specific goals or timelines for goals. Taylor said goals in the plan for the county and the communities are defined as short, medium and long-term. Taylor emphasized the plan calls for one group to coordinate economic de- velopment efforts in the county. "What we'd like to do as an organization is to devel- op an action plan. The mu- nicipalities and the county can choose to embrace the action plan or not," Taylor said. She said GBHC would move forward with com- munities currently work- ing with action plans. Oth- er communities could work to develop their own action plans. Taylor said she still would like to pursue a quar- ter-cent sales tax increase for economic development in 2016 or 2018. She submitted the first action plan to the county - business retention and ex- pansion program. The program for the first year includes: Conduct a minimum of five existing business inter- views per month through- out the county. Partner with chum- bers, Northwest College, Department of Workforce Services and the Small Business Development Center and others to host quarterly training sessions. Determine interest in a peer network group. 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