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There is one county office open this year, a four-year com- mission seat currently held by Chairman Jerry Ewen. Ewen an- nounced his intention to run for re-election during the Lincoln Day Dinner in Lovell in March. Ewen will be contested by semi-retired grant writer Linda Harp of Basin. Harp has run in the past and said, "I still think I can do a good job and I have the time to do it. I hope people will look at my qualifications and the interest I have in being part of good government and give me a chance to serve. "I came very close to winning a seat in the last election and a lot of people have contacted me and encouraged me to try again. I will be at the clerk's office bright and early Thursday morning to step Up and put my name in the hat to give people an opportuni- ty to stop the madness. By that I mean electing the same people over and over and then expect- ing a different result. A common sense approach to problem solv- ing will make a difference in how our county government operates." Candidates must file with the county clerk for the commission seat. County races are partisan races. In North Big Horn County, all five mayors are in the mid- dle of their four-year terms, but there are council seats open in ev- ery community, sometimes more than the normal two due to ap- pointments. Up are seats held by Scott Allred and Brian Dickson in Lovell, Dexter Woodis Jr., Den- nis Woodward and Rob Johnson in Cowley, Marie McCollam and Gilbert Cordova in_Byron, Don Wenstr0m Jr., Michael Beyer and LaMoine Sorenson in Deaver and Ron Logan, John Ellis, Bren- da Kawano and Vance Peregoy in See 'ELECTION,' page 7 Big Horn No. 2 board approves new school calendar BY PATTI CARPENTER The Big Horn County School District No. 2 board of directors voted to approve a revised 2012- 13 school calendar presented by curriculum director l Nancy Cer- roni with the support of princi- pals from all three schools in the district at the regular monthly school board meeting on Monday night. The new calendar incorpo- rated some of the changes recom- mended by families, students and teachers within the district in a recent survey. The calendar expands the school year slightly, while in- Oct. 19 and adds two early dis- corporating additional breaks missal days for staff and students throughout the year. The date for that correspond with parent/ the first day of school for studeniS teacher conferences, it also adds moves from August 27 to August 28, and school will end after Me- morial Day. It includes five pre-service days and five professional devel- opment days for teachers that will take place on Fridays. The idea was to create consistency by placing all mid-year professional development days on Fridays (in- cluding a Friday early release). The new calendar also adds a fall break day to the schedule on one extra vacation day during the Thanksgiving holiday period and extends the period following Christmas vacation by a few days with school set to resume on Jan. 3 for staff and students. It also adds one extra day to the Easter holiday break period. High School graduation will be on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The last day of school will be on the Tuesday following Memorial Day. Cerroni also led a discussion about the recent MAP tests com- fail a course are allowed to retake pleted by students. The princi- a course, but there is no provision pals joined Cerroni in the opinion for students who may be ambi- that students seemed to show a tious and want to bring a B up to lot of enthusiasm for the test this time around. Cerroni attributed it to the students setting goals for themselves in advance of the test. The MAP test is the only test that measures student progress within the school year. Supt. Dan Coe said he was approached by student Dino Col- lins with an idea that would al- low students to retake a course if they were not satisfied with a B grade. Currently, students who an A grade. Coe asked Collins to make a formal presentation to the board at the next regularly sched- uled school board meeting. Coe also discussed the sched- ule for the high school remodel project but noted that, with other agencies involved in the approv- al process, there was no guaran- tee that the project could stay on schedule. See 'SCHOOL,' page 7 High school graduations next week BY DAVID PECK Local high school seniors will take a big step into the next stage of their lives next week when Lovell and Rocky Mountain high schools hold their annual com- mencement exercises. Lovell High School will present the Class of 2012 , at its 93 d Commencement Exercise Monday at 7 p.m. at the LHS Johnny Winter- holler Gymnasium. Chad Lindsay will be the graduation speaker, and the evening will also include the processional "Pomp and Circumstance" by the LHS band under the direction of Dane Mickel- son, a welcome by Princi- pal Scott O'Tremba, the sa- lutatory address by Breya ...................................... ..... Price, valedictory address- - ..................... es by Susannah Robert- son and Jodi Walker, a "Grease" medley by the LHS Swing Choir, staff member-retirement presen- tations by board of trustees mem- ber Matt Bassett, the presenta- tion of the senior class by Supt. Dan Coe, the presentation of di- plomas by board vice-chairman Bruce Jolley and the recessional "Ode to Joy" by the LHS Band. Some-47 graduates are ex- pected to receive their diplomas. Rocky Mountain High School will present its Class of 2012 at the school's 29 th Commencement Exercise Tuesday at 7 p.m. at RHMS in Cowley. The commencement speak- er will be School Resource Of- ricer Steve Coleman, and the night will also include a prelude by Lorrie Brost, the procession- al "Pomp and Circumstance" by the RMHS Band under the direc- tion of Spencer Clark, a welcome by senior cIass president Travis Hatch, a salutatory address by Ashley Bridges , a valedictory ad- dress by Ethan Strom, the pre- sentation of awards by Principal Tim Winland, an introduction of the speaker by senior class rep- resentative Camaron Wambeke, the announcement of scholar- ship awards by Coun- selor Tim Jones, the an- nouncement of scholar athletes by Winland, a senior PowerPoint pre- sentation, the presenta- tion of the senior class by Winland, the presen- tation of diplomas by members of the school board, the tassel trans- fer by Senior Class Sec- retary Ciera Coleman and the recessional by the RMHS Band. GRAD NIGHT OUT The annual Grad Night Out graduation party will be held following each commence- ment exercise at the Lovell Com- munity Center. This year's event will have a Survivor/Fear Factor theme, or- ganizer Georgette Lewis said. The party will begin at 9 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday and last most of the night, ending around 4 or 4:30 a.m. As graduates and guests gather, there will be food to eat and music playing, provided by DJ Stan Hedges. The first 3 hours will also include karaoke and a "surprise live band," Lewis said. The students will then head to Victory Lanes for a bowling party that will run from around 12:30 until 2 a.m. The graduates will then re- turn to the community center for games to decide "who will be 6 See GRADS, page 7 Valedictorian Susie Robertson Valedictorian Jodi Walker Salutatorian Breya Price LHS names valedictorians and salutatorian BY PATTI CARPENTER Lovell High School has named Jodi Walker and Susie Robertson to share the role of valedicto- rian and Breya Price as salutatorian for the gradu- ating class of 2012. All three students will speak at the school's graduation ceremony, which will take place on Monday. Valedictorian Jodi Walker has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her high school career. She is a member of the National Honor So- ciety, the student council and sings in the school's swing choir. She will be attending Northwest Col- lege initially but hopes to complete her education at the University of Wyoming. Walker has not completely decided on a major yet, but is leaning toward an education degree and being an elemen- tary school teacher someday. She will be receiving Hathaway, Trapper and Big Horn REA scholar- ships. For her speech, she plans to focus on mem- ories of her time with her fellow students with a look toward the changes they face in their futures. Susie Robertson will share the role of valedic- torian with Walker. Robertson is also graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She participated in track and field, cross-country and indoor track while in high school. She was vice president of the Honor Society. Robertson plans to attend the Uni- versity of Wyoming and will be studying account- ing. She is particularly interested in tax-related accounting and hopes to enter that field someday. She will attend college on Wyoming Scholars and Hathaway scholarships and has applied for oth- ers. She has not decided on the topic of her speech yet. Her advice to underclassmen is to "always give Your best effort and never get discouraged." Breya Price was named salutatorian. Price has maintained a 3.9 grade point average. She partici- pated in many extra-curricular activities, includ- ing cheerleading, managing the boys basketball team, student council and the National Honor So- ciety. She will also talk about memories and look- ing ahead to the future when she addresses her fellow students at the graduation ceremony. She plans to attend Northwest College and already has lined up Hathaway, Trapper and a film scholar- ship to help pay for her education. "There are a lot of really smart kids in my class, so it's an honor to be chosen," said Price. Her advice to underclassmen: "Make the most of high school, because it goes fast."