Back in the day, these education professionals of this particular discipline were called “civics” teachers. I’m thinking the title is a bit fancier now, but the more low-key, old-school approach is just fine with one of Sheridan High School’s best educators, Tyson Emborg, a “civics” teacher who is also the coach and sponsor of the state champion “We the People” team.
Last month, they thumped Cheyenne Central, the four-times-straight “People” winner in Cheyenne. SHS will represent the state of Wyoming in late April in a national competition in Washington, D.C.
Sheridan residents have responded to the need of financing 23 students to the nation’s capital. The trip will also include a tour of landmarks. The school district, says Tyson, has contributed $7,000. State Sen. Bruce Burns has donated $2,000. State Rep. Rosie Berger, a $1,000; the Scott Foundation, $5,000. The “We the People” of Wyoming group has also donated $3,000 to defray expenses. Thanks to the encouragement of state legislator John Patton, the Sheridan Rotary Club, too, has donated money. Any amount is appreciated. These SHS students will likely visit the grave of Sheridan’s namesake, Gen. Philip Sheridan, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. There’s also a Sheridan Circle in the city with the military hero celebrated in bronze.
Topics in the national competition will range from the lessons of civil discourse, the ramifications of the Constitution and how they were applied then as well as now. Even the recent and controversial Affordable Care Act will come under scrutiny from these young, bright minds. Hey, it’s civics.
If you’d like to know more, or donate: call Tyson, 307-751-5199.
I see by the paper…….
• Russia, ever-grim, has added to its crackdown image by banning imported synthetic lace underwear, namely the stuff from Victoria’s Secret. The company is a bona fide big deal in the U.S. what with its stores, catalogues and a television “special.” In Russia, not so much. “Why don’t they (the government) ban something that is actually harmful,” said one Russian woman, “like cigarettes and alcohol.”
• The Dickinson, N.D., newspaper reports earlier this month how a long-lost sister and brother were reunited after 50 years. They were separated upon adoption. John Maixner spent years saying hello to Wal-Mart greeter Buddine Bullinger. While trying to track down his birth family stemming from his mother’s obituary, he came across a photo of his siblings and recognized his sister as that store greeter.
“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”
—H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American journalist, essayist