Bailey McLean, a Sheridan High School senior with diverse interests, is this week’s Summit Award Winner.
A review of McLean’s coursework for the past four years reveals a student who has made the most of a wide variety of classes offered at SHS. She is currently taking advanced placement biology and calculus and previously completed AP government and AP psychology.
In addition to her core classes, McLean has taken ceramics, imaginative writing, and music courses (honor choir and Treblemakers).
She maintains a 3.88 GPA.
During her junior and senior years, McLean was a Link Leader with the leadership seminar course which involves mentoring freshman at SHS and providing guidance in transitioning these students to the high school setting. She received academic letters her first three years and she is a member of the National Honor Society. McLean recently was voted “Most School Spirited” for the Class of 2013 by her peers.
Readers may be familiar with McLean. She rode her horse across the field carrying the American flag during the singing of our national anthem at all SHS home football games.
Her horsemanship skills go well beyond the football field, however, as McLean is the reigning 2013 Sheridan-Wyo Rodeo Senior Princess and will be representing the PRCA Silver Tour Rodeo which is hosted in Sheridan. Among her duties as rodeo princess is to act as a positive role model to other young equestrians and to make appearances at Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Cody Stampede, and the Sheridan-Wyo Rodeo in addition to numerous other fundraising activities.
McLean says her love of horses began as a young girl. In fact, at age 11 she got her first horse, a gift from her grandparents.
She has been a barrel racer and currently competes in eventing shows (English and Western styles) and has been very successful in those competitions which involve complex reining techniques and timed jumping.
McLean is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and is also involved in training horses for eventing shows.
4-H has been an important activity for McLean for many years. She participates in the Sheridan County Fair showing horses, lambs and goats.
She has been a member of various 4-H clubs, including the Heart of the Horse Club. She attained championship status this year as “All Around Senior Horse” with that organization after demonstrating top showmanship and equatation skills in the competition.
In past years McLean was a member of the Blue Sky Saddle Club and her gifted voice earned her the honor of singing the national anthem at the club’s rodeo events.
This self-directed young woman is also a talented soccer player and has been goalie for the SHS varsity girls’ soccer team her junior and senior years.
She enjoys playing soccer and has been participating since she was young through YMCA programs. She said the sport demands mental and physical toughness and it has taught her invaluable lessons about working with others and succeeding as a team player.
Despite her academic priorities, her equestrian endeavors, and her participation in soccer, McLean has been involved in many activities in the community. During the summer months she volunteered with Habitat For Humanity helping to renovate homes.
She donated her time to various other causes such as Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation, fireworks clean-up at the Equestrian Center, and promoting rodeo programs at local schools.
Following graduation McLean will be attending Chadron State College on a full-ride scholarship. She plans to major in biology with the goal of becoming a radiologist. McLean is the daughter of Doug and Jami McLean.