SHERIDAN — In the midst of another impressive year of regional and state level competition participation, Sheridan County School District 2 is gearing up to host hundreds of visiting students over the next two or more years as it won bids to be the host district for multiple upcoming events.
To date, SHS has had 10 all-state student athletes, 11 drama students awarded either highest-honors or all-state status and 65 all-state music students this academic year alone.
This year was the first time in several years that SHS has participated in the state drama competition.
The annual question of whether or not the students should put on a fall showcase for the community or spend the time preparing for and attending state landed the school doing a bit of both this year, with a small showcase at home and roughly two dozen students hitting the road to compete.
“I went to the fall drama showcase that told us what to expect at state, and it was amazing,” volunteer drama club leader and director Marva Craft said. “I think it is a healthy way to go as opposed to a fall drama production to keep our kids going to state where they can compete.”
On the musical side of the performing arts, the school had by far the largest number of all-state music students among all other schools in the state with second place Laramie bringing 32 students compared to Sheridan’s 65.
All-state music 2015 will be held at SHS on Jan. 19 and 20.
This will just be the next in a line of major competitions held on Sheridan’s home turf as they also hosted regional volleyball and state cross-country already this year.
SHS Activities Director Don Julian said volleyball is a great example of why it is so important to keep the competitions happening at different sites and hopefully continue to bring several of them home.
Heading into the event, Sheridan was seeded fifth but ended up taking home the regional championship due in part to the home court advantage, Julian said.
Hosting the state competitions also helps with tourism as athletes and families flock to town.
In preparation for state cross-country, over 1,000 runners attended the annual Michelle Ludwig Meet at SHS.
Julian said runners like to test the course before heading to state, increasing visitors during both the Ludwig meet and the state meet.
Still to come, regional track in May, regional basketball — both boys and girls — in March for this school year, as well as state cross-country for the next two years.
Starting next year, Sheridan will also play host to state soccer for boys and girls, all classes in both 3A and 4A divisions.
The three-day event out at the polo fields will bring 32 teams and their fans to town for the next two years minimum, starting in 2016, and Sheridan will continue to bid for it after that, hoping to continue hosting for years to come.
Julian said having a wide variety of high performing activities ensures the school will offer something for everyone to latch on to, and participating in these types of events tends to correspond with overall high performance.
“For several years in a row now all of our fall (Wyoming High School Athletic Association) activity students have all achieved 3.0 or better grade point averages based on the culmination of whoever goes to regionals or whoever goes to state, whichever the case may be,” Julian said.
SHS drama students awarded highest-honors or all-state status at state drama competition
Fall 2014 SHS activity students’ GPAs
Cross-country, boys – 3.702
Cross-country, girls – 3.632
Football – 3.202
Golf, boys – 3.28
Golf, girls – 3.008
Swimming, girls – 3.731
Tennis, boys – 3.023
Tennis, girls – 3.418
Volleyball – 3.61
Drama – 3.652
Cheer – 3.075
Number of all-state students by activity
Orchestra – 27
Band – 25
Choir – 13
Girls tennis – 2
Volleyball – 1
Golf – 2 (1 male, 1 female)
Cross-country – 1 male
Football – 4
Drama – 7
Tennis – individual state champ, Julia Fenn