PCSD#1 Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. It went viral throughout social media during the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2014.
On Monday, August 18th, PCSD#1 Administrators demonstrated their willingness to support the ALS.
Click Here to view from left to right are Superintendent Dennis Fischer, WHS Principal Frank Jesse, Vice-Principal Josh Sandlian, Chugwater Principal George Kopf and Curriculum Director Scott James.
SES Information Night Scheduled at Libbey and West Elementaries
Libbey Elementary and West Elementary will be hosting a Supplemental Education Services (SES) Information Night on Tuesday, September 2 at the West Elementary Gym starting at 5:30 PM. This meeting will provide additional information about SES, request procedures, and information SES approved providers. It is anticipated that the meeting will take 30 minutes.
SES services are provided to eligible students by providing additional tutoring from outside vendors referred to as service providers. Parents of eligible students may select a SES provider from the State Approved list or may request assistance from the District. Additional information about the SES providers services may be found at the WDE Title IA webpage under SES Provider Descriptions. Additional information is also located on this website regarding Title IA, SES, and School Choice for Platte #1 schools.
Please contact the Libbey Elementary and West Elementary principals or the District Office for questions and additional information.
No Early Release Friday, August 22
First Early Release To Be Friday August 29 and Subsequent Fridays
Just a reminder that Platte County School District #1 has altered their daily schedule slightly for this school year. This Friday, August 22 will NOT be an early release day to allow all students to get through full A & B days before altering their schedule. Again, school will release at the normal 3:25 time this Friday. On Friday, August 29 and subsequent Fridays school will release at 2 pm.
Thank you and have a great start to the school year.
Platte County School District #1 Will Begin Classes Aug 21
Chugwater, Glendo and Wheatland schools will begin at times listed below.
All schools will release at 3:25 pm Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, school will release at 2:00 pm
If you need information in reference to the school your child will be attending,
please phone the individual school at:
|| 8:00 am
Bus Routes – Does your child know which bus they will be riding and when?
Phone the bus garage at 322-3646 for information on bus schedules.
When school is in session please remember to stop for red lights on buses.
New Lunch Prices for 2014-15
There are new lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year. Simply click on the top navigation "Departments" tab on the home page or
any other school home page, then click "Food Service" and you will see "Lunch Prices for 2014-15".
District Office Starts the School Year Schedule
The District Office located at 1350 Oak Street has been on their summer schedule.
We will resume the regular school year schedule on August 18th, 2014 with the following hours:
7:30 – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday closing from 12:00 – 1:00 daily.
We may also be contacted at 322-3175 if you have any questions concerning the school district.
Thank-you and have a wonderful start to the new school year!
Fall Classes Now Available at Eastern Wyoming College
EWC Fall 2014 credit classes start Aug. 25th. Student registration deadline is Aug. 20th. Please call EWC Outreach/Community Ed.
To register ASAP for classes. Please call 322-2433
Upcoming enrichment classes:
To hunt in Wyoming you will need to take this course: Go to http://gf.state.wy.us/HunterEdRegistration/frmWelcome.aspx
Instructor: Lisa Letcher
Date: Sept. 22,23,24,25
Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: EWC Outreach Wheatland
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Fly Tying Class
Instructor will show you how to use basic equipment for Fly Tying. Learn how to use tools and techniques for fly tying and then practice 1 or 2 flies. Supplies included in cost of course. Students must be registered and paid by Friday Oct. 3, for supply order.
Instructor: Dave Begin
Date: T & TH Oct. 14-Oct. 30 (3 weeks)
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location : EWC Outreach Wheatland
Yoga & Yogurt for Lunch
Come for a 30 minute yoga lesson in relaxing poses to release stress with yogurt for lunch included!
Date: Wed. Oct 1-29 (5 weeks)
Location: EWC Outreach exercise room
Don’t miss out on Up Coming Events: “Beef it’s What’s for Dinner”: Oct. 29, at WHS consumer room.
”Wine and Cheese Pairing”: Thurs. Oct 30, at Vimbo's.
Wheatland Middle School Hosts Home Dance Camp
On June 23-25 the High School Dance Team aka "Rush Dance" held their Dance Camp at the Wheatland Middle School. The dance camp was made possible with the help of our PCSD#1 teachers and the assistance of the Universal Dance Association. As shown in the pictures below there were lots of smiles and some serious training happening at the Dance Camp!
WMS Students Win National STEM Competition
WMS students Joey Madsen, Haiden Moody, Christian Moody and Jacob Stafford took first place in the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program’s 12th annual eCYBERMISSION competition held in Washington DC last week. The students invented a method for converting school locker banks into safety zones to protect students and teachers during tornados. WMS science teacher Miken Harnish led the students through the STEM process to turn their idea into reality.
For a complete story on the students and their partnership with the University of Wyoming, click here.
Photo courtesy of University of Wyoming:
From left are: front, Christian Moody and Haiden Moody; back, Joey Madsen, Miken Harnish (team adviser) and Jacob Stafford.
2014 Wyoming State Finals Rodeo Results
1st Go Results:
Evan Wilhelm placed 1st in Bull Riding, Score = 68
Chloe Ashenhurst, 1st Pole Bending, time = 20.328.
Nevada Starr, 3rd in Bareback, score=57.
Jhett Hadley and partner Trace Steele, 3rd Team Roping, time = 8.45
Matthew Britton & Jace Berger, 6th Team Roping, time = 12.50
Hunter Eller & Brady Thurston, 8th Team Roping, time = 12.94
Teigen Finnerty, 6th Tie-down Calf Roping, time = 12.85
2nd Go Results:
Chloe Ashenhurst, 1st Pole Bending, time = 20.301
Teigen Finnerty & Cody Balleck, 2nd Team Roping, time = 6.81
Teigen Finnerty, 2nd Tie-down Calf Roping, time = 10.35
Teigen Finnerty, 4th Steer Wrestling, time = 13.31
Tyler Erickson, 6th Bareback, score = 53
Average Buckle Winners (average on two runs) = Chloe in Pole Bending, Evan in Bulls.
Qualifying Go Results:
*Top 12 scores from the season are used to determine the top contestants in each event. These 15 move on into the qualifying round to determine the State Champions and Nationals Qualifiers.
Chloe Ashenhurst, 4th Pole Bending, time = 21.764
Teigen Finnerty & Cody Balleck, 4th Team Roping, time = 12.90
Jhett Hadley, 5th Tie-Down Calf Roping, time = 13.93
Teigen Finnerty, 6th Tie-Down Calf Roping, time = 14.68
State Champions from Wheatland
*State Champions win a Buckle and a saddle (valued at $1395)
Evan Wilhelm, Bull Riding
Chloe Ashenhurst, Pole Bending
We're proud of our Wheatland Rodeo Team!
Wheatland REA Wins the WMS 2014 Golden Paw Award
Wheatland Middle School is proud to announce Wheatland REA as the winner of the 2014 Golden Paw Award. The award was presented on May 26, 2014 at the WMS Awards Assembly. The Wheatland REA was selected for their outstanding service and support of Wheatland Middle School and their students. Also recognized at the assembly for their service and support were: Britz & Company, CMI Inc.,
Wheatland Common Cents, the Platte County Resource District, and the
Wheatland Police Department.
Pictured are Wheatland Middle School Principal, Steve Loyd, presenting the
Golden Paw Award to REA Business Office Manager, Rhonda Apodaca.
West Begins the 2014 MORPHED! Program
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Platte County School District #1 is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun.
This unforgettable week began on June 9, 2014, with Cindy Amundson and
Jodie Fitzwater directing the Camp Invention MORPHED! program at West Elementary.
In the Super Go module, taught by Lindsey Burke, students designed a small, motor-powered vehicle that zooms! Girls and boys collected energy coins along the way for building ramps, bridges and tunnels for the Super Go Road Rally.
Participants received personalized challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees that ignited a spirit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship during the Design Studio: Morphed module. This module was taught by Linda Boughton.
Throughout the Amplified module, children invented bionic gadgets while journeying to acquire superhuman senses with Katy Finnerty. Time was spent encountering illusions and discovering if they are a supertaster.
Finally, Camp Invention’s flagship module, I Can Invent: Pinbug,taught by Paula Johnson allowed participants to use tools to upcycle electronics and build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine!
Enthusiastic high school students (Tyler Stafford, Braiden Denny, Kelsey Begin, and Shannon Wallace) and middle school students (Danielle Britz, Drake Amundson, Olivia Henkel, and Jagger Evans) served as Leadership Interns – ensuring that one staff member was in place for every eight children.
West would also like to extend a big “thanks” to their unbelievable volunteer parent, Peggy Suko! West appreciates all that
Peggy does and continues to do for our students! For more fun photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Libbey Celebrates “Once Upon a Field Day”
Libbey students and staff celebrated their last day of school on Thursday, May 29th with fun field day activities which included; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Where the Wild Things are; Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom; Captain Underpants; Hop On Pop; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; The Lorax and Magic Tree House. Pictured is Libbey student Kenny Raser enjoying the activity "Captain Underpants". What a wonderful way to end the school year! A special thanks to the Libbey PTO for providing the snacks for the cool down/warm up station.
Wheatland 8th Graders Invention Earns Them
Please click here for all the details of this invention from Channel 5 News.
We are very proud of our students!
Libbey Says “Goodbye” to 3 Very Dedicated Staff
On Thursday, May 22nd, Libbey Elementary said a fond farewell to 3 of their staff members. Pictured from left to right are Celia Hermann who taught as a Para in the Intensive Education area, Marie Geis who taught
Kindergarten since 2004, and Geri Koski who taught 2nd grade since 1976. These special employees will be very much missed by everyone at Platte County School District #1. We wish all 3 ladies the very best in their future endeavors!
Libbey Hosts End of Year Assembly
Libbey Elementary held their end of year assembly. Wheatland Mayor,
Jean Dixon along with Al Teel and Lisa Young presented awards for top winners in the electrical safety drawing contest. Book-it, reading race, and homework awards were also given out for students in all our classes. At the end of the assembly, names of students who received drop in the bucket tickets during this last quarter were drawn for prizes. Libbey Elementary celebrated over 60,000 drop in the bucket tickets this year! Congratulations to all our students for a successful year!! Have a great summer!
Local Sports Events are just a “Click” Away
The NFHS Network will be streaming all three days of the State Track Meet and the Saturday third place and championship games of
3A & 4A State Soccer. At State Track, they will focus mostly on the running events with periodic updates and a hand held camera covering the field events when the running is not taking place.
A special thanks to Rock Springs for accommodating the challenge of getting enough broadband to be able to stream 4A soccer.
For those of you in Wheatland that are not able to make these events, please know that the NFHS Network is an option for you and your relatives. Simply click here to access the WHSAA website and then click on the Network banner and it will take you directly to the Wyoming page with the schedule of events.
Libbey Students Take Time for the “Wrestlers Read”
Wrestlers Read is an annual event where Wheatland wrestlers under the direction of head coach Colt Goff read to 2nd graders at Libbey Elementary.
This years’ wrestlers read to students and discussed the importance of reading over the summer during the summer break. For more photos, please click on
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Business Manager Bill Templar Retires from PCSD#1
On Wednesday, May 21, many friends and co-workers attended a farewell to Bill Templar. Bill has spent 29 years with Platte County School District #1 and he will be missed by many. His last day will be June 30. Everyone applauds Bill and wishes him the very best in this next season of his life!
Pictured are Helen Bauer, retired secretary for the district, and Bill Templar.
Wheatland Middle School Hosts Honors Reception
Pictured above are from left to right, 6th grade students, 7th grade students and 8th grade students.
The Wheatland Middle School held their 12th annual Honors Reception on Monday, May 19th. They celebrated with those students that have held a 3.5 GPA all year. There were 89 students in total that received awards.
Joey Madsen, Charity May, Hannah Nelson and Emily Wright all received the Academic Excellence Award and will be named on the Plaque hanging at the Middle School Office. These four outstanding students have held a 4.0 for the entire 4 quarters of all 3 years while attending the Wheatland Middle School. Congratulations to these students and we applaud their dedication!
The WMS guest speaker was Mr. Henry Rawlings a Senior at the University of Wyoming.
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West Celebrates Science Day
West Elementary held its annual Science Day on Friday, May 16th.
Guest presenters came in and shared various presentations focusing on a science base with the students. For more photos and a list of all the Science Day volunteers, click on our Facebook icon.
Awards Assembly Held for Libbey Kindergartners
Libbey Elementary Kindergartners held their awards assembly Thursday,
May 15th, celebrating the work they have done in completing their letter sound fluency goals. Everyone at Libbey is very proud of the work their students have accomplished.
Mr. Fischer joined the Kindergarten teachers to give out the awards. Students thanked their parents for support they have given to help them reach their goals and finished the assembly singing “Who Let the Letters Out”.
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Wheatland HS Students Compete in Roller Coaster Contest at Elitch Gardens
On Thursday May 8, 2014, nine students from Mrs. Wallace’s Physics class traveled to Denver to compete at Elitch Garden’s “Show us your Coaster Contest”. To prepare for this contest, students designed and built three roller coasters. These coasters were powered only by gravity. Students had to incorporate their engineering and math skills learned during the year and the coaster was their final project.
There were a total of 38 roller coasters in the competition and the Wheatland High School Students took 2nd and 3rd place. The 3rd place winner was the team of Joseph Singleton, Caleb Childress, and Logen Irvine with the coaster Black Mamba. The 2nd place winner was the team of Braden Douglas, Sawyer Lawrence, and Hannah Battershell.
The Chugwater FFA received a grant from the Farm Credit Services of America as part of their Working Here Fund. The grant intends to inspire youth in agriculture to gain work experience in high school, which matches the Chugwater AgEd work-based learning program. The hope is to provide all students in agriculture class with a job or entrepreneurship opportunity. This grant will facilitate operation of the work-based learning program and allow for awards and recognition for students with superior Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs.
More information may be found at https://www.fcsamerica.com/contact/grant-program/grant-program-information
WMS Students Advance to National STEM Competition
eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine, sponsored by the U.S. Army. eCYBERMISSION is designed to share the importance of STEM education with the leaders of tomorrow and encourage them to understand the real-life applications of these subjects. Students compete for state and national awards by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific inquiry to propose a solution.
A huge congratulations goes out to our team from Wheatland Middle School -
Bro x 4. The team of Joey Madsen, Christian Moody, Haiden Moody, and
Jacob Stafford were crowned the Northwest Regional Champions and will go onto the national finals. The regional competition had almost 4,000 teams competing to be one of only 16 teams (4 at each grade level) to earn a place at the National Judging and Educational Event. Each team will present its eCYBERMISSION project to a panel of national judges.
NJ&EE is an all-expenses-paid, week-long event that combines educational and team-building activities with the national competition. The trip includes several hands-on experiences and field trips to the National Mall and museums. The event will conclude with an awards luncheon with U.S. Army leadership, during which the four national winning teams will be announced.
eCYBERMISSION is an Army Educational Outreach Program. Click here to learn more about the Army Educational Outreach program.
West Book Fair is Happening Now
Please come and join West Elementary for their Spring Book Fair,
Monday May 5th-Friday May 9th.
Order Online at www.scholastic.com/fair and have your order shipped to school for free from May 1st-May 20th, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lewis at 322-4180.
West has a school wide competition for the class that purchases the most books. The teachers of the top three classes will receive money to purchase books for their classroom.
$100 for first place
$50 for second place
$25 for third place
Cathy Metcalf Named 2014 Teacher of the Year for Platte #1 SD
Chugwater Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher
Cathy Metcalf was recognized as the Platte County School District #1 Teacher of the Year for 2014 at the regular April school board meeting. She was awarded a crystal apple from the Wyoming Department of Education in recognition of this honor. Ms. Metcalf, who last year was the recipient of the Channel 5 KGWN's Golden Apple Award, was nominated by Chugwater principal George Kopf who said “Mrs. Metcalf, like her class, has been busy.”
Mr. Kopf listed several activities the kindergarten and 1st graders have been working on. These included starting the recycling project for Chugwater elementary, reading with senior citizens, building a scale model of the town, exploring the western way of life where students learned to churn butter and make homemade pumpkin pie, among other activities.
Mrs. Metcalf has also been instrumental in starting the “Safe Routes to School” and partnering with a variety of resource districts as well as being very active in the district’s PLC, Data Teams, and Core Leadership Team (CLT).
The Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education. All public school districts are eligible to submit local teachers of the year for the State of Wyoming Teacher of the Year. Mick West of Sheridan was named Wyoming Teacher of the Year and Maryland English teacher Sean McComb was recently named the 2014 National Teacher of the Year.
Hawaii Results are in for the WHS Academic Decathlon Team
Congratulations to the WHS Academic Decathlon team for placing
6th of 16 teams in their division at the United States Academic Decathlon Championships in Hawaii this past week.
Additional congratulations to Justus Nelson and Braiden Denny who medaled. Nelson received a gold medal in science, a silver medal in Language and Literature, and a bronze medal in Economics. Denny received a silver medal in Science. Sawyer Lawrence was the high scorer for the Wyoming team, and he was selected as the most valuable member by his teammates.
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New Secondary Math Programs Recommended
We share the common goal of wanting each student to learn and develop a better understanding of math so they can Reach the PEAK! An important step to achieving this is the curriculum review process. PCSD #1 educators, after much time and serious deliberation which included parent input,
is recommending the Big Ideas in Math for grades 6-8 and Pearson’s CME Math for high school.
The CME Math follows a traditional four year course sequence with CME Algebra I, CME Geometry,
CME Algebra II, and CME Pre-Calculus. These math resources would be used as the primary instructional resource in all of the middle schools and high schools in the District starting next fall.
Sample materials for Big Ideas Math have been on display at the Wheatland Middle School, Chugwater Junior High School and Glendo Middle School for several weeks. CME Math sample materials will be available for parents and others to look at starting May 1 at Wheatland High School, Chugwater High School, and Glendo High School. Samples will be available through May 12. Please feel free to contact any of the math teachers, principals, or Mr. James, at the District Office at
307-322-3175, if you have questions about the program or the curriculum review process.
Why do we do the Map tests?
This is a great question. The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests provide timely and immediately usable information for students, parents, teachers, and schools. The immediate results provide students and teachers with immediate feedback about their growth from the beginning of the school year. The spring test results may also be used to help select classes, determine the need for summer school, plan for enrichments or interventions that can start immediately in the fall. The results from PAWS and SAWS won’t be available for months, whereas MAP reports are available within days of the tests being completed.
Spring MAP Testing Information
Since the MAP tests are adaptive it measures each student’s individual growth. The MAP results provide students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to celebrate the success of their work during the school year with a valid comparison to the Fall tests and even previous years. These are only a few of the main reasons why we continue to find value in MAP testing.
The Measures of Academic Progress or MAP tests are adaptive
tests in reading, math, and language usage that are done on a computer. Kindergarten and first grade students complete auditory versions of the test on the computer in reading and math. Their tests take between 20 to 30 minutes per test. Third grade through tenth grade will take a test in reading, math, and language usage. Second grade will only do the reading and math tests. The MAP tests typically take between 45-60 minutes per test. WMS students will also be doing a science test to help evaluate the impact of the new STEM program. Each school has developed their MAP testing schedule so the tests are completed by May 17.
The MAP tests are adaptive so a child’s academic gains may be measured whether they are beyond or at or below grade level. This helps provides information that each child
is learning and making academic gains. The tests adapt based on each answer. Each child will have some questions that they know the answer to and some questions that they won’t know the answer to. The MAP tests are developed to provide information about a child’s instructional needs and growth over time. Only on very rare occasions, should a child take significantly longer time to complete a test. If a child doesn’t know an answer, they should use their test skills and make a “best” guess and move on to the next question. This helps make sure that the instructional level is accurate.
MAP data is available for students and teachers immediately after they finish the test. Additional reports are available for teachers within days after the test. Parents and guardians will receive individual student reports that will be mailed with report cards. Parents and guardians will be able to see how their child has performed from Fall to Spring and grade level to grade level.
WEST STUDENTS ENJOY THE AUSTRALIAN KALEIDOSCOPE
On Friday April 25th, Martin and Nellie intertwined songs and stories with a multi-media presentation to give a look at the “Land Down Under” through the eyes of the original aboriginal inhabitants, the convicts sent to the “colony of New South Wales” and the very first European settlers who arrived in the 1700’s. These early explorers, farmers, shearers, cattlemen and miners brought their pioneering vigor to this fascinating land of the kangaroo, platypus and emu.
The West students saw a demonstration of traditional aboriginal music instruments such as the didgeridoo and rhythm sticks as well as native dances. Aboriginal artwork, artifacts, maps, pictures, flags and more were part of the enrichment session. The students were taught about a day in the life of indigenous women and girls, the early women settlers and modern day Australian women.
Students had the opportunity to participate in forming a bush-band,
to join in a simple folk song and learn an aboriginal dance.
The “Australian Kaleidoscope” experience had West students saying “G’day” to their “mates” and understanding the meaning of “tucker” and “billabong”.
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PCSD#1 Nurses Engage Students with Valuable Health Fair Tips
On Friday, April 11th, PCSD #1 school nurses Penny Simonton, RN, BSN and Brandy Crowley, RN; joined with PCMH nurses and staff Peggy Ervin, Jennifer Kaufman, Abby Bremer, RN, BSN; Khery Walsh, RN, BSN; Brenda Teter, RN, BSN; Amy Johnson, RN, BSN; Cindy Toland, Safe Communities Coordinator from Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol to present mini health fairs to students in 2nd grade at Libbey Elementary,
4th grade students at West Elementary and K-5th grade students at Glendo.
The themes included “Healthy Dawgs” for the 2nd graders at Libbey Elementary, “Paws for Health for the 4th graders at West Elementary, and “Healthy Eagles” for the K-5th grade students at Glendo. The nurses talked about sun/water safety, bike safety, proper nutrition, and CPR Basics.
The Highway Patrol discussed seatbelt safety and the importance of buckling up each time they get in the car. The Highway Patrol also presented 2 different seatbelt simulators about airbag safety and roll overs that occur in vehicles. Each student had their picture taken, received a t-shirt, backpack, Frisbee and other goodies from Platte County Memorial Hospital. For more photos, please click on our
Wyoming Ag in the Classroom Recognizes Jhett McDaniel
and Khayla Otero
Wyoming Ag in the Classroom recognized two Platte County fifth grade students on Friday April 18th at an awards luncheon. Jhett McDaniel and Khayla Otero were both honored, along with 10 other students from across the state, for the bookmarks that they created. Khayla’s bookmark was about predator management and Jhett’s bookmark was about Farm and Crop Production.
The students were given a booklet with information about Agriculture in Wyoming and then they could choose a category to create a bookmark depicting what they learned. There were over 1,400 entries, from which twelve winners were chosen. The students, their families, and their teacher, Mrs.Tonya Munari, enjoyed a luncheon, guest speakers and time at the State Capitol to visit with Governor and First Lady Mead. Congratulations to our pictured winners Khayla and Jhett! For more information, click on this link.
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