A Year in Review: 2013 at SVHS
As the students and staff begin a New Year, we have a lot to celebrate and much to anticipate. The students at Star Valley High School (SVHS) in 2013 pushed the envelope of achievement to new heights as they produced state-leading scores on the ACT Suite Assessments. SVHS’s freshmen and sophomores earned the top composite scores in Wyoming. Additionally, the juniors produced top five scores on all subtests on the ACT and received an average composite score of 21.8 on the ACT, which is the strongest performance by SVHS since Wyoming required this assessment for all students. In fact, a comparison of our average composite scores to scores from other schools in Wyoming shows that SVHS ranked number one in academic achievement. Congratulations on your academic accomplishments, Braves!
Furthermore, SVHS’s fine and performing arts programs also earned accolades in 2013. Our marching band received superior ratings from the state competition, and our choir, orchestra, and band concerts were top notch. A record number of music students earned All-State honors, including 16 in choir, 2 in band, and 5 in orchestra. In addition, the staff, student body, and community marveled at the breath-taking performances in The Phantom of the Opera. We appreciate the time and talent of Mrs. Allred, Mrs. Hooper, and the many students who contributed to this outstanding production. Moreover, the annual art show exemplified the creative talents of many students in the visual arts program. In 2013, the students illustrated the outstanding tradition of fine and performing arts.
Additionally, SVHS’s athletic programs excelled in 2013, which culminated in both the Braves and Lady Braves winning four state championships and several runner-up trophies. SVHS received the All-Sports Award by the Casper Star Tribune in May. In fact, we received more points toward this honor than any school since the inception of this award! Then, this fall the tradition of excellence continued with the Boys’ Cross-Country team winning another state title. In addition, Cody Peck and Carson Walker were 3A individual state champions in cross-country and golf, respectively. Our students are devoted to continue to uphold the tradition of excellence in athletics in 2014.
In addition to the amazing year in academics, fine and performing arts, and athletics, our student body has defined themselves by the noteworthy service that they provided to the community. In October our students rallied together and organized fundraiser activities for the “Make-a-Wish Week.” In all, we raised and donated over $4,000 for this foundation. A few weeks later, Mr. Guild and Mrs. Dockstader worked with many of our students to create amazing works of art for the “Art for the Heart” program. During a delicious dinner that was catered by the students in the Culinary Arts Program under the direction of Mrs. Guild, the students’ artwork was auctioned, and this program raised approximately $10,000, which was donated to help families in need during the Holiday season. Then, on November 27, the teachers and the students participated in the annual “Braves in Action,” which is a day designated to service. We completed many service projects, such as reading to elementary students, writing letters to active-duty soldiers, and engaging in several other worthwhile projects in the community. For families in need, we cut wood to heat homes and made quilts and food boxes that were delivered for Thanksgiving. As a school we embrace the idea of serving our community and making positive contributions to others; in turn, these projects have created a sense of value to our students as they prepare to be responsible citizens.
We worked hard in 2013 and have much to celebrate. We are proud to represent and contribute to this great community. However, we will not rest on our accomplishments and laurels. In 2014 we will continue to set goals for continuous improvement in academics and activities.
Way to go Braves! Best wishes for a wonderful 2014.