MoscowBallerina

Mariia Skoruk with the Moscow Ballet runs through a dance from the Nutcracker with students at the Beautiful Feet Academy of Dance and Arts last Thursday evening.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

Teaching award

Congratulations to John Trohkimoinen, a social studies teacher at Natrona County High School, for being one of 38 educators to receive the California Casualty National Award for Teaching Excellence. Trohkimoinen started his teaching career at CY Middle school before moving on to NCHS, where he has been teaching for the last 30 years. It’s great to see quality educators rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their students.

Homeless shelter

Casper resident Miamie Sleep has set out to open a shelter for homeless teens. After hearing about the problem of displaced youth in town, she started work to get her 501(c)(3) to establish the foundation, Mimi’s House, as a nonprofit organization. Her mission is to help kids who want to get off the streets and be successful in school by giving them a safe place to stay.

Tanks

Local cancer survivor Tricia Wallingford spent hours every week driving back and forth to Gillette to make use of the only sensory deprivation therapy nearby. When the shop she went to in Gillette announced it would be closing its doors, Tricia decided to take the plunge and open up her own shop right here in Casper. Now she’s able to share the healing benefits of the therapy with others. What a great addition to the many local businesses in town.

Nutcracker

The Moscow Ballet was in Casper last week rehearsing with local dance students. The ballet company recruits dancers from each town where it performs “The Great Russian Nutcracker”. The young girls who got to work with Mariia Skoruk, the professional ballerina from Ukraine, were starstruck and excited about the costumes they would get to wear. They’ll spend the next several weeks practicing at home and in their dance classes to prepare for the performance at the Casper Events Center on Dec. 7.

Women Hunters

Hunting has often been a legacy among men, passed from fathers to sons over generations. Recent statistics, however, are challenging that narrative as the number of women hunters in Wyoming is rising. From 2008 to 2016, the number of female resident hunters rose from 11,189 to 14,770, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Hunting gives women and girls the opportunity to become self-sufficient, provide food for their families and participate in the camaraderie of the sport.

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Dallas Bower joined the Star-Tribune copy desk in June 2017. She studied English at the University of Wyoming. Her favorite book is The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, or Harry Potter, depending on the day.

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