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Keystone Awards, Keys to the Stone will be given tomorrow

Keystone Awards, Keys to the Stone will be given tomorrow

*Feature photo, from left: Esther McKenzie, Jack Pelissier, Judy Taylor. Photos h/t Sheridan Senior Center / Pitchengine Communities* (Sheridan, Wyo.) — Tomorrow night is the night. The 6th Annual Keystone Award winner will be announced, and the Keys to the Stone will be given away. Every year, the Sheridan Senior Center celebrates and honors three individuals who have dedicated their lives to the community. The Keystone Awards are a one of a kind celebration, modeled after the Kennedy Center Honors. The Keystone Awards also recognizes outstanding high school and Sheridan College students as “Keys to the Stone”. This year, *Keystone* nominees Jack Pelissier, Judy Taylor, and Esther McKenzie. Following is biographical information on all the nominees from the Sheridan Senior Center. All photos are h/t the Sheridan Senior Center as well. *Esther McKenzie* Esther was on the first Sheridan Senior Center Board. She was extremely important to the success of starting services for seniors in Sheridan County. Esther was also a nurse at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital and was a teacher at the Taylor School for many years. She is exceptionally goal oriented and has sat in on many tedious meetings to bring projects in Sheridan to fruition. Esther is a Silver Haired Legislator and serves our State of Wyoming well. She is a solid lifetime volunteer and has been a Home Delivered Meals driver for the past 31 years. *Jack Pelissier* Jack has been instrumental in both the Insurance and Real Estate Industries in the Sheridan area since the 60’s, and has served Sheridan County as an Officer in the United States Marine Corp. He possesses a strong sense of community and has served on numerous local Boards, including: Sheridan County YMCA, Founding Board Member of the CVC, and the Joe and Arlene Watt Foundation. Away from work Jack generously supported his late wife Sophie in her community efforts. He used to announce the Big Horn High School football games and he is always ready to help anyone. *Judy Taylor* Judy has served extensively on the Sheridan Travel and Tourism Board, as well as many other efforts throughout Sheridan County. She was Chairman of the Christmas Stroll for many years, on the Chamber Board from 1988-2005, a Chamber Ambassador for 25 years, a member and officer of the Kiwanis Club, on the Dayton Benefit Club, and the WYO Rodeo Board for 20+ years. Judy has announced the Cowgirls, Young Riders and High School Rodeos for many years, was the chairperson of the Key Club for many years, who doesn’t know her as Mrs. Claus on Main Street of Sheridan during Christmas time. [image: Inline image 1] *Top row, from left: Hannah Sharp, Kaylin McKinley. Bottom row, from left: Allison Reed, Julia Fenn. Photos h/t Sheridan Senior Center / Pitchengine Communities* The* Keys to the Stone *nominees are as follows: *Allison Reed-TRHS * Allison is an exemplary young lady who is most deserving of this award. She is of shining character, high self-expectations, and drive. She is knowledgeable and passionate about her studies and is a person with great patience and always ready to offer assistance. Her enthusiasm in participating in various clubs reveal her wide range of interests. Allison is involved in Volleyball, Basketball, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Book Club, Choir, FFA (Future Farmers of America) and is a Student Council Senior Representative. She is a very ambitious student who has set her goals high and will achieve them and many more in her future. She is a leader both in sports, with a sincere smile and a level of maturity and focus beyond her years. She is a very ambitious student who has set her goals high. After high school graduation, Allison aspires to become a Secondary Teacher of Social Studies. *Kaylin McKinley-BHHS * Kaylin is a dynamic, actively engaged student. She has been involved in multiple extracurricular activities, as well as holding several key leadership roles at BHHS. She is known for her high energy level and upbeat personality. She can be counted on to be inclusive and positive toward all students at Big Horn High School. Kaylin is the Keys Club President, Student Body Co-President, a Northeast Regional Representative for the Wyoming Association of Student Councils, Member of National Honor Society, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Yearbook and Newsletter Editor, Theater, Big Horn High School Honor Choir, part time employee at Frackelton’s restaurant, and a Sheridan Press summer intern. She has volunteered at the Greenhouse Living for Sheridan, backstage at Stars of Tomorrow and at the Trail Run and Rodeo Pancake Breakfasts. She hopes to become a “Jaycee” in Junior Chamber International. Kaylin plans to major in Marketing with a concentration in Entrepreneurship in college. *Julia Fenn-SHS * Julia Fenn is a gracious and civic minded individual. She is an excellent academic student that has maximized her academic opportunities, as well as volunteered her efforts as a reflection of her desire to make school and community a better place. She has been a member of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Varsity Tennis, Varsity Soccer, Freshman Basketball, “We the People” Government and National Honor Society. She has participated in the Knowledge Masters Open, was the 2013-2016 State High School Champion Tennis Player and Sheridan MVP, a High School Swimming Timer, a National Honor Society President, a math tutor, SHS tennis instructor, Sheridan Senior Center volunteer, Whitney Education Summit Student Participant, Legion Baseball Press Box Volunteer, Soup Kitchen Volunteer and Wyoming High School Activities Association Sportsmanship Summit Participant. Julia is recognized as bringing out the best in her peers and hallmarking gracious sportsmanship. She plans to pursue a degree in biochemistry or molecular biology before attending medical school. *Hannah Sharp-Sheridan College * Hannah was nominated for a Keys to the Stone Award because she exemplifies the core values of Sheridan College; integrity, respect, excellence and learning with commitment to her community. She has been a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association Student Chapter (SADHA), a Student Support Services (TRIO) member, and a Student Government Senator and Treasurer for the Great Basin College. She has educated preschool age children and families on nutrition, oral hygiene, and public health programs in dental hygiene. She has been an Absorka Head-Start volunteer, Woodland Park PTO parent, an advocate for Rehabilitation Enterprises of Northern Wyoming (RENEW), former Lights ON Afterschool Advocate, an alumni of NEW Leadership Nevada to mentor women into leadership roles, and an alumni of Rural AmeriCorps Vista. Hannah plans to continue her education through a graduate’s degree and obtain a Masters in Dental Hygiene & Education. She would like to fulfill a life-long dream of giving back to her community through Public Health advocacy and service. The Keystone Awards begin tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the WYO Theater. Click here for more information. #dally #news #whatshappening