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Ten Who Made a Difference

Every year the Gillette News Record profiles 10 people who have made a difference in the community that year. We publish a special section in the last issue of the year, complete with a short profile and a portrait of each award recipient. This year we added a video component and produced short videos for each person as well. See the entire piece on our website.
 

Jonni Belden

Jonni Belden was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for her work in the transition from Pioneer Manor to the new Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center.

 Jonni Belden

Karin Ebertz

Karin Ebertz was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for her work starting a PFLAG chapter in Gillette, and for the groups work to help pass a nondiscrimination ordinance with the city of Gillette.

 Karin Ebertz

Mark Englert

Mark Englert was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work expanding Gillette College.

 Mark Englert

Mark Ma

Mark Ma was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work creating and growing the Chinese language programs for Campbell County School District.

 Mark Ma

Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work leading the Campbell County Adult Treatment Court.

 Paul Phillips

Trish Simonson

Trish Simonson was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for her work in suicide prevention and awareness.

 Trish Simonson

Kelly Stone

Kelly Stone was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work in the addiction recovery community.

 Kelly Stone

Tonya and Dan Stroup

Tonya and Dan Stroup were named two of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for their work running the Shop with a Cop program.

 Dan and Tonya Stroup

Dylan Wisroth

Dylan Wisroth was named one of the Ten Who Made a Difference in 2016 for his work creating the Men of Tomorrow club at Prairie Wind Elementary.

 Dylan Wisroth

2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Well, the moment we were all waiting for has come and gone. Ever since my initial interview with the Gillette News Record the NHSFR has dominated the conversation. The week long rodeo, billed as the largest in the world with over 1,600 contestants, comes through Gillette twice every six years. Kids from more than 40 states compete over seven days, in events ranging from roughstock riding to rifle and trap shooting. There's even a rodeo queen pageant. The News Record puts out a whole separate 14-page rodeo paper that's entirely dedicated to rodeo coverage for every day that week. I think I worked more than 75 hours that week, and worked two weeks straight. Luckily that stretch ended on my birthday which was a nice way to cap it all off.

Here are some of my favorite images from the week, as always thanks for looking.

Contestants use their phones while waiting for the start of the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

Contestants use their phones while waiting for the start of the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

Dillon McNaney of Livermore, Calif., waits for the start of the contestant meeting Sunday at Morningside Park.

Dillon McNaney of Livermore, Calif., waits for the start of the contestant meeting Sunday at Morningside Park.

A contestant listens during the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

A contestant listens during the mandatory meeting Sunday morning at Morningside Park.

Seven contestants ride on a golf cart Sunday morning just before the contestants meeting at Morningside park.

Seven contestants ride on a golf cart Sunday morning just before the contestants meeting at Morningside park.

Roughstock competitors attend a mandatory training and safety session Saturday afternoon in Central Pavilion.

Roughstock competitors attend a mandatory training and safety session Saturday afternoon in Central Pavilion.

Light rifle shooter Miles Barry, from Washington, poses for a photo outside the Wyoming Center Saturday afternoon.

Light rifle shooter Miles Barry, from Washington, poses for a photo outside the Wyoming Center Saturday afternoon.

Alaska High School Rodeo Association Queen, and 2016 NHSFR queen contestant Lauren Allen checks herself in the mirror before the modeling and speeches portion of the event at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex Saturday night.

Alaska High School Rodeo Association Queen, and 2016 NHSFR queen contestant Lauren Allen checks herself in the mirror before the modeling and speeches portion of the event at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex Saturday night.

Catherine Odgers, Nevada's high school rodeo queen, is introduced Saturday night at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex.

Catherine Odgers, Nevada's high school rodeo queen, is introduced Saturday night at the Heritage Center at Cam-plex.

Campbell County Sheriff Detention Officer Penny Hottell salutes following the national anthem Saturday night before the queens modeling and speeches portion of the National High School Finals Rodeo at the Heritage Center Theater.

Campbell County Sheriff Detention Officer Penny Hottell salutes following the national anthem Saturday night before the queens modeling and speeches portion of the National High School Finals Rodeo at the Heritage Center Theater.

A Texas flag flies above a sea of RVs on Sunday morning before the start of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

A Texas flag flies above a sea of RVs on Sunday morning before the start of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Danae McNamera stands with her horse Buckles in the stalls at Cam-plex Sunday morning.

Danae McNamera stands with her horse Buckles in the stalls at Cam-plex Sunday morning.

Contestants prepare for the start of the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Sunday evening under a double rainbow at Morningside Park.

Contestants prepare for the start of the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Sunday evening under a double rainbow at Morningside Park.

Cody Craig of Wendell, Idaho, ties a calf Sunday night during the first tie-down roping go of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Cody Craig of Wendell, Idaho, ties a calf Sunday night during the first tie-down roping go of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Keenan Kvamme of Carrington, N.D., rides away in the rain after after failing to record a time in tie-down roping Sunday night during the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Keenan Kvamme of Carrington, N.D., rides away in the rain after after failing to record a time in tie-down roping Sunday night during the first performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Wheatland cowboy Tyler Erickson is bucked from his horse Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Wheatland cowboy Tyler Erickson is bucked from his horse Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Cole Hewett of Dunning, Nebr., falls off his horse during saddle bronc riding Monday morning at the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Cole Hewett of Dunning, Nebr., falls off his horse during saddle bronc riding Monday morning at the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Chase Thrasher of Columbia, Tenn., flips his calf during his tie-down roping run Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Chase Thrasher of Columbia, Tenn., flips his calf during his tie-down roping run Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Tate Petrak of Martin, S.D., tries to get wrangle his calf during tie-down roping Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Tate Petrak of Martin, S.D., tries to get wrangle his calf during tie-down roping Monday morning in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Destiny Shafer of Waddell, Aris., races through the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Destiny Shafer of Waddell, Aris., races through the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Big Piney's Karson Bradley runs the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Big Piney's Karson Bradley runs the pole bending course during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Kayden Beaver competes in team roping Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Kayden Beaver competes in team roping Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Bullrider Tanner Horner of Keokuk, Iowa, rides in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Bullrider Tanner Horner of Keokuk, Iowa, rides in the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Bullrider Arles Hernandez of Clifton, Colo., holds on Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Bullrider Arles Hernandez of Clifton, Colo., holds on Monday morning during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Bullfighter Chad Dowdy watches as Wyatt Nez of Flagstaff, Ariz., is thrown from his bull during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

Bullfighter Chad Dowdy watches as Wyatt Nez of Flagstaff, Ariz., is thrown from his bull during the second performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo Monday morning at Morningside Park.

NHSFR contestants take aim in the prone position shooting competition Tuesday morning at the Gillette Gun Club during the rifle shooting event for the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

NHSFR contestants take aim in the prone position shooting competition Tuesday morning at the Gillette Gun Club during the rifle shooting event for the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Cattle wait in a pen during the breakaway roping event at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon.

Cattle wait in a pen during the breakaway roping event at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon.

Snyder, Colo., breakaway roper Quincy Segelke makes a run at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon. Segelke lives in Colorado but rodeos for Team Wyoming.

Snyder, Colo., breakaway roper Quincy Segelke makes a run at the jackpot arena Tuesday afternoon. Segelke lives in Colorado but rodeos for Team Wyoming.

Sarah Angelone of Cross Junction, Va., cools down her horse Gambler on Tuesday afternoon in the East stalls.

Sarah Angelone of Cross Junction, Va., cools down her horse Gambler on Tuesday afternoon in the East stalls.

Tajah Braganca screams as a baby bunny she caught in the horse stalls tries to escape her grip.

Tajah Braganca screams as a baby bunny she caught in the horse stalls tries to escape her grip.

Madison, left, and Miranda Iager are running for president and vice president of the National High School Rodeo Associations student officers. Together the pair qualified for five events at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Madison, left, and Miranda Iager are running for president and vice president of the National High School Rodeo Associations student officers. Together the pair qualified for five events at the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Brittany Coldiron of Team Maryland rides dressed as a knight ready for a jousting match while carrying the flag for Maryland before the Wednesday morning performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Brittany Coldiron of Team Maryland rides dressed as a knight ready for a jousting match while carrying the flag for Maryland before the Wednesday morning performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Ty Richardson of Ainsworth, Neb., rides bareback Wednesday morning during the sixth performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Ty Richardson of Ainsworth, Neb., rides bareback Wednesday morning during the sixth performance of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Albert Koenig ropes a calf during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Albert Koenig ropes a calf during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Yance McCuistion of Sugar City, Colo., rides a bull during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Yance McCuistion of Sugar City, Colo., rides a bull during Wednesday morning's performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Nathan Urie, a saddle bronc rider from Ferron, Utah, qualified for his first NHSFR this year as a high school senior.

Nathan Urie, a saddle bronc rider from Ferron, Utah, qualified for his first NHSFR this year as a high school senior.

Team Georgia bareback rider Blake Leamon of Cleveland, Tenn., prepares his gear before his second ride of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Thursday evening.

Team Georgia bareback rider Blake Leamon of Cleveland, Tenn., prepares his gear before his second ride of the National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Thursday evening.

Brian Brown of La Barge leans against the chutes in the roughstock arena at Morningside Park before the evening performance on Thursday.

Brian Brown of La Barge leans against the chutes in the roughstock arena at Morningside Park before the evening performance on Thursday.

Bronc riders, along with friends and family, get ready for the Thursday evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Bronc riders, along with friends and family, get ready for the Thursday evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo.

Cooper Bennett of Roosevelt, Utah, loses his hat Friday evening during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Cooper Bennett of Roosevelt, Utah, loses his hat Friday evening during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Kody Gregory of Cortez, Colo., prays after his bareback ride Thursday evening during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex.

Kody Gregory of Cortez, Colo., prays after his bareback ride Thursday evening during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex.

Jed Pierson of Gooding, Idaho, holds on during bareback Friday night during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Jed Pierson of Gooding, Idaho, holds on during bareback Friday night during the ninth performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Grace Hill of Peyton, Colo., makes a turn in the barrel racing event Friday night during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Grace Hill of Peyton, Colo., makes a turn in the barrel racing event Friday night during the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Virginia cowgirl Sarah Angelone celebrates after wining first overall in the breakaway roping at the short go of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Virginia cowgirl Sarah Angelone celebrates after wining first overall in the breakaway roping at the short go of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Cam-plex on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Contestants sit on the railing of the arena during Friday's evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Contestants sit on the railing of the arena during Friday's evening performance of the 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo at Morningside Park.

Thanks again for looking, Special thanks to Ed Glazar (check out his rodeo take here,) Chris Detrick and Ashley Detrick for all help and the hard work they put in over the rodeo, as well as everyone at the Cam-plex, NHSRA, and the News Record. Check out all our 2016 National High School Finals Rodeo coverage free online at http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/sports/nhsfr/

January Update

Welp, looks like I skipped November AND December! New year, new start or something right? This month was a good one, I made what I feel are some of my strongest images since moving to Gillette, so hopefully that trend continues.

Here are a few of my January favorites (I'll throw in a few from November and December at the end since I didn't post any of them yet.)

JANUARY

An employee with Salt Lake City based Brimley Neon works to install signage on the Frontier Auto Museum Tuesday January 5, 2016, on the corner of West Second Street and Ross Avenue. The museum featuring regional gasoline and automotive industry relics, founded by L&H Industrial Vice President Jeff Wandler, opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m.

An employee with Salt Lake City based Brimley Neon works to install signage on the Frontier Auto Museum Tuesday January 5, 2016, on the corner of West Second Street and Ross Avenue. The museum featuring regional gasoline and automotive industry relics, founded by L&H Industrial Vice President Jeff Wandler, opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m.

One of three rotating Hairball singers, dressed as Paul Stanley from KISS, throws a guitar pick into the crowd Friday January 15, 2016 at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center. Hairball, performing for over 15 years, returned to Gillette for their third time Friday.

One of three rotating Hairball singers, dressed as Paul Stanley from KISS, throws a guitar pick into the crowd Friday January 15, 2016 at the Cam-plex Wyoming Center. Hairball, performing for over 15 years, returned to Gillette for their third time Friday.

Joel Lindberg with Wind Creek Services prepares to install a 20 foot tall post on East Third Street in downtown Gillette on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Some community members have objected to the location of the post, part of the city's 3rd Street upgrade project, as it will block part of Harvey Jackson's 1999 mural.

Joel Lindberg with Wind Creek Services prepares to install a 20 foot tall post on East Third Street in downtown Gillette on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Some community members have objected to the location of the post, part of the city's 3rd Street upgrade project, as it will block part of Harvey Jackson's 1999 mural.

Kristy Oshiro, an 8-year veteran with New York City based Taikoza, performs Monday January 25, 2016 at Hillcrest Elementary School. The group, specializing in Japanese Taiko drumming is visiting various schools around Campbell County this week before a public performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Center Theater.

Kristy Oshiro, an 8-year veteran with New York City based Taikoza, performs Monday January 25, 2016 at Hillcrest Elementary School. The group, specializing in Japanese Taiko drumming is visiting various schools around Campbell County this week before a public performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Center Theater.

16-year-old Austin Borrego runs back across the bridge at Gillette College after finishing the Razor City Runners New Years Eve race on January 1, 2016. Borrego ran back in order to finish the 5k with his friend Brett Dally.

16-year-old Austin Borrego runs back across the bridge at Gillette College after finishing the Razor City Runners New Years Eve race on January 1, 2016. Borrego ran back in order to finish the 5k with his friend Brett Dally.

Thayne Arnoldi stands in his bedroom at Second Chance Ministries on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Arnoldi is the first resident to move into the organization's new 11-bed living space. Deputy Director Jeannie Miller says housing is one of the biggest keys to success for folks returning from incarceration, and "to be able to finally meet (that need) is huge."

Thayne Arnoldi stands in his bedroom at Second Chance Ministries on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Arnoldi is the first resident to move into the organization's new 11-bed living space. Deputy Director Jeannie Miller says housing is one of the biggest keys to success for folks returning from incarceration, and "to be able to finally meet (that need) is huge."

Members of the combined sixth grade string orchestra, from 12 local elementary schools, perform Tuesday January 12, 1016 at the Campbell County School District Strings Gala at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. The gala featured students from sixth grade through high school as well as additional accompaniments by teachers and staff.

Members of the combined sixth grade string orchestra, from 12 local elementary schools, perform Tuesday January 12, 1016 at the Campbell County School District Strings Gala at the Cam-plex Heritage Center. The gala featured students from sixth grade through high school as well as additional accompaniments by teachers and staff.

Local pastry chef Shawn Sweeney, photographed in the kitchen at Westwood High School on January 6, 2016.

Local pastry chef Shawn Sweeney, photographed in the kitchen at Westwood High School on January 6, 2016.

Gillette Wild defender Brett Kramer passes the puck during the Wild's 4-2 win over the Great Falls Americans Saturday January 1, 2016 at the Spirit Hall Ice Arena.

Gillette Wild defender Brett Kramer passes the puck during the Wild's 4-2 win over the Great Falls Americans Saturday January 1, 2016 at the Spirit Hall Ice Arena.

Gillette College Pronghorn Kavell Bigby-Williams dunks the ball Wednesday January 20, 2016 in the second half of the Pronghorn's 91-71 win over the Miles Community College Pioneers at CCHS South Campus.

Gillette College Pronghorn Kavell Bigby-Williams dunks the ball Wednesday January 20, 2016 in the second half of the Pronghorn's 91-71 win over the Miles Community College Pioneers at CCHS South Campus.

Gillette's Trevor Jeffries waits on the mat Saturday January 30, 2016 while his opponent Tommy Neal gets looked at by a trainer during the Camels duel against Cheyenne East at CCHS South Campus. The camels beat the Thunderbirds 41-28.

Gillette's Trevor Jeffries waits on the mat Saturday January 30, 2016 while his opponent Tommy Neal gets looked at by a trainer during the Camels duel against Cheyenne East at CCHS South Campus. The camels beat the Thunderbirds 41-28.

The Gillette College bench celebrates as Taylor Deaton gives the Pronghorns a late lead with a 3-pointer Wednesday January 27, 2016 at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns went on to beat the Sheridan Generals 54-51.

The Gillette College bench celebrates as Taylor Deaton gives the Pronghorns a late lead with a 3-pointer Wednesday January 27, 2016 at CCHS South Campus. The Pronghorns went on to beat the Sheridan Generals 54-51.

DECEMBER

Lakeview principal Dale Petersen rides Zeke Williams's new bike down the hallway on December 22. The bike was donated to Williams by the YES House who worked with local businesses to give away 74 new bikes to children around Gillette.

Lakeview principal Dale Petersen rides Zeke Williams's new bike down the hallway on December 22. The bike was donated to Williams by the YES House who worked with local businesses to give away 74 new bikes to children around Gillette.

   Donna Hottell has been working as an aide on one of Campbell County School District's special needs routs for the past five years. Hottell has forged an incredible and deeply personal bond with many of the students who ride her route, and can often be found spending time with them outside of school as well.

 

Donna Hottell has been working as an aide on one of Campbell County School District's special needs routs for the past five years. Hottell has forged an incredible and deeply personal bond with many of the students who ride her route, and can often be found spending time with them outside of school as well.

Jessie Geer is returning for her final season at Campbell County High School before departing in the fall for Utah State University. Geer has been supplementing her basketball workouts with a CrossFit training program, "Pretty much Crossfit and basketball are my life. That's all I do," says Geer.

Jessie Geer is returning for her final season at Campbell County High School before departing in the fall for Utah State University. Geer has been supplementing her basketball workouts with a CrossFit training program, "Pretty much Crossfit and basketball are my life. That's all I do," says Geer.

NOVEMBER

Johnathan Peel, 10, catches air while sledding Saturday at Sage Valley Junior High.

Johnathan Peel, 10, catches air while sledding Saturday at Sage Valley Junior High.

Kara Felmlee demonstrates a move to her Ballet Level 1 & 2 class Tuesday evening at Backwards and in Heels dance studio. Felmlee has been teaching the class since the program started in August.

Kara Felmlee demonstrates a move to her Ballet Level 1 & 2 class Tuesday evening at Backwards and in Heels dance studio. Felmlee has been teaching the class since the program started in August.

Misteen English, right, playing Jane Banks watches Anna Capron, center, and AnneMarie Gutierrez, Miss Andrew and Marry Poppins, during the final rehearsal for Campbell County High School's production of Mary Poppins, which opens Thursday night.

Misteen English, right, playing Jane Banks watches Anna Capron, center, and AnneMarie Gutierrez, Miss Andrew and Marry Poppins, during the final rehearsal for Campbell County High School's production of Mary Poppins, which opens Thursday night.

October 2015

In October I made a big move from Seattle out to Gillette, Wyoming, to start working as a photographer at the Gillette News Record.

Here are some of my favorite photos from my first two weeks here.