Sheridan High School Principal Dirlene Wheeler drew praise for her 17 years of service during the school's awards ceremonies Monday night.
The principal will retire this year, on June 30. Jeannie Hall, speaking on behalf of the high school booster club, parent-teachers organization and members of the community, said from the moment Wheeler became principal, the door to her office immediately opened.
Hall said the principal is a great listener and wonderful problem solver, and described her as the equivalent of a town mayor, noting that out of Wyoming's 109 towns, 59 have smaller populations than the high school.
Wheeler told a near-capacity crowd in the high school auditorium that retirement is a bittersweet experience. She said after 17 years, she is having a hard time letting go.
In ceremonies that lasted two hours, Dean of Students Ed Fessler announced awards and award presenters. Recipients included teacher Tyson Emborg, who received the Dr. and Mrs. Fred Araas Inspirational Award Teacher of the Year. Among scholarship recipients, 10 Sheridan High School seniors were awarded Wyoming's Hathaway full-ride scholarship to the University of Wyoming. The dean of students said only 75 of the scholarships are given throughout the entire state.