Sheridan College Machine Tool Technology student, Trapper Rieniets, has been selected as the 2013 Wyoming New Century Scholar by the All-USA Community College Academic Team. 21-year-old Reiniets grew up near Gillette and as a high-school student, he competed in swimming and rodeo and was also honored as an Eagle Scout.
Rieniets is one of 50 community college students from across the country, Canada and the Federated States of Micronesia selected to receive the scholarship of $2,000 and a plaque.
According to a media release from Sheridan College, New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state, plus one student from Canada and one additional student from the remaining seven sovereign nations where two-year collegiate international honor society Phi Theta Kappa is represented internationally.
Rieniets is set to graduate from Sheridan College in May with an associate’s degree in Machine Tool Technology, and says he plans to return to Sheridan College for one more year in order to earn a second associate's degree in business. Machine Tool Technology Instructor Randy Whyte says he is an outstanding student and a prime example of a star student.
Rieniets says looking towards the future, he hopes to couple his machine tool skills with business and finance so he can either move up in management - or become an entrepreneur and start his own business. He will be awarded the scholarship at the 2013 American Association of Community Colleges convention in April in San Francisco.
Editor's note: Thanks to Wendy Smith and Sheridan College for the media release.