Wiest Challenges Audience to Awaken a Generation

Mick Wiest speaks to a crowd gathered at Sheridan College. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Mick Wiest speaks to a crowd gathered at Sheridan College. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

Wyoming’s teacher of the year challenged a local audience to awaken a generation during a recent gathering at the local community college. Sheridan Media’s Leslie Stratmoen has the story.


The missing “C” in college and career readiness standards is citizenship. Keynote speaker Mick Wiest, Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year, passed on the message Tuesday night through a speech given during the Whitney Education Summit held at Sheridan College in Sheridan. At a time in history, he said, when there’s voter apathy and citizen disengagement, we need to engage in meaningful and civil dialogue with friends, family and co-workers.

He charged his audience with two challenges. He said we must show students how to see issues from multiple perspectives and find a way to awaken a generation that’s sleepwalking through schools, colleges and universities.

So, he said, as we all return to our responsibilities in the days ahead, let’s do so with "intentionality" and with excellence..

With Wiest setting the tone for the evening, a panel of teachers and students from both Sheridan and Johnson counties then took the stage to express the importance of college classes being offered in the high schools. Stay tuned to Sheridan Media to hear more about the panel presentations.

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