Glen Anderson devoted his life of service to school, community, and country. He was born in Green River, Wyoming, and received his education there.
In high school, he distinguished himself as an athlete, holding the state record in the 220 low hurdles for 25 years. He was an all-state selection as a defensive back in football and continued his athletic career playing defensive back for the University of Wyoming, including playing in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
After graduating from high school in 1946 and before entering the university, he served with the 11th Airborne Division in Japan for 14 months. Following college, he became a photographer with the Navy, and, subsequently, entered the Naval Aviation Cadet program.
Upon completing his flight training, he flew combat missions in the FJ-1 Fury jet in Korea for the U.S. Marines; flew the R4D transport from Christ Church, New Zealand, in support of Operations Deepfreeze in Antarctica. He then transferred to helicopters in which he flew from the USS Iwo Jima in support of the Johnson Island upper island nuclear test. His career as a pilot continued during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Viet Nam War where he flew combat missions and trained pilots in the UH-34 aircraft. He flew over 520 combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal (Strike Flight Award) with the numeral 26 and two Single Mission Air Medals signified by two Gold Stars. He also received the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm), the Vietnamese Service medal with six campaign stars and other campaign and service medals. He returned to Viet Nam to fly the UH-1 helicopter in 1968 in support of the Special Operations Group as well as the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions.
Glen ended his military career training young Marine pilots at Camp Pendleton in California and retired on Dec.31, 1977.
Dr. John V. Bernard devoted his life to the education of the young. A Colorado native, he received his bachelor of science at Colorado State University. Later, he was awarded a masters and a doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming. He began his career as teacher and coach in various schools and was principal for a school in Kimball, Nebraska, and superintendent of schools in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His career then led him to Green River, where he was the superintendent of schools for 26 years.
He is remembered by former students and colleagues as totally dedicated to the welfare of the youth of this community and of the state. They recall his personal interest in and visits to the classrooms of each and every school. He was both a scholar and a true character. Students and colleagues still relish stories about his delightful sense of humor and his unique view of the world. All who worked with him can envision him walking down the halls of Green River High School wearing his old gray hat and woolen muffler and carrying a full cup of coffee in his extended hand.
Under this jolly exterior, however, was a man who was uncanny in his ability to find funds for his district in difficult financial times. He was adept at finding grants, especially for the athletic programs that were struggling for funds. His use of the PL874 program brought much needed resources into the district during a boom time. He established the foundation on which our district is built and from which it has flourished.
During his tenure he was renowned as the outstanding superintendent in the state. In addition to his duties for the district, he was a Wyoming High School Activities delegate to the national executive board for three years and served as vice president of the board for a brief time. He also served as president of the High School State Board of Control, of which he was a member for 21 years. He was president of the Wyoming State Administrators Association, a member of the State Board of Review of Wyoming and of the Advisory Committee of the ASAA. Locally, he served as president of the Green River Lion’s Club and the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Southwest District Tournament Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees of Southwest Wyoming Community College.
He ended his career in Green River by serving on the School Board for School District #2 from 1976 to 1980.
Ford Bussart’s life and career were distinguished by his passionate devotion to civic duty. He received his education in the Green River school system and the University of Wyoming, where he received his law degree.
Following graduation and admittance to the bar, he served as Lieutenant Commander in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U. S. Navy and, later, as a military trial judge. Upon his return to Wyoming, he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives in 1976 and to the Wyoming State Senate in 1978. There he was appointed to the Executive Legislative Commission on the Reorganization of State Government and to the Select Committee on Equalization of School Finance.
From this, he developed a commitment to “each student’s fundamental right to an equal educational opportunity and to the best education possible”. He was instrumental in pursuing the first court challenge of Wyoming’s public school financing system and successfully represented districts from southwest Wyoming through twenty years of litigation. His work had a monumental impact on the education of the children of Green River and of Wyoming. He also supported higher education by serving on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees for which he presided as president for two years.
Governors Herschler, Sullivan, and Freudenthal appointed him to various state boards and commissions, such as the Wyoming State Banking Board and the Wyoming Health Care Commission. Locally, he served as campaign chairman for the Sweetwater County United Way and for the Sweetwater County Cancer Society. He was on the board of directors for the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Counseling Service, Southwest Wyoming Rehabilitation Center, and the Western Research Institute.
His last civic commitment was to represent Sweetwater County, City of Green River, and the City of Rock Springs in their efforts to prevent the diversion of water from the Green River to the Colorado Front Range.
Bill Chung is a 1956 graduate of Lincoln High School in Green River. During his four years in high school, he lettered in track and football for four years, played basketball and was Co-Captain for the Wolves’ football team. He was also vice president of the Letterman’s Club, played the trumpet for the band, and was on the annual staff. Playing tackle and fullback, Bill received all-state awards and earned a four year scholarship to the University of Utah, where he continued to play football. He lettered in his freshman year as well as in the years 1957, 1958, and 1959.
In 1961, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Utah. He was offered the opportunity to play professional football, but chose to begin his career as a pharmacist instead. He began working for Thrifty Drug Store in 1961 and worked in various drug stores and hospital pharmacies throughout his long and distinguished career. He also enhanced his professional education from 1977 to 1978 by attending the University of Southern California, studying Clinical Pharmacy. In 2011, he was honored by the California State Board of Pharmacy with a 50 year pin.
A humble man, Bill has given to Green River High School and this community in numerous ways, always anonymously. His gifts have provided everything from camps to coats and gloves and other items students cannot afford to buy for themselves. He provides for our youth who are at-risk or are in need. No one goes without due to his compassion and generosity.
In 1983, Bill began the management of CBC Pharmacy Inc. and today owns nine professional pharmacies. He also owns businesses in Riverton, Wyoming, including AAA Storage, Wind River RV Park, and Wind River Mobile Home Park. His hobbies include restoring classic cars and trucks, remodeling houses, and fishing. His great love is spending time with family and friends at “My World,” his Wyoming retreat.
Christopher Kelsey graduated with Green River High School’s class of 1992 with the honor of speaking as Co-Valedictorian. He then attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree and was awarded Magna Cum Laude status and University Honors. He received the Undergraduate Research Award in 1998. Four years later, he graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine with an MD degree.
Dr. Kelsey served his internship at Health One Alliance in Denver in 2002 and 2003, following which he moved to Durham, North Carolina, and became a resident at Duke University Medical Center. At the completion of his residency, he became an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Duke University Medical Center. While there he received the Gunilla C. Bentel Award for Outstanding Physics Research in 2005, the Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award in 2007, and the Resident Teaching Award in 2010.
He is currently engaged in patient care, research, and publishing. He is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Kelsey has authored 14 peer-reviewed, referred journal articles as a first or senior author. The titles of some of the articles are “Local Recurrence after Surgery for Early Stage Lung Cancer,” “Assessing Neurotoxicity from Low Dose Radiation Component of Radiosurgery Using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy,” and “Paclitaxel-based Chemoradiotherapy in the Treatment of Patients with Inoperable Esophageal Cancer”. He also published several other articles as second or junior author.
Dr. Kelsey also co-authored two chapters for a primary text book, “Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology” which is used in oncology training in medical schools in the United States. The chapters he co-wrote are in the 8th and 9th editions of the book and focus on lung cancer.
During the past three years, he has been invited to give nine talks at various professional meetings, such as The American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois; a meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, at which he spoke on Perspectives in Lung Cancer; and the Community Memorial Health Center Fall Program in South Hill, Virginia.
Dr. Kelsey is now serving as co-chairman of the Young Physicians Committee for US Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium. He is the Radiation Oncology Liaison to the Lymphoma Committee for the Cancer and Leukemia Group B. He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics Journal of Thoracic Surgery.
Although Mark Levitt’s tenure in Green River High School lasted only four short years, his impact upon its students was truly remarkable. Mark was recruited to our district from Burlington, Colorado, where he had established outstanding speech and Model U.N. programs.
His commission was to build a state championship forensics team in Green River. He came very close to accomplishing that task, winning second and third places in the state in his last two years of teaching. His program was immensely popular, attracting two hundred enthusiastic students in his last year. Under his leadership, 20 qualified for the National Forensic League tournaments, at one of which Kelly Lawson (Rockey) placed fifth in the nation in Poetry in San Jose, California.
Mark’s ability to encourage and inspire drew students from all areas of interest and made dedicated forensics competitors of them all. As a former student said, “he managed to take students from all walks: athletes, drill team, theatre and music students, geeks, cool kids, angry tough kids, scared shy kids and everyone in between and coalesce a team spirit, commitment and drive to excel both personally and as a group.”
In the English classroom, Mark’s laidback and humorous teaching style hid a rigor that challenged his students at a consistently high level. His value as an educator was recognized when he received the honor of being chosen Wyoming State Teacher of the Year in 1989.
Complicating Mark’s efforts in both the classroom and in his speech and debate program was his three-year battle with lung cancer. In spite of failing health and difficult therapies, he served our youth daily until three months before his death in September of 1990.
Following high school, Kurtiss attended the University of Sioux Falls where he began a collegiate career that is unparalleled. In his two years as a starter, he compiled a record of 26-1 leading the Cougars to a national championship in 1996. Kurtiss earned All-American honors both years and in 1996 was named the National Player of the Year.
Kurtiss still holds multiple NAIA collegiate records including: touchdowns in a single season with 55, the single season record for pass attempts without an interception with 290, and the most yards gained per attempted pass for a career at 9.15 yards.
In addition to his national records, he still holds multiple records at the University of Sioux Falls including single game records: 8 TD passes vs. Nebraska Wesleyan ’96, 457 passing yards vs. Nebraska Wesleyan ’96, 30 completions vs. Black Hills State University and Nebraska Wesleyan University. In addition he holds Single Season Records of 3,993 yards passing ’96, 265 completions ’96 and 55 touchdown passes ’96. He is also ranked second in career passing yards with 7,329 and first in career touchdown passes with 85.
Following his career at the college level, he played for the Paris Flash (European Federation of American Football) where he compiled 14-2 record and led his team to the Eurobowl championship game. He followed his EFAF career back to the states where, as a starting quarterback for the now Sioux Falls Storm, he led them to the Pacific conference championship in just his second season.
Kurtiss’s coaching career is every bit as impressive as his player career. As the quarterback coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 2005-2009, he compiled a team record of 67-3, appeared in four NAIA national title games (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), won three NAIA national championships (2006, 2008, 2009), had three undefeated seasons (2006, 2008, 2009) and coached four All-American quarterbacks, two of which were named National Player of the Year.
In addition to coaching the USF Cougars, Kurtiss was named as the head coach of the Sioux Falls Storm in 2002 where he has led them to seven league championship games (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), five league titles setting a league record average of 73 points per game (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011), had back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2006 and 2007, this included a 40-game winning streak (the most in professional sports history), earned league Coach of the Year honors (three times) and accumulated a career coaching record of 128-24.
Kurtiss currently lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Leisa, and their two children, Peyton and Afton.
Angie Sundquist established a stellar record in both athletics and scholarship in her years at Green River High School.
In volleyball, she was named Most Valuable Player and Captain of her team as a result of her All Conference and All State status for two years during which she played on the 1986 Regional and Conference Championship teams.
Her basketball prowess included being named All Conference and All State player for two years, playing in the All Conference Tournament in one year and in the All State Tournament in three years. She was also nominated for the Converse All-America Team.
In track, Angie distinguished herself in Shot Put and Discus as Regional Champion for two years and placed first through third in various races in the Hurdles for three years at Regionals. She was a member of the 4 X 100 Relay team that took first place at Regionals one year and the 1987 West 4A Regional Championship team. Her honors included being invited to the Meet of Champions all four years, an Honorable Mention on the National Track All-American Team in her junior year, and most impressively, recognition as Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
The highest honor Wyoming can bestow upon its athletes is the Milward Simpson Award which is a highly competitive process. It honors both athletic achievement and scholarship. Angie received this highest of honors in 1987 and represented Green River with poise and grace.
Since leaving Green River, she has attended the University of Wyoming on a full basketball scholarship and graduated as a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She now works for Paychex, Inc. as HR Manager for Northern California and Nevada. She is married and the proud mother of two children, Alexa and Tanner, and continues to be involved in youth sports as a coach and referee for Little League basketball and soccer. She also serves as President of Delta Nu Phi chapter of the national philanthropic sorority Beta Sigma Phi.
Head coach Don Nelson
Assistant coach Jerry McMillen
Vern Van Matre
Jim Felton, Manager
Head coach Don Nelson
Assistants Roger Bruce, Lew Reed and Jim Steiss