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Class of 2009

Bob Archuleta

Bob Archuleta received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Wyoming in 1971 and his medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1975. He performed his internship and residency in pediatrics at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Then he served as Chief of Pediatrics at Fort Lee, Virginia for two years before entering into private practice. He has been a primary care pediatrician in private practice in Richmond, Virginia for 29 years. He has been married to Felice M. Archuleta, MD for 30 years; they have a 25 year old son, Henry, and an 18 year old daughter, Christine.

Dr. Archuleta became active in hospice and palliative care because as a practicing pediatrician his greatest challenge was in helping children and families who face life-limiting illnesses and children who grieve the loss of a loved one. He founded Noah's Children in 1997. In 1998, Noah's Children Pediatric Hospice was licensed by the Virginia Department of Health as Central Virginia's first pediatric hospice program. Today, Noah's Children is one of only a few programs of its kind in the country. It has been recognized and honored by the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Bob has served as Medical Director of the hospice and palliative care program since licensure. In October 1999, he was presented the President's Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics "for his vision, dreams and dedication as the founder of Noah's Children, serving the needs of special children and their families in his community.' In 2000, the Richmond Academy of Medicine Board of Trustees presented Dr. Archuleta with the Distinguished Service Award for Ministry to Children "In grateful appreciation for your courage and commitment to the children and families of Metropolitan Richmond for whom you created Noah's Children so that every child has a safe and comforting haven for their journeys."

In 2004, Dr. Archuleta received his board certification from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, making him the 18th pediatrician in the country to be board certified in both pediatrics and hospice and palliative medicine.
Dr. Archuleta served as the Bundy Professor and Chair of Community Pediatrics for Virginia Commonwealth University from 2003 to 2005. During that time he chaired a task force that developed a hospital-based pediatric palliative care and pain management program for the VCU Department of Pediatrics and then served as medical director of the program from 2005 to 2007. In addition, he led a task force in the development of a hospital-based pediatric palliative care program at CJW Medical Center. Dr. Archuleta has also been featured in the "Best Doctors of America" list for the past three years.

Dr. Archuleta practices full-time general pediatrics in Richmond where he continues to serve as Medical Director of Noah's Children.

Corey Bruce

Corey Bruce was a 1987 valedictorian of his graduating class. He was an all-state football and basketball player. As the Wyoming Basketball Player of the Year, he led the state in every statistical category except scoring. He was captain of the 1987 state championship team that lost only one game by one point. He won the prestigious Millward Simpson Wyoming Outstanding Student-Athlete Award his senior year.

He went to Idaho State University with a full academic scholarship and was a 'walk-on' for the Bengal basketball team. After his freshman year, he served a mission for the LDS church in New Zealand. Returning to ISU, he started as a sophomore and was highlighted on ESPN after scoring numerous three-pointers in a Big Sky Tournament game, earning All-Tournament Honors. He was all-conference and an academic All-American his senior year, graduating with honors in pre-med.

Corey went to the University of Washington Medical School. He is now a successful OB-GYN in Phoenix, AZ, bringing more than 300 babies into the world each year.

He and his wife, Kirsten, are parents to Brighton, Chandler, and Cambria. He is the bishop of the Scottsdale fourth ward. An avid Phoenix Suns fan and a coach of his son's basketball team, he still plays hoops three mornings a week (even if he's been up all night).

William Duncan

William Duncan arrived in Green River in 1963 to begin a distinguished career as an educator. His first assignment was to teach English and Yearbook at Green River High School. During his time as annual advisor, his teams won numerous awards for excellence. He also served as Senior Class Sponsor for many graduating classes.

In addition to his classroom duties, he was an assistant football coach and an assistant track coach from 1963 to 1973 and a wrestling coach until 1976.

Following his coaching career he announced football and basketball games as well as wrestling matches. His voice was the voice of Green River sports for many years. As a further contribution to the education of Green River's youth, he served as assistant principal at Monroe Middle School and as District Coordinator of Media Services and District Curriculum Coordinator.

His presence had an enormous impact on the lives of our students and our community.

Cheryl Ann Harmon

Cheryl Ann Harmon graduated from Green River High School in 1998 and then went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. While attending high school and college, Cheryl excelled in many areas including academics, athletics, and music.

As a freshman in high school she received All-State honors in three track events. Her time in the 400 meters ranked her number three in the nation. She also received multiple All-State honors in volleyball. Cheryl currently holds five school records at Green River High School. In her junior year she was named USA Track and Field All-American for her 7th place finish at the Junior National Track Meet.

In addition to her athletic talents, Cheryl is also a gifted musician. She earned All-State awards in choir during her years at Green River High School. Likewise, she excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.00 GPA and graduating as valedictorian of her class. During her senior year she was nominated for and won the esteemed Millward Simpson Wyoming Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. Following her graduation at GRHS she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on an athletic scholarship where she continued to receive numerous awards. She was named as an All American, an Academic All American and an Academic All Big Twelve award winner several times. While at the University of Nebraska, Cheryl was a key member in leading her team to two Big 12 championships. Her 1600 meter relay team broke the relay record at the USA Indoor College Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Cheryl graduated from the University of Nebraska with honors and finished her college career in the top 3% of her class and was a finalist for the Student Athlete of the Year Award.

Currently, Cheryl is a Project Manager at Novel in Provo, UT. Her project recently received one of the highest honors in a support center audit by Services Strategies. They suggested that the KCS program that she manages be written as a best practice for the industry. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she is also a sports coach for younger children where she encourages them to excel on the playing field as well as in the classroom.

Tony Katana

Tony Katana's lasting impact on Green River High School was created by a 29 year stint as a teacher and principal in Sweetwater County School District #2.

Mr. Katana began teaching math at Green River High School in 1954. He taught math for six years at the original Lincoln High School, which at the time, housed grades seven through twelve. While teaching in Green River in the 1950's, he saw graduating classes that reached between 40-50 students as well as a growing town population which was around 4,000. 
Though the student population was similar in 1963 as Tony was hired as the principal of the newly constructed Monroe Junior High School, the existing school board saw the potential for growth. The town and school population began to soar through the next two decades and educators at Monroe Junior High School witnessed class sizes grow to between 250 and 300 students. Under Mr. Katana's leadership, Monroe Junior High School was the first junior high school in Wyoming to be accredited by the NCA organization.

Interestingly enough, Tony's induction into the Green River High School Hall of Fame marks the second time he has been part of an initial class in a hall of fame. In 1993, the University of Wyoming established an athletic hall of fame. Its initial team was the 1943 National Championship Basketball team of which Tony was a part.

For twenty years, until his retirement in 1983, Mr. Katana was the lead administrator at Monroe school. His induction into the inaugural GRHS Hall of Fame class undoubtedly reflects his lasting impact on the Green River community.

Edith Peters

Edith was born and raised in Green River and devoted her entire life to the education of students in the Green River school system. She taught school in Montana for two years, later returning to Green River, where she served the district for nearly forty years.

Peters was the first principal of the original Lincoln High School and served in that role for over 25 years. Though she may be best remembered as the principal, she also taught French, Latin, chemistry, home economics, library, and was also a guidance counselor. Edith also served as the senior class sponsor and successfully directed many senior class plays.

Her dedication to the education profession and Green River was felt by the many students whose lives she touched and the legacy she leaves behind.

MaryAnne Lill Bocquin

Growing up in Emporia, Kansas, MaryAnne Bocquin aspired to follow in the footsteps of her parents and pursue a career in education. Her dream was to make a profound difference in the lives of children, and over her 36-year career her dream has come true far more than she could ever imagine.

"I knew when I was a child that I wanted to be a teacher," Bocquin said. "I believe from the bottom of my heart that there are people who are born to teach." It has been said by many of her former students and colleagues that she is one such person.

MaryAnne joined the staff at Green River High School in 1970 and immediately set the standard for work ethic and a desire to make a difference for every student. She spent her summers studying new and innovative methods and materials and without question modeled for her students and cohorts what it meant to be a life-long learner.

She retired from the classroom in 2001 only to return part time in 2005. When the position of Instructional Coach presented itself in 2007, MaryAnne chose to share her talents and experience working directly with fellow teachers, coaching them and honing their skills in the classroom, which ultimately impacts the students.

MaryAnne, born to teach, is still making a difference.

Howard L. Braden

Howard L. Braden is the only inductee to be honored solely for his accomplishments during his high school career. It was Braden's accomplishments in 1941 that set him apart from any track athlete before him, or since.

At the District track meet held in Rock Spring that year, Braden broke four district records: the broad jump, the discus, the pole vault, and the high point athlete.

Braden scored a total of 34 team points in that single meet and threw the discus for a meet record, but it was his pole vault and broad jump performance on that day which truly set him apart. Braden broke his own pole vault record of 11'-11' with an incredible 12'-5 3/4 performance. This feat is impressive even in today's era, but it's when you consider that he was using a metal pole and landing in a saw dust pit that this accomplishment is a testament to his courage and unprecedented athletic ability.

In his next performance, Howard broke the existing long jump record with a leap of 21'-4 1/2 ". This performance set a new state record which stood for over 20 years and a school record that stood until Joe Killpack broke it in 2002, making it the longest standing record in American history. Howard L. Braden went on to serve our country in the United States Navy in World War II.

David Alan Clark

Born and raised in Green River, David Alan Clark produced his first commissioned bronze while still in his teens. After earning his BFA at Washington University in St. Louis, he worked in the advertising industry in Chicago, becoming Vice President of Creative before returning full-time to sculpture and Wyoming.

"I don't understand why some cities choose to erect a generic sculpture of an animal that may not have even lived in the area, when every place has key citizens whose lives are inspirational," he says. "Depicting a community's history in bronze is a great way to present shared history, and build a sense of community among the viewers. I believe that celebrating our 'local heroes' through art encourages our children, through example, to achieve their full potential and become more involved with their community. Figurative art is the ideal medium to do this as it communicates through barriers of time, language, and culture."

"I believe that every community has a hero, a story to tell. My job is to translate that story into bronze sculpture, so that generations from now visitors will understand the history that makes each place special."

David is responsible for the "John Wesley Powell" monument here in Green River along with the "Spirit of the Prairie" in Schaumburg, Illinois; the "Tom Lee" in Memphis, Tennessee; a celebratory bronze of a farmer riding the first locomotive into the city of Frisco, Texas; the portrait monument of former U.S. Senator Cliff Hansen in Cheyenne; the monument-portrait of the mountain man Jim Bridger and a ranch woman for the Cheyenne Botanic Garden to name just a few.

"Life is short. Art, especially bronze sculpture, is long." David Alan Clark is creating site-specific bronze sculpture today with tomorrow's children in mind.

Stan Dodds

Stan Dodds's future was molded at Green River High School under the tutelage of coach Don Nelson resulting in Dodds being the Wolves all-time leading scorer with 1379 points and leading the school to its first state championship in 1965. He was a two-time all-state player and had his best game against Evanston as a senior, racking up 40 points and 26 rebounds. Dodds standout play led him to Laramie to play for the Wyoming Cowboys.

Dodds was an All-WAC first team selection in 1970, his senior year, while leading Wyoming in scoring with 20.7 points per game. His team finished the year ranked ninth in the country in field goal percentage. For his career, he averaged 16.7 points per game, ranking him eighth on Wyoming's career list. His spot would be much higher with today's three-point line.

Stan posted his college career-best game against Arizona State on Feb. 28, 1970 when he scored 45 points in the Cowboys 112-94 victory. He made 19 field goals in that game, the second best total in school history. His 45 points is fifth on the all-time list. He was also co-winner of the team MVP award for the 1969-70 season and earned the Admiral Land Award as the University of Wyoming's top student-athlete following his senior year.

Dodds was drafted by the Utah Stars of the ABA in 1970 and later had an opportunity to play professionally on the East Coast but declined. Instead, he followed Don Nelson's footsteps and taught math and coached in Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas. He coached basketball for 20 years, volleyball for 11 years, and track and field for nine. He is currently the principal at Junction City High School in Kansas.

David Gomez

David Gomez, born and raised in Green River, was the school's first Wyoming State Wrestling Champion in 1969, and continued on to be the first three time State Wrestling Champion winning the crown in 1969, 1970, and 1971. All three years, David was selected by his teammates as a captain.

David was a member of Wyoming's first Cultural Exchange Wrestling Team competing in Japan. He was featured in the 1970 Pepsi-Cola and Scholastic Wrestling News for his accomplishments, and in 1971 he was selected as Honorable Mention All-American.

David excelled at football and track as well. He was a two-time all-conference selection at Middle Linebacker and served as the team captain for both those years. In 1971, he broke the school record in the mile run. Through his four year career, David Gomez earned 11 varsity letters.

Following high school, David opened a very successful carpet business and went on to serve one term as the mayor of Green River.

Rudy Gunter

Rudy Gunter served as an instructor in the Industrial Arts and Art Departments of Green River High School for over 30 years. In addition to the impact he had on the lives of many students who passed through our halls, he also designed the bronzed wolves that grace the entrance to our school and the wolf at the center court of our gymnasium.

His work reflects the pride each of us has as a member or graduate of this high school.

After retirement, Rudy continued to support both the high school and the community. He has driven buses for students and activities which allowed him to remain in contact with our youth.

For the community, he designed the magnificent mustangs that stand at the beginning of the Wild Horse Loop and at Western Wyoming Community College.

His talents have added beauty and grace to our school and our city and have inspired students to devote their lives and their talents in professional careers as artists. One such student is David Clark, another 2009 Hall of Fame inductee.

Helen Dagmar Haynes

Helen Dagmar Haynes was born July 11, 1895 in Purdy, Missouri, and it seemed from that moment she was destined to live a life that would enrich and inspire the lives of others.

In 1915, Ms. Haynes graduated from Monet Senior High School in Monet Missouri, pursuing the teaching program. While her twin sister, Lucille, taught school in Monet, Helen spent the early years of her teaching career in various small towns in both Missouri and Kansas. Eventually, both Helen and her twin took teaching positions in Green River, Wyoming. Throughout her career, she diligently honed her craft by continuing her own education, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College and then taking courses from the Colorado State Teachers College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Wyoming.

During her tenure in Green River, Ms. Haynes was held in high esteem by both her students and the community at large. She exemplified a deep commitment to her own learning and to the academic success of her students. Many of her former students spoke of her tremendous influence on both their personal and professional lives. An elegant conversationalist, Ms. Haynes delighted people with her warmth, her wit, and her genuine interest in their lives. As all truly excellent teachers do, Ms. Haynes inspired her students to require more of themselves than they first dreamed they could achieve, and her fierce belief in her students potentially led so many of them to pursue college degrees and widely respected careers.

Helen Haynes retired from teaching in 1965, after teaching for fifty years, receiving awards from the State of Wyoming, the Classroom Teachers Association, and various school boards. Her legacy is precious beyond words.

Larry Heslep

Upon high school graduation Larry Heslep attended the University of Wyoming. While earning his bachelor's degree, Larry wrestled for the Cowboys where he served as team captain as well as an alternate to the United States Olympic Team. He continued at the University of Wyoming earning his Masters as well as his Doctorate in Educational Administration. Larry began his tenure for Sweetwater County School District #2 in 1967. His teaching roles included physical education and social studies. Upon his employment as a classroom teacher, he was also assigned the duties of assistant football coach and head wrestling coach.

In just his third year, Coach Heslep led the Wolves to their first state title and followed that with six others across his nineteen year career. The Wolves won back to back titles in 1977 and 1978 with '77 being the last year of Class 1A, and '78 being the first year in Class 2A.

In 1985, which was Larry's last year of coaching, the Wolves won the state title having no individual champions. Over his nineteen year tenure, Heslep coached 28 individual state champions and won team titles in 1970, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, and 1985. Larry was honored six times as Wyoming's Wrestling Coach of the Year and was the State Athletic Director of the Year in 1984. Twice Larry was nominated as the national Coach of the Year. In 2004, Coach Heslep was inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Following his illustrious coaching career, Dr. Larry Heslep served as the district athletic director and later as the high school principal. In 1992 he moved to Campbell County School District in Gillette, Wyoming where he now serves as Associate Superintendent of Schools.

Don Nelson

Don Nelson grew up in the little Wyoming town of Thermopolis. As a high school player, he led the Bobcats to a state basketball championship in 1954. He continued his basketball career at Northwest Community College in Powell, but gave up his playing days when he moved to Chadron to obtain his teaching certificate in mathematics. Don later received his master's degree from Southern Illinois University.

In the fall of 1962, Don was awarded a teaching position and assumed the coaching duties of head basketball and assistant football. In his second year as an assistant football coach, the Wolves went 10-0. In his third year as the head basketball coach, he led the Wolves to their first ever Class A state basketball championship. Don left the district following the 1965 season but returned after a five year coaching experience in California. Don remained in Green River for the next 25 years.

Again in 1987, Nelson led the Wolves to another state basketball title winning the Class AA competition for the first time since moving up a classification in 1977. Following this championship, Don became the district athletic director where he served until he retired in 1995.

Ana-Maria Ortega

Ana-Maria Ortega is a 1997 graduate of Green River High School who was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force upon her graduation from the Air Force Academy in June of 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Management.

Ana's athletic accomplishments during her college career include recognition as the 2001 US Air Force Academy Most Valuable Female Athlete, the 2000 Most Valuable Player Volleyball, the 2001 Most Valuable Player Track & Field, the 2000 Outstanding Competitor Track & Field, the 2001 Mountain West Conference (MWC) Champion in the Pole Vault (first ever US Air Force Academy female MWC Champion), NCAA Qualifier (first ever US Air Force Academy female NCAA Qualifier), 2001 All-Mountain West Conference, and the 2001 Colorado's Women Female Athlete. Ana earned 12 Letters (Volleyball x 4, Indoor Track x 4, Outdoor Track x 4), became the school record holder in the pole-vault, and was a member of the US Air Force Academy Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a representative to the MWC, and the Commander of Intercollegiate Team Captains.

Ana's academic accomplishments during this college career include membership on the Athletic Director's List for four years, Commandant's List for three years, Dean's List for two years, and Superintendant's List also for two years.

Ana's accomplishment in the United States Air Force include graduation from the US Weapons Instructor School to become a Weapons Officer, 4th Special Operations Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year, Special Operations Squadron Lance P. Sijan Nominee, 1st Special Operations Group Hispanic Heritage Award Winner, 1st Special Operations Group Professional CGO of the Quarter, All-Air Force & All-Armed Forces Volleyball Team representing the USA at the World Military Games in Catania, Italy; and for two years was the team captain for the All-Tournament Team of US Armed Forces Europe Headquarters' Command Air Force Volleyball Champions. Ana earned the Parachutist Badge (Jump Wings) and Air Assault Badge. She has served as a Flight Commander and Chief of Tactics. Ana is a Weapons Instructor Pilot with over 2000+ hours in the AC-130U Spooky Gunship, has flown 299 Combat Missions and XXX Combat Hours; and flown XXX Combat Support Missions and XXX Combat Support Hours. In addition, Ana continues to be an accomplished athlete with the 2007 USA Volleyball Women's Silver A Division National Champions in New Orleans, Louisiana, and qualifying three times for the Boston Marathon.

Currently, Ana is a Flight Commander stationed at Hurlburt Field and owns a home in nearby Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She is working on her Master's Degree in Advanced Aeronautics and will move to the rank of Major upon completion. She just became the Godmother of her nephew, Aidan Cole, is actively involved in a support group for spouses of deployed troops, and participated this past summer in AVP Volleyball tournaments. She will be deployed again in September of 2009.

Kent Ramon

Green River High School graduate, Kent Ramon, was an unforgettable star athlete for the Wolves football team. During his career at GRHS, Kent earned numerous accolades for his contribution to the team and its successes. Among the many articles about his contributions, the Green River Star often referred to Ramon's performances as the "powerhouse fullback that crushed his competition." His senior year ended with a perfect 10-0 season with the 1963 Football Team. Upon the conclusion of the season, Kent was elected to the Associated Press All State Class A Football First Team and to the All Conference Offensive Team. It was his talent in football that led him to continue play at the college level.

After graduation from GRHS in 1964, Ramon was recruited by the University of Utah as an offensive lineman where he played football for the next four years. He was a starting player for three of those years, and he served as a co-captain for the 1969 team. His outstanding contributions again helped this team experience great success. He graduated in 1970 from the University of Utah School of Pharmacy and then began his career.

Kent stayed in the Salt Lake City area where he worked for ten years as a practicing pharmacist for a variety of chain pharmacies. He then went into the management end of pharmacy for the next 28 years where he was Vice President of Pharmacy for Skaggs Drugstore before becoming the pharmaceutical buyer for Smith's grocery stores.

Kent married his high school sweetheart, Anne, and they have two children, Lonnie and Amber. Throughout the years, he has been actively involved in his local football organizations as a volunteer coach for the little league program. He retired in 2008 and is now enjoying his time traveling, golfing, bowling, camping, and visiting his children and four grandchildren.

Faith Mullen

Faith Mullen was an active participant at Green River High School during her school years. The first student council committee Faith served on was instrumental in allowing girls to wear pants to school instead of the traditional skirts and dresses. She was valedictorian of the graduating class of 1975. Faith later graduated from the University of Wyoming with a law degree and then attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Faith has spent more than 20 years passionately immersed in the problems facing low-income residents of the District of Columbia. A graduate of the Columbus School of Law, she spent the early part of her career with D.C.'s Legal Aid Society. There, she represented low-income clients in public benefit and family law cases. In 1987, Mullen joined AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly, where she represented clients in housing, consumer, public benefit, guardianship, probate, and nursing home cases. In 2000, Mullen started working part-time with the Columbus Community Legal Services returning to full-time in 2004.

In 2009, Faith became one of five legal educators to be honored Bellow Scholar by the clinical legal education section of the Association of American Law Schools. The Bellow Scholar Program honors the work of the late Gary Bellow (1935-2000), a friend, mentor, teacher, and inspiration to generations of activist lawyers and advocates for justice for the poor.

Professor Mullen was selected from among a large pool of nominees for her ongoing project involving the work of Catholic University of America general practice allowing students "access to Justice and the Community Involvement in the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings."

Despite her extremely busy schedule Faith always finds time to mentor and support any Green River High School student or graduate who finds their way to Washington, DC.

Barb VanMatre

Barb VanMatre, from Ten Sleep, began her 42-year career in 1964 as a business teacher at GRHS and remained in that position for five years. As a teacher, she supervised the school's vocational training program through which students were placed with businesses in the community to learn work-place skills particularly common to office, retail, and construction jobs.

Barb then moved to the central office building as she became the first business manager for Sweetwater County School District #2. In this position, she kept the school district financially stable through "boom and bust" years.

She retired from the district in 2007 having served her last years as the Superintendent of Schools. Currently she substitutes for office workers in their absence from the Green River Public Works Department. Barb spends her leisure time enjoying the outdoors through boating, four-wheeling, and gardening.

VanMatre has been instrumental in many successes enjoyed by the Green River school system.