Wilson gives back to local community through extracurriculars


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Senior Sidney Wilson notes that challenging herself in high school will help her be successful at the University of Wyoming this fall.

   Since she first walked through the main doors of Sheridan High School, senior Sidney Wilson has been a part of several clubs and extracurricular activities that have helped to prepare her for life after high school. While taking several AP and college-level classes, Wilson is also a member of Sources of Strength, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Outdoor Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also maintains year-round employment through the Sheridan Recreation District. 

   Being an active volunteer in the community and giving up her own time to help others is something Wilson does on a regular basis. Currently, she is a co-president of Spanish Club and a member of both National Honor Society and Sources of Strength. Through Spanish Club, Wilson has played a key role in planning community projects like the annual piñata campaign, which visits all the elementary schools in Sheridan, and the Thanksgiving Turkey campaign for the janitors at SHS in November. As a member of National Honor Society, Wilson also volunteers frequently for SHS and the community in annual events like bell ringing for the Salvation Army. As she is also passionate about helping others, Wilson has been a member of Sources of Strength for the past two years and has regularly contributed to its many campaigns like Thankfulness in November, Kindness in February, and Mentor Appreciation in March. 

   On top of giving back to her fellow classmates and SHS as a whole, Wilson is also a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. “She’s super positive about everything, and she never lets anything get to her,” said senior Amber Grutzmacher. “This makes her an amazing Big Sister for the program because those kids need someone in their lives to give them a more positive outlook on life.” 

   An alternative to sports, Wilson is also a member of Outdoor Club and has pushed herself to try several new activities. “At first I thought ‘Why not?’” said Wilson. “Since then, I’ve tried rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking.” Wilson’s experiences through the club have also encouraged her to spend more time outside and to detach from her hectic workload.

   Wilson has also chosen to challenge herself by earning college credits throughout her high school career and also by taking numerous AP classes in an effort to jumpstart her post-high school career. At SHS, she has taken AP United States History, AP Psychology, AP Government and Politics, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus, and AP Spanish. As a dual enrollment student at Sheridan College, Wilson has also taken English 1010, Intro to Public Speaking, Cultural Anthropology, and American/Wyoming Government. Getting ahead in school and taking accelerated classes is something she has most certainly taken advantage of, but Wilson also believes that challenging herself now will make a college-level workload in the fall manageable. “Being constantly stimulated by challenging classes forces me to be more productive,” said Wilson. “These classes have also made me so much more prepared for college.” 

   When she is not busy with school work, numerous extracurricular activities, or working part-time for the Sheridan Recreation District, Wilson enjoys spending time with her friends and family and exploring the vast Wyoming wilderness. “I like to spend my time outside as much as I can, especially in the summer.” said Wilson.

   Wilson will be attending the University of Wyoming this fall and she plans to major in Environmental Science and Natural Resources and minor in Spanish. Wilson also hopes to travel in the near future to experience new cultures and environments. 

   Wilson is the daughter of Kelly and Lorne Morris.