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Guardians of the flame

Students carry the torch


May 9, 2019

Grace Moore

Students run the Special Olympics torch through town, escorted by law enforcement from all around the county during the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

On a bright Thursday afternoon, Bryce Merchant carried the torch representing the Special Olympics with pride and the encouragement of friends through Moorcroft before passing it on to the next athlete along its way to Laramie and the Special Olympic games on May 9.

Grace Moore

The torch set out from the MK-8 and traveled through Moorcroft.

Merchant was applauded by the students of MK-8, who came out for the event as many members of the local force, including Highway Patrol and Crook County Sheriff's Department lined up their cars to lead the procession.

Supporters from sixth, seventh and eighth grades joined Merchant in his run including Sixth graders Lexi Garrison, Melibe Downey, Ryan Brownigg, Datona Hannah, Gatlin Thomas and Estelle RunsAbove-Peltier; Seventh graders Taylor Anderson, Baylie Soesbe, Gracie Semlek, Beka Anderson, Savanna Williams, Cameron Messer, Aurora Studie and Kaiah King; and Eighth graders Kailee Gill, Talissa Fischbach, Hayleigh Fenner and Cami Connally. Also joining the run was Merchant's sister, Alyssa, and a couple other members of the MHS volleyball team.

Special education teacher Natalie Warga later said, "I'm really proud of all of them."

This run is organized and sponsored by law enforcement and Special Olympics throughout the nation.


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