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Around Wyoming brings you news from around the state, keeping you informed with brief updates of stories you may have missed.

Thursday, April 28

Dr. Heith Waddell has been named the recipient of the 2022 American Association of Nurse Practitioners Wyoming State Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award. According to the Sundance Times, the award is given annually to a dedicated NP advocate in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of the role. Dr. Waddell will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception this June in Orlando.

The Thermopolis Independent-Record reports that local Porshia Birdsley has qualified for a national Strongman competition in June. She recently competed in the Cheyenne Colt Breaker's Strongman competition and placed first in the women's lightweight category of under 165 pounds of body weight, which made her eligible for Nationals. She will compete against 22 other girls in her weight category at Nationals.

The town of Sheridan is featured in an episode of a new docuseries dedicated to exploring the role of art in American society. The Sheridan Press writes "The Story of Art in America" episode contains footage of six local artists and their work. It was released in mid-February and is streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast ever since. Her internship was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors in journalism and business. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.