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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, November 30

Indigenous actor Chrisitan Wassana recently visited Arapahoe Schools. County10 reports he spoke to the students about historical trauma in Indigenous people and how it impacts them today. He encouraged students to break the cycle of drug and alcohol use and to support their mental health. He also reminded them about how important it is to keep Indigenous cultures alive.

A Buffalo high schooler has been named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. The Buffalo Bulletin reports Kevin Sullivan’s Pre-SAT scores earned him one of fewer than 16,000 nation-wide spots. He will learn if his submitted essay will make him a National Merit Scholar finalist in February.

Biologists recently caught the second heaviest bear in the Yellowstone area. WyoFile reports Grizzly 566 weighed in at 712 pounds. The only heavier grizzly bear ever documented in the region was a 715 pound male trapped in 1977.

And PetLab has tallied data on which dog breeds are most sought after at adoption centers. Wyomingites want to adopt, in order, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Border Collies, and Dachshunds.

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.