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Creating her piece my body my choice took Flach a couple of class periods over a twoweek time frame. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE RILEY

Discovery students receive national recognition for artwork

Two Discovery Academy students, Libby Flach and Alex Rager, were recognized for their artwork submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for teenagers, and have recognized creatives like Andy Warhol and Stephen King.

Eagle Mount helped Skye participate in the same activities as her classmates. PHOTO COURTESY OF LORI SWENSON

Socks for Skye

Skye Swenson was a part of the Big Sky community since kindergarten and the Swenson family has lived in Big Sky since 2009. When Skye passed away in February 2020 due to a lifelong battle with complications from congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), her classmates felt the chasm.

Buecking’s pencil drawing of her friend’s dog, Cooper. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEGAN BUECKING

Realistic pet portraits

Some people make Christmas ornaments with their pets’ paw print. Some get pictures of their pets’ adorable face blown up on a t-shirt. Others sign up for a pencil drawing class taught by Megan Buecking with the Arts Council of Big Sky (ACBS) to make the homage even more personal.

Winterkeeper for Yellowstone General Stores for the last 41 years, Jeff Henry in an action shot removing gigantic blocks of snow from the roof of the Canyon General Store in 1999. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF HENRY

Tales from the tundra

For years men have harnessed the tools of the woods and tamed the onslaught of winter weather in a most inventive way. Their efforts have kept buildings standing in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and allowed for people to better experience a largely untamed world.

Photo courtesy of WIA

Wellness for educators

Women In Action (WIA) is providing every Ophir Elementary, Lone Peak High School, Discovery Academy and Morningstar Learning Center teacher, administrator and support staff member a wellness card, worth up to $100, to be redeemed at Big Sky Fitness Fusion, Moving Mountains, Santosha Wellness Center, Lone Peak Performance or OZssage Therapeutic S

“They had some pretty good moves!” Riley said. The kids were asking to do dance again for their next movement class. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE RILEY

Discovery moves

Across the country, dancers were laid off from performing with entire seasons and shows canceled as the coronavirus progressed and never let up. Many of these artists took to sharing their talent and knowledge with dancers far and wide through virtual platforms.

Wingspan, Pandemic, Sagrada and Catan shown here. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

Game night

One thing that is easy to do in a small group, and almost preferable, is playing a game. There are so many tabletop options anymore, even those ‘not-super-into-games’ people can find something they like.

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