October Alumni Spotlight

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Dr. Natasha Jenkins & Dex SHS Class of 1999 & 2031

Dr. Natasha Jenkins 

SHS Class of 1999

1999 Scottsbluff High School Valedictorian, Dr. Natasha Jenkins, considers it a privilege to serve over 3,000 eye patients every year as co-owner of Scottsbluff Vision Clinic and Eastern Wyoming Eye Clinic.  She professionally attests to the concept that "the eyes are the windows to the soul" in that our eyes not only allow us to see the world around us, but they also give clear insight into one's inner health.  The human eye, after all, is literally the second most complex organ after the brain, composed of more than two million working parts. "It has been fascinating to analyze and treat eye conditions to help improve the lifetime vision of my patients the past 15 years," she attests.

As a sixth-generation Nebraskan, Dr. Jenkins accredits growing up on the family ranch and attending Scottsbluff Public Schools as having well-prepared her for success in her chosen profession of optometry. As current vice president and shareholder of the eyecare corporation, Dr. Jenkins is not only responsible for patient medical care, she also co-manages all aspects of both businesses in Scottsbluff and Torrington including finances, quality control, IT infrastructure and employee supervision.  She also shares in decision-making regarding investments of advanced optical equipment, eyewear products and contact lenses.  

Dr. Jenkins believes being both a Doctor of Optometry and business co-owner of multiple optometric practices creates a perfect career fit for her as a single mother to her son Dex.  "It is the nature of my work that allows me the freedom to schedule patients around Dex's schedule, ultimately maximizing our time together.  My #1 priority is Dex and the opportunities we share," she explains.  Dex is currently a fourth-grade student in Mrs. Burda's class at Longfellow Elementary where he is in the High Ability Learning Program.  Dex is an avid reader whose favorite subject is mathematics.  His passion is his extensive LEGO collection which includes Creator Expert sets such as the 9,090-piece LEGO Titanic.  He plays summer baseball on Coach Jeremy Becker's Westco Travel Team and has earned a white belt in Ko Heichi Martial Arts under Sensei Brent Anderson.  Most of all, Dex and his mother enjoy traveling together and competing with and against one another in all types of athletic workouts.

Dr. Jenkins' path to becoming a Doctor of Optometry included eight years of higher education starting with her undergraduate studies as a Walter Scott Scholar at Hastings College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biopsychology graduating Summa Cum Laude with High Distinction in 2003.  While at Hastings College, she was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the HC Lady Bronco volleyball and basketball teams.  She also played violin in the Hastings Symphony Orchestra.

After being granted the Missouri - Nebraska Reciprocity Scholarship, Dr. Jenkins went on to attend the University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry where she graduated as Class Marshal for ranking first in her Class of 2007.

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Class Of 1970 SHS 50 +1 year class reunion

Friday, September 10, 2021

5PM Mixer at Flyover Brewing Company (hors d'oeuvres provided)

1824 Broadway followed by class pictures taken at the Midwest Theater

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

12PM lunch at SHS, prepared by the Culinary Arts students of SHS

Followed by 1PM tour of the recently renovated High School

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Saturday 5PM, BBQ at the Legacy of the Plains Museum

2930 Old Oregon Trail Road, Gering (on way to the Monument Headquarters)

If desired, admission to the exhibits is available for an additional $10.00 per person

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Please send registration payment of $60/classmate or $90/couple (includes all of the above)

to: Teri Knaub Beeman, 2816 Ave. D, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Questions? tjbeeman@hotmail.com; dkjk@charter.net; daviddill1352@icloud.com

Please RSVP by August 1, 2021

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