On Tuesday, May 27, the Sagebrush playground was buzzing as the whole school poured out to the Mileage Club track to celebrate Nate Watson, or Nate the Great, on his two-thousandth lap (500 miles) around the track. This achievement not only set a new Sagebrush Mileage Club Track record for most laps walked, but furthermore served as a testament to Nate's determination and ability to persevere through challenges. Nate has a medical condition, which requires him to walk with crutches. His 500-mile journey began with laps in Kindergarten, and is particularly meaningful for a boy whose parents were once told he would be confined to a wheelchair by age 12.
In attendance to honor Nate's accomplishment were his family members, current teachers and specialists along with retired teachers Brad Kremensek and Linda Gifford, school district administrators, Pastor Ron Maixner from Mountain Alliance Church, Mayor Dave Kinskey and Sheridan City Council members, representatives from the Sheridan Police Department and Sheridan Fire Department, as well as many other community members. Billings KULR-8 News came to celebrate the accomplishment as well. Nate was presented with a certificate for a family season pass to Kendrick pool for his achievement by Principal Mike Wood.