Community members in the greater Cheyenne area are rallying behind a recent high school graduate, Tamara Seiben. In September she will attend Laramie County Community College (LCCC) and will be the first person in her family to graduate high school, as well as attend a higher education institution. Tamara’s professional goal is to be a Grief Counselor; putting to use not only her education, but her real-life experience which has been filled with tragedy. There is a www.gofundme.com/tamarastriumph page raising funds to pay for books, a computer, living expenses, and any other college related expenses that aren’t covered by a scholarship.
Tamara has been living on her own since she was 16. Both parents passed away and her brother committed suicide a short time later. Aside from an older brother who has helped her along the way, Tamara has lived in 12 different places in the last 3 years. She waits tables 6 days a week, 40 miles away in Pine Bluffs; usually until 11pm each night. She maintains an apartment that she shares with 3 others, her parent’s truck, and living expenses all while attending school during the day. Tamara earns excellent grades and accolades from her teachers and administrators.