Achievers

2014-05-05T00:00:00Z Achievers The Billings Gazette
May 05, 2014 12:00 am

In the service

Scott E. Linger has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Linger is currently serving as Chief, Administrative Law Division with U.S. Forces Korea, 8th Army, Yongsan Army Garrison, Korea. He has served in the military for 17 years. Linger is the son of Earl and Kathleen E. Linger of Laurel.

Air National Guard Airman Devon J. Kennedy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Casey Kingma of Cody, Wyo., and Shawn Kennedy of Billings, he is a 2012 graduate of Gardiner High School.

Air Force Airman Cory J. Frantz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Richard Frantz of Moxee, Wash., and Patricia Hazell of Billings, he is a 2005 graduate of Billings Skyview High.

In the schools

NILE and the NILE Foundation have awarded scholarships to deserving youth who excelled in the classroom and were active in 4-H, FFA and their communities, all while participating in NILE events.

Rachael Buzanowski, of Pompeys Pillar, and a soon-to-be graduate of Huntley Project High School, has been awarded a rolling scholarship of $1,000 annually. She plans to attend Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., to study animal science. Students selected as rolling scholarship recipients remain in good standing by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA as a full-time student who is involved in NILE and college organizations and activities.

Bobby Dorvall, of Fromberg, is completing her freshman year of college at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., majoring in agricultural business. Dorvall has met the requirements to receive a second installment of her $1,000 rolling scholarship.

Bailey Corcoran, of Billings, is the recipient of the $500 Joe Fouts Memorial 4-H scholarship. A senior at Billings Skyview High, Corcoran plans to study elementary education at MSU Billings.

Seth Kraft, of Billings, is the recipient of the $500 Joe Fouts Memorial FFA Scholarship. A soon-to-be graduate of Laurel High, Kraft plans to study ag business at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Two local students have been awarded a $500 scholarship from the NILE Foundation. Riley Dalke, of Worden, is attending Montana State University in Bozeman as he pursues a chemical biological engineering degree. Tara Welborn, of Huntley, is pursuing an animal science degree at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.

Kyle Steiger, of Worden, and a student at Huntley Project High, has received the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award, for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Some of Steiger’s accomplishments include earning his Montana State FFA degree, becoming a top chapter livestock judge and traveling to FFA events since he was 5 years old. He was awarded a NILE merit heifer, and was a very active member on the family farm, a chapter officer and chapter leader and dedicated to community service projects. Shelia Schenk is his agricultural education instructor at school.

Erin Marie Johnson, of Joliet, has graduated from Carroll College in Helena with a BS in communications and public relations and a minor in TV production. She will attend ASU-Walter Cronkite for her masters. Johnson is a 2010 graduate of Joliet High.

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, southeast Montana local, has awarded $1,000 scholarships to the following local students: Erika Kuehn, Billings Central Catholic High; Sarah Scheise, Billings West High; Kourtney Schott, Broadview High; Rachael Eaton, Billings Senior High, and Maggie Dunphy, Billings West High. Funds are raised through a local area golf tournament which will be held Friday, June 20, at Briarwood Golf Course.

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