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Malia Ebel, of Billings, will perform during the University Symphonic Band of Concordia University's spring concert on April 17 in Seward, Neb. The band was formed in 1906 and is the oldest continuing musical organization at Concordia.

Alison Ebel, of Billings, and Concordia University, Nebraska's A Cappella choir, performed at Concordia's "Broadway at the Boulders" concert on April 13.

Grace Shaw, of Billings and student at City College, was elected as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa at City College. She is majoring in business administration, management and operations.

The NILE Foundation proudly recently announced its scholarship winners for the 2018-2019 academic year. Total scholarship amount awarded this year is $32,000. Area students winning NILE scholarships are listed below.

Frankie Sindelar, a senior at Central High, and Nicole Stevenson, of Joliet, were each awarded a one-time scholarship of $1,000.

Danni Nardinger, of Joliet, won NILE’s Secondary Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Area students listed below were selected as NILE's rolling scholarship recipients. To qualify, students must remain in good standing by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average as a full-time student in college. The recipients must also continue involvement in NILE, while participating in college organizations and activities.

Hannah Kraft, of Billings, and Elizabeth French, of Pompeys Pillar, each won a third installment of rolling scholarship, in the amount of $1,000.

Kelsey Kraft, of Billings, won a second installment of rolling scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

For more information about the NILE scholarship winners, or to view a complete list of this year's winners, go to

More than 1,600 members and guests recently attended Montana FFA’s 88th Annual State Convention in Billings. The Montana FFA State Convention hosted 12 career development events, general sessions and workshops during the four-day event. The winning teams of the Career Development event earned the opportunity to compete at the National FFA Convention taking place this fall in Indianapolis.

Area students awarded during the convention are listed below.

Joe Lackman, of Forsyth, was named Star Greenhand.

Kolby Dietz, of Shepherd, was announced as the Star in Agribusiness.

Nicole Stevenson, of Joliet, earned the title of Star Farmer.

Career Development Event Results are as follows:

Agricultural Sales CDE:


Joe Lackman, Forsyth, first place (awarded a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Billings Farmhand)

Dalton Lemburg, Shepherd, second place


Park City, second place

Shepherd, fourth place

Individual Agronomy CDE:


Kala Bertolino, Joliet, third place

Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE (mechanics):


Noah Salo, Joliet, fifth place


Joliet, fourth place

Huntley Project, fifth place

Jr. Creed Speaking CDE:

Brighton Lane, Huntley Project, second place

Extemporaneous Speaking CDE:

Kala Bertolino, Joliet, third place

Team Farm Business Management CDE:

Joliet, fourth place

Livestock Judging CDE:


Dylan Laverell, Big Timber, fifth place

Parliamentary Procedure CDE:

Shepherd, third place

Conduct of Meetings CDE:

Shepherd, first place

Roundup, fourth place

For more information, go to


In the schools

Jenna Livingston, a sophomore studying art and environmental studies at Montana State University Billings, was recently selected to participate in the 52nd Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Juried Student Exhibition, for her exhibit “Swollen Flesh.” Livingston was awarded the honor at NCECA’s annual conference held in Pittsburgh in March. The 2018 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition is on display March 9-April 22 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recently honored West High senior Ryan Jurovich with a President's Volunteer Service Award, for his exemplary volunteer service.

KayJah Twinn, a senior at Hardin High, was honored as the 2018 Montana Indian Education Association's High School Student of the Year during the organization’s annual banquet at the Billings Hotel & Convention on April 5. The award is given to students who exemplify the importance of education in the lives of Montana's Indian people and demonstrate a commitment to making a positive difference in Montana Indian education. Twinn is the sixth Hardin High student to receive the award.

Montana State University Billings has announced its 2018-2019 Associated Students of MSU Billings student leaders after the students were elected March 21-22. Of the 4,322 students registered for the spring semester, a total of 104 students voted in the election, or 2.4 percent.

Full ASMSUB election results are below.

President: Halle Keltner

Vice President: Savannah Merritt

Senators-at-large (University campus): Christian Bautista, Brenna Beckett, Mackenzie Breeden, Taylor Kurkoski, Jordan Neff, Sari Robertus, Kaelen Shay and Courteney Shovlin

City College Senator: Farrah Garman


Stuart Andersen and Kobi Andersen, both of Billings, are new members of the American Angus Association, the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.

The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Productions Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Foundation — help members to advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.


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Nicole Guenthner and Riley McCuen, both of Billings, were named to the fall dean’s list at Washington University in St. Louis. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.6 for the semester.

Malia Ebel, of Billings, a member of Concordia University-Nebraska’s Speech Team, will perform speeches in a showcase titled "Night Before Nationals" on Thursday, April 12.

The showcase features forensics performances by students who have qualified to compete at this year's American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, the National Forensic Association National Championship and the National Speech Championship. Only competitors of the highest caliber are allowed to participate in these tournaments.

Kassidy Casterline, a student at St. Francis Catholic School, has been selected for the 2018 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in June. Casterline, a violin student for six years, will perform with the Honors Junior Orchestra. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated middle school performers from across North America and select schools internationally. Casterline is a member of Billings Youth Orchestra and Chorale and St. Francis Orchestra. She also plays with the Montana Fiddle Club and has received outstanding ratings at the Montana Fine Arts Festival for violin, piano and vocal solo. For more information, go to


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Claire Griffin, a 2017 Senior High graduate, has been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Wake Forest University. A former Billings Symphony intern, Claire won the Wake Forest University Orchestra's Concerto Competition and performed with the university orchestra in February. She is pursuing a degree in engineering.

Area high school students were recently each awarded a $1,500 Montana TRIO Achievement Grant by Montana GEAR UP, a federal grant program designed to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who attend and succeed in college.

Area students who earned the grant are:

At Senior High: Dara Basso-Crouse, Jessica Carranza, Madison Gilsdorf, Makenzy Gilsdorf, Madison Hansen, Ryan Hinrichs, Lyric Horton, Cassandra Martinez, Leah Mundt, Lilia Renova, Noah Schmall and Isaiah Welk.

At Skyview High: Kelly Armington, Tanner Cortez, Annika Peterson, Allison Santos and Tristin Welter.

At West High: Jetara Pretty Weasel.

At Hardin High: Deshawna Anderson, Lane Blankenship, Gidion Herbel and Aminna Little Light.

At Huntley Project High: Rebecka Bolerjack, Bailey Chaffin, Tasia Hunter, Emily Ley, Madison Rohrer, Tayor Sheldon and Loren Sherman.

At Laurel High: Megan Bryant, Marley Merchen, Myndi Ness and Page O'Toole.

At Shepherd High: Dante Downing, Kyla Merritt, Jacey Pointer, Alisia Salazar, Gustav Wenz and Alyssa Zabel.

For more information and a complete list of grant awardees, go to


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Area students were selected by their high schools as Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens and were honored at a recent presidential tea hosted by Shining Mountain Chapter DAR. The awardees include: Austin Amestoy, Laurel High; Deshawna Anderson, Hardin High; Destiny Ayers, Reed Point High; Andrea Crane, Huntley Project High; Madison Duneman, Senior High; Taylor Griffin, Skyview High; and Taylor Rowlison, Joliet High.

The overall chapter winner was Amestoy, who received a $300 award and was selected as the Montana State Society DAR statewide winner. He will also receive a $500 scholarship from the Montana State Society DAR during its annual conference in April.