2014-08-18T00:00:00Z Achievers The Billings Gazette
August 18, 2014 12:00 am


(5 PHOTOS)The Breakfast Exchange Club of Billings, celebrating their 47th anniversary and their 35th year partnering with the Metra, installed officers for the 2014-2015 term. They are: Lisa Jensen, secretary; Ed Kaufmann, treasurer; Glen Hufnagel, immediate past president; Leif Welhaven, president elect and Dave Weller, president. The trustees are Dale Miller, Chad Raisland, Joe Burst, Mel Reinhart, Bruce Glennie and Corey Moore. For more information, go online to or call Leif Welhaven, membership chairman, at 670-1917.

The Billings Family YMCA honored volunteers and donors. In 2013, more than 500 volunteers donated more than 9,000 hours. The Founder’s Award was given to Katie Link for her long time service as a board member, tireless volunteer and key donor to the YMCA. Brett Maas was given the Volunteer of the Year Award for his long time work as an inspiring swim coach at the Y. Also honored were volunteers who donated more than 100 hours in 2013: Vincent McMahon for work on designing and developing the YMCA website; Mary Huff, volunteer in preschool; Alissa Lienwand for work in membership; Larry Seekins, the man responsible for bringing wildly popular pickleball to the Y; Chandra Reum, volunteer in group exercise and administration; Stella Fong, for her work with the YMCA’s board of directors; and Troy Calhoun, volunteer in group fitness.

In the schools

Alexander Nord of Billings received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy with commendation for academic excellence from Reed College in Portland, Ore.

(1 PHOTO)Andrew Sterup, a senior at Billings Central Catholic High, attended summer college for high school students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He earned three college credits taking an economics class. He is a member of the National Honor Society. While attending Georgetown he also played baseball for Bradley Baseball Academy at tournaments in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. He has been recruited for college baseball by Pitt, Georgetown, Haverford, Bates, Kenyon, Macalester, Grinnell, Arcadia and Catholic University but hasn’t decided on which college he will attend.

(3 PHOTOS)The Billings Chapter 100 of the Accounting and & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) awarded the following scholarships through the Mary Craig Scholarship Fund for the 2014-2015 academic year: $3,000 Undergraduate Scholarship – recipient is Callie Alberda, who attends Montana State University-Bozeman; $3,000 Undergraduate Scholarship – recipient is Jennifer Trotter, also attending Montana State University-Bozeman; $2,000 Women in Transition Scholarship – recipient is Shannon Schmidt, who attends Montana State University Billings.

In the service

(1 PHOTO)SKI Amanda Bostwick Feysa, daughter of the late Jani McCurdy Morse and a member of the Coast Guard, has been deployed to Bahrain for a year while attached to the shoreside logistics branch with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain. She had previously been stationed on a global ice breaker, USCGC Polar Sea, homeported in Seattle, Wash.; with the Pacific Strike Team out of Novato, Calif.; at a small boat station, Brant Point, on Nantucket, Mass., and at USCG headquarters in Washington, D.C.

(1 PHOTO)Billings Senior High 2010 graduate, Kasey Allen Smith, graduated magna cum laude from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a bachelor of science degree in marine engineering and an emphasis in nuclear engineering. Smith is the son of Wesley and Kelly Smith of Billings. Smith will serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an Ensign. He is currently employed by Crowley Maritime Corporation.

Air Force Airman Sean O'Roake graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. O'Roake is the son of Timothy O'Roake of Cody, Wyo.

Army Pvt. Daniel Herman has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Herman is the son of Eric and Shirley Herman of Billings and a 2013 graduate of Billings Senior High.

Col. Collin D. Rose has graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa., and earned a master's degree in strategic studies. The college is the Army's senior educational institution. The 10-month curriculum of the Army's senior officer school is designed to prepare and train officers of all the U.S. military branches of service, foreign military officers, as well as senior civilian officials of federal agencies, to serve in top-level command and staff positions with the U.S. Armed Forces worldwide. He has served in the military for 28 years and is currently serving as garrison commander with the Training Center, Fort Harrison. Rose is the son of Ann Harkins of Laurel.

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