This year’s grant recipients from the Billings Community Foundation (BCF) are Beartooth Humane Alliance, Better Billings Foundation, Big Horn County Library, Big Sky Senior Services, Billings Family YMCA, Broadview Community Center Inc., Community Hope Inc., Help for Homeless Pets, Helping Hands in Hardin Food Bank, Family Tree Center, Friends of Pompeys Pillar, Tumbleweed Program, Yellowstone CASA and ZooMontana.

An awards dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on June 4 at Prescott Hall at Rocky Mountain College will honor the recipients and also founding BCF board member, Obert Undem. The Obert Undem Community Vitality Endowment has been established at Billings Community Foundation in his honor.

From 4 to 5 p.m., the BCF will host a seminar presented by Dan Miller, CPA, on “Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practices.” The seminar will be held in the Morledge-Kimball building near Prescott Hall, and there is no charge but reservations are required.

For more information on the dinner, sponsorships and reservations for the dinner and/or seminar, call 839-3334 or e-mail

In the schools

Nicole Evans, Carter Webber and Jennifer Zundel, all of Billings and all incoming freshmen at the University of Montana in Missoula, have been awarded Presidential Leadership Scholarships. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community. Scholarship recipients become members of UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four year tuition waiver plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year.

Tori NorthPeigan, a student at Lodge Grass High, and Nicole Halfpop from Hardin High were both awarded an embroidered FFA jacket from the Big Horn County Farm Bureau.

NorthPeigan, a member of the Little Big Horn FFA Chapter, is a 10th grade student. Her community service has involved participating in a highway and community clean ups, and traveling to New Mexico in 2013 to cut, haul and deliver wood to the elders of the Navajo Reservation.

Halfpop’s community service has included donating eggs and food to the food bank. The 10th-grade student has helped her 4-H club decorate for National 4-H Week and has run concessions during high school football and volleyball games.

This is the second year The Big Horn County Farm Bureau and First Interstate Bank have partnered with the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau in California on the Blue Jacket Bonanza. The program was organized to provide FFA students the opportunity to earn their own FFA jacket based on need, community service, leadership skills and a commitment to the FFA program.

Barbara Otey of Billings will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in integrative physiology and health science from Alma College in Alma, Mich.

Local students graduating from Carroll College in Helena include:

Billings: Catherine Anne Marie Hanser (degree to be awarded December, 2014), elementary education, bachelor of arts; Shelby Lyn Kramer, biology, bachelor of arts, summa cum laude; Kaycee Noel McLaughlin, nursing, bachelor of science with distinction; Logan Anne McLean, psychology, bachelor of arts, magna cum laude; Susan Elizabeth Metzger, health science, bachelor of arts with distinction; Benjamin Brian Nearpass (degree awarded December, 2013), business administration: management and marketing, bachelor of arts with distinction; Celeste Petesh, psychology, bachelor of arts; Decker Andrew Roberts, business administration: management, bachelor of arts; Lindsay Nicole Sebastian, Health Science, bachelor of arts with distinction; Gabrielle Alise Weber, communication studies/public relations: marketing, bachelor of arts, and Jacob Allen Wilson, business administration: management, bachelor of arts.

Joliet: Erin Marie Johnson, communication studies/public relations: TV production, bachelor of arts.

Laurel: Easton Benjamin Padden, sociology: criminology, bachelor of arts.

Molt: Hannah Marie Olson, biology, bachelor of arts.

Red Lodge: Austin Hunter Nearpass, biology, bachelor of arts, cum laude.

Billings students graduating from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., include Chase Brown with a juris doctor from the School of Law and Scott Bruschwein with a doctor of medicine from the School of Medicine.

Local students are on the spring dean’s list at Rocky Mountain College. Those students with an asterisk (*) before their names earned a 4.00 GPA in spring 2014.

Absarokee: Alexander Heyneman, Shane McClurg and *Keturah Stahl.

Billings: *Kayla Baisch, *Joel Barndt, Dan Bentley, Brent Brumfield, Cole Cattelan, Samantha Cook, *Neal Coon, *Anna Dewald, Breanna Erdmann, Sky Gabel, BrieAnna Geck, Linda Gutmann, *Jeffrey Hamilton, Tawnya Hamlin, Shannon Hansen, Kimberly Heggem, *Kati Hengel, Carl Henning, Zachary Herman, Aundrea Hines, Chase Kaufman, *Ashley Kautzman, Michaela Kirby, *Robin Kraft, *Daniel Kuske, Jerid McCabe, Tyler Miller, *Samuel Parell, *Christopher Prescott, Robert Pritchett, *Analena Richter , Jubal Rife, *Sarah Rittenhouse, Christopher Scoles, *Chelsea Scott, Thomas Shepard, Jack Shultz, *Emil Soderberg, *McKenzie Stippich, *Mackenzie Thayer, Hyla Thompson, Jayc Van Zee, *Tucker Walker, Jessica Wolf and *Anne Wylie.

Bridger: *Marcella Bauwens.

Columbus: Tayler Noble, Daniel Parod and *Aaron Wolters.

Hardin: *Kasha Caprata.

Huntley: Jessica Drake.

Laurel: Christopher Chapman, *Mitchell Harmon, *Jonathon Hill, *Whitney Hodges, *Randi O'Shea, *Kaleb Price, Larissa Sikel, *Sonya Stahl, *Vincent Tizono, Cassandra Wallace and Mckenzie Webinger.

Park City: Peter Goettlich.

Roberts: Zane Holdbrook.

Roundup: *Jerome Rangitsch and Whitney Wollman.

Shepherd: Paige Williams.

Silesia: *Muriel Cole.

Madeleine Duncan of Billings has been elected to the Lambda Sigma chapter at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. This is a chapter of Lambda Sigma, a national honor society that fosters leadership, scholarship, fellowship and the spirit of service. Students are initiated at the end of their freshman year.

Anthony Keene of Billings has been named to the dean's list for the 2014 spring semester at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

Local students at Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., are on the spring 2014 president's list with a 4.0 grade-point average. They are Matracia Edeler of Columbus and Kylee Gruel of Fromberg.

Stephen Chad Whiteley of Billings is the recipient of the University of Montana President’s Recognition Award in acknowledgement of academic achievements and devotion to excellence in applied computing and electronics. The award was made by the Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board. He will enter the electrical engineering program at Montana State University in Bozeman this fall.

Billings students are on the dean’s list for the spring semester at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., are Harper Swords, John Hodges, Megan Palaiyan and Max Yeley.

Mychal Zarzoza from West High was awarded the 2014 Jenny Nemer Sibinger Memorial Scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County Endowment Foundation. The scholarship is renewable annually, up to four years. The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County and plan to attend a full-time course of study at a technical school, college or university in the United States.

Local students including Amanda Nelson, a junior at Billings Skyview High; Jana Gemmill, a junior at Billings West High; Trevor Canty, a sophomore at Billings West High, and Naumie DuShane, a freshman at Hardin High School, are new members of the statewide Student Advisory Board, headed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau. The 2014-2015 board consists of 39 high school students from 34 Montana schools. The Student Advisory Board is part of Juneau's statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana. Graduation Matters Montana aims to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. More information about the board is available on OPI's Graduation Matters Montana website:

Kit Wendtland of Sheridan, Wyo., has graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., earning a bachelor of science degree in economics (magna cum laude) and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish (magna cum laude).

On May 9-10 the Billings Music Teachers Association held its annual Spring Festival at Rocky Mountain Community Church. Adjudicators were Ken Christensen from Bozeman and Elinore Quander from Golden, Colo. Eighty-five students participated and 12 students were named as top performers. They are Sophia Barthel and Boaz Laverman, students of Trudy Poirer; Paul Shin, student of Lee Hancock; Caden Moore, student of Palma Wolverton; Haley and Hannah Johnson (duet), Noah Woodring, Sabrina Charney and Lexie Taylor, students of Margaret McGillvray; Claire Hatch and James Roan, students of Sherlon Orth; Annika Anderson, student of Carol Mathew, and Kara Johnson, student of Sharon Marble.

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