2014-03-31T00:00:00Z 2014-03-31T00:32:04Z Achievers The Billings Gazette
March 31, 2014 12:00 am

In the service

Army National Guard Pvt. Matthew J. Emge has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Emge is the son of Laurie and Mike Emge, of Havre and a 2013 graduate of Havre High.


Kelly McCarthy was elected to the county chair position of the Yellowstone County Central Committee, replacing attorney Joe Raffiani. McCarthy, Montana State House representative, is currently running for re-election. Raffiani will continue to serve in an advisory role as past chair. Former School District 2 Trustee Pam Ellis was elected as secretary. Ellis was previously an alternate state committeewoman for the Yellowstone Democrats. That position is now held by Marcy Brown, who was also elected during the same special election. Kevin Dowling was selected as the county party’s treasurer. Dowling is also a past chair of the county party. Rebbeca Reidl will continue to serve in the vice chair position.

In the schools

Local residents on the dean’s list for fall 2013 at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., include Gregory Aders, Jeffrey Aders, Megan Beam, Brittany Benner, Willa Bowsher, Maria Day, Lauren Dietrich, Tessa Gibbins, Kyle Holetz, Adam Jansen, Cassandra Jensen, Nicole Klugman, Timothy Kuehn, Ashley Leier, Guy Madison, Sidney Niven, Rachel Pankratz, Cristiana Schewe, Kayla Spriggs and Kevin Sullivan, all of Billings; Kaitlyn Wurnig of Huntley, and Eric Delaney, Timothy Simonich and Kelcy Traeger, all of Laurel.

Local students who were recipients of $1,000 Circle of Success scholarships from the nonprofit Student Assistance Foundation include Brianna Eaton, Kale Lemelin, Sally Weinand and Jakota Schatz, all of Billings, and Courtney Bruce, of Laurel. The SAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Montana corporation that provides students with knowledge and tools to finance and pursue their postsecondary education. Funds generated by SAF are returned to Montanans in the form of education grants and public benefit programs — to date more than $28 million. For more information, visit or

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