2014-04-28T00:00:00Z Achievers The Billings Gazette
April 28, 2014 12:00 am

In the service

(PHOTO)Air Force Airman Rainer A. Smith graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Smith is the son of Christine and Greg Smith of Billings and a 2013 graduate of Billings Senior High.

(PHOTO) Air Force Airman Nathaniel G. Sharrett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Sharrett is the son of Desiree and Travis Johnson of Glasgow and a 2013 graduate of Glasgow High.


(PHOTO)Jordyn Wagner of Billings, representing the Montana Junior Angus Association, was among several Angus youth at the 2014 National Junior Angus Association Raising the Bar Officer Training April 11-13 in Lubbock, Texas. Thirty-one officers and advisors from 11 state junior Angus associations participated in the course, geared toward building stronger leaders while forming important regional relationships.

In the schools

Local students are graduating from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Those with an * after their name have earned the Certified Schafer Leader designation from the Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy. The graduates include:

Billings: Jeffrey Aders*, cum laude, bachelor of Science; Dawn Benth, master of business administration; Lance Eck, master of science in strategic leadership; Eva Elizondo, master of business administration; George Feeley, master of business administration; Oana Harlan, master of project management; Jennifer Hicks, master of business administration; Tracy Hylland, master of science in nursing; Shawna Johnson, bachelor of science in nursing; Crystal Jones, master of business administration; Benjamin Kerns, master of business administration; Derek Luptak, master of business administration; Ayla Ritz, cum laude, bachelor of science; Daniel Robinson*, bachelor of science; Samantha Rozett, bachelor of science in nursing; Candice Wells, master of business administration, and Angela Wong, master of science in nursing.

Laurel: Timothy Simonich, cum laude, bachelor of science in respiratory therapy.

Students at Alma College in Alma, Mich., share their original research, creativity and talents with an audience of their peers on Kapp Honors Day. Barbara Otey of Billings gave a presentation on “The Effects of Competitive Swimming on Pulmonary Function in College Swimmers.”

Joshua Benjamin of Billings was named to the winter honor roll at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash., with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Traci Daly of Fromberg and a student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify.

Muri Cole of Silesia has completed her FAA Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate at Rocky Mountain College, where she is majoring in aeronautical science.

Local students attending Rocky Mountain College were honored on April 8 for their academic and civic accomplishments at the 2014 RMC Academic Awards Banquet.

Toryn Rogers of Laurel was one of two students presented with the President’s Cup. This award is earned by two graduating seniors, one female and one male, based on scholarship, leadership and contributions to the RMC and greater community. Faculty make the selection.

Jubal Rife of Billings earned the Dean’s Cup. This award goes to the female and male seniors with the highest cumulative grade point average.

To confer RMC's Ossie Abrams Faculty Awards, graduating seniors nominate teachers who “go beyond the call.” The four instructors who received the highest number of nominations were presented with the 2014 award. They are Scott Severance, professor of business administration and economics; Robyn Cummings, associate professor of mathematics; Andrew Kirk, professor of English, and Lucas Ward, assistant professor of environmental management and policy.

(PHOTO)Local RMC students also received their major’s departmental award for academic success: Art — Sarah Nitschke of Billings; Aviation — Muriel Cole of Silesia; Biology — Senior Year: Melinda Obritschkewitsch of Molt; Communication Studies — Sarah Nitschke of Billings; Bob Lyon Speech & Debate — Daniel Parod of Columbus, and Trent Dugger of Billings; Computer Science — Outstanding Freshman William Bentz of Billings and Outstanding Senior Jubal Rife of Billings; Education, Secondary & K-12 — Chelsea Scott of Billings; English — Ashley Kautzman of Billings; Environmental Science — Robert “Bo” Walker of Billings; Mathematics — Daniel Parod of Columbus; Philosophy — Toryn Rogers of Laurel; Athletic Training — Dominque Lloyd-Randolfi of Billings; Political Science — Katherine Sizemore of Billings; Services for Academic Success — Jerome Rangitsch of Roundup, and Performance Theatre — Delaney Hardy of Red Lodge.

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