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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

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