2012-07-09T00:00:00Z Achievers The Billings Gazette
July 09, 2012 12:00 am


(Photo)Five generations: Pictured left to right in back are Shirley Laber Heywood, great-grandmother, of Billings, and Shari Laber DeSaveur, grandmother, of Indonesia. In front are Jana DeSaveur Hanson, mother, and baby JaydAnn Alene Hanson of Absarokee; and Catherine Miller, great-great-grandmother, of Billings.


Job’s Daughters International held their statewide session in Bozeman June 22-24 for training, competitions, sisterhood building and initiation of new members. Bethel members from Billings, Helena and Great Falls attended.

The winners of the Miss Montana Job’s Daughter competition will travel the state representing the organization. Each was chosen based on her knowledge and enthusiasm about Job’s Daughters, poise and ability to present herself with grace and confidence.

Hanna Jandro, daughter of Kathy Jandro of Billings, earned the title of Miss Montana Job’s Daughters. Hanna, age 17 and a senior at Billings Senior High, has been a member of Job’s Daughters for nearly eight years and is a past honored queen of Bethel 3 in Billings.

Job’s Daughters International, a 91-year-old organization for young women ages 10 to 20, offers girls the opportunity to grow into strong leaders, confident public speakers and morally strong individuals.

For more information about the Billings Job’s Daughters bethel, contact Kathy Jandro at or by phone at 259-5435.


220 junior girls from across Montana met in Helena at the Montana American Legion Auxiliary Girls State 2012 to learn more about leadership and government. The girls began learning about city government and the process of voting for candidates. Mayors were elected from each city. Local students elected were Marissa Van Atta and Hunter Howe from Billings Senior and Makenna Seller from Billings West. Billings Senior delegates were elected to the top two positions with Nolee Anderson as governor and Howe as lieutenant governor. Marilee Beal of Billings Senior was the chief of the Supreme Court.


(Photo)District 5390 of Rotary International has selected Livingston Insurance Agency owner Daryl Hansen to serve as district governor through June 30, 2013. An active member of the Livingston Rotary Club since March of 1998, he was club president in 2001-2002 and served in many other capacities over the years. Hansen will oversee the running of the District which encompasses the entire state of Montana with 41 clubs and almost 2,000 Rotarians in the state. He will visit each club at least once during his year as district governor.

In the service

In the schools

(Photo cutline)The RMC Students in Free Enterprise display their trophy from their first national competition. Front row, L to R: Samatha Cook, Karen Besier, Jessica Baldwin, Chana Hodosh, Angela Stidham. Back row, L to R: Justin Arney, Alex Welge, Logan Anderson, Russell Shelton, Zach Peitrocarlo.

The Rocky Mountain College Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team finished in the top 10 percent at the national competition in Kansas City. With 600 teams from across the country competing, RMC’s nine-member team finished in the top 50 with a second runner up trophy and winning $750.

The RMC students who are looking for professional and internship positions met high profile people at national organizations at the career fair. Among them were people from Sam’s Club, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Kellogg’s, Heinz, Home Depot, PepsiCo, and Hershey’s.

RMC’s team used business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. During this academic year, the team organized six projects in the community, including:

“Suit Up,” a project that teaches college students facing job and internship interviews the importance of dressing appropriately and provides one free interview outfit per student.

“Micro Business Brew,” which was the first annual seminar targeting businesses with 10 or less employees. The event provided training for these “micro business” owners tailored to their specific needs.

“Toner Joe 2.0,” a project designed to help the local small business to increase capacity through time management strategies and technological upgrades.

(3 Photos)Students from Billings have graduated from the Academy of Nail, Skin & Hair in Billings —Jordyn Rogers from the esthetician/nail program, Ashley Sjolseth from the teacher training program and Tasha Mack from the cosmetology program.

(Photo)Jake Hellyer, son of Daniel and Brenda Hellyer of Billings, won the 2012 “Greek Man of the Year” at the University of Montana. A sophomore with a 3.26 GPA, Hellyer is a pre-pharmacy student and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter, a UM Advocate, resident assistant and was chosen as a leadership representative for UM.

Kelly Bjordahl of Billings and Elizabeth Brouillette of Laurel were named to the dean’s list at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., for the spring semester.

Local students graduating from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., include Christopher James Mattix of Billings with a master of arts in mass communication, and Margaret Colleen Joyce of Hardin with a bachelor of science degree in interior design.

Shelby Lyn Ballard graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado in Colorado Spring, Colo., with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. A 2008 Billings West graduate, she is the daughter of Dave and Lynda Ballard of Billings.

(Photo)Alyssa Gallagher, daughter of Mitch and Rita Gallagher of Billings and a 2008 graduate of West High, has graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego, School of Business with a bachelor of accountancy, minor in economics. She earned the academic distinction of dean's first honors with a GPA of 3.87. Gallagher was one of four women selected from her class to membership in Alcala Club, a USD Student-University President ambassadors society, served as education vice-president for her campus sorority, and co-founded USD's first dance company.

Eli McVey of Billings graduated from the University of Minnesota in Crookston, Minn., with a bachelor of science degree in business management.

Mattie Beadling has earned the MSU Billings Honors Program Scholarship, Jacket Student Ambassador Scholarship, Anthony Miller CFP Scholarship, Yellowstone Valley Co-op Scholarship and the Continuing Education Scholarship from Billings Lodge 113 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Montana A marketing major, she will be a junior in the fall and is the daughter of Loretta and Jack Beadling.

John A. Beadling graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at MSU Billings with a B.S. degree in public relations. He is the son of Jack and Loretta Beadling.

Olivia Barragree of Billings, a student at the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa., was named to the dean’s list for the spring term. She is the daughter of Claudia Glantz of Billings and Brian Barragree of Absarokee.

Alyson C. Whitman of Billings was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Boston University in Boston, Mass., and also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Boston University.

Samuel Leuthold, 17, a senior at Billings Senior High, has been chosen to attend The American Legion Boys Nation July 20-28 at Marymount University in Arlington Va., with daily trips to Washington, D.C. He is one of two delegates selected from the state based on leadership skills, academic record and activity at American Legion Boys State. The week-long program introduces the delegates to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.

Billings students on the spring dean’s list at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., are Benjamin Daniel Hargrove, son of Daniel and Ruth Hargrove; John Thomas Hodges, son of Allen and Jennifer Hodges; and Josh Douglas Tryan, son of Gordon and Wednesday Tryan.

Kelly Vowell of Billings earned a master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Billings students have graduated from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. They are Susan Diane Floyd with a master of science degree, Kimberly H. Mahoney with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree, Leena Dorothy Myran with a doctor of pharmacy degree, and Janna Marie Wittenberg with both juris doctor and master of arts degrees.

Tamela Sannes of Billings graduated from the University of Montana–Helena College of Technology with an associate of applied science accounting and business technology degree.

Local students on the dean’s honor list at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., include Laura Habein, daughter of Peter and Theresa Habein,; Angie Plaggemeyer, daughter of Louis and Kim Plaggemeyer; Laura Prosinski, daughter of Steve and Shelley Prosinski; Marta Prosinski, daughter of Steve and Shelley Prosinski; and Bryce Wang, son of David Wang and Julie Fairhurst, all of Billings; and Caitlin Bummer, daughter of Albert Bummer and Patti States; and Merrick Bummer, son of Albert Bummer and Patti States, all of Laurel.

Jenna Fiscus of Billings has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Katherine Elizabeth Kent and Ryan Brandon Timm, both of Billings, have earned a place on the spring president’s honor roll at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

(11 Photos)Cadets Daniel Rome, Zachary Herauf, Dylan Cameron, Nikolas Kaska, Damon Rohr, Kerry Jetmore, Makayla, Yellowrobe, Monica Morado, Ashlee Morgan, Atasia Giles and JaLee Muus, all from Billings, have graduated from the Montana Youth Challenge Academy which is based at the University of Montana-Western in Dillon.

This 17-1/2- month, three-phase, tuition-free program is designed to assist youth ages 16-18 by helping them to develop the academic and physical skills and abilities required to be successful.

During the 22-week residential phase, cadets focus on core components including physical fitness, academic excellence, leadership-followership, responsible citizenship, service to community, life-coping skills, job skills and health and hygiene. After graduation from the residential phase, students enter the 12-month post residential phase in which they maintain contact with a volunteer mentor in their community. The next session for Montana Youth Challenge Academy begins on July 17.

The Billings-Village Golden "K" Kiwanis has awarded a total of $22,000 in scholarships since 2008. For 2012, three scholarship winners were chosen. They are:

Emily Larsen of Billings, daughter of Reid and Jody Larsen, won the Gary Reynolds' Sholarship. Larsen has been very involved in extracurricular activities and service projects as well as part-time employment, all the time maintaining a solid GPA and taking a rigorous core curriculum. She plans to attend the Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Ore.

The West High Key Club Scholarship was awarded to Alyson Kasemodel of Billings, daughter of Alan and Jodi Kasemodel. Kasemodel is a hard-working, well-rounded student who has balanced academics, athletics, work, community and family life. She plans to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., majoring in religion.

The Shepherd Key Club Scholarship was awarded to Sara Blenkner of Shepherd, daughter of Teresa Mickey and Jim Blenkner. She has maintained a very high GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has been very involved in high school music and participated in a variety of benefit walks. Blenkner plans to attend the University of Montana to earn a degree in nursing and then attend the Oregon Health and Science University to major in either anesthesiology or oncology.

Through Kohl’s Department Stores, the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program has recognized Benjamin Fenton, age 8, of Billings and Chloe Russell, 17, of Columbus among more than 2,200 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. They will each receive a $50 gift card and recognition certificate from Kohl’s and qualify for the chance to receive a $1,000 regional scholarship for post-secondary education from Kohl’s. From the more than 200 regional winners, 10 national winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

Local students on the spring dean’s list at the University of Montana Western include Cole Cavan, Connor McHugh (4.0 GPA), Christine Lorang, Deryl Van Zee and Shaylin Young, all of Billings; Rebecca Badgett of Broadview; Breanna McKay of Columbus; Darbie Elmore, Kerstin Feldhaus and Ananda Feldhaus, all of Park City; Stefanie Guarino of Roberts; Lauren Bryan of Roundup; Julie Stevens of Shepherd; Colby Oliver and Sean Green, both of Worden.

Jenny M. Cooke, daughter of Vickie and Riley Cooke of Bridger, is on the spring dean’s list at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo.

Local students on the spring dean’s list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., include Josephine Atkinson and Brice Trupp, both of Billings, and Colt Milton of Joliet.

Kacey Lynn Jones of Roberts made the spring dean’s list at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Anna McCracken, daughter of Tersh and Jane McCracken of Billings, has been named to the spring semester president's list at Elon University in Elon, N.C.

Several students from Billings earned honors at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D. On the spring president’s list are Marissa Stanton and Connor Cunningham. Carla Smelser and Dustin Sandbak were named to the spring dean’s list.

Tyler M. Gobin earned a 4.0 GPA and was named to the spring term scholastic honor roll at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Ten student from around the region have been named as the 2012 recipients of college scholarships from the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE). The NILE is dedicated to agricultural education and each year awards of $50,000 in cash and live animal scholarships.

Local recipients are:

(Photo)Brooke Corcoran of Billings, daughter of Jim and Bernice Corcoran, is a graduate of Shepherd High. Corcoran plans to attend MSU College of Technology in Billings, majoring in veterinary science to become X-ray technician in a veterinary hospital.

(Photo)Elyssa Leininger of Billings, daughter of Dean and Christina Leininger, is a graduate from Billings Central Catholic High. Leininger plans to attend either Creighton University, Carrol College or Rocky Mountain College majoring in pre-med to become a doctor or physician's assistant.

(Photo)Dana Weatherford of Joliet, daughter of Bryan and Linda Weatherford, is a graduate from Joliet High. Weatherford will attend North Dakota State University majoring in animal science with a goal of becoming a bovine embryonic specialist.

(Photo)Sarah Elizabeth Butler, daughter of Steven and Lucinda Butler of Billings and Lisa Lennewah of Texas, graduated with a juris doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Butler was part of the UConn Law School Moot Court Team, which was recognized with the best brief award for the northeast region at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Butler’s honors include the Nina E. Olson and Janet Spragens Low Income Tax Clinic Award, 2011; Alva P. Loiselle Moot Court Competition, second place, April 2010; CALI Excellence Award, Contract Law, 2009, and she served as articles editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law.

Ashleigh Walter, daughter of Kevin and Beth Walter of Billings, was named to the dean’ list for the spring semester at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Local students earned a place on the spring semester honor rolls at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyo. On the president’s honor roll with a 4.0 GPA are Mark Boerschinger of Billings, Timothy Seitz of Molt and Tillie Hoefer of Shepherd. On the vice president’s honor roll with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are Caleb Swanke, Kimberly Ostrowski, Kylinn Brenden and Kaitlyn Round, all of Billings.

Abby Roberts, who competed in the National History Day Contest with a state-winning online interactive project on the Pony Express, won the national award at the competition. She will represent Montana as the state’s winner in the “Salute to Freedom” contest at the opening of a new wing of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans in January. Roberts is the daughter of Brent and Lynde Roberts of Billings and was an eighth grader at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

Abby and her family were in Washington, D.C. earlier this month as part of the finals of the National History Day competition. Tom Rust, an award-winning history professor at MSU Billings, puts together the National History Day program.

In advance of her journey to the National WWII Museum, Roberts will select and write captions for five images that represent her state’s contribution during World War II. These images, along with a short essay linking the images and emphasizing the state’s role in the war effort, will become part of a special exhibition at the grand opening celebration. For more information, visit For more information on the Montana National History Day competition, call Rust at 657-2891 or e-mail him at

Local students graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman. Students with ** after their name graduated with highest honors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.70. Undergraduate students with * after their name graduated with honors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 to 3.69.

Absarokee: Hannah Oltrogge.

Belfry: Katie Bonogofsky*.

Billings: Gabrielle Althoff**, Rhys Andersen*, Melissa Armstrong*, Alan Atwood, Konnor Backer, Mark Ballew, Kevin Barth*, Michael Bauer, Katie Beck*, Elizabeth Bell, Seely Bergstad, Kyle Biondich, Kendra Blackford, Trevar Britton, Jonathan Brown, Ashly Bruns*, Dan Buettner*, Lori Bulley**, Sarah Buzzetti, Joshua Carrasquillo, Michelle Carrasquillo**, Gregory Castle, Caitlin Cote, Charles Crellin**, Leo Davis, Alec DeGroat*, Samantha Delvo*, Cara Duberstein*, Daniel Eakin, Dallas Eaton, Kari Forseth**, Shauna Friez*, Jennifer Graham, Tara Gray*, Katie Green*, Daniel Grimm*, Jaclyn Guenthner*, Timothy Hannifin, Randy Hayden, Alacea Head, Angela Heidema*, Karra Hering*, Cody Hildreth*, Scott Holly*, Cassandra Holm, Molly Holt*, Sarah Howe**, Zachary Ivie, Britni Jeziorski**, Camille ,Johnson**, Courtney Jones**, Vanessa Jones, Tyler Keating, Adam Keene, Jennifer Keller**, Joshua Keller, Caleb Kessler, Anna Kunkel*, Ben Lardy*, Kristin Laxson*, Kelli Lemke**, Derek Lilleberg, Mariah Litton, Trent Losing, Megan Malia, Elizabeth Mancuso, Kelsey Manley, Audrey Marceau*, Danielle Martinson*, Kristen McFarland*, Kyla Monson, Danielle Morse, Brook Murphy**, Taylor Myers, Marcus Nicola**, Randi Nydam, Callie Origer, Christian Ostermiller, Drew Owen, Matthew Pollock*, Catherine Protos*, Marina Rath**, Patrick Ray, Brittney Reichenbach, Megan Reitz*, Celina Reno*, Daniel Rhoades, Joseph Roberts, Jennifer Robinson, Shane Robison, Lauren Rohrer*, Rachel Ruggles*, Adam Rutz, Kole Ryan, Andrew Sample, Nicole Scheie*, Roger Scott Schmechel, Kyler Schmitz, Jessa Shaw, Ryan Shriver, Angela Simic*, Nicole Simon*, Kelsey Skogen*, Dylan Smith, Kimberly Smith*, Tiffany Smith*, Katherine Snapp**, Benjamin Sommers, Katherine Sonsteng, Katherine Sosnay**, Logan Stahley*, Nicolette Stannebein, Allie Sticka**, Nicole Sticka, John Taylor**, Terese Thelen**, Jane Tibbs*, Adam Torres, Justin Vetch, Chloe Voges, Elly Waite*, Bailey Watkins*, Lucas Wheeler*, Ryan Whitney, Emily Wilkinson, Chad Willett, Chad Williams, Kimiko Wittkopp*, Zahrah Zimmerer.

Boyd: Derick Ruby.

Broadview: Kasey Russell*.

Columbus: Dani Barrett, Sarah Devitt*, Luke Epperson**, Jennifer Gauthier**, Tyler Golden*, Rachel Jay, April Peterson*, Zachary Reimer*.

Fromberg: Jessi Vogele.

Hardin: Chance Johnson*, Minato Knudson, Robyn Ostahowski*, Kelsey Roebling*.

Huntley: Colter Brown**, Justin Hill, Kelsey Kincheloe*, Tiffany Moullet*.

Joliet: Shalyn Adams, Loribeth Evertz**, Rob Newton**, Michaela O'Dore*, Adam Roller, Tanner Willis**.

Laurel: Cory Brester*, Katie Michunovich**, Max Miller*, Coralee Olson*, Jena Riesinger.

Molt: Kelsie O'Rourke*, Matthew Helm.

Park City: Brady Gauer, Kierston Popp*, Amber Tilzey**.

Pompeys Pillar: Gage Henderson*.

Red Lodge: Whitney Brien*, Kayde Kaiser*.

Roundup: Teri Husfloen**, Abigail Newell**.

Shepherd: Samuel Bower, Erin Clark*.

Worden: Deidra Gansel, Victor Guinn, Kaci Wohlfeil**.

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