2012-06-25T00:00:00Z 2013-07-21T23:40:04Z Achievers The Billings Gazette
June 25, 2012 12:00 am


(Photo)Five generations: Pictured left to right are Marcelline Stinchfield, great-grandmother; Mark Stricker, father; Doris Stricker, grandmother; Kennedy Stricker, child, all of Billings; and seated is Matilda Steier, great-great-grandmother, 104 years old of Dickinson, N.D.


Billings Elks Lodge 394 recently presented the following awards for the 2011-2012 Lodge year:

Jason Davidson: PER Gavel Award for serving as Exalted Ruler during 2011-2012.

Albert T. Kersich: Officer of the Year

JoAnne Kersich: Elk of the Year

Jerry Koch: GER Special Commendation Award for Years of Outstanding Service to the Lodge.

Lew Kosich: Citizen of the Year

Eugene "Jim" Schroeder: GER Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service to the Lodge.

Grand Exalted Ruler's Award Pins to Al Kersich, Jeanette Moran, Scott Nafts and Ryan Smith for getting three new or reinstated members.

Lady's watch, man's watch, as well as an Elks clock to Al Kersich and a lady's watch to Jeanette Moran. Each watch represents 11 new or reinstated members. The clock represents 33 new or reinstated members.

Al Kersich was also presented the Elks National Foundation Bronze Circle of Giving Plaque. Only one other such award is known to have been given in Montana.

In the service

(Photo)Alec De Groat has received a commission into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology. As the highest ranked cadet of his ROTC class, Alec attended the prestigious George C. Marshall ROTC Award Conference at the Virginia Military Institute. After he completes the Army Medical Department Basic Officer Leadership Course, he will attend the Army Aviation School at Ft. Rucker to become an aeromedical evacuation officer (MEDEVAC pilot). De Groat is a 2008 graduate of Billings Senior High School and the son of Pieter and Michele De Groat of Billings.

Ben Vangen, son of Don and Lynette Myrstol of Colstrip and Todd Vangen of Bozeman, was sworn in aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by none other than the aircraft carrier’s namesake. Former presidents George H. Bush and George H.W. Bush presided over the re-enlistment ceremonies. Vangen graduated from Colstrip High School in 2007 and has served on the aircraft carrier since it was first commissioned in 2009. He lives in Norfolk, Va.

In the schools

Culley Morgan of Billings, who is home schooled, will compete in breakaway roping, ribbon roping, chute dogging and goat tying at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M., June 24-30. He is the son of Fred and Shari Morgan.

(Photo)Shane and Megkian Penninman Doyle of Crow Agency each received their doctorate degrees in education, curriculum and instruction at Montana State University Bozeman. They both taught at Lodge Grass, and Shane also taught for a year at Hardin Middle School.

Hayden Forsythe of Bridger has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Faron Iron of Crow Agency and a student at Saint Labre Indian Catholic High School was named the 2012 recipient of the Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience by Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vt. The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement.

Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., has named those on the spring semester honor rolls. On the president’s honor roll are students who complete at least 12 semester hours of college-level coursework with a 4.0 grade point average. Students qualifying for the vice president’s honor roll completed 12 semester hours minimum grade point average of 3.50. For the dean’s honor roll, students must have earned a minimum of six credit hours in college-level coursework with at least a 3.5 semester grade point average.

Local students on the president’s honor roll are: Callie Atkinson of Belfry; Rebecca Harrington and Maxx Lara, both of Billings; Matracia Edeler of Columbus; Rachael Dillon of Park City and Jessamin Anderson and Sarah Childs, both of Red Lodge.

Local students on the vice president’s honor roll are: Katie Atkinson and Brendon Zierlein, both of Belfry; Lane Johnson, Rachel Kelly, Sarah McLeod and Lisa Sobolewski, all of Billings; Sheila Bailey of Broadview; Audrey Walleser of Edgar, and Lindsey Soltis of Shepherd.

Local students on the dean’s honor roll are: Karisa Madson of Belfry; Jonathan Chavez Mercado, Kelly Hogan and Elizabeth Hovland, all of Billings; Natasha McLaughlin of Joliet; Amanda Scruggs of Laurel, and Erin Bulau of Red Lodge.

Local students have graduated from Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. In this listing, (HON) indicates an honor student (3.5 GPA or better), (PTK) indicates Phi Theta Kappa and (DEC) indicates a December 2011 graduate. They are Karisa Danielle Madson of Belfry; Jonathan Chavez Mercado (HON, PTK), Neal B. Hines, Kelly M. Hogan, Elizabeth Rose Hovland, Lane P. Johnson (HON), Maxx R. Lara, Kristina M. Randall (DEC), Lisa Sobolewski and Patricia Trangsrud (HON, DEC), all of Billings; Dillon Luke Deffinbaugh and Austin C. Petersen, both of Bridger; Kathryn Sue Kratky and Angela Michelle Reinhardt (HON), both of Broadview; Matracia Jo Edeler and Johnathon T. Guckenberger (DEC), both of Columbus; Morgan Paul Manolis and Kiehl K. Uffelman (HON), both of Hardin; Rachael Leanne Dillon (HON, PTK), Boe Robbie and Benjamin J. West, all of Park City; Aaron Stuetzle (HON, DEC) of Pryor; and Courtney Brooke Duren (HON) and Kailynn Darlene Entenmann, both of Red Lodge; Amber Lynn Frank of Roberts; Lindsey Clementine Soltis (HON) of Shepherd.

John Steele of Billings graduated with a bachelor of science in engineering with electrical and computer engineering concentrations from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

Students from Billings attending Montana State University Bozeman’s education, health and human development have received awards and scholarships. They include Rachel Bochy, junior in food and nutrition, Marjorie Paisley Scholarship; Peter Stordahl, senior in exercise science, Helyn McGown Scholarship; Courtney Lambert, sophomore in elementary education, Earl & Fay Doney Scholarship; Emilee Meyer, junior in food and nutrition, Flora Martin Scholarship, and Courtney Zundel, sophomore in elementary education, Earl and Fay Doney Scholarship.

The University of Montana has announced its spring semester dean’s list. To qualify, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester grade average of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits. A “**” after the name indicates a 4.0 GPA. An “*” indicates a GPA of greater than 3.5 but less than 4.0. Local students on this dean’s list include:

Absarokee: Rachel Anne Foster**, Jamie Nicole Smith**, Jessica Caitlin Smith**.

Ballantine: Levi David Oblander*.

Belfry: Emily Ada Peters**.

Billings: Troy Elliot Adam**, Ashlynn Rae Andersen*, Isabel Victoria Archilla**, Zackery Kyle Aschim*, Paul M. Asleson*, Molly Rae Ballock*, Catey E. Bauer*, Lynsee Janine Bazant*, Tyler Adrian Beauregard*, Madeline Lauren Bermes*, Hallie Elizabeth Bishop*, Kayla Jo Blackman*, Caitlin Marie Bolender*, Alette Elizabeth Boogman**, Hayley Cote Botnen**, Sean Patrick Brogan*, Nicholas Alvah Busby*, Carissa Anne Byrd*, Rebecca Nicole Calabrese*, Jessica Lynn Camp*, Lynn Michelle Campbell**, Chelsea Johanna Carl**, Tyler Douglas Cerise*, Cal Logan Chase*, Riley C. Clement*, Matthew Donald Duane Colby*, Alicia Ann Connolly*, Harrison Eliot Cooper*, Mitchell Lee Craig*, Corey Matthew Cremer*, Laura Kathryn Decker*, Brandi Lynn Dees**, Clay Daniel Dieffenbacher*, Kellie Ann Donahue*, Aidan Kehau Dowling*, Anna Theress Drew*, Zoe Isidora Duberstein*, Kendra Marie Emmett*, Emily Ann Fangmeier*, Libby Lynn Fletcher**, Mariah Fredrickson*, Nicole Lee Gabel**, Nick Gast*, Jessica Ann Goldade*, Derriann Maureen Green*, Jonathan David Green*, Trina Lynn Greenup*, Phillip Timothy Griffin*, Jeri Ann Grimsley*, Jeffrey Raymond Guccione*, Kaitlin LeeAnn Hall**, Tess Elizabeth Hamzeh*, Robert C. Harcharik**, Tanner George Harper*, Shannon Marie Hatzell*, Kelly Rene Heard*, Kerry Michael Heard*, Gregory Cole Heidner*, Ryan Patrick Hennessy*, Makenzie Ann Hintt*, Anna Marie Howard*, Dylan Thomas Job*, Meghan Kali Hanson Keeley*, Kortney Lynn Kemmis*, Casey Lynn Kennedy*, Marin Whitney Keyes**, Dustin James Klemann*, Samantha Marie Lange*, Christopher Jay Larson*, Alyse Lee*, Amy Lee*, Martin Israel Lopez*, Erin Michelle Lovett*, Katherine Standish Machain**, Sara Mallak*, Terrin N. Mann*, Jenna Maria Martin*, Chase Ian McBride*, Kelly T. McCann*, Joshua David McCarthy*, Ashley R. McClammy*, Skye Megan McMaster*, Jami Nicole Miller*, Kelsey Jean Miller*, Micah Earl Miller*, Allison L. Molin*, Kathryn Anna Moline*, Katlyn Anne Morrison*, John Paul Mueller*, Daniel Thomas Murphy*, Britney Nicole Nearpass*, Jaime Lee Nelson*, Erin Nicole Nordquist*, Myra Marie Esther Nurre*, Janese Nichole Obresley*, Thomas Michael Oleary*, Paige Rochelle O’Neill*, James George Opie*, Benjamin Joseph Parks*, Zachary A. Patten*, Jacob Thomas Pelczar**, Bradly Michael Peters*, John William Pueringer*, Mark DanielRath Raschkow*, Elizabeth A. Redinger**, Joel Alexander Reitz**, Melanie K. Robbins*, Jan Elizabeth Roddy*, Vaughn Muering Rohrdanz*, Allyn Rae Rolandson**, Katherine Suzanne Ryan*, Casey Allen Sanders*, Lindsay L. Sanders*, Jenna Caitlin Schabacker*, Russell Thomas Schey*, Dexter Jordan Shankle*, Spencer Christian Sheehan*, Nicholas W. Siegel**, Kristopher Edward Singer*, Alyssa Jean Small*, Megan Renee Sorg*, Eric Thomas Steen*, Lauren Elizabeth Steinmetz*, Megan J. Stevenson*, Evelin V. Taylor**, Danni R. Thom*, Anthony Marley Thompson**, Chad R. Tinnes*, Eric Jacob Toennis*, Nicholas Andrew Toepfer*, Ryan Cole Torres*, Brittney Danielle Vitcovich*, Julie Kathleen Walsh**, Emily Throop Weaver*, Matthew Anthony Weber*, Ryan Curtis Wheeler*, Na’Shea Nicole Wiesner**, Haley Ann Williams*, Susanna Elisabeth Wolf*, Daniel Lee Woodgerd*, Alanna Helen Wulf*.

Bridger: Lisa Jean Dell*, Heidi Rene’e Mudd*.

Broadview: Lori Ann Ahern*.

Columbus: Shanta Manjita Dickey Bisch*, Joesy Foster Exstrom**, Cassandra Lee Kuehn*, Kelsey Lynn Stewart**.

Fromberg: Suzanne Marie Flint*.

Huntley: Tanya Elise Eggert**.

Joliet: Demitra Elizabeth Suko*.

Laurel: Brinna Leigh Boettger*, Jenna Ray Griffin*, Stephen J. Hatton*, Marissa Lein Lehner*, Erin Joan Mills*, Peter Robert Simonich*.

Molt: M’Kenzie Kae Frickel*.

Park City: Rebecca Jean Gieser**.

Red Lodge: Bethany Ada Buescher**, Daniel John Elsberry*, Andrew Coleman Langemeier*, Emma Lou Pickering**.

Roberts: Kira K. Karina**, Kayla Lynne Pierson**.

Roundup: Hannah Marie Klessens Appell*, Ethan Andrew McKown*, Dustin J. Satterfield*, Janna Marjo Smith*.

Shepherd: Clint Jacob Whittle*.

Worden: Kelsey Nicole Compton**, Jessica Ann Santy*, Carly Jo Texley*.

Emma Gail Sullivan and Isabel Josephine Sullivan, both of Billings, were named to the president’s honor roll at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.

Brandi McFerran of Billings was named to the Laureate Society at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., for the spring semester by achieving a GPA of at least 3.75.

Billings students graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., include Jeremy Wolf with a bachelor of arts in English; Elizabeth Thompson (cum laude) with a bachelor of arts in sociology; Evan Alexandria Clark (cum laude) with a bachelor of business administration; Elizabeth Mattix (magna cum laude) with a bachelor of business administration, honors, business administration; Joseph Werner with a bachelor of science in biology. Chelsea Lynde of Red Lodge graduated with a bachelor of arts in public relations.

Nicole Hoiness of Billings has earned a bachelor of arts degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.

Colt Swartz of Broadview has won a $1,000 scholarship from Triangle Communications. Applicants were selected based on academic performance, leadership, achievements, employment, volunteerism and a personal statement. One scholarship is available to residents of each of the 39 telephone exchanges in the Triangle service area plus one that is available at large.

Kaitlyn Frank of Billings earned a bachelor of science degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. She is the daughter of Tom and Kelly Frank and a graduate of Billings West High.

Ryan William DeWolf of Roundup was awarded a bachelor arts degree in English literature and writing by Marylhurst University near Portland, Ore.

Emily Johnson of Billings has been awarded the Denver Bound Scholarship, beginning in fall 2012, by the University of Colorado Denver (UCD)-Downtown Denver Campus. Over 300 students from 28 states applied, and only 45 were chosen.

Marilyn Klein of Billings has won a $10,000 scholarship award through the Talbots Women’s Scholarship Program. Finalists have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit marked by creativity and a philanthropic focus towards their community. Klein is majoring in business administration at Montana State University. Over 11,000 women applied, and 18 were chosen.

(5 Photos)Five Billings students have graduated from the Academy of Nail, Skin & Hair in Billings — Jessica Kohlhepp Felicia Lopez, Justina Banda and Jacqueline Stevens from the cosmetology program, and Ashley Sjolseth from the teacher training program.

Local students have earned a place on the spring dean’s list at Carroll College in Helena. An * denotes those who have attained a 4.0 GPA. They include Amy Dixon*, Joseph Dunning, Brianna Eaton*, Shelby Kramer*, Lauren Larsen, David Lewallen*, Kirby Longo, Lee Martin, Kaycee McLaughlin, Susan Metzger*, Hayley Mork, Brian Murphy*, MacKenzie Powell*, Lindsay Sebastian*, Gabrielle Weber and Tasha Zoanni, all of Billings; Ashley Watson of Hardin and Sean Condon* of Laurel.

(Photo)Callie Muri, the daughter of Jeff and Tammy Muri of Billings, was named an outstanding graduate in communication sciences and disorders. She earned a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in CSD and Spanish at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. A participant in Western’s Honors Program, Muri earned a perfect grade point average in her CSD coursework and gained fluency in Spanish while studying abroad in Costa Rica. Muri served as an outreach worker for the Montana Migrant Council, translating for Spanish-speaking clients in a medical clinic. She also volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Whatcom County and as a literacy tutor to native Spanish-speaking students at Alderwood Elementary School in Bellingham. She will attend the University of Texas at Dallas to pursue a master of science in communication disorders.

Local students on the president’s list with a 3.7-4.0 GPA at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., are Joel Kane of Columbus; Veronica Gieser of Park City; Anna Brajcich and Chelsea Lynde, both of Red Lodge, and Kylie Edinger, Evan Alexandria Clark and Elizabeth Mattix, all of Billings.

Local students on the dean’s list with a 3.5-3.69 GPA at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., are Brynn Burke, Arielle Hanser, Geoffrey Melder, Charles Nichols and Kathryn Wilmouth, all of Billings.

Among the incoming freshmen at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, who have won scholarships are Billings students Jenna Kaiser who was awarded a softball scholarship and Chaundra Monical who was awarded Honors and softball scholarships.

Carolyn Cooper of Billings has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Billings students were awarded Montana Achievement Awards from the University of Montana in Missoula. Students were chosen for their outstanding achievements and in anticipation of their leadership, values and success at UM. They are: Claire Schabacker, daughter of Mike and Rebecca Schabacker, $8,000, plus a $3,000 UM School of Music scholarship; Ryan Burke, son of John and Stella Burke, $8,000; Allison Gardner, daughter of Dallas and Bridgett Gardner, $8,000; Morgan Benge, daughter of Dan Benge and Sherrie Fuller-Benge, $6,000; Ciara Gorman, daughter of Jacqueline Mitchell and Todd Gorman, $6,000; Brady Gustafson, son of Loren and Kandy Gustafson, $6,000; Jacquelin Marsh, daughter of Lori Hamilton and Mike Marsh, $6,000; Lauren Molin, daughter of Nancy and Jon Molin, $6,000; Brian Nichols, son of Harlan and Colleen Nichols, $6,000; Bo Son Kang, daughter of Barry and Han Lee Maxwell, $6,000; Loften Fansler, son of Melvin and Dolly Fansler, $4,000; Caleb Nelsen, son of Robin and Stephen Nelson, $4,000, and Ashlee Nethercott, daughter of Kimberly Nethercott, $4,000.

Billings students receiving University Honors Scholarships from UM are Andrew Pasek, son of Michael and Paula Pasek, $8,000; Bryanna Ogger, daughter of Kelly Ogger, $2,000; Elizabeth Hawker, daughter of Glenda and John Hawker, $1,500; Jake Iverson, son of Bill and Joan Iverson, $1,500; Kimberly Randall, daughter of Jean and Dennis Randall, $1,500; Kaitlin Wagner, daughter of Teresa Wagner, $1,500.

Billings students receiving Bonhomme Scholarships from UM are Sara Browder, daughter of Tony and Diana Browder, $2,000; Sean Brogan, son of Brice and Laurie Brogan, $1,500; Lynn Campbell, daughter of Pat and Marty Campbell, $1,500; Theresa Mueller, daughter of John Mueller of Billings and Joan Becker of Gillette, Wyo., $1,500; and Kristopher Singer, son of Daniel and Deborah Singer, $1,500.

Billings students receiving a $1,000 William Enderlein Scholarship from UM are Samuel Carl, son of Michael and Camille Carl, and Paige Sears, daughter of Stan and Elaine Sears.

Billings students awarded a $6,000 Louis V. Dubay Scholarship from UM are Loften Fansler, son of Melvin and Dolly Fansler, and Tegan Miller, daughter of Valerie and Thomas Miller.

Billings students receiving a $1,000 James and Olive M. Rector Memorial Scholarship from UM are Samantha Hodgson, daughter of Vicki and James Hodgson; Nicole Moser, daughter of Robert Moser of Billings and Linda Gordon of Spokane, Wash.; Erin Powers, daughter of Lucinda and Steven Butler; Kiley Purchio, daughter of Nick and Anne Purchio; and Katy Warner, daughter of John and Sheela Warner.

Billings students awarded a $1,500 Roderick S. Smith Scholarship from UM are Shelby Dolezal, daughter of Charlotte and Arthur Dolezal, and Elizabeth Redinger, daughter of Ann and Matt Redinger.

Billings students receiving a $2,000 Van Bramer Scholarship from UM are Erin Kusek, daughter of Joe and Susan Kusek, and Dylan Job, son of Brad and Anette Job.

Six students from Billings have been awarded scholarships from UM’s School of Business Administration. They are Saskia Boogman, daughter of Jan and Judy Boogman, $1,000 Dean’s School of Business Administration MBA Scholarship; Alexander French, son of Brett and Stacie French, $1,000 Joan Arnold Hampton Scholarship; Kerry Heard, son of Scott and Jeri Heard, $2,300 KPMG LLP Scholarship; Gregory Heidner, son of Gary and Thonda Heidner, $8,000 J.E. Corette Memorial Scholarship; Jenna Martin, daughter of Joe and Maria Martin, $2,100 Mary M. “Peggy” Ford Rockwell Scholarship; Kristopher Singer, $500 Montana First Credit Union Mabel Allen Memorial Scholarship and a $1,900 Touch America Business Scholarship.

Kortney Kemmis, daughter of Greg and Susie Kemmis of Billings, was awarded a $1,000 Ethel and Peter DeWit Sr. and Marjorie and Robert Stevenson Scholarship from UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.

Sara Blenkner, Brianna Burgess and Stacy Emerick, all of Shepherd, have been awarded scholarships from The University of Montana. Blenkner received a $4,000 Montana Achievement Award. Her parents are Teresa Mickey and Jim Blenkner. Burgess was awarded a $1,500 University Honors Scholarship and a $4,000 Montana Achievement Award. Her parents are Ron and Katina Burgess. Emerick received a $1,000 Montana Achievement Award. Her parents are Shawn and Brenda Emerick.

Five students from Laurel have been awarded scholarships from The University of Montana. Dustin Askim received a $2,000 Warren Brier Scholarship. He is the son of Julie and Dean Askim. M’Kenzie Frickel, the daughter of Mark and Tracy Frickel, was awarded a $1,000 Bonhomme Scholarship. Matisen Hjelvik, daughter of Mikol Hjelvik and Rebecca Mullaney, received a $1,000 James and Olive M. Rector Memorial Scholarship. Allison Long was awarded a $1,500 University Honors Scholarship. She is the daughter of Stephanie Zickefoose and David Long of Laurel. Corey Longbottom, a son of Mike and LaRae Longbottom, received a $4,000 Montana Achievement Award. Students are chosen as Montana Achievement Award recipients for their outstanding achievements and in anticipation of their leadership, values and success at UM.

Also receiving scholarships from the University of Montana are Rachel Foster of Absarokee who was awarded a $1,000 Dean’s School of Business Administration MBA Scholarship. A graduate of Columbus High, she is pursuing master’s degrees in business administration and in pharmacy and is the daughter of Dan and Mary Foster of Absarokee. Kyla Clancy of Park City received an $8,000 Montana Achievement Award. A graduate of Billings Central Catholic High, she is the daughter of Diane Clancy of Park City.

Local students attending Montana Tech in Butte have earned scholastic honors for the spring semester. Those earning a 4.0 GPA are placed on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. Those earning at least a 3.5 GPA are placed on the dean’s list. A full-time undergraduate student who earns at least a 3.25 GPA is listed on the honor roll. By list, the students are:

Chancellor’s list: Brian W. Schwarzkoph and Tami R Wohlers, both of Billings.

Dean’s list: Joseph M. Brent, Cole T. Kratochvil, Casey P. Krenzer, Daniel S. Lauver, Allan A. Olsen, Joseph P. Schmechel, Brian W. Schwarzkoph, Jacob W. Schwehr, Tyson J. Shriver, Chris R. Stevens, Alex J. Verploegen, Tami R. Wohlers and Bryce L. Worthington, all of Billings; Cole D. Schwend of Bridger; Robert D. Corson and Kimberly J. Holten, both of Columbus; Joshua J. Clark of Fishtail; Sean R. Underwood of Laurel; Christopher S. Atherly, Hannah M. Dimich and Ramon Hidalgo, all of Red Lodge; and Jordan L. Waldhauser of Worden.

Honor roll: Joseph M. Brent, Caitlin E. Brown, Aaron M. Dowell, Courtney M. Greyn, Ryan M. Guelff, Jenna N. Hennings, Brittany O. Heringer, Jake E. Hoffman, Marcus D. Johnson, Cole T. Kratochvil, Casey P. Krenzer, Daniel S. Lauver, Daniel N. Nesovic, Allan A. Olsen, Jenson S. Sannon, Joseph P. Schmechel, Brian W. Schwarzkoph, Jacob W. Schwehr, Tyson J. Shriver, Chris R. Stevens, Alex J. Verploegen, Tami R. Wohlers and Bryce L. Worthington, all of Billings; Cole D. Schwend of Bridger; Robert D. Corson and Kimberly J. Holten, both Columbus; Joshua J. Clark of Fishtail; Joshua J. Bekel and Sean R. Underwood, both of Laurel; Christopher S. Atherly, Hannah M. Dimich and Ramon Hidalgo, all of Red Lodge; Samuel R. Dembek of Roundup, and Jordan L. Waldhauser of Worden.

Allie Helterbran of Billings has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Minot State University in Minot, N.D., for earning a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79.

Two Billings students graduated from the University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif. They are Alyssa Gallagher (magna cum laude) who earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and Jessica Rose McDowell (cum laude) who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance.


(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.


(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.

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

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.

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