In the service
Paul Guodace, an Army Reserve career counselor with the ARCD, 8th Battalion, Area 2, has been promoted to Master Sergeant. A 1990 graduate of Colstrip High, he saw active duty in the U.S. Navy for four and a half years. Guodace joined the Army Reserves in 1997 with the 592nd Ordnance Company in Billings and transferred to the Army Reserve Careers Division in 2006. He continued working in Billings until moving with his civilian job with the U.S. Postal Service to Bismarck, N.D., in 2012.
Navy Seaman Kyle T. Richardson, son of Thomas L. and Kristen K. Richardson, of Billings, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Richardson is a 2013 graduate of Billings Senior High.
In the schools
Mattie Walton at Montana State University Billings has been recognized by college and university presidents, who are all members of Campus Compact, as a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow. She is one of eight college students who has demonstrated an investment in the community. Through service, research and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.
The American Indian College Fund recently honored its American Indian Students of the Year at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Billings. The program, sponsored by the Adolph Coors Foundation, awarded each honoree a $1,000 scholarship.
Tribal college students of the year for 2013-14 from The Gazette’s readership area are: Riley Singer, business administration, Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency; Donald Widdicombe, business, Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer; David James, business administration, Fort Peck Community College, Poplar and Corey Fox, computer information systems, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem.
Noah Kiprono is Rocky Mountain College’s candidate for Student Employee of the Year, a competition with state, regional, and national awards offered by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators. Kiprono is a library aide at the Paul Adams Memorial Library. From Nairobi, Kenya, Kiprono also assists the Institute of Peace Studies at RMC and is a student-athlete with high grades. Other students receiving honorable mention are Jared McCabe, RMC flight operations staff at Billings Logan airport; Lynn Laubach, website, box office and database; Chris Gartner, course delivery specialist for the RMC Master of Educational Leadership distance education program; and Erin Burns, master tutor at RMC Services for Academic Success.
Youth bowlers Amy Murphy and Avery Corneliusen, of Billings, have been chosen to receive the Mickey Anderson Memorial Scholarships, which are awarded annually by the Greater Yellowstone Valley/ United States Bowling Congress association. The $1,000 scholarships can be used to help pay for college expenses. Murphy and Corneliusen were singled out for their participation in bowling, along with their academic excellence and their service to bowling and the community.
Katherine Kent, from Billings, who is attending Montana State University Bozeman, has received a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. The scholarship gives the student up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Kent is majoring in both biological engineering and chemical engineering. Kent has been investigating the interactions between nanoparticles and biopolymers in MSU’s Magnetic Resonance Lab. She has been supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, via MSU’s Undergraduate Scholars Program, as well as through a scholarship from BP America and a College of Engineering EMPower (Engineering Minority Program) scholarship.
The Billings Engineers Club, Inc. awarded scholarships to eight area high school students who will pursue college majors of study in engineering or engineering-related curriculums were awarded scholarships. The scholarship winners for 2014 are Bryant Beck, Home School; Eva Hover, from Columbus High; Eli Sutherland, from Billings Senior High; Jessica Dutton, Lauren Ficek, Andrew McLane and Braydon White, all from Billings West High, and Kya Sorli, from Billings Central High.