2014-05-12T00:00:00Z Achievers The Billings Gazette
May 12, 2014 12:00 am

In the service

Pvt. Johnathan Pfeiffer completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C., with the Delta Company 3-34 Infantry in the 165 Infantry Brigade. He is receiving his specialized training at Gulf Port, Miss. He plans on attending college for diesel mechanics and carpentry. He attended Billings West High and graduated from the Montana Youth Challenge Academy and is the son of Jared and Traci Pfeiffer and Misty Eggleston.

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Justin R. Turpin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Turpin is the son of Lynn Turpin of Albuquerque, N.M., and Marie Gauthier, of Billings.


The 2014 General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) of Montana Biennial Convention was held in Helena. Local members attending included Linda Altwine, Linda Baker, Gayle Carter, Florence Diede, Judy Senteney, Bev Ferguson, Kathy Broyles, Janet Cole, Barbara Hogg, Robin Pittsley and Marsha Price of the GFWC Billings Junior Woman’s Club; Cheryl Martin and Sherry Porter of the GFWC Billings Woman’s Club; Shirley Weisberger of the GFWC Bridger Woman’s Club, and Jean Carol Thompson of the Laurel Federated Woman’s Club.

GFWC of Montana clubs have raised over $13,000 for the Montana Talking Books Library, exceeding the $10,000 goal for updating recording equipment and new Montana-themed book purchases.

GFWC of Montana 2014-2016 officers are Joyce Rogers, president; Joyce Hooper, president-elect; Joyce DeCunzo, first vice-president; Nancy Hanford, treasurer, and Florence Diede, recording secretary. Also appointed to the executive committee for 2014-2016 were Shirley Weisgerber, corresponding secretary; Adina Fox, budget and finance chairman, and Vurnie Kaye Barnett, parliamentary adviser. Roger’s President’s Special Project goal for the coming administration is to raise funds for the purchase of home heart monitors to be used by cardiac patients across Montana. The General Federation of Women's Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. For more information:

The family of Robert J. Murphy was selected for the state award for “Family of the Year” by the Knights of Columbus at the state convention for their service to the community, church and the Knights of Columbus. They were first chosen locally for "Family of the Year” by the Billings Council 8345. The family includes Robert J. and Mary Ellen Murphy and their children Robert J. Murphy, Daniel P. Murphy, John T. Murphy and Carol T. Walker.

Officers installed for 2014-2015 for Bath Zabbia Temple #21 Daughters of the Nile were Robin Sparboe-Queen; Judy Tipton-Jr. Past Queen; Princess Royal-Kathleen Jorgensen; Princess Tirzah-Patricia Williams; Princess Badoura-Heidi Sparks; Princess Recorder-Fern Thompson; Princess Banker-Joann Arnold; Princess Marshal-Sharon Logan; Princess Chaplin-Cathy Culbertson; Lady of the Keys-Alice Roberts; Lady of the Gates-Katherine Eckhardt; Princess Musician-Myrna Schaller; Princess Nydia-Carol Schell; Princess Zulieka-Patty Banister; Princess Zenobia-Brenda Lindsay; Princess Zora-Robbin Nagel; Princess Zuliema-Patsy Phillips; Attendants-Kendra Brown, Bonnie O'Neil and Nina Rehard; Assistant Lady of the Keys-Mary Mattheis; Handmaidens-Sue Paul and Jennifer Smith; Gong Bearer-Kendra Brown; Prompters-Past Queen Sandra Mcintosh and Alice Reisig.

Billings Elks Lodge No. 394 has installed its officers for 2014-2015: Tom Reiter, Exalted Ruler; Scott Nafts, Leading Knight; Gary McDanel, Loyal Knight; Stefan Streeter, Lecturing Knight; Jeanette Moran, Secretary; Sue Moss, Treasurer; Mike Yakawich, Esquire; Benjamin A Yetter, Chaplain; Glen Disque, Inner Guard; Myrna Schaller, Organist; and A T. Kersich, Five-Year Trustee.

In the schools

Makenzie Hintt, of Billings, was awarded the Greek Life Outstanding Community Outreach Award. She is a junior studying elementary education at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Daysi Bellota, Meghan Combs, Jessica Dutton, Rebecca Levandanski and Jennifer Zundel have been awarded $1,500 scholarships by the YWCA Billings 2014 Salute to Student Scholarship programs. The YWCA Salute to Students is an extension of YWCA’s mission to empower women and to create opportunities for women’s growth and leadership. Scholarship donors include L.P. & Teresa Anderson Family Foundation (Marilynn Anderson and Patty Brookman, fund advisers), the Margaret Ping Past YWCA Salute to Women Honoree Endowed Scholarship, Wells Fargo, Sandy R. Wong of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and the Jessica French Stephenson Memorial Fund.

Local students have graduated from Rocky Mountain College. In the list, * represents cum laude (GPA 3.40 to 3.59); ** represents magna cum laude (GPA 3.60 to 3.79); *** represents summa cum laude (GPA 3.80 to 4.00).

Associate of Arts: Crystal D. Voss*, of Laurel.

Master of Educational Leadership: Nicole Hanson, of Roundup.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies: Holly Diane Ernst, Chad J. Holgard, Shane Adam McCullough, Shafia Naeem and James Michael Wiesner, all of Billings.

Bachelor of Arts: Shane Patrick McClurg*, of Absarokee; Caitlin Molly Alweis, Carmen Grace Capron, Trent Michael Dugger, Anna Myfanwy Gregory*, Stephanie Alisse Karklin, Ashley Alyssa Nicole Kautzman*, Lela Danielle McCann***, Sarah Nicole Nitschke*** and Kyler Mashan Yovetich, all of Billings; Heather Lee Connolly, Ashlynn Ann Contreraz, Travis Wayne Kuehn and Toryn Wilson Phillips Rogers**, all of Laurel; and DeLaney Kay Hardy**, of Red Lodge.

Bachelor of Science: Joel Wayne Barndt, Jeffery Berst, Joshua D. Berst, Anna Victoria Browder***, Jonathan Charles Brunn, Breanna Marie Erdmann, Christopher Joseph Gilg, Sean William Hicks, Jason Matthew Howell, Miranda M. Jellison*, Keenan Nichole Kruger**, Dominic Marco Lloyd-Randolfi*, Andrew Duane Loken, Lukas Samuel Martinson, Nathan Robert Meunier*, Newlan Russell Parker, Kallie Laine Parsons, Erika Jane Peters, Emily Jane Rapacz***, Jubal Edward Rife***, Sarah Susanne Rittenhouse*, Madonna Marie Robinson, Benjamin William Rose, LeeAnne Storey***, Jonathon Michael Sutton***, Hannah Augusta Swain and Jenae LeAnne Ziegler, all of Billings; William Fredrick Bender VI, Michael JonAustin Drake and Monica Diana Hollowell**, all of Huntley; Christopher Raymond Chapman**, Jonathon Wesley William Hill** and Randi O'Shea, all of Laurel; Leah Elaine Diercks**, of Park City; Cody Douglas Halverson, of Roundup, and Muriel Ann Cole***, of Silesia.

Hannah Hedtke of Absarokee High ($1,000), Haley Fallang of Absarokee High ($500) and Colton Stampfel of Columbus High ($200) were awarded scholarships by the Stillwater Republican Women. The application consisted of 13 questions and two essay questions on the U. S. Constitution along with a list of civic/community activities.

Carson Lyle Slade, of Billings, and a student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), received the UNLV International Programs Scholarship to study abroad in Singapore. The program is committed to providing opportunities for students to see their culture, themselves and others from a new perspective while developing insight into global politics, international economics and planetary environmental preservation efforts which can shape the future.

$1,000 2014 Youth Serve Montana Scholarships have been awarded. Recipients are required to volunteer over 100 hours in the last year and must attend one of Montana Campus Compact’s two-year, four-year, public, tribal, private, or community colleges and universities. Local students earning a scholarship include Jacob Yakawich from Billings Central Catholic High (108 volunteer hours), Wyatt Iverson of Billings Senior High (112), Katherine Bertolino of Joliet High (240), Krishell Herden of Laurel High (120), Quinton Holmlund of Laurel High (235) and Ira Li of Laurel High (264); Kalyn Jensen of Lavina Public School (117.5); Rylee Kane of Red Lodge High (121.5), Kelsey Pratt of Roberts Public School (244) and Courtney Cota of Roundup High (156).

Thomas Knee, of Billings, and a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., was recognized for academic achievement at the college's annual Honors Day convocation with a grade point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

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