Celebrate Community achievers

2012-07-16T00:00:00Z Celebrate Community achievers The Billings Gazette
July 16, 2012 12:00 am


(1 Photo) The Junior League of Billings Inc. has announced the 2012-2013 board of directors. The leadership team includes Karen Norsworthy, president; Megan Clancy-Loveridge, president-elect; Tali Phil, treasurer; Julie Gibbs, executive secretary; Sara Jane Hampton, event council Leader; Kelli Toohill, community council Leader; Karen Morrow, membership council Leader; Tonya Bush, parliamentarian; Susan McCormick, nominating chair, and Jennifer Bennett, sustaining leader.

(1 Photo)The League also honored Megan Clancy-Loveridge as the “Volunteer of the Year” at the year-end meeting. She was selected because of her endless volunteer hours as the event council Leader and because of her dedication, attitude, outstanding volunteerism in both League and community activities and her inspiration to others.

(5 Photos)The Breakfast Exchange Club of Billings, celebrating its 45th anniversary and 33rd year partnering with MetraPark, recently installed officers for the 2012-2013 term. Rod Ostermiller, Jerry Lindh, Art Logan, Cavin Noddings, Tony Parish and Dave Weller are trustees. Officers include Lisa Jensen, secretary; Ed Kaufmann, treasurer; Dave Staton, immediate past-president; Glenn Hufnagel, president-elect; and Wiley Taylor, president. The Breakfast Exchange Club donated $184,098 this past year in the Billings community, serving children and adults at risk while supporting the prevention of child abuse at the Family Tree Center and patriotism through events including Veterans Day at the Fair and the Freedom Shrines, which are proudly displayed in all of the schools in Billings and government buildings. For information, go to breakfastexchangeclub.org or call Glenn Hufnagel, membership chairman, at 248-6866.

In the schools

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 to 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 Tuesday.

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' Scholarship. She plans to attend 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. 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. 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 anesthesiology or oncology.

Through Kohl’s Department Stores, the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program has recognized Benjamin Fenton, 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 UM-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 students from around the region have been named as the 2012 recipients of college scholarships from the Northern International Livestock Exposition. 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 Central 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’s list for the spring semester at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Alex Gallagher, son of Mitch and Rita Gallagher of Billings and a 2011 graduate of West High, has earned academic distinction of dean's second honors at the University of San Diego.

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.

(Photo)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 www.nationalww2museum.org. For more information on the Montana National History Day competition, call Rust at 657-2891 or e-mail him at trust@msubillings.edu.

Claire Rosen of Billings graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn.

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**.

Megan Brakke has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. She is the daughter of Doug and Brenda Brakke of Billings.

Zach Brehm of Billings was named to the spring semester president’s list for achieving a 4.0 GPA at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

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