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In the Schools

Beckett Koch named to the University of Hartford's Dean's List

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Beckett Koch of Billings has been named to its Dean's List for spring 2021.

Students named to the University of NDSU Dean's List

Katrina Waller of Billings and Janessa Haynie of Vida have been named to the summer 2021 Dean's List at North Dakota State University. 

A student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least nine class credits to qualify for the summer list.

MSU announces Hilleman Scholars

Fifty high school graduates from across Montana have been selected for their effort and potential as the sixth class of Montana State University’s Hilleman Scholars Program. Each year, Hilleman Scholars are selected based on personal essays, nomination letters, grades and financial need. But paramount in the selection process is evidence of significant academic, leadership and career potential.

Hilleman Scholars are eligible for up to $6,500 in academic support for their first year and $4,000 per year thereafter. If they make satisfactory academic progress and demonstrate exemplary commitment to the program in their first three years, scholars can become eligible for an additional $3,000 at the end of their junior year to apply toward a study abroad experience. Hilleman Scholars are expected to graduate in four years.

This year's scholars are: McKenna Arvidson, Conrad; Jason Bay, Corvallis; Adam Bigley, Kalispell; Cody Bohrman, Belgrade; Payton Cantu, Ballantine; Erich Dale, Big Arm; Marley Davis, Bozeman; Mia Davis, Anaconda; Estavia Diazpainter, Billings; Vinece Dichos, Billings; Aleisha Dutton, Billings; Jesse Fabian, Livingston; Lou Falconer, Bozeman; Tabitha Flemings, Helena; Sam Fowler, Arlee; Baylee Furthmyre, Great Falls; Noah Gardner, Corvallis; Hannah Guardipee, Billings; Mya Hadley, Plevna; Ethan Hallos, Kalispell; Kimberly Hegg, Billings; Robert Hughes, Libby; Shelby Jagelski, Billings; Kennah Jensen, Lavina; Tanner Jessop, Pinesdale; Jacob Jones, Columbus; Jaiden Klemundt, Missoula; Grace Lee, Livingston; Dreyden Lucero, Billings; Jessica Maney, Havre; Carsen McQueen, Billings; Aliyah McGee, Billings; Tanner Meier, Columbus; Jonathan Missman, Columbia Falls; Karla Munoz, Belgrade; Austin Nevin, Big Timber; Francisco Paredes, Fairview; Emily Pease, Lodge Grass; Jess Pepion, Polson; Kennedy Praast, Stevensville; Richard Quihuis, Livingston; Keilen Rausch, Libby; Catherine Reiner, West Yellowstone; Richard Role, Columbia Falls; Zoe Seaford, Lewistown; Elizabeth Taylor, Cut Bank; Hunter Webber, Corvallis; Camrynn Wells, Bozeman; Simon Work, Bozeman; Arissa Yellowrobe, Hardin

In the community

Forward Montana announces 25 under 25

Melodie Snyder, Jana Richter, Julia Maxon, and Lauryn Tecca of Billings have been nominated for Forward Montana Foundation’s 2021 25 Under 25 Award.

These young leaders work within the Billings community to help address hunger and homelessness, advocate for health education, and organize voter registration efforts.

They are a four of the  25 Montanans under the age of 25 who will be honored at Forward Montana Foundation’s annual Williams’ Effect event in Bozeman on Sept. 17. A complete list of the 25 awardees is available at

Minnesota State College Southeast announces Spring 2021 President’s List

To be eligible for the President’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at MSC Southeast during an academic term and achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above. The following Billings student was named on the list: Benjamin Tracy

Local students named to MSU-Northern’s Spring 2021 Semester Dean’s List

Aaron J. Burt, Brock M. Bushfield, Jacob P. Chaney, Cole P. Curry, Evan F. Dahinden, Chelsea K. Daniken, Evan J. Fahlman, Jessica S. Fish, Seth A. Hawkins, Brady T. Ludden, Paige A. Nelson, Kendra D. Pipkin, Dylan R. Veis, and Ryan E. Williams were named on the Dean's List.

Billings resident Sarah Restad receives academic honors

Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. Billings resident Sarah Restad, a Northeastern University student majoring in electrical engineering, was recently named to the University's dean's list for the Spring semester, which ended in May 2021.

Northwest College spring 2021 graduates from Billings

The following local students were among the 195 who graduated from Northwest College in May:


Karsen Binstock

Elijah Grimstad

William Strike

Nicolas Wahl


Emily Schrock


Courtney Geck


Lauren Yates


Josie Jesson

Red Lodge

Charleen Austin

University of Jamestown Spring 2021 Dean's List

The students listed have been recognized with this award have met the academic criteria to be named on the Spring Semester Dean's List:

Trenton Freitag of Billings, MT

Carson Klompien of Billings, MT

Adam Nedens of Billings, MT

Cade Torgerson of Billings, MT

University of Wisconsin-Stout Dean's List Spring 2021 semester

Jacob Gibbs, Senior, BS Computer Science of Billings, MT

University of Utah Spring 2021 Dean's List

Local students named to the Spring 2021 Dean's List include:

Alyssa Burke of Billings, whose major is listed as Architectural Studies BS

Erin Carroll of Billings, whose major is listed as Biology BS

Connor Eaton of Billings, whose major is listed as Economics BS and Finance BS and Marketing BS

Alex Hardman of Billings, whose major is listed as Electrical Engg BEE

Jessica Kramer of Joliet, whose major is listed as Nursing BSN

Dickinson State University Spring 2021 Dean's List

Taylor Ludwig of Billings (59101)

Haylie Oberlander of Worden (59088)

Cassidy Venner of Billings (59106)

Billings student graduates Summa Cum Laude from University of Sioux Falls

Rylee Kane of Red Lodge, MT is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Sioux Falls.

Kane and over 400 students were celebrated for graduation in the spring commencement ceremony.

Ludwig nominated for Dickinson State University's 2021 Outstanding Graduate Award

Taylor Ludwig of Billings, Montana, was nominated to receive Dickinson State University's 2021 Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon graduating seniors by the University.

Students are nominated by the faculty in their academic departments for exceptional performance in their fields of study. Nominees submit an application packet which includes a resume, documentation of leadership, letters of reference, and an essay. A selection committee reviews complete applications and selects two individuals to receive the outstanding graduate of the year award.

Weber State presents Billings students with Academic Excellence awards

Hailey Dean of Billings, MT earned the honor of High Academic Excellence at Weber State University.

Zoe Thomae of Laurel, MT earned the honor of Academic Excellence at Weber State University.

Kyla Krebsbach of Billings, MT earned the honor of Academic Excellence at Weber State University.

More than 4,300 students, representing 28% of Weber State undergraduates, received the honor of Academic Excellence in the spring, signifying they maintained a GPA of at least 3.5. Of those 4,300, approximately 1,300 students earned the distinction of High Academic Excellence for maintaining a 4.0 GPA, representing 8% of the student body.

Billings graduates from Carroll College

Below is a list of Billings students who were candidates for graduation from Carroll College for 2021. Indicated on this list are the students’ names, hometowns, majors, and honors or distinctions earned.

Kendal Bailey Compton, Public Health

Sarah Day, Nursing

Grace E. DeBoer, Chemistry

Karissa Narcelle Dykstra, Health Sciences

Noah Paul Gaudreau, Biology

Parker A. Gunderson, Political Science/French/International Relations, Magna Cum Laude

Shae Helterbran, Nursing

Josh Kraft, Nursing, Magna Cum Laude

Shelby Rheaume, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Josephina Helen Elizabeth Snyder, Communication Studies

To be eligible for graduation honors, a Carroll student must complete 60 hours of coursework at Carroll and graduate with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.50. 

Billings students on Rocky Mountain College Dean's List 2021 Spring semester

Adair, Molly | Billings, MT | Deans List

Anderson, Shelby | Billings, MT | Deans List

Basso-Crouse, Dara | Billings, MT | Deans List

Conroy, Kayanna | Billings, MT | Deans List

Cooke, Julianna | Billings, MT | Deans List

Corcoran, Sean | Billings, MT | Deans List

Cornwall, Ryan | Billings, MT | Deans List

Croff, Mikayla | Billings, MT | Deans List

Guthridge, Andrew | Billings, MT | Deans List

Hageman, Jacob | Billings, MT | Deans List

Hardy, Emma | Billings, MT | Deans List

Haws, Braxton | Billings, MT | Deans List

Klein, Tyra | Billings, MT | Deans List

Knerr, Stormy | Livingston, MT | Deans List

McCalla, Jack | Billings, MT | Deans List

Mouser, Amberlea | Billings, MT | Deans List

Neuman, Elise | Billings, MT | Deans List

Palin, Tendra | Billings, MT | Deans List

Rudolph, Eryn | Billings, MT | Deans List

Sharpe, Weston | Billings, MT | Deans List

Skonicki, Emily | Billings, MT | Deans List

Stuart, Donna | Billings, MT | Deans List

Thomson, Kailey | Billings, MT | Deans List

Ventling, Paige | Laurel, MT | Deans List

Watkins, Dakota | Billings, MT | Deans List

Young, Brooke | Billings, MT | Deans List

Zimmermann, Jens | Billings, MT | Deans List

Anderson, Eric | Billings, MT | High Honors

Ard, Kendall | Billings, MT | High Honors

Ard, Kiersten | Billings, MT | High Honors

Avery, Ryleigh | Billings, MT | High Honors

Bartholomew, Sarah | Billings, MT | High Honors

Beauprez, Tressa | Billings, MT | High Honors

Beddow, George | Billings, MT | High Honors

Bonner, Vanessa | Billings, MT | High Honors

Butsch, Griffin | Billings, MT | High Honors

Celvi, Joshua | Billings, MT | High Honors

Crowl, Samuel | Laurel, MT | High Honors

Fritzler, Ivery | Crow Agency, MT | High Honors

Gemmill, Todd | Billings, MT | High Honors

Hakert, Bo | Billings, MT | High Honors

Hayes, Kristian | Billings, MT | High Honors

Hegg, Hayden | Billings, MT | High Honors

Hogan, Mayalee | Billings, MT | High Honors

Jenkins, Nicholas | Billings, MT | High Honors

Kesler, Kylee | Billings, MT | High Honors

Kokot, Abigail | Livingston, MT | High Honors

Kokot, Emily | Livingston, MT | High Honors

Laakso, Rayna | Park City, MT | High Honors

Leffler, Emma | Billings, MT | High Honors

Meyer, Sydney | Billings, MT | High Honors

Molm, Madison | Billings, MT | High Honors

Nebel, Chad | Billings, MT | High Honors

Peterson, Annika | Billings, MT | High Honors

Peterson, Kayley | Billings, MT | High Honors

Plumb, Breeze | Billings, MT | High Honors

Price, Jordan | Billings, MT | High Honors

Price, Tyler | Billings, MT | High Honors

Reichert, Austin | Billings, MT | High Honors

Roberts, Mason | Billings, MT | High Honors

Ruble, Zachary | Billings, MT | High Honors

Saarel, Larissa | Livingston, MT | High Honors

Safikyurdskiy, Danil | Billings, MT | High Honors

Sand, Tabitha | Billings, MT | High Honors

Schell, Daysha | Billings, MT | High Honors

Shaver, Cassidy | Billings, MT | High Honors

Billings student graduates from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Caleb Nelson, College of Letters and Science, Doctor of Philosophy

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