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Claire Griffin, 2017 Billings Senior High graduate, was recently named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Wake Forest University. A former Billings Symphony intern, Griffin has participated in the Musical Empowerment program at Wake Forest, teaching violin and offering mentorship to underprivileged children. The Wake Forest music faculty has invited her to perform on the annual Student Showcase recital in October. Griffin is pursuing a degree in engineering.


Twenty-five Montanans under the age of 25 will be honored at Forward Montana Foundation’s Annual Williams’ Effect event in Helena on Sept. 15, for creating positive change in their communities. Each honoree will also receive a stipend to further their activism work.

Area honorees include: Allison Johnson, Grace Price, Liz Darnell, Nathalie Wagler and Sydney Ausen, all of Billings, and Terry Bradley, of Huntley.

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High school juniors and seniors from throughout the state recently participated in the 2018 Billings MedStart Camp. The five-day program, hosted by the Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center and RiverStone Health, is designed to encourage students to pursue their interest in a variety of healthcare careers, learn about college life and realize it is possible to purse higher education.

Of the 21 campers who participated this year, area students include: Anastasia Hayes, Trevor Murphy, Lillian O’Leary, Emily Robinson and Cleo Shied, all of Billings; Mickela Goforth, of Roundup; Carson Mitchum, of Columbus; and Alyssa Taborosky, of Joliet.

Nicole Guenthner and Riley McCuen, both of Billings, were named to the dean's list at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.

Emily Pinnow, a Skyview graduate and student at Whitworth University in Washington, was recently awarded the Montana Chamber Foundation’s Kelly Kuntz Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Pinnow is majoring in communications with a minor in business.

Madeleine Duncan and William Schuman, both of Billings, recently graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Duncan graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance.

Schuman earned a bachelor’s degree in history.


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Abbigail Kuck, of Billings, recently graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Washington State University in Pullman.

Erin Colleen Powers, of Billings, recently graduated with master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Montana. Powers is a 2012 graduate of West High and a 2016 graduate of University of Montana Honors College.

Mason O'Donnell, son of Ron and Shauna O'Donnell, of Laurel, was recently named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

The Montana Community Foundation Inc. awarded $431,550 in scholarships to 138 Montana students for the 2018-2019 academic year. Sixteen area students received scholarships totaling $26,300. Listed below, by hometown, are area scholarship winners and the amount and type of scholarships the students were awarded.


Madison Duneman, $1,000 Uri Barnea Music Scholarship

Ana Strong Garcia, $1,000 Uri Barnea Music Scholarship

Madison Haagenson, $500 Uri Barnea Music Scholarship

Marleena Killham, $500 Uri Barnea Music Scholarship

Shea Gerard, $2,500 Margaret Rigby Class of 1956 Memorial Scholarship

Mishayla Whittmeyer, $3,100, BBX Scholarship

Paloma Whitworth, $1,000 Uri Barnea Music Scholarship

Mackenzie Zoller, $1,200 Alan and Janette Blackburn Scholarship


Katelin Aisenbrey, $1,000 Fred and Gloria Thaut Webber Scholarship


Brenna Beckett, $3,100 BBX Scholarship


Addison Valdez, $1,100 T. Eugene Young Montana’s Promise Scholarship


Justin King, $1,000 Fred and Gloria Thaut Webber Scholarship


Shelby Nicole Uffelman, $6,000 Mabel Redding Memorial Scholarship


Dawson Bancroft, $1,200 Alan and Janette Blackburn Scholarship, $500 Joliet Lions Scholarship

Tressa Schwend, $500 Joliet Lions Scholarship


Cash Cota, $1,100 T. Eugene Young Montana’s Promise Scholarship

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Carter Howell, a seventh-grader at Huntley Project Junior High, recently won the Junior Girl World Champion Goat Tying title during the 2018 National Little Britches Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma. This is Howell’s second Little Britches world title, as she was also the Little Wrangler Flag Racing World Champion in 2015.

Additionally, Chase Howell, a fourth-grader at Huntley Project Elementary, and Carter’s brother, finished fifth in the Little Wrangler world standing for flag racing during the 2018 NLBRA finals.

More than 1,200 youth from more than 30 states competed this year.

Siriana Lundgren, a Skyview High graduate, was named to the named to the spring 2018 dean's list at St. Olaf College. To qualify, students must earn a minimum semester grade point average of 3.75.


In the service

U.S. Air Force Airman Hunter L. Rose, son of Christine and Daryl Rose, of Billings, and a 2015 graduate of Laurel High, recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Rose earned distinction as an honor graduate.

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Edward “Joe” Kent III, MD, recently completed a four-year anesthesiology residency program at the Feinberg School of Medicine-Northwestern University. Kent, a 2005 Skyview graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Oklahoma State University in 2009. He earned his doctorate in medicine, graduating with great honor in 2014, from the Oregon Health Sciences School of Medicine in Portland. Kent will begin practicing and continue his training in a one-year fellowship in chronic pain at Oregon Health Sciences School of Medicine.

Amanda Nelson, of Billings, was named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Augusta University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Abbigale Hamilton and Shannon Reny were recently named as the incoming freshman recipients of the 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Excellence Award scholarships at Montana State University Billings.

Freshman recipients of the award must be incoming freshmen who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, a composite score of 26 or greater on the ACT or 1240-1270 or greater on the SAT, enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester, sign a declaration of intent to complete a four-year undergraduate degree at MSU Billings and provide evidence of leadership and a record of school and community service.

Hamilton and Reny were awarded $4,000 per year for four years and will have part of their housing and dining costs waived. They will also receive admission into the University Honors Program.

Earlier recipients of the award were funded at different levels. Eleven current MSUB students recently renewed their Chancellor’s Excellence Award scholarships this year. They are: Casey Skinner, Zachary Sutton, Marcene Skillen-Robison, Sari Robertus, Sam Muskat, Carly Schaff, Brenna Beckett, McKenna Myers and Shiloh Skillen-Robison.

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Nina Schuett, a sophomore at West High, was selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s annual National Youth Education Summit, a seven-day, expense-paid educational experience in Washington, D.C., for outstanding high school students. Schuett will have the opportunity to learn the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights while developing an understanding of government and the importance of actively participating in it.

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Thomas Kuntz, of Red Lodge, was recently named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

Danielle Alberta, of Billings, and Troy Burris, of Joliet, were recently named to the spring 2018 honor roll at Spokane Community College. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0.


Dennis Boehler, of Billings, was recently awarded the Montana Association for the Blind's Kay Stevens Award for Staff Member of the Year, in recognition of his work and contributions to the Summer Orientation Program at Carroll College each year.