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Amy Dixon, of Billings, was named the recipient of the 2019 Zonta International Zonta Club of Billings Women in Technology Award.

Dixon received $1,000 from Zonta Club of Billings at the club’s business meeting on Aug. 7. Her application was then forwarded to the Zonta District 12 competition, where she won an additional $2,000. The 26 District/Region recipients were able to then compete for one of six international $8,000 awards.

Dixon was selected for the awards because of her scholastic record and volunteerism. She is pursuing a degree in computer science at Rocky Mountain College, with the goal of expanding CS education to low-income Montana students.

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently announced his nomination of five students from the Billings region to U.S. military service academies. They are:

  • Gentry Lamb, Skyview High: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy & U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • Emma Martinsen, Senior High: U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Carson Seiler, West High: U.S. Air Force Academy & U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Panagiotis “Pete” Saliaris, Central High: U.S. Military Academy & U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • Tyler Vannatta, West High: U.S. Air Force Academy.

Tester selected a total of 34 Montana nominees to the military service academies based on their academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities and commitment to serving and leading in the U.S. military. A nomination from a member of Congress is the first step in a student's applications to the schools.

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Nicole West, of Billings and a student at The University of Texas at Arlington, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

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At the Nov. 23 Brawl of the Wild Football Game in Bozeman, Montana Campus Compact, an 18-campus higher education network, honored 14 student athletes in Montana for outstanding community service work. Among the awardees is Montana State University Billings student Kyle McLaughlin, senior track and field athlete and student volunteer.

McLaughlin has been involved in numerous campus events that has helped provide service to the Billings community. He is the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee on campus, where he has established new and creative ways for students to provide for community members which will remain after he graduates. He has also coordinated donations of food for local nonprofits through the university, created new ways to give back to those without access to basic services, and brings awareness of the importance of student athletes being involved with community service.

For more information, go to mtcompact.org or msubillings.edu.

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The following students recently received Standout Student Awards from Arts Without Boundaries:

  • Marian Kale, band and orchestra student at Central High.
  • Jayden Ostler, band, choir and orchestra student at West High.
  • Chaycen Dae White, orchestra student at West High.
  • Megan Zimmerman, band and choir student at Skyview High.

The awards are given in recognition of students who excel in visual and performing arts, through individual achievement, community involvement, leadership and participation in the arts community of Billings. Awardees are nominated by teachers.

The following students were recognized as Students of the Month by the Billings Downtown Rotary Club:

  • Katie Thompson, Skyview High.
  • Melissa Wichman, Skyview High.
  • Julia Peterson, Central High.
  • Tealy Dahlberg, Senior High.
  • Jaden Bienvenue, West High.
  • Grace Beiergrohslein, West High.

Each senior student is selected by their school as outstanding students among their peers. Billings Downtown Rotary Club will award a $1,500 scholarship to one student from each of the four Billings High Schools in May of 2020.

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Montana FFA Members recently returned from participating in the National FFA Convention and Expo held in Indianapolis. Approximately 650 Montana students attended the convention where they engaged in competitions, leadership workshops, tours and educational seminars. This annual event attracted almost 70,000 members from across the nation.

Local chapters’ competition results include:

  • Joliet FFA, gold, Ag Mechanics, and silver, Conduct of Meetings
  • Park City FFA, silver, Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Roundup FFA, silver, Vet Science

Additionally, Nicole Stevenson, of Joliet, competed as one of four national finalists in the Beef Proficiency Award area.

The next event for Montana’s FFA members will be the Montana John Deere Ag Expo, the largest FFA gathering to occur each year, planned for Nov. 14-16 at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Full results of this year’s competitions are available at ffa.org/event-results.

The Intercollegiate Flight Team at Rocky Mountain College was selected to compete at the National Competition of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association taking place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in May. The competition is six-days long, and pits the best 30 collegiate flight teams in the nation against each other.

In October, Rocky attended the Regional Competition in Denver hosted by Metro State University and finished second overall out of five teams, earning the invitation to Nationals.  Senior student and Team Captain James Duren was named Top Pilot out of more than 60 competitors. 

The competition includes nine different events in which students compete in flying skills and ground knowledge. Flight events include navigation, precision landings and message drop. Ground events include precision flight in a simulator, flight planning, aircraft preflight, and aircraft recognition.

The RMC Flight Team previously reached the National Competition in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012.

Pete Buchanan, civic engagement coordinator at the Montana State University Billings Center for Engagement, was recently selected by the Western Region Campus Compact as an Engaged Scholar for the 2019-2020 year. Buchanan was one of 13 scholars chosen among faculty and community engagement professionals in the region who are actively engaged in their home campus and community.

To be selected, Buchanan submitted a letter of interest with a proposal for an original piece of research. For the research proposal, he chose the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry. The YEP opened on campus in 2016 and has grown under the direction of Buchanan.

During his 2019-2020 year of service, Buchanan will commit to an ongoing learning and leadership experience, including a combination of virtual and in-person meetings, mentoring sessions, and scholarly projects and reports.

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The following Students of the Month were recognized at the Billings Downtown Rotary Club’s recent meeting:

  • Lauren Haskell, Skyview High
  • Bo Hakert, Central High
  • Le’Sadie Stephen, Senior High
  • Jensen Keller, Senior High
  • Kristian Hayes, West High

Each senior student is selected by their school as outstanding students among their peers. Billings Downtown Rotary Club will award a $1,500 scholarship to one student from each of the four Billings high schools in May of 2020.

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City College at Montana State University Billings inducted 17 new members to the institution’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society, an international honor society that highlights the promotion of scholarship, development of leadership and service, and the cultivation of fellowship among qualified students in two-year colleges.

Jay Hanewald and Jennifer Eidson of Billings were sworn in as president and vice president, respectively.

Other Billings students inducted into the City College PTK chapter include Tessa Adams, Melinda Brester, Maycee Carter, Jessy Catt, Jennifer Eidson, Kevin Famighetti, Tarieka Moore, Chelsie Phillips, Gloria Powell, Dena Siebert, Coralee St Germaine, James Soumas, Gregory Wheelock and Kelsy Williams.

Students from cities other than Billings include: Tiauna Loomis, of Shepherd; Lisa Ott, of Big Timber; and Brynn Turcotte, of Belgrade.

Membership to PTK is by invitation only. Students are selected every fall and spring semester. Each candidate for membership must have completed 12 semester hours of associate degree course work and maintained a minimum grade point average of 3. Students must adhere to the school code of conduct and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.

The City College chapter of PTK is Beta Upsilon Rho, founded on April 2, 2013.

The following students recently received Standout Student Awards from Arts Without Boundaries:

  • Allison Young, orchestra student at West High;
  • Kaidyn Harris, choir and orchestra student at Skyview High;
  • Kylee Flaskey, choir student at West High; and
  • Bennett Apostol, art and orchestra student at Central High.

The awards are given in recognition of students who excel in visual and performing arts, through individual achievement, community involvement, leadership and participation in the arts community of Billings. Awardees are nominated by teachers.

Organizations

John Koppelman was recently installed as president of the Billings Golden K Kiwanis Club.

Other officers for the 2019-2020 year are Cynthia Jessee, president elect, Susan Keene, secretary, Bud Leuthold, treasurer, and Ellen Smith, immediate past president.

Additional board members are Bob Keene, Bob Bales, Arloa Weiss, Duane Kramer, Karen Tibbs and Clayton Croff.

Warren Frank was named Golden K Kiwanian of the Year for his long term service in Kiwanis. He has served as lieutenant governor of Division 4, and governor of the Montana District. He served as president of the Golden K Kiwanis Club for the 1998-1999 year. For several years he directed the Kiwanichords singing group and has led the club in song at the beginning of the meetings for many years.

The Golden K Kiwanis Club meets at 9:30 a.m. every Monday at the Elks Club, 934 Lewis Ave., for fellowship, business meetings and program speakers. Kiwanis is a volunteer global organization dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. All projects focus on assisting local youth. Anyone interested is welcome to attend a Monday morning meeting or call 534 -4577 for more information.

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