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At the Billings Elks Lodge No. 394 Youth Awards banquet, winners of the essay contest and scholarship winners were announced.

Out of 255 essays on “What Does the National Anthem Mean To Me?,” the winners by division were:

Division I (fifth/sixth grades): 1. Jordan Thronson, sixth grade, Independent School, $100; 2. Ben Bonner, fifth grade, Lockwood School, $75; 3. Ryan Nava, fifth grade, Huntley Project Elementary, $50.

Division II (seventh and eighth grades): 1. Jessica Moler, eighth grade, Elder Grove School, $100; 2. Mikaela Holling, eighth grade, St. Francis Upper, $75; 3. Jordyn Armstrong, eighth grade, Will James Middle School, $50.

Winning $50 each for being named Student of the Year were: Krista Schott from Broadview Public School; Madison Walter from Castle Rock Middle School; Shay Osborne from Laurel Middle School; Brandon Radonski from Lewis & Clark Middle School; Shelby McMillen from Park City School; Deontae Gillespie from Riverside Middle School; Sophia Mascarena from St. Francis Upper, and Addison Wartnow from Will James Middle School.

The Most Valuable Student Scholarships were given to: Ye Julie Almer from Billings Senior High, $500; Madison D. Drake from Billings West High, $500; Leanne R. Williams from Billings West High School, $500; Treve M. Icenoggle from Skyview High, $500; Colton D. Marchwinski from Billings West High, $1,000; and Kellen P. Wartnow from Billings Senior High, $500.

Those awarded a $1,000 Memorial Fund scholarship are:

Billings: Megan Elaine Watt, Naomi Yakawich, Johnathon Yakawich, Madeleine Duncan, Kobi Hudson, Treve Icenoggle, Madison Mulvaney, Kellen P. Wartnow, James Dilts, Katilyn Ann Welch, Katy Warner, Luke Yakawich, Chrislin Webb, Marta Prosinski, Laura Prosinski, Rachael Jean Pankratz, Marilee Beal and Kimberly Bray.

Hardin: Landa Uffelman.

Park City: Leslie Marie Gappa and Jasmine A. Engellant.

The Frank and Inez Critelli Memorial Scholarship Fund Board has announced the two winners of the 2013 scholarship.Receiving a full scholarship to attend the Montana Music Institute is Jacey Mitchell, violinist, and Eden Seiffert, cellist, will each receive a full scholarship to attend the Red Lodge Music Festival.

Evan Nigh of Billings has graduated from Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, Calif., with a dual major in chemistry and biology with honors.

The Billings Golden "K" Kiwanis has awarded seven scholarships. The Gary Reynolds' Scholarships were awarded to Jeremy Brooks, Lauren Reineking and Victoria Hampton. West High Key Club Scholarships were awarded to Rachel Rose Jones and to Colton Marchwinski. The Shepherd Key Club Scholarships were awarded to Madalyn Johnson and Jessica Wagner.

Four Billings-area students were chosen as statewide winners in a poster contest that encourages a tobacco-free lifestyle. The Tar Wars program, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, targets fourth- and fifth-grade students with a prevention program that talks about positive health reasons for avoiding tobacco use.

The Billings winners, who were all 11-year-old fifth graders, were: 1. Julia Peterson, St. Francis Intermediate; 2. Kellie Cohn, St. Francis Intermediate; 3. Willa Albrecht, Trinity Lutheran School, and honorable mention, Joshua Payton, Elysian School.

The first-place winner from each state competition is invited to attend the Tar Wars National Conference, July 15-16, in Washington, D.C. The conference and special awards ceremony celebrates youth, creativity, and a tobacco-free lifestyle. The families, who pay their own way to the nation’s capital, have an opportunity to meet their congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. More information on the education program can be found at