In the Schools

Brice Gretch of Billings, the son of Darla Stanton and Dr. Daniel Gretch of Helena, was named to the fall term dean's list at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

Alexandra Gjevre of Billings has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky.

Sharda Olson-Meyer of Billings was named to the fall semester president's honor roll at Casper College, Casper, Wyo.

The Rocky Mountain College Intercollegiate Horse Show Association recently competed at a show in Dillon. The RMC team competed in three English shows against teams from Carroll College, the University of Montana, Montana State University, Utah State University, University of Montana Western, and the College of Southern Idaho in three English shows on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12 and 13. Kelsey Merriam, RMC freshman, won Reserve High Point rider in the first show on Saturday with a terrific ride on the flat placing her first in the class and a close second place in her Over Fences class. Meredith Burton qualified for the Regional Show in English Novice on the Flat class. Results of the show are as follows: In the Advanced Walk Trot Canter class Liz Marklin, of Calgary, Alberta, placed third and fifth; Kristin Dillehay, of Rosewood, Ohio, placed fourth two times and fifth. In the Novice on the Flat class, which was split into two sections, Amber McNally of Spanaway, Wash., placed fifth. Kathy Cahill of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., placed first and second. Kelsey Merriam of Lakewood, Wash., placed first two times. Rhiannon Laird of Granger, Ind., placed fourth, second and fifth; Meredith Burton, of Camillus, N.Y., placed third. In the Novice over Fences, which was also split into two sections, Amber McNally placed third, fifth and sixth. Kelsey Merriam placed second and third. Rhiannon Laird placed fourth twice as well as placing sixth. Meredith Burton placed fifth and third in the class. Hope Barker of Sidney competed in the Intermediate on the Flat and over Fences classes. On the flat, she placed sixth twice. In over Fences, she won first place.

(Photo) Michael Hughes received a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass., last May 16. He is in his second semester as a computer science Ph.D. student at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Hughes is the son of Gary and Lorie Hughes and is a 2006 graduate of Senior High.

Mary Anne Carman, the daughter of Mark and Nancy Carman of Billings, was named an honor student for the fall semester at Hollins University, Roanoke, Va. Carman is a graduate of Senior High.

Nicholas Duncan, a senior at Senior High, has been named one of 3,000 candidates nationwide in the 2011 Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were selected from nearly 3.2 million students. Duncan is the son of Lewis and Marilee Duncan of Billings.

The following local students were named to the fall semester dean's list at Carroll College with a 4.0 GPA: Tayt Ellison, Mackenzie Frank, Shane Gallogly, Elizabeth Henderson, Leigha Hopkins, Aaron Hraban, Caroline McBride, Logan McLean, Susan Metzger, MacKenzie Powell, Billings.

The following local students were named to the fall semester dean's list at Carroll College: Devon Beddow, Anderson Burton, Amy Dixon, Alexandria Gaglia, David Lewallen, Kirby Longo, Lee Martin, Kaycee McLaughlin, Theresa Mueller, Brian Murphy, Ariel Murtagh, Ben Nearpass, Daniel Pearson, Kristen Rausch, Leandra Ritter, Billings; Sean Condon, Katie Wood, Laurel.

The following local students recently earned degrees from the University of Montana: Christine Hodges, Big Timber; Katherine Aldrich, Jason Besch, Witney Crawford, Johanna Engel, Corrie Eubank, Courtney Ewen, Peter Gausman, Laura Gornick, William Grice, Alicia Jones, Stephanie Kelsey, Katheryn Kilwein, Alicia Kosmann, Mikayla Kovash, Anthony Lozada, Rebecca McAllister, Steven Miller, Robert Oertli, Kyle Sears, Andrew Selle, Trista Skinner, Mackenzie Smith, Krystal Stevenson, Travis Wentz, Jacquelynn Williamson, Billings; Joseph Racki, Laurel.

In the Service

Stephanie Sulser of Billings was recently promoted to lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Officers Candidate School in New London, Conn. Sulser is the daughter of Jay and Virginia Sulser. She is currently stationed in Boston.

(Photo) MSGT Robert F. Voight, U.S. Air Force, recently retired at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, after serving 24 years in aircraft maintenance. During his career, Voight has served in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Korea and numerous bases in the U.S. Voight is a 1986 graduate of Senior High, and is the son of Robert C. Voight of Billings.

Air Force Airman (Photo) Johnelle M. Ditonno graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Anthony and Malinda Ditonno of Roundup.

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At their January meeting, the Board of Directors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services elected Wanda Kennicott as the new president. Phil Robertson is the vice president, and Randy Pendergraft is the secretary/treasurer. Also elected to the board were Jack Exley, M.D., and Sarah Ewald. Billy Oley, M.D., and Becky Wiehe both retired from the board after serving six years. Domestic and Sexual Violence Services was established in 1999 to provide emergency shelter, education, and support services to survivors of domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual assault. Originally, the program worked only in Carbon County but currently provides services and education and prevention programs in Carbon, Stillwater, Sweetgrass, and rural Yellowstone counties. Offices are located at 506 N. Broadway in Red Lodge. For more information, call 446-2296 or go to www.dsvsmontana.org. If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, call the 24-hour hel pline at 425-2222.

U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester have announcedthat Kelsey Weyerbacher, 17, of Kinsey was named one of Montana's top 2011 youth volunteers by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program conducted by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals to honor young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Weyerbacher was selected from students across the state along with Alyssa McCrossin, 13, of Hamilton, to represent Montana at national recognition events in Washington D.C. in May, where 10 finalists will be named America's top youth volunteers. As state honorees, Weyerbacher and McCrossin will also receive a $1,000 and engraved silver medallions.

The 2011 Mrs. Montana Pageant was held on Feb. 5 at the Petro Theater with the Crowne Plaza in Billings being the official host hotel. (Photo) Kila Reynolds of Missoula was crowned Mrs. Montana 2011. Reynolds also earned the Best in Evening Gown and Mrs. Photogenic awards. She will advance on to compete at the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant in April in West Virginia. Krista Freeny, Mrs. Great Falls, was fourth runner-up. Kory Rogers, Mrs. Belgrade, was third runner-up. Jodi Karvandi, Mrs. Western MT (Missoula) was second runner-up and Best in Interview. Nicole Lamphier, Mrs. Sidney, was first runner-up and Best in Swimsuit.

At the December quarterly meeting of the Special K Ranch Board of Directors, Dan Vaughn, (Photo) Julie Strobel Bowden and (Photo) Pat Holman were elected a first term on the Board. Elected to serve as officers for 2011 are (Photo) Tom Hohn, president; (Photo) Terri Izatt, vice president; (Photo) Cheryl Johnson, secretary; and Don Havig, treasurer. Special K Ranch is a nonprofit that serves adults who have developmental challenges by providing assisted living, vocational training, and employment in an agricultural setting on a 230-acre ranch eight miles east of Columbus.

The following students were selected by their high schools as DAR Good Citizens. The students were honored at an Annual Awards Tea hosted by Shining Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on Feb. 12. The awardees include: (Photo) Jake Everett Bare, Reed Point; (Photo) Brianna Eaton, Billings Senior; (Photo) Caleb Glenn Hamilton, Billings West; (Photo) Brianna Marie Irion, Skyview High; (Photo) Brooke Renee Johnston, Columbus; (Photo) Charles Jacob Keith Miller, Roberts; (Photo) Lauren Mullaney, Red Lodge; and (Photo) Amanda Jo Wiley, Roundup. The overall Chapter winner was Amanda Wiley, Roundup. She received a $200 award and has been entered in the state contest.

The following students are participants in this year's Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County high school program: Hayden Ayer, Mike Brushwien, Allie Chandler, Ryanne Frazier, Elizabeth Frey, Paul Gillig, Kali Harrington, Megan Hoffman, Grant Kelly, Kaitlyn Kirby, Danielle Kucera, Brandon Kuehn, Kenda Laber, Thomas Litton, Hayley Mork, Dustin Old Crow, Chole Pritchard, Kiley Purchio, Donley Seibel, Ralph Studer, Amanda Tryan, Billings Central; Kayla Amundson, Cassandra Anderson, Bobbie Brooks, Courtney Bruce, Derek Budge, Ryan Bureau, Dylan Ceaser, Taylor Condon, Bailey Dooper, Alicia Elsenpeter, Audrey Flanagan, Haylee Gallegos, Jordan Gibson-Goehring, Taylor Hagen, Mykel Harper, Stephen Hatton, Miranda Holmlund, Sara Jansma, Cody Johnston, Samantha Kold, Jessica Lebrun, Anna McMurrey, Daniel Nauman, Maddy Philhower, Amber Rall, Alisha Rickman, Ashley Rickman, Devan Rodabough, Jessa Shovar, Amanda Swecker, Vincent Tizono, Kelcy Traeger, Kelcie Wood, Laurel High; Tevin Apendaile, Danielle Aragon, Mandy Achten, Cassidy Butler, Josh Casares, Gwenly Dalbey, Azia Eby, Auguste Fain, Danyela Farrar, Ashlea Fillingham, Lindsey Fleming, Tessa Huszti, Macy King, Nicole Kucera, Taylor Kufeld, Lauren Larsen, Teresa Lopez, Leticia Maya, Danielle McCarthy, Terra McDowell, Molly McIntosh, Derek Mohr, Lydia Olsen, Dalton Reichert, Kelsey Speer, Taylor Thomas, Walker Thompson, Jena Wagner, Senior High; Alex Baadsgaard, Zach Champney, Austin Dubbs, Emily Engel, Kaitlyn Frenk, Jesse Gonitzke, Brenda Gurney, Whitney Harris, Michaela Hartman, Shannon Holman, Tyler Johasen, Rebekah Johnson, Paige Johnson, Karter Keck, Decee Lang, Connor Lebsock, Jordan LeClair, Kaitlyn Maher, Hope Martin, Justin Munoz, Mikara Ostermiller, Matt Owens, Kady Rollman, Danae Shirek, Mariah Stiffarm, Lindsey Trollope, Stephanie White, Lindsay Young, Skyview; McKeale Anderson, Camile Best, Justin Black, Jannell Cabrera, Rachel Canan, Megan Frisk, Danika Gustin, Kaylee Kimmet, Brad Lozoski, Sam Lucas, Jessyka MacDonald, Rebekah Marosok, Anna Mashek, Marissa McKittrick, Cole Nelson, Shawn Peden, Erika Peter, Raven Ponce, Kassidy Rauch, Tiffany Rudolph, Jordan Schneider, Jordan Smith, Austin Stacey, Ambri Stein, Nicole Storud, Rayson Warren, Jamie Wells, West High.

The Billings Music Teachers Association recently held a Sonatina Festival in which 53 students from Billings, Shepherd and Laurel participated. The following are festival winners:

Elementary Division: Mady Mrachek, first; Annie Woods, second; Marie Stott, third.

Early Intermediate Division: Charlie Klepps, first; Joey Nichols, second, Anne Downs, third.

Intermediate Division: Colby Frewin, first; Shanna Blaede, second; Isabella Whitworth, third.

Late Intermediate Division: Elizabeth Andrews, first; Kendall Barrie, second; Susie Cho, third.

Advanced Division: Konner Howell, first; Haley Eisen, second, Alex Wittorff, third.

Bethel #3 of Job's Daughters International recently installed elected and appointed officers for the Spring Term 2011. Janice Rehberg, Bethel Guardian, and Dan Smith, Associate Bethel Guardian, opened the installation ceremony. Installing Officers assisting with installation were Alexis Schantz, installing officer; Cathleen Arthun, installing guide; Jan McCandless, installing marshal; Tana Wilkerson, installing chaplain; Katherina Jandro, installing recorder; and Carol Schell, installing musician. Elected officers are Hanna Jandro, honored queen; Stormy Lindsay, senior princess; Katrina Jandro, junior princess; Elsie Rehberg, guide; and Ashten Kuntz, marshal. Appointed officers are Bailey Dove, recorder; Robyn Kuntz, treasurer; Shelby Woeppel, chaplain; Bailly McKinnon, librarian; Jennifer Anderson, fifth messenger; Alexis Schantz, fourth messenger; Heather Scherr, junior custodian; and Jessica Smith, senior custodian. For more information, go to www.iojd.org or call 259-7222.

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