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In the service

Dan A. Johnson graduated from the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Ala., and was appointed to the rank of warrant officer one. Johnson is an aviator with seven years of military service. He is the son of Al and Corinne Johnson of Billings.

In the schools

Jordan Eisen, a junior at Seattle University majoring in history, was named to the winter-quarter president's list. Eisen is a 2008 graduate of West High and is the son of Terry and John Eisen of Billings.

Montana Tech recently hosted Tech Scholars Day. The following Billings students received scholarships: Bryce Abstetar, son of Russell and Misty Barnes, Helen S. Davis Scholarship Trust, Marie M. Moebus Gold Waiver, Newmont Metallurgical Scholarship; Noah Davis, son of Jean Cox, Chancellors Scholarship; David Megorden, son of Craig and Rhonda Megorden, Marcus Daly Gold Waiver Scholarship; Cole Moller, child of Wayne and Jeanne Moller, Arthur J. Mattila Scholarship, Chancellors Scholarship; Dillon Peterson, son of Gayle Neil, Chancellors Scholarship.

YWCA Salute to Students announces the 2011 recipients of its Salute to Students scholarships: (Photo) Hilary Gourneau, Montana State University Billings; (Photo) Patricia Hellman, Montana State University Billings; (Photo) Lauren Larsen, Senior High; (Photo) Bethany LeBrun, Billings Central Catholic High; (Photo) Sally Weinand, West High; (Photo) Lindsay Rohrdanz, Senior High; (Photo) Kassandra Welch, Montana State University Billings; (Photo) Erika Baldry, Custer County District High; (Photo) Maria Sturtz, Custer County District High; (Photo) Monica Carpenter, Skyview High.

81st State FFA Convention results

A record was set at the 81st annual State FFA Convention held in Billings last week with nearly 1,700 FFA members, advisers and guests attending the event. The State FFA degree was conferred on 157 members. Five new chapters received their National FFA charters. They are: Darby, Drummond, Little Big Horn (Lodge Grass), Nelson Ag Academy Online and Simms.

Browning FFA won the FFA/American Indian program.

In the Career Development Events, Big Timber FFA took home its second consecutive sweepstakes title, placing first in Farm Business Management and Livestock Judging; third in Mechanics, and third in Agronomy.

Park City won the Ag Sales contest, and Ruby Valley placed first in Mechanics. Shields Valley won both the parliamentary procedure contest and agronomy contest.

The extemporaneous speaking winner is Cali Christensen, Big Timber. Prepared speaking winner is Jemma Morrow of the Flathead FFA. The Creed speaking winner is Kinslee Hage from the Colstrip chapter.

The Agriscience student of the year is Jamie Nelson of the Red Lodge FFA Chapter.

Chottie Crary from Choteau is the Star Greenhand; Erin Oliver from Savage is the Star in Agribusiness; Connor Rose, Shields Valley, is the Star in Agriculture Placement; and Wyatt Handy, Culbertson, Star Farmer.

The Belgrade FFA Chapter was named the Star Chapter in Montana, with Shields Valley second and Hinsdale FFA third.

Sarah Jensen, Richey FFA, placed first in the state talent contest.

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New state officers for the 2011-12 year are: Morgan Kuntz, Dillon, president; Adam Heggelund, Deer Lodge, first vice president; Bailey Engle, Big Timber, second vice president; Cali Christensen, Big Timber, secretary; Nicole Mohr, Park City, treasurer; Melissa Dighans, Opheim, reporter; Sarah Burk, Cascade, sentinel; Katie Hogemark, Big Timber, parliamentarian.

The top five in each judging event are: Ag Sales teams: Park City, Joliet, Missoula, Shields Valley and Roundup. Ag Sales individuals: Jessica Hopcroft, Stevensville; Erin Oliver, Roundup, Nicole Mohr, Park City, Neela Andres, Missoula; and Morgan McQuillan, Joliet. Farm Business Management teams: Big Timber, Missoula, Flathead, Shields Valley and Richey. Farm Business Management individuals: Emily Muir, Missoula; Katie Hogemark, Big Timber; Gwynn Simeniuk, Opheim; Shawn Stutterheim, Shields Valley; and Roy Handley, Missoula. Livestock judging teams: Big Timber, Missoula, Beaverhead, Flathead and Baker. Livestock judging individuals: Ashley Hartman, Denton; Gina Cantalupo, Baker; Kayla Sargent, Big Timber; Wyatt Handy, Culbertson; and Taten Anderson, Broadus. Ag Mechanics teams: Ruby Valley, Fergus, Big Timber, Park and Miles City. Ag Mechanics individuals: Paul Labrie, Big Timber; Austin Butcher, Fergus; Roy Handley, Missoula; Jason Bilyeu, Red Lodge; and Colter Guinnane, Ruby Valley. Agronomy teams: Shields Valley, Joliet, Big Timber, Flathead and Broadus. Agronomy individuals: Katie Hogemark, Big Timber; Emily Muir, Missoula; Alex Songstad, Joliet; Alessa Wolenetz, Carter County (Ekalaka); and Loni Blackman, Cascade. Parliamentary Procedure teams: Shields Valley, Flathead, Shepherd and Shields Valley #2. Creed Speaking individuals: Kinslee Hage, Colstrip; Leisa Stevenson, Hobson; Wayne Stevenson, Hobson; and Cody Boucher, Ruby Valley. Agriscience Fair individuals: Jamie Nelson, Red Lodge, Engineering; Katie Townsend, Fairfield, Zoology; Courtney Cota, Roundup, Botany; Caitlin Creighton, Missoula, Food Science; and Dana Dale, Fairfield, Environmental Science.

State proficiency award winners were Mark Boyd, Ruby Valley, Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance; Craig Patrick Wood, Big Timber, Agricultural Processing; Lydia Ward, Broadus, Agricultural Sales; Michael Moore, Choteau, Agricultural Service; Wyatt Handy, Culbertson, Beef Production - Entrepreneurship; Hank Kading, Shepherd, Beef Production - Placement; Shane Lackman, Hysham, Diversified Agricultural Production; Laura Frazee, Stevensville, Diversified Livestock Production; Cali Rae Christensen, Big Timber, Equine Science; Jarvis Franck, Park, Forage Production; Sean T. Bohannan, Flathead, Forest Management & Products; Kendall Sieler, Plevna, Grain Production; Ethan Igo, Belgrade, Home and/or Community Development; Adam Heggelund, Deer Lodge, Sheep Production; David Lackman, Hysham, Specialty Crop Production; Theresa Lombardi, Deer Lodge, Swine Production; and Kalee J. McRae, Flathead, Turf Grass Management.


(Photo) Hannah King, the 15-year-old daughter of Jeff and Laura King of Molt, has been awarded the Shorty Phelps Montana Fiddle Camp Scholarship for 2011. The scholarship is awarded yearly to a young fiddle player and covers tuition and room and board at the Montana Old Time Fiddler's annual camp. King began playing the fiddle when she was 6 and started playing in contests at age 7. She has held the Montana State Title three times in her division.

(Photo) Shawn Luther Pattee, the son of Mark and Teri Pattee of Billings, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. A member of Boy Scouts Troop 394, Pattee received his award in a ceremony on Nov. 24. He earned 24 merit badges toward his Eagle badge. For his Eagle project, Pattee designed, coordinated and built the gravel, sand and scoria bins at the Central Park baseball field, with the help of a team of scouts from Troop 394. Pattee will graduate from West High in May.

The 88th installation of officers for Bath Zabbia Temple #21 Daughters of the Nile was recently held. Past Queen Judy Frank was the Installation Chairman and Mistress of Ceremony, and the 2011 officers installed are: Queen (Photo) Timmie-Lynn Poglajen; Jr. Past Queen Marge Vietmeier; Princess Royal Sandra McIntosh; Princess Tirzah Judy Tipton; Princess Badoura Robin Sparboe; Princess Banker Fern Thompson; Princess Marshal Deborah Legget; Princess Chaplain Cathy Culbertson; Lady of the Keys Norma Lechner; Lady of the Gates Carol Moritz; Princess Musician Carol Schell; Princess Nydia Sara Schantz; Princess Zulieka Patsy Phillips; Princess Zenobia Brenda Lindsay; Princess Zora Becky Shay; Princess Zuliema Patty Branstetter; Attendants Edna Stauber and Nina Rehard. Past Queen Marlene Pfaff is the Ceremonial Assistant for the year, with Past Queen Judy Frank assisting. Installing Officers were Past Queen Marlene Pfaff as Installing Queen; Past Queen Gretchen Schubert as Installing Marshal; Past Queen Marge Vietmeier as Installing Chaplain; Past Queen Char Brinkel as Installing Recorder; Princess Katie Rehberg as Installing Musician; and Past Queens Wesleta Shaules and Kathleen Butler as Installing Attendants. The Bible Bearer was Past Queen Judy Frank, with Past Queen Beverly Ellingson serving as Crown Bearer. Past Queens Helen Korber and June Pierce were the Robe Bearers.

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