In the schools
Hailey Muller, the daughter of Steve and Tina Muller, a junior at Senior High, has been chosen to attend the current session of Congress as part of the National Young Leaders Conference. Muller was previously a page for Sen. Taylor Brown, who represents Senate District 22. She is a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of Key Club, a secretary for Business Professionals of America at Senior High and a member of the Varsity Choir at Senior. Muller was recently selected as a Girl's State Delegate for 2011.
Tyler Reed has completed his FAA Private Pilot Certificate at Rocky Mountain College. Reed is the son of Darla Reed of Lewistown and is a freshman majoring in aeronautical science at Rocky Mountain College. Reed is a 2010 graduate of Grass Range High.
Clayton Hollett has completed his FAA Private Pilot Certificate at Rocky Mountain College. Hollett is the son of Verne and Andrea Hollett and is a freshman majoring in Aeronautical Science at Rocky Mountain College.
Luke Duley has completed his FFA Private Pilot Certificate at Rocky Mountain College. Duley is the son of Steven and Debra Duley and is a freshman majoring in Aeronautical Science at Rocky Mountain College.
Evan Stafford of Billings was named to the fall semester dean's list at the Johns Hopkins University. Stafford is the son of Bryan Stafford and Grace Kim and attended West High.
The following local students were named to the winter quarter dean's list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.: Michelle Corder, Billings; Heather Verbeck, Laurel; Keeley Bremer, Red Lodge; Morgan Belveal, Roundup.
Kristen Cole, the daughter of Anne and Bill Cole of Billings, was named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. A graduate of West High, Cole is majoring in economic and business strategies.
Montana Association of REALTORS National History Day State Competition results
Senior Paper: John Lillegard of Stanford K-12, "Red Cloud: Debate and Diplomacy on the Western Plains," first; Lucas Ridgeway of Stanford K-12, "Stalin: A Master of Debate and Diplomacy," second.
Senior Individual Exhibit: Eva Krasowski of Central High, "Iran Hostage Crisis," first; William Morgan of Central High, "The Nuremberg Trials," second.
Senior Group Exhibit: Chase Hill, Valerie Johnson and Kaydance Benzig of Geyser Public Schools, "Friendship Pin-Pong," first; Aileen Denny and Megan Faulkner of Central High, "Gandhi's Satayagraha," second; Jackson Barthel and Nick Peter of Central High, "The Balkans: Hitler's Biggest Mistake," third.
Senior Individual Documentary: Taylor Eubank of Central High, "Kyoto Protocol," first.
Senior Group Documentary: Kaitlyn Hammond and Cody Brown of Central High, "Voltaire vs. the Church," first; Bethany LeBrun and Taylor Steubs of Central High, "Prohibition (Coalition and Demolition)," second; Ashley Smith, Sarah Hagan, Kelsey Steffan and Ellen Hyams of Central High, "‘Behind Closed Doors' The Percentage Plan as Part of the Cold War," third place.
Senior Individual Performance: Matthew Simpson of Rossfork Home School, Lewistown, "The People Behind The Fence," first.
Senior Group Performance: Hillary Hunt, Molly Brown, Ryan Mack and Margaret Wilmouth of Central High, "Diplomacy of Terror: Robespierre's Reign," first.
Senior Individual Website: Natasha Leligdowicz of Custer Public Schools, "Salem Witch Trials," first;Catherine Cybulski of Custer Public Schools, "The Irish Conflicts," second.
Senior Group Website: Joshua Soares, Joseph Barta, Jackie Elliott and Grant Kelly of Central High, "The Munich Agreement," first; Katelyn McDonald, Jasmine Talbert and Lauren Belluomini of Geyser Public Schools, "Successes, Failure, and Consequences of Hitler and Stalin," second; Guinevere Ayers, Kaitlin Laddusaw, Jordan Everett and Megan Murphy of Central High, "America & the Holocaust," third.
Junior Paper: Derek Allison of Washington Middle School, Glendive, "Vietnam," first; Vito Carmasi of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "A Palace Meeting - The Yalta Conference and Repercussions," second; Mikalyn Strecker of Custer Public Schools, "The Debate on Genetic Engineering," third.
Junior Individual Exhibit: Malia Gesuale of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "Hetch Hetchy: Progress vs. Preservation," first; Morgan Wetz of Washington Middle School, Glendive, "Music Censorship," second; Taytum Sprenkle of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "Salem Witch Trials," third.
Junior Group Exhibit: Hannah Cooley and Lauren Phipps of Washington Middle School, Glendive, "Freeman's Standoff," first; Taylor Rittenhouse and Kallie Bradley of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "Chinese Boycott in Butte," second; Cheyenne Fisher of Washington Middle School, Glendive, "Little Rock Nine," third.
Junior Individual Documentary: Jamison Baken of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "Tuskegee Airmen," first; Jory Doner of Custer Public Schools, "Wanted Dead or Alive: The Debate on Corporal Punishment," second.
Junior Group Documentary: Dani Heser of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "Montgomery Bus Boycott," first.
Junior Group Performance: Gretta Herbert, Rebeca Strong and Grace Otto of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "The Life and Legacy of Harvey Milk," first; Hannah Lose and Isabella Whitworth of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "Renegade: A Spy Story," second; Zach Pederson, Mathew Cornell and Taylor Haug of Custer Public Schools, "The Sober, The Drunken, and The Peacemaker: Prohibition," third.
Junior Individual Website: Bart Vaskey of Geyser Public Schools, "The Beginning of the End: The Anglo-Zulu War and the Consequences on Black South Africans," first; Paula-Giovanna of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "D'Anna Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act," second; Jamison Ehlers of Custer Public Schools, "The Copper War," third.
Junior Group Website: Taylor Coghlan and Parker Hendrickson of Lewis and Clark Middle School, "Cold War Theory," first; Zach Voigt and Stefan Slehofer of Washington Middle School, Glendive, "Vietnam War," second; Kayla Braden of Washington Middle School, Glendive, "Abortion," third.
The medalists in each category are eligible to compete in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day competition in June at the University of Maryland.
The Billings Preservation Society announces the election of the 2011-2012 Board of Directors. Executive Officers are Greg Matthews, CTA Architects, president; Mike Nelson, the Northern Hotel, vice president; Amanda Nielsen, Galusha, Higgins & Galusha, treasurer; Lue Ponich, secretary; and Nathan Allie, Payne Financial Group. The Board of Directors are Alan Anseth, Yellowstone Electric; Diane Cross; Luci Cross, HSD Studio; Jim Foley, Foley Group; Joni Harman, Swift Building Lofts; Kevin Heaney, Crowley Fleck LLP; Mike Mathew, Babcock Theater; Don Olsen, O2 Architects; Brent Sumner, Fisher Construction; and Gayle West. Sitting Representatives include Lue Ponich, Mattie's Gift Shop; Mary Ann Kostkas, Moss Mansion Volinteers; Lora Mattox, Billings City Planning; Sharon Lincoln, Montana Historical Society; Harry Gottwals, Billings Depot; and Julie Dial, Yellowstone Western Heritage Center.
Matthew Grosso was recently awarded the Eagle Scout Rank by Troop 27 and The Boy Scouts of America. Grosso is a sophomore at Billings Central Catholic High. For his Eagle project, he organized and held a Geocaching Cache In Trash Out event and set up a geocaching training course at Riverfront Park.