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Turner Daines, a 2008 graduate of Central High, recently graduated from Pacific Northwest University with a doctorate’s degree in osteopathic medicine. He is serving an internship at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington, and plans to serve his residency in radiology at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

This spring, the Montana FFA Foundation awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and grants to FFA members and local FFA chapters throughout the state; this would not be possible without our generous donors and supporters.

Thirty-nine students will receive a combined total of $42,000 in scholarships for college, leadership development, and top individuals in competitions held at the State FFA Convention in Bozeman.

Listed below are area students selected to receive leadership and college scholarships.

Leadership Development Scholarships:

Liberty Graham, Lenora Shoemaker, Devan Birrer and Jerzee Carr, all of Fromberg, and Cody Johannes, of Huntley.

College scholarships:

  • Montana Land Reliance: Jerirca Bursik, of Park City
  • Vern Dahlstrom: Andee Baker, of Park City
  • Dr. Max L Amberson: Brooke Johnson, of Huntley

2019 was the second consecutive year that the Montana FFA Foundation awarded Supervised Agricultural Experience grants for students to expand their agribusiness ventures or to start new entrepreneurship or agriscience research projects.

Area students receiving SAE grants are Skyler Daniels, of Laurel, and Alice Fouts, Margot Kuntz and Alexis Williams, all of Red Lodge.

For more information, go to montanaffa.org.

The Big Sky State Games selected Sam George, student at Senior High; Emily Poole, student at Huntley Project High; Audrey Sipler, student at Big Sandy High; and Jessica Swandal, student at Central High, as the recipients of the 2019 Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship. The $500 scholarship winners will be recognized at the 34th Annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies event Friday, July 19.

The winners were selected based on their character, community involvement, and participation in sports. Character Counts! promotes sportsmanship and fosters good character by teaching, enforcing, advocating, and modeling, the "Six Pillars of Character": trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

High school juniors during the 2018-2019 school year were eligible to apply for the scholarship. Selecting students who are finishing their junior year in high school ensures that the winners may be observed as role models during their senior year.

Mercie Hodges and Hannah Thom, both of Billings, were named to the spring dean’s list at George Fox University. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

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Amanda Johnson, of Billings, graduated from Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington.

Alec Donald, of Billings, was named to the spring dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Paul, Minnesota. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.7.

Billings students are among others who recently graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. They are listed below with their honors and degrees.

Allison Kieckbusch, cum laude, bachelor’s degree in English-writing track; Benjamin Morledge-Hampton, summa cum laude, bachelor’s degree in science, biology; Macy Rockwell, magna cum laude, bachelor’s degree in community health; Skylar Rockwell, summa cum laude, bachelor’s degree in sociology-social analysis. Additionally, Kieckbusch, Morledge-Hampton, Macy Rockwell, along with Billings students Madison Duneman and Caralyn Lagge, were named to Whitworth’s provost’s honor roll for earning a minimum grade point average of 3.75.

Mackenzie Morean, an Ithaca College student from Red Lodge was named to the college’s spring dean's list. Morean is majoring in clinical health studies.

Meghan Regan, of Billings, recently graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College with an veterinary technician associate’s degree.

Tanner Brown, of Billings, was recently named to the spring president’s honor list at North Dakota State College. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Hydar Magsoocy, of Billings, recently received a bachelor’s degree in professional retail sales and management from Bellevue University.

James Alan Pavek and Robert Kenneth Young, both of Billings, and Daniel Michael Stamper, of Laurel, were recently named to the president’s honor roll at Washington State University. To qualify, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term at WSU and earn a minimum grade point average of 3.75 or earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.

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