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July 15, 2014
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College grad

Anna Mohr, of Columbia Falls, recently graduated magna cum laude from Whitworth University, in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Girls State

Monique Schoeck and Meredith Stolte, both Columbia Falls High School students, participated in the 66th annual Montana American Legion Auxiliary Girls State held at Carroll College, in Helena, on May 31 to June 5. Students got first-hand experience in how local and state governments work by campaigning for top state posititions. Schoeck was elected to be an associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court, and Stolte was elected as Superintendent of Public Instruction. After their election, the students job-shadowed Montana’s elected officials.

Honor roll

The following local students have been placed on the Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Chancellor’s Honor Roll for spring semester 2014 at Montana Tech in Butte — Cody Burghduff, Kelsey DeWit, Jennifer Kozuch, Nicholas Riley and Nathanial Thompson, who had a 4.0 GPA.

Honor roll

Three Columbia Falls High School students were left off the honor roll list is last week’s Hungry Horse News. All three earned straight A grades and were on the high honor roll for the second semester — juniors Carla Nicosia and Dalton Halden and sophomore Nicolas Ream.

UM grads

A total of 2,362 students at the University of Montana-Missoula are degree candidates for spring semester 2014, including 179 certificates, 256 associate degrees, four education specialists, 1,259 bachelor’s, 345 master’s, 74 juris doctorates and 245 doctoral degrees, and 176 double degrees. Local students include, from Columbia Falls — Cody Bowman, BSHHP Health and Human Performance; Chase Fairbank, BAE Education; Logan Hunter, BSHHP Health and Human Performance; Samantha Maas, BA Communication Studies; Samantha Maas, CERPS Communication Studies; Patrick McElwain, MS Speech Language Pathology; Brittany Ratzlaff, BAJ Journalism; William Walker, MA Counselor Education; Adam Woods, BSRM Parks, Tourism and Rec Management GPA 3.7 or higher; Adam Woods, BA Parks, Tourism and Rec Management GPA 3.7 or higher; and Benjamin Woody, BA Psychology; from East Glacier Park — Anne Grant, MS Environmental Studies; Bernadette Lintner, DPT Physical Therapy; and Ti Stalnaker, BA Theatre.

Dean’s list

A total of 2,917 students at the University of Montana-Missoula made the spring semester 2014 Dean’s List. Local students earning a 3.5 or better GPA included, from Columbia Falls — Stephen Baumgartner, Cody Bowman GPA 4.0, Sara Christensen, Chase Fairbank, Danielle Gilley GPA 4.0, Joshua Haverkorn, Quenton Hegel, Daniel Jones, Jennifer Jurva, Uriah Keller, Natalie Law, Cory Logue, Sarah Lovell, Samantha Maas, Brian Marcille, Alyssa Salandi, Adam Woods GPA 4.0, Benjamin Woody; from East Glacier Park — Ryan Taylor GPA 4.0; and from Hungry Horse — Jesse Flickinger.

Navy grad

Navy Seaman Apprentice Joshua Rossman,  a 2013 graduate of Columbia Falls High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, in Great Lakes, Ill. Rossman received an early promotion to his current rank for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle,  which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.

MSU dean’s list

Two Columbia Falls area students were named to the Montana State University-Billings 2014 spring dean’s list — Jinise Osborne, GPA 4.0 and Nathan Trueblood.

UM scholarship

Alesia LaRoque, a 2010 Columbia Falls High School graduate, recently received a $2,100 Bonhomme Scholarship from the University of Montana. She is a senior at UM majoring in elementary education. The Bonhomme Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 by the estate of Peter and Elvi Bonhomme, of Big Timber.

College award

Nicole Vargas, of Columbia Falls, a senior at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., received the Carl W. Ackerman-Ralph W. Nicholson Award during the college’s award convocation on April 9. The award is given to a senior who desires and merits advanced study in journalism adn public affairs.

Plum Creek recently presented scholarships to eight students from Columbia Falls High Schools.

• Austen Brooks, of Kalispell, plans to attend Flathead Valley Community College to study music. He played bass for the Columbians.

• Andrea Getts, of Columbia Falls, plans to attend Brigham Young University to study neuroscience. She was named 2014 All-Conference Basketball and participated in the 2014 University of Montana Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival.

• Emily and Halee Perkins, of Columbia Falls, plan to attend Flathead Valley Community College. Emily, an honor roll student who played varsity soccer and has been trained in home health care, is interested in the medical field. Halee, who will study nursing, earned an international baccalaureate degree in art and is a member of Health Occupations Students of America-Montana.

• Dalton Nelson of Columbia Falls, will attend the University of Montana to study forestry and fire services. He was an honor roll student and lettered in cross-country, wrestling, football and swimming.

• Bryan Shaffer, of Columbia Falls, will attend the University of Great Falls to major in physical education. As the wrestling team captain, he led the team to a second-place finish in the state competition. He also received the Outstanding Senior in Wrestling Award and was a member of the All-State Choir.

• Brooke Wilson, of Columbia Falls, will attend Flathead Valley Community College to study psychology. A member of the National Honor Society, Brooke served as senior class president and was a member of the Student Council. She participated in Peer Allies, choir and the yearbook.

• Michael Zenz, of Columbia Falls, plans to attend Montana State University to major in math and computers.

In other Columbia Falls school news:

Boys State

Columbia Falls High School student Colter Norick and six other Flathead County high school students headed to Carroll College in Helena as delegates for the American Legion Boys State gathering on June 8-13. The students were selected by Kalispell American Legion Post No. 137 and were sponsored by 17 members of the local business community. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands and chorus. Delegates will be elected to attend the American Legion Boys Nation gathering in Washington, D.C.

MSU dean’s list

The following local area students were named to Montana State University honor rolls for spring semester 2014 with a minimum 3.5 GPA: Columbia Falls — Garrett Folks, Margaret Frankino, Joanna Gehrig, James Grisez 4.0 GPA, Kristofer Gross, Angela Hawman, Melissa Livingston, Cody Maynard, Nathalie Maynard 4.0 GPA, Patrick McGunagle 4.0 GPA, Russell Plevel, Torey Seward and Austin Wargo 4.0 GPA; Martin City — Michele Hagen; and West Glacier — Erin Ramsay

Dean’s list

Students from Columbia Falls named to the Flathead Valley Community College Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester included Salvatore Baccaro, Cindy R. Berger, Sonesta R. Billow, Nichole C. Breivik, Hannah J. Brinton, Rita A. Brown, Jacob R. Burgess, Laura E. Burgi, Camberia L. Casazza, Teal I. Chadwick, Emily L. Church, Samantha M. Clark, Cheyloe A. Forbes, Peter E. Francisco, Cherie L. Gunderson, Nikki M. Hale, Crystal R. Haller, Alexander J. Hanson, Debora L. Hopkins, Parker B. Johnson, James R. Jurva, Gabrielle M. Keller, Whitney R. Klein, Amber L. Larsen, Chasta L. Markham, Rebecca M. Ojennes, Kerensa K. Peterson, Nathaniel W. Peterson, Russell J. Peterson, Rachel G. Sanders, Evan P. Smythe, Madison J. Stolte, Tiffany R. Stover, Jess B. Teats, John C. Thomson, Brandy L. Thornberry, Justin M. Vetch, Ellen K. Vogel, Kiersten Wendt, Theresa A. Williamson and Miroslav P. Zvyagelskiy.

U of Mary

Laura Burgess graduated from the University of Mary, in Bismarck, N.D., on May 3 with a bachelor of science cum laude in nursing and a Certified Schafer Leader designation from the Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy.

Carroll College

Caitlin Marie Newton, of Columbia Falls, joined 139 other Montana students in graduating from Carroll College on May 10. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree cum laude in biology.

Dean’s list

Cale Vukonich, of Columbia Falls, was named to the 2-14 spring semester dean’s list at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

UNC grad

Trisha Smith, of Columbia Falls, graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a master’s in speech-language pathology.

President’s list

Two local students earned a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average and were named to Gonzaga University’s President’s List for spring semester 2014 — Derek DesRosier, East Glacier Park, and McKenna Emmerich, Columbia Falls.

Retiring teachers

An open house will be held at the Deer Park School for retiring teachers Teri Seward Whited and Suzie Morey Menke on Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both have more than 30 years of service at the school.

Phi Theta Kappa

Three Columbia Falls students at Flathead Valley Community College were inducted into the Alpha Iota Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa during the international honor society’s spring induction ceremony — Jacob Burgess, Autumn Fisher, Rebecca Ojennes and Theresa Williamson. All told, 32 students with a minimum grade point average of 3.4 were inducted. For more information, contact Wendy Jeschke at 756-3372 or e-mail wjeschke@fvcc.edu.

Nursing graduates

Twenty students from Flathead Valley Community College’s seventh class of practical nursing graduates were honored during a traditional pinning ceremony on May 16. Three graduates are from Columbia Falls — Laura Hunt, Lexy Magnuson and Tiffany Sterling.

State student

Kaitlyn Presnell, a junior at Columbia Falls High School, was recently appointed by Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau to the statewide Student Advisory Board. The 2014-2015 board consists of 39 high school students from 34 Montana schools. The board’s first meeting will be held Oct. 9 and 10 in Helena. For more information about the program, visit online at http://gmm.mt.gov/sab.html.


Three of the 37 students in the Flathead Valley to receive Montana University System Honor Scholarships averaging $16,000 each are from Columbia Falls High School — Caleb Baumann, Mason Gedlaman and Brooke Wilson. The scholarship waives undergraduate tuition for up to eight semesters at any campus of the Montana University System or at the Dawson, Flathead Valley, or Miles City community colleges.

Grad party

The Columbia Falls Class of 2014 Parent Committee needs volunteers to help with the annual graduation party to be held at the high school gym on Saturday, June 7, and for donations that can be used for prizes. For more information, call Stephanie Evans at 261-1296, Patty Dorlarque at 892-1676 or Shannon Trinastich at 250-2641.

FVCC scholarships

Five students at Flathead Valley Community College have been named spring 2014 recipients of Community Pride Scholarships sponsored by Whitefish Credit Union. Each will receive scholarships totaling $1,500 for the spring 2014 semester at FVCC. One of them, Jon Crandall, of Coram, is pursuing an associate of applied science degree in practical nursing with plans to become a nurse practitioner.

UM scholarships

Alesia LaRoque, of Columbia Falls, recently was awarded a $1,000 Robert W. Waugh and Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 78 Education Scholarship by the University of Montana Scholarship Committee. A 2010 Columbia Falls High School graduate, LaRoque is a junior at UM majoring in elementary education. Kristi Newton, of Columbia Falls, recently was awarded a $333 Robert M. Burgess Memorial Scholarship and a $50 Missoula Rotary Club Endowment Scholarship from the University of Montana. A 2010 Columbia Falls High School graduate, Newton is a junior at UM majoring in business management.

Honor roll

Nicholas Riley, Kelsey DeWit, Cody Burghduff, Jennifer Kozuch and Nathanial Thompson, of Columbia Falls, were named to the fall semester 2013 honor roll at Montana Tech in Butte.

The staff at Ruder Elementary School would like to thank Town Pump for the $500 grant from ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support the school’s math and science programs. The grants are made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation.

Town Pump is proud to be a part of the efforts by Ruder Elementary to continue to provide outstanding education opportunities to the young people of Columbia Falls.


The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.

ExxonMobil believes that, as members of the community, local retailers are the best qualified to work with local educators to help identify schools and programs most in need of support.

Town Pump met stringent eligibility criteria before applying for and being awarded this grant, including having a recognized commitment to provide a superior buying experience for customers.

Ruder Elementary School

MSU honor rolls

The Montana State University-Bozeman President’s Honor Roll for fall 2013, minimum 4.0 GPA :Columbia Falls — Jason Creighton and Austin Wargo. The Dean’s List, minimum 3.5 GPA: Columbia Falls — Lori Church, Anna Downen, Katherine Emerson, Joanna Gehrig, Ian Gordon, James Grisez, Kristofer Gross, Angela Hawman, Nicholas Jones, Tanner Lineberry, Melissa Livingston, Victoriah Price, Joshua Robbins and Torey Seward; Coram — Hannah Rajkowski and Isaac Rajkowski; Martin City — Michele Hagen; West Glacier — Erin Ramsay.

Bachelor’s degree

Randilyn Armstrong, of Columbia Falls, recently graduated from Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore., with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

SFCC honor roll

Sean Holden, of Columbia Falls, was named to the spring 2013 honor roll at Spokane Falls Community College.


Ronda Gress, of Columbia Falls, was recently awarded a scholarship by Westaff of Helena and Personnel Plus Consulting for human resources studies.

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