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May 2019


Class Motto........."What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." Graduation Date.........Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Havre High School Gymnasium Speaker........Jacob Criner - History Teacher - HHS Class Colors........Blue and White

Kadyn Acor

Aaron Alexander

Caleb Allestad

Kaitlin Anderson

Anthony Antley

Hailey Azure

Noah Azure

Carli Ballard

Trent Bauer

Connor Bender

Abigail Berger

Dylan Bickford

James Binder

Olivia Bischoff

Janae Boles

Emily Borst

Ashlynne Brandon

Megan Britt

Thomas Brown

Skyler Buck

Trevor Bulkley

Carson Campbell

Dylan Chvilicek

Teagan Coffman

Morgan Columbus

Kassidy Compton

Abby Corcoran

Evan Davison




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Austin DeLaRosa

Josie Dionne

Gabrielle Downhour

Devin Duke

August Eacker

Kaylee Ellingson

Sarah Faber

Teagan Fee

Niko Fialkosky

Christina Fisk

Anna Fraser

Kaleb Gardner

Noah Gjesdal

Caprice Gobin

Wyatt Gobin

Taylor Gopher

Alexis Gouran

Payton Haas

Emily Hannum

Cole Hanson

Dylan Hanson

Elliott Hanson

Kaleb Harkins

Eric Harrison

Josiah Harrison

Courtney Henderson

Lacey Huseby

Kimberlee Irvin

Jordan Jarman

Mitchel Johnson

Aiden Johnsrud

Lauren Kato

Jakob Keller

Johnathan Klein

Mason LameBull

Kougar Lanier

James Lines

Joseph Litzinger

Derek Loughton

Preston Lowen

Hannah Lunak

Sawyer Manuel

Casey Mariani

Tayler Marinkovich

Christian Mathis

Joseph McLeod

Andrew Melle

Noah Molitor

Abigail Morse




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Delleny Munson

Marcee Murphy

Brynn Nault

Jayne Nelson

Kollin Nystrom

Mariah Olson

Morgan Olson

Jeremiah Parker

Mackenzie Parrotte

Lane Paulson

Kinzee Peterson

Charles Plante

Aria Pratt

Tiffany Ralph

Austin Ratliff

Ethan Roberts

Garreth Robertson

Tysen Sangrey

Mallory Schaub

Sydney Scheresky O'Neil

Kimberly Shanks

Brandon Shaw

Trent Shettel

Devyn Solomon

Tyler Stoltz

Holly Strobel

Sergio Tamayo

Caitlyn Terry

Aarron Thompson

Jackson Tilleman

McKenzie Tommerup

Julian TopSky

Kade Turner

Logan Twombly

Aryana Vauthier

Jeralynn Verploegen

Kollin Verploegen

Natalie Verploegen

Mackenzie Walker

Calvin White

Megan Whitford

Merissa Whitney

Martin Wilkie

Bryanna Winchell




May 2019


Class Motto........."Education is your most powerful weapon. With education, you are the white man’s equal; without education, you are his victim, and so shall remain all your lives." ~ Chief Plenty Coups Graduation Date.........Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Rocky Boy High School Gymnasium Valedictorian.........Ayana Figueroa Salutatorian.........Emily Big Knife Speaker.........Mrs. Teresa Olson Class Colors........Maroon and White Class Flower.........White Rose with Maroon Tips

Olin Joseph Arkinson

Alexandria Raye Belgarde

Emily Jasjha Big Knife

Laura Leah Buffalo

Si'mone Leanna Camper

Michael Anthony Carrier

Ayana Rozela Figueroa

Cree Ann Rose Four Souls

Kylee Oats

Kristie Dawn Parker

Mario Patacsil

Rochelle Lakota Pease

McKenzie Belle Standing Rock

Tracy Dawn Standing Rock

Kammee Rose Stump

Alyxandria Sunchild

Colista Renee Sutherland

Makaveli Pete Sutherland

Lane Louis Turn Toes

Jordon Tyner

Henry Webster

Rylie Mato Wiletto

Kendall Journie Windy Boy

Marcus Zarco


Class Motto........."Four years we will never forget, even if we did some things we regret." ~ Anonymous Graduation Date.........Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Box Elder High School Gymnasium Valedictorian.........Eve The Boy Salutatorian.........Cylas Meyers Class Colors........Navy, Gold and White Class Flower.........Rose

Eve The Boy

Cylas Meyers

Lillian Gopher

Madison Wolf Chief

Orion Wolf Chief

Nakoa Tance Heavy Runner

Kiya Morsette

Jerel Anderson

Brendon Bacon

Lacey Bradley

Dacen Caplette

Peyton Gardipee

Deshaun Gopher

Talyssa Horn-Oats

Not Pictured: Seth Duran Theodore Russette V

Janae Johnson

Britney LaFromboise

Tanner Parisian

Dominic Pullin

Alex Raining Bird

Kobe Sutherland




May 2019


Class Motto........."We'll keep one foot in the past, as we take our next step into the future." ~ Author Unknown Graduation Date.........Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Big Sandy High School Gymnasium Valedictorian.........Jaylyn Cline Salutatorian.........Georgia Wortman Speaker.........Ms. Wolery Class Colors........Purple and Gold Class Flower.........White Carnations

Jaylyn Cline

Grace Finke

Riley Genereux

Dallas Geyer

Tevin Haugen

Jordan Schwarzbach

Tyler Schwarzbach

Everett Sipler

Shania Walks Over Ice

Georgia Wortman

Jade McDougle

Dusti Phillips


Class Motto........."There is only one success – To be able to spend your life in your own way." ~ Christopher Morley Graduation Date.........Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at North Star High School Gymnasium Valedictorian.........Paij Jordan Peterson Salutatorian.........Janae Kimberly West Speaker.........Mr. Walynn Burgess Class Colors........Royal Blue and White Class Flower.........Blue Tipped White Rose

Gaven Lane Cramer

Lucan Allen Kayleb Fleming

Tanicha Marie Hudson

Abbigayl Larynn Ridgway

Shiann Marie Valdillez

Janae Kimberly West

Holly Kay Lane

Crystal Ann Meister

Justin Glenn Meltizan

Paij Jordan Peterson




May 2019


Class Motto........."Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey." Graduation Date.........Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at CJI Auditorium Valedictorian.........Khloe Kammerzell Salutatorian.........Freya Lesiak Speaker.........Mr. Thomas Murphy Class Colors........Blue and Silver Class Flower.........Blue Peonies

Noah Bender

Aumri Brinson

Jasmine Cole

Evan Dahinden

Jackson Diemert

Kimberli Ghekiere

Jarrett Green

Aadin Harris

Peyton Hawks

Katey Kammerzell

Khloe Kammerzell

Freya Lesiak

Derek Melton

Ellyssa Tempel

Kobe Tran

Tyler Wanken

Robert Whitley

Libby Wickum

Ethan Woods

Tips for grad party planners METRO Graduation is a milestone moment worthy of celebration. Whether newly minted graduates will be pursuing further education after donning their caps and gowns or embarking on their lives as professionals, come commencement season, graduates and their families should pause to celebrate and recognize the hard work it took for grads to earn their degrees. Graduation parties provide perfect opportunities for grads to unwind and celebrate their achievements. People tasked with planning such festivities can heed the following tips to make sure the party is one grads won’t soon forget. • Personalize the affair. Much like birthday parties, graduation parties are celebrating a particular guest of honor. As a result, planners should not hesitate to personalize graduation parties so they reflect the grad who’s

being honored. If the guest of honor just earned his or her law degree, order a cake in the shape of Lady Justice. Planners tasked with honoring college grads on their way to medical school can ask guests to don scrubs or white coats. Such personal touches can add fun to the festivities while still honoring the new grad. • Ask grads before devising the guest list. Since the day is all about the recent graduate, let him or her provide input about the guest list. Some grads may be uncomfortable serving as the focal point of a large soirée, while others may prefer family gatherings or less formal affairs with only friends. The goal of the party is to celebrate the new graduate, so make sure they’re comfortable with who is in attendance. If grads choose a friend-heavy guest list, plan a dinner out with family on another night. • Invite teachers. Some graduates form strong bonds with teachers who helped them get through difficult coursework or provided invaluable advice during their academic careers. Make sure these people, who may include teachers past and present, are invited to the party, and recognize their role in helping the guest of honor achieve his or her academic and professional goals. • Speak with other parents/planners. Graduation season is a social time of year. Planners and parents can speak with one another to ensure that parties are not scheduled on the same day. This allows all graduates to enjoy their moment in the sun and ensures friends won’t miss the chance to celebrate one another’s accomplishments. Planners and parents can even coordinate parties together if graduates express a desire to do so.




May 2019


Class Motto........."I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me." ~ Dwight Schrute Graduation Date.........Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Floyd Bowen Gymnasium Speaker.........Levi Capedville Class Colors........Orange and Gray Class Flower.........Tiger Lily

Chris Barfett

Robert Barfett

Isaac Bell

James Christensen

Brendan Edwards

Ryle Elliot

Cristen Friede

Lariisa Getten

Rachel Gunderson

Trajan Hannum

Kourtney Hanson

Cameron Huestis

Lincy Johnson

Payton Jones

Riley Kellam

Ashley MacLeod

Paxtin McCann

Tye Mitchell

Megan Molyneaux

Chase Moxley

Ty Overcast

Karson Powell

Ross Reed

Cord Schneider

Christina Shackelford

Maloney Young

The history of the graudation cap METRO Graduation ceremonies are a tradition that dates back to the first high schools and universities. While many aspects of graduation ceremonies have evolved over the years, the graduation cap has remained a hallmark of such ceremonies. Graduation caps are one of the most visible aspects of graduation dress. Many scholars believe the mortarboard style cap graduates don was developed from the biretta, a similar-looking Italian hat worn by Roman Catholic clergy. In the 12th and 13th centuries, stu-

dents and teachers typically wore clerical clothing because the church was highly influential at this time. Medieval universities helped inspire academic dress, including the familiar graduation cap. Mortarboards are shaped like a square, perhaps to give them a scholarly appearance like a book or to represent the shape of a quad on the campus of England’s Oxford University, where many graduation dress customs are believed to have originated. Others theorize that the mortarboard, which is named after the flat

board used by bricklayers and masons, represents the skill of a master workman. Many graduation caps were initially black or gray. According to the graduation information site Graduation Source, when color photography became the norm in the 20th century, schools began to use gowns and caps in different shades because they would show up in photographs. Schools often coordinate caps and gowns so their colors reflect their official school colors. While certain degrees warrant different styles of gown, cowls and

hoods, mortarboard caps are relatively standard. In addition to the cap, there is a single button at the top. Tassels hang from these buttons. At commencement, tassels are traditionally worn on the right side of the cap and then moved to the left once graduates receive their diplomas. Graduation caps are part of the larger scope of academic dress that comprises school traditions. Millions of graduates across the globe will don their caps and toss them into the air later in celebration of their hard work.

How young people can avoid the debt trap METRO Rites of passage come in many forms. Some are religious ceremonies marking an important stage in a person’s spiritual life, while others are less ceremonial but still impactful. For many young people who are old enough to vote but not necessarily old enough to live completely independent of their parents, digging oneself out of debt is an early financial rite of passage. But youth and debt need not go hand in hand, even though statistics suggest otherwise. According to the Federal Reserve, student loan debt reached historical highs in the

first quarter of 2018, surpassing $1.5 trillion for the first time ever. That figure is even more staggering when compared to figures from a decade ago, when total student loan was about $600 billion. And it’s not just student loan debt that’s jeopardizing young people’s financial futures. Consumer debt compiled through the use of credit cards has long been a thorn in the sides of young adults, many of whom apply for credit cards before they fully understand the concept of credit, only to learn the hard way that swiping credit cards comes at an oftentimes steep cost.

But while the young people of yesteryear might have landed in debt by using credit cards for nonessentials like a night out with friends, a recent survey from the professional services firm PwC found that young adults currently between the ages of 25 and 34 are more likely to buy day-to-day essentials with credit. In fact, 20 percent admitted to doing to so in the past six months, compared with just 6 percent of adults age 55 and over. That could be due to a number of factors beyond young adults’ control, including low and stagnant wages, but it also might be a byproduct of young adults not knowing how to avoid

debt. If it’s the latter, then young adults can try to employ the following strategies to avoid falling into the debt trap. • Explore your repayment options. According to Student Debt Relief, a private company that looks to educate and empower consumers about student loan debt, the average college graduate in the class of 2016 had $37,172 in debt. That’s nearly $10,000 more debt than the average graduate from the class of 2011. Young adults struggling to repay their student loans can explore various options, including federal student loan repayment plans, such as the Pay As You Earn plan

and the Income- Based plan. Each plan is different, but young adults should know that they have many repayment options. • Avoid consumer debt. Interest rates on credit cards can be high, especially for young people without lengthy credit histories. As a result, it’s best to only use such cards for emergencies and not to pay for nights out with friends or a new pair of shoes. Consumer debt that’s not paid off in full each month also can adversely affect young adults’ credit ratings, which can hurt them when they get older and look to buy their own homes or other big-ticket

items. • Live at home. While many college graduates want to maintain their independence and live on their own after graduation, moving back in with mom and dad might be the most financially savvy move to make. Doing so allows young adults with jobs to begin building their nest eggs and can help them avoid having to use credit cards to meet their day-to-day needs. Debt ensnares many young adults. But there are ways for young people to avoid debt and pave the way for a bright financial future.




May 2019


Class Motto........."Get your Ticket to Success, but never lay it to Rest." Graduation Date.........Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Hays Lodgepole High School Gymnasium Valedictorian.........Alicia Doney Salutatorian.........Laney Cole Speaker.........Tuffy Helgeson and Donnie Wetzel Class Colors........Purple and Gold Class Flower.........Purple Rose w/Gold Glitter Tips

Raymond Chandler III

Laney Cole

Drew Shortman

Kaden Ereaux

Heavenlee Sears

Gilbert Snow

Moke Cliff

Eyan Russell

Jeremy PrettyPaint

Kyle Young, Jr.

Taliah Werk

Kenneth Blackcrow

Jaclyn HisBadHorse

Kaeana Walls

Not Pictured: Latasha Kirkaldie Jeffry Stiffarm Tony Sears Aleena Walker (Early Graduate)

James Brockie

Rayleigh Kirkaldie

Alicia Doney

College majors that can lead to higher earnings METRO Choosing a college major is an important decision that many students delay making until their sophomore or even junior years. Only after taking a few courses and uncovering one’s interests do some college students figure out what they want to do with their lives. Each student is different, and while some may pursue a degree based on a particular passion, others may choose majors that can lead to high-paying jobs. While men often lean toward majors like engineering and computer science that have traditionally been linked to high earnings, women have historically gravitated to lower-paying specialties like education and social sciences. But in recent years a shift has occurred, and more women have begun to choose majors associated with higher post-graduate salaries. Reports from the career guidance site Glassdoor analyzed how much male and female professionals with the same college degree earned and identified many instances in which women went on to earn more than men in the first five years of their career. They’ve identified several

majors where female college graduates can earn as much or more than their male counterparts and find successful careers. • Architecture • Pharmaceutical sciences • Information sciences • Chemical engineering • Computer science • Electrical engineering • Mechanical engineering • Computer engineering • Business economics • Civil engineering • Sports management Despite these findings, the college resource CollegeFactual and the U.S. Department of Education says that women remain likely to pursue education, design and applied arts, health services, and social work as career options. Female students unsure of which major they want to pursue can take career assessments to help narrow down their options. Working with mentors or engaging in internships also can present a firsthand idea of high-paying career paths.

Desmond Shambo

Chay Chaz Shambo (Early Graduate)




May 2019


Class Motto......... "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." Graduation Date........ Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Whitewater High School Gymnasium Valedictorian......... Isabella Lawless Speaker.........Orvin Solberg Class Colors........ Turquoise/Black/White Class Flower.........Peach Rose


Graduation Date.........Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Dodson Public School Gymnasium Valedictorian.........Tyrese Messerly Salutatorian.........Shania KillEagle

Tyrese Messerly

Shania KillEagle

Caleb Ditmar

Isabella Grace Lawless (top) Petya Rozalinova (bottom)

Responsible partying tips for teens METRO As graduation nears for millions of students, proms, parties, travel excursions, and other opportunities to celebrate are on the horizon. Teenagers and young adults understandably want to let loose and enjoy a bit of revelry this time of year. But they shouldn’t do it at the expense of their safety. Even though Monitoring the Future’s survey of drug use and attitudes among high-schoolers shows some promising trends — notably that past-year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana holding steady at the lowest levels in two decades — drug and alcohol use remains a concern whenever t e e n s a re i n s o c i a l s i t u a t i o n s. Furthermore, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found high school seniors reported reduced perception of harm in occasional cocaine, heroin and steroid use, and reduced disapproval of trying LSD.

Underage drinking, and binge drinking in particular, is responsible for the deaths of thousands of underage kids each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With planning and effective communication, parents, caregivers and teens can make smart and responsible decisions this graduation season. • Lead by example. Parents need to be careful when speaking with teens about alcohol and recognize that kids may be observing their parents’ alcohol consumption. Parents should lead by example and avoid drinking to excess. • Trust your judgement. Teens should not let peer pressure compel them to do anything they do not want to do. It’s not necessary to drink or do drugs to have a good time. Encourage teens to surround themselves with likeminded friends who watch out for one

another. • Have a plan. It’s important that students and their parents know where parties will be held and how to get there, and also how to get home. Make sure kids know that it’s unsafe to ride home with someone who has been drinking. • Keep home parties safe. Parents hosting prom or graduation parties at their homes should limit invitees to a set number of guests and ask that their children do not advertise parties on the internet or social media. Gate-crashers may lead to unmanageable situations, and parents may have trouble controlling parties when there are too many people present. Focus on food, music and other fun that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol. Open communication and honesty can help young adults responsibly navigate the end-of-school social scene.

Make graduation day comfortable METRO G r a d u a t i o n d ay w i l l arrive before many students have a chance to pause and reflect on their time as students. The pomp and circumstance are deeply rooted t ra d i t i o n s p a s s e d d ow n through academia. If only comfort was automatically built into the graduation equation. Most graduation ceremonies occur at the end of the school year when temperatures tend to be rather warm. For schools with large student bodies, the distribution of diplomas might take place outdoors on a football field or under a tent. Some ceremonies may take place in poorly ventilated auditoriums. That can make

conditions less than comfortable for graduates. Attire also can make g r a d s u n c o m f o r t a b l e. Graduation caps and gowns can be cumbersome, especially the heavily robed and layered gowns that signify higher academia. Finally, graduation ceremonies tend to be lengthy, which can only exacerbate any discomfort grads may feel. Discomfort need not dominate come graduation day. In fact, students can take various steps to ensure graduation day is as comfortable as possible. • Wear something lightweight. Layering a gown on top of heavy clothing can be a recipe for overheating.

Dress accordingly for the weather that day and the ve n u e. Re m e m b e r, i t ’s always possible to add a layer. • Stick to sensible shoes. That short trek acrosss the stage to receive the diploma will be watched by hundreds in attendance and possibly recorded for posterity. Avoid slip-ups by wearing comfortable, flat shoes that are skidresistant. • Bring some tissues along. Reactions and emotions can run high on graduation day. This day is a milestone, and a few tears may be shed. Have tissues handy to catch stray tears. • Le ave a m p l e t i m e. Crowds will be descending on the school for the festivi-

ties. Traffic and parking issues are to be expected. Early birds will get the best parking spaces and will be around to hear their names called. • Stay hydrated. Stuffy auditoriums or sun-baked bleachers can quickly make for an uncomfortable setting. While you shouldn’t bring along a bag, purse or too many accessories, tuck a small water bottle under your seat to help you stay refreshed throughout the ceremony. Focus on comfort during a graduation ceremony, as the entire experience should be one to savor and enjoy.


Class Motto........."We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?" ~ Steve Jobs Graduation Date.........Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Turner High School Gymnasium Valedictorian.........Rylee Conlan Salutatorian.........Raegan Conlan Speaker.........Brenda Mohar Class Colors........Black, White & Kelly Green

Kurt Calvert

Raegan Conlan

Rylee Conlan

Tracer Heilig

Clayton Krass

Melanie Watkins

Cody Welsh



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