2 018 W O R T H Y S T U D E N T S C H O L A R S H I P C E L E B R AT I O N 1
The Worthy Student Scholarship was created in 1978 in memory of Marjorie Keeton, an educator and school board member, who believed students should be recognized for inspiring those around them. Nominated by Bozeman High School educators and peers, students are selected for character traits including resourcefulness, kindness, perseverance and dependability.
Worthy Students are powered by qualities that push them to excel. These students bring out the best in everyone and contribute to our community. Worthy Student recipients have each selected a â€œDistinguished Educatorâ€? who supported their growth by mentoring and guiding them through the challenges of their youth. We are excited to recognize these individuals alongside our Worthy Students.
BOZ E M A N S C H O O L S F O U N DAT I O N
2 0 18 C E L E B R A T I O N 7:00 PM
WELCOME - JUDY SLATE Executive Director, Bozeman Schools Foundation
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT Bozeman High School Jazz Band
7:25 PM GUEST SPEAKERS Jim Paffhausen and the Worthy Student Alumni Panel 7:45 PM SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The 2018 Worthy Student Scholarship Recipients and Distinguished Educators Nate Laslovich, BHS Dean of Students Carl Neely, BHS Dean of Students Erica Schnee, BHS Assistant Principal 9:00 PM CLOSING REMARKS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7:00 -9:00 PM Montana State University • Strand Union Building Ballroom • Bozeman, Montana 3
Cameron RICHARDS WORTHY STUDENT ALUMNI 2006 RECIPIENT
WORTHY STUDENT ALUMNI 2013 RECIPIENT 4
Cameron Richards was born and raised in Bozeman and attended Bozeman High School from 2002 to 2006. Following graduation, he served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tucson, Arizona. He then attended Montana State University, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in education and industrial technology with a Spanish minor. Cameron has been married for seven years and has two boys. He is a sales manager for a small company in Belgrade and enjoys snowmobiling, fishing, and building hot rods in his spare time.
Georgia Haniuk graduated from Bozeman High School in 2013 and from Montana State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in womenâ€™s and gender studies. As a student, Georgia was involved in many activities and clubs around campus and was president of the Montana State University College Democrats. Since graduating, she has helped develop a training program on human trafficking and has worked as a legal advocate for Haven. Georgia plans to become a human rights lawyer and will be attending law school at Tulane University this coming fall.
Ezra Bowman graduated from Bozeman High School in 2012 after moving to Bozeman at the age of three from Fort Collins, Colorado. Ezra has a passion for music and recorded an album in 2015 with a local band, the Rough Towels. Primarily, Ezra is pursuing his passion for culinary arts, and is currently working at Wild Crumb and Finks Delicatessen. He currently resides in Bozeman with his girlfriend and dog, and hopes to one day open his own restaurant.
WORTHY STUDENT ALUMNI 2012 RECIPIENT
Jessica Lee Is a 2017 Bozeman High School graduate and is a sophomore attending Montana State University, majoring in political science. She is a proud Hilleman Scholar, and is actively involved in Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre. Jessica is the recipient of the Rotary Interact Scholarship, and has been honored to speak in front of the mayor. Later this fall, she will be starting an internship in city planning.
WORTHY STUDENT ALUMNI 2017 RECIPIENT 5
passion for others
love of family
Bright Agindotan and Joy Bright-Agindotan
Don and Shavon Cape
One of my fondest memories from high school was the Speech and Debate State Championship I attended and won my sophomore year. It was my first year on the team, and I met some of my closest friends. We also created a group within the team focused on diversity, which allowed people of different ethnic backgrounds to come together and share in each otherâ€™s company.
I will always remember the fun that I had in DECA and Leo Club. I also always enjoyed Spirit Week, because it is a time that the whole school comes together as one.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
I plan on going to the University of Utah, majoring in pre-pharmacy and minoring in theatre.
LILA MICHAEL Mrs. Michael helped me navigate high school and made me feel at home as a new student. She has pushed me to be the best that I can be and has been there for me during both good and bad times. I cannot think of a better person to choose!
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I will be attending either Boise State University or Colorado State University and plan to study finance. Mr. Mehr has helped me discover something I am truly passionate about. Before he encouraged me to join DECA, I had no idea what I would be interested in doing after high school. He has guided me and pushed me to do my best in DECA, as well as in his business classes, which has truly paid off! Mr. Mehr has also always been a teacher that I can go to for help and support.
food, friends & family
family, love & culture
The things I liked best in school were the people, talking to teachers, and the opportunity to take classes that caused me to fall in love with food. Also, I enjoyed the many opportunities that I had to meet chefs, play sports, and really get to know people.
Some of my favorite moments were in junior combo class, being able to talk and discuss things that were relevant and important to the students. One thing I will always remember is the Eduardo Garcia assembly where he talked about his struggles as a youth. I will always remember his will to live and how much life meant to him.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE After graduation I will be traveling, but when I return, I have the opportunity to go to Gallatin College at MSU. I will study culinary arts and I will be working in the food restaurant business. After college, I want to open my own restaurant.
PENNEY WILEY From the time I met Penney Wiley I saw that she would teach me good things about food. I never thought Iâ€™d be interested in the food industry until I met Ms. Wiley. She opened my eyes and showed me I could do it. I admire her, and I am glad I got to have her as my teacher. Thanks to her I had amazing opportunities to meet other chefs, to work with other students, and to fall in love with food.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE My future plan is to travel more and go to school for business.
SIOBHAN GILMARTIN Mrs. Gilmartin has an amazing way of teaching students. She is incredibly insightful and willing to having conversations that challenge her perspective. She goes above and beyond. Before I went to The Traveling School this last semester, she came to my fundraising party, showing me how much she actually cares about each one of us. Even now, when I do not have any classes with her, she checks in and sees how I am. She is the type of adult I aspire to be.
perserverance POWERED BY
love of learning
Mike and Meg Cooper
Mike and Becky Ellig
Some of my favorite high school experiences have come from sporting events, whether it be playing under the lights at Van Winkle on Friday nights or wrestling in front of the home crowd at the Tom LeProwse. One thing I will always remember about BHS is when there was a bear just roaming throughout long hall. The best memories have been made on long bus trips and while spending countless hours together at camps. One of the worst things is the freezing walk into school from Junior or Senior once our never-ending winter hit.
The BHS Speech and Debate Team has given me the opportunity to be a leader and teammate and to meet some of my closest friends. I had fun being a part of Student Council and the blood drives, dances and events they organize. This year, I helped with Homecoming, which brought me closer to some of my best friends (spray painting for hours is a great bonding experience). Even though I wonâ€™t be a track star, track was also memorable. There is nothing better than getting ice cream after a brutal workout with close friends to celebrate making it through the 300 hurdles!
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I will be attending the University of WisconsinMadison. I am going to walk on to the wrestling team. I plan to study kinesiology with an exercise and movement science option.
NATE LASLOVICH Any time I have ever needed anything I knew I could go to Nate Laslovich. Since freshman year, Laz has helped me countless times and has always had my back. In wrestling he has taught me so much, and I credit him for the work ethic and mental toughness I have developed. Not only has he coached me on the mat but he has taught me how to be a good person in life. He has been a great role model, coach, and friend and I am thankful for all that he has done for me.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I will attending the University of Southern California to study international business, potentially minoring in global health. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry and help make medical technology accessible around the world.
ADAM THANE I chose Mr. Thane because he has been an important part of my growth. He helped me become confident in myself and my leadership ability. I went from being a freshman who rarely spoke above a whisper to a senior who enjoys public speaking. His encouragement in my abilities as a writer, speaker, and mentor pushed me to be better every day.
passion for knowledge
individuality & equality
Matthew and Shannon Fields
Don Fulbright and Janet White
Cross Country was super fun, especially the last two years. We did a 'High Altitude Running Camp' (HARC) that was one of my favorite things I've ever done. It involved going to a small town about an hour outside of Missoula and running, camping, and swimming/rafting for three days. My senior spring break was also super fun. I went to Zion National Park for four days and then Las Vegas for four days with a bunch of friends. I am going to Montana State University to study pathophysiology. I would eventually like to be a lab scientist or forensic pathologist.
Freshman year, when my best friend and I wanted to go to SAGA club, we were afraid of being judged or "outed". However, once we walked in, the experience was great. BHS and the student body supports everyone, no matter their identity. I couldnâ€™t have predicted I would be President of the club I was nervous to enter freshman year. My best memory will be learning that younger classmen can be inspired by upper classmen. This year, I had a freshman say to me, "Seeing you being you, undeniably, is what inspired me to live my life and be my true self.â€? Things are changing, and the world is becoming a more accepting place for all types of people.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Elaine Warn pushed me to commit to a project in her class that eventually went above and beyond expectations and turned into a state competition submission, where my group ended up placing second. She has also helped me with recommendation letters and encouraged me to push myself to try harder classes like AP English, which has helped me in challenging myself.
I am going to move to Los Angeles for the warm sunny weather! I want to start my own clothing business, hopefully expanding into cosmetics. While pursuing this goal, I would like to attend college in L.A. and earn a degree in business marketing.
SARAH MONTANO Sarah Montano is such a bright light! She accepts anyone and makes all feel welcomed. Whenever I was having a bad day, she took the time to see what was wrong and cared about what I had to say. Sarah can make any topic fun by being herself. She is seriously AMAZING!
family & good friends
success& helping others
Jim Hanley and Nicki Young
My favorite memories are of my teachers who have helped me learn and get to my senior year of high school.
The thing I will remember the most about BHS is the people I've met. Whether it was teachers, students, or other staff members, I've always had a great experience with the people around the high school. Some of my favorite memories were ceramic and jewelry open studios with Mr. Hoffman and Mrs. Smith and just kicking it at lunch with friends. I've always loved the English and social studies classes at BHS as well.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan on working and possibly going to college after a year of working.
MARGUERITE NUTT Mrs. Nutt was one my favorite teachers throughout my school career because she always helped me with everything I ever needed. She helped me get through stress with school. Whatever I needed, she was there.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I am planning on taking a gap year next year to play junior hockey. It's a possibility that I could end up in Duluth, MN; Hyannis, MA; or even in Salmon Arm, British Columbia to continue playing. After my year off, I will most likely attend a school on the East coast to continue my education and play hockey.
CHRIS MONTANO Mrs. Montano came to class every day with a great attitude and persona. Her constant smile and positive outlook every class made my day better. Even in years I wasn't in her class, she would constantly check to see how I was doing in the hallway and even came to a few of my hockey games. Mrs. Montano has impacted me by giving me a positive outlook on life and teaching me to always keep smiling.
empathy for others
Rick and Julie Jackson
Holly and Craig Janssen
Some of my favorite high school experiences have included the HOSA state and national competitions, Student Council activities, and golf and tennis tournaments. Being involved in clubs and sports has allowed me to form close friendships with peers and educators as well as with people around the country. I've also especially enjoyed all of the AP and music classes I've taken throughout high school. I've met so many amazing people and I'm so thankful for all of the incredible experiences I've been able to have being a student at BHS!
Once, I tore my shirt off and yelled "give me liberty or give me death!â€? It was relevant and vaguely appropriate, trust me. Throwing silent discos junior and senior year was one of the very meaningful thing I accomplished in high school. Getting a group of diverse kids together to partake in the weird dance party was epic! Another time, Karl Schwartz made me make a vlog as I ran a lap around the track. I put it to the Rocky theme song. It was really epic.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I will be attending Montana State University in the Honors Program. I want to major in cell biology and neuroscience, and I'm also interested in studying global health and Spanish.
PETER JACOBY Peter Jacoby is incredibly passionate about what he does, and it shows; I was always excited to learn from him. He makes a point to have a relationship with each of his students, which is extremely admirable. He always gave recognition to his students when they accomplished something or when they did something well. One especially noteworthy thing was that he always encouraged me to foster my true potential and he wanted to motivate all of his students to succeed.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I'm headed to Seattle University. I'm excited because I can recycle all of my red and black gear.
EMILY DONAHOE Journalism class has higher stakes because the final product goes out to the community each month. The class becomes really intimate really fast. Ms. Donahoe has given me the medium and tools to let my passion for writing grow. She encourages students to think critically. She is the first person I go to when something exciting, terrifying, tragic or hilarious happens, or when I donâ€™t know what to do. She's aware that high school is a crazy time and is unafraid to be right there with you. She sees students as real people with real lives and has made me an excited learner, a better listener, a poignant writer, and a more loving person.
faith & a giving attitude ZACHARY KELSCH
Denis and Donna Kelsch
Sam and Jennifer Knight
I loved swimming on the Bozeman Hawk Swim Team. I loved the friends and experiences that I had on the team. I also loved going to the football games on Friday nights and cheering in the student section. I also love the homecoming weeks and seeing the school spirit.
I have had amazing experiences with a lot of people through Key Club, AP classes, and in down time with friends and teachers. My senior year, I was invited to be a part of two special choirs where I was able to get to know people from different schools and grow closer to the people I see every day in choir. Since my sophomore year when I moved to Bozeman, I have been in the BHS choir, and itâ€™s one of my favorite parts of high school. I get to sing with a group of people that care about making music. When we need a place to go, or we just want to hang out with great people, we can go to the choir room.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan to study aerospace engineering at Purdue University.
SIOBHAN GILMARTIN Siobhan Gilmartin was my coach for all four years of the high school swim team. She has helped me to grow as a person and become the individual that I am today. She has taught me perseverance, commitment, and work ethic.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE Next year I will be attending Montana State University. I will be majoring in music education. I want to show kids how music can impact their lives and empower them to speak up for themselves.
JACOB MALCZYK I have known Mr. Malczyk for three years. In that time, he has helped me to grow as a musician and person. He is passionate about choir and helping his students. He is always there when a student needs help or someone to talk to. He has been there for me in difficult and exciting times. With his help, I have been able to grow in my musical ability and accomplish a lot.
love of life
Carter and Lora Kruse
Sophomore year, the Speech and Debate Team won State. The team hadnâ€™t won in several years, and I earned my first state championship. I also remember this yearâ€™s orchestra trip to Europe. We performed in some of the oldest and most historically important buildings in human history. Finally, a moment I cherished was having lunch with my 4th period GATE English class during the 2nd semester final of my freshman year. I enjoyed the people and experienced large growth as a writer and a person in that class.
I love school and it is always amazing to learn, but that is not to say there were not many hard days. That's life! I always appreciated the mini walks that Ms. Hambrick took us on during French to de-stress and Mrs. Paynich's hugs throughout the year - especially when I needed them.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan to attend a university and major in the bio-sciences, with the goal of becoming a doctor. I want to be involved in research and volunteer in medical contexts. I also want to pursue education in music. Playing the flute and violin have been a large part of my life.
ADAM THANE Mr. Thane has been a guiding force in my development as a student and as a person. As a Speech and Debate coach, he has always been a caring and supportive presence in times of hardship and success. His generosity has given me opportunities throughout my high school career and has taught me the importance of professionalism and grace. Mr. Thane instilled in me a strong work ethic through high expectations.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE So many exciting things could happen. I am planning to spend time in France to get better at French and grow through being in a new situation. After that, I want to take some classes at the community college in Kalispell to figure out exactly what I would like to study. I am thinking either engineering, physical therapy or agriculture.
AMY WALLNER-DRAKE I truly just appreciate Mrs. Wallner-Drake for everything! Her teaching style never felt like studying, just like being engulfed in the knowledge and content that was given to me. The classroom environment was extremely enjoyable and relaxed while still focusing on learning. Ultimately, she delivered content in an interesting way that connected to so many parts of my life and the world around me. It felt refreshing that I could apply it to something past high school and Bozeman. She is a kind person who made me excited to learn. She is a wonderful woman.
loyalty, integrity & success
friends, family & freedom
Paul and Camille Lindsay
Theodore Lipfert and Patty Simpson
One of my favorite experiences at BHS was going to Moscow, Idaho with Jazz Choir this year. Getting to ride on a bus for seven hours with many of my closest friends made the whole group even closer. Also, the aspect of competition at the music festival in Idaho, combined with getting to do what we love, made our choir very close. I know that they are people I can always count on.
This year, I was eating dinner with my teammates from Speech and Debate the night after the state tournament. Slowly, a subtle sense of light began to creep over us. We knew that our bonds would wither with time and distance. We slid into a sorrowful atmosphere. Then, Pushya quieted us all and spoke. Unlike his typical intellectually violent style, he had a startling sincere softness. He said this collection of friends, from this most recent year, was the most precious he ever had. He was proud of us and proud to call himself a Bozeman Forum Debater. Most importantly, he said our shared connections dwarfed competitive success. He assured us we would stay connected and that we had impacted him as a debater, a person, and a friend. When he stopped, we all wiped away our tears (I don't cry easy) and continued to sit together - with a new confidence in our connections.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE In the fall of this year I plan to attend Montana Tech in Butte. I plan to major in either computer science or engineering. I was accepted to the US Naval Academy this year, but unfortunately am unable to attend, so I plan on reapplying after some time at Montana Tech.
JACOB MALCZYK Mr. Malczyk has been my choir teacher for all of high school and also in my 6th grade year. He truly cares about every one of his students. Throughout my high school career, he has inspired me with his passion for what he does and the desire he has to make every student feel welcome and important. Choir is a place where I know I am cared for, I will learn something, and the activities are in my interest as a student and a person. I believe this is because of Mr. Malczykâ€™s daily hard work and care.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I am attending Columbia University for college with the goal of becoming an ER doctor.
ADAM THANE Mr. Thane gave me a wake-up call to the word of literature. As a coach, he showed me the fundamentals of argumentation and facilitated my growth as a debater. As a teacher, he gave me an appreciation for literature and the skills to express such admiration.
creativity & perseverance
Music & love
Bob and Kristen Lonergan
Javier and Coco Medina
My most memorable experience was the Bozeman Cross Country Team and being the JV captain. It was fun.
I have enjoyed getting to learn new skills such as welding and French. Working with Key Club has helped me to learn ways to help the community and students at BHS.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I will be going to Montana State University to study graphic design.
MARY ANNE MCMAHON Mrs. McMahon has made a huge impact in my high school career. She never gave up on me as a student and is someone that has seen me grow into the person I am today.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan to take online courses to become a translator and I plan to do full time volunteer Bible education work.
CHANDRA LIND Mrs. Lind helped me see that I was capable of accomplishing any goal that I set. Middle school was a very hard period of my life and with the help of the music program and Mrs. Lind, I was able to find something that I loved doing and could share with others. Mrs. Lind does a great job of including all students and seeing the potential in everyone. She truly cares about her students and knows what a great impact music can have on peopleâ€™s lives.
hope, family& inspiration
Alan and Cindy Nielson
Leonarda Martinez-Simon and Bonifacio Ortiz-Garcia
MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE My favorites activities have been Speech and Debate, golf, Youth Legislature, and Academic WorldQuest. One of my favorite experiences was when I was a sophomore and won the Academic WorldQuest championship in Missoula. We were able to travel to Washington DC and had a blast together competing in the national tournament. The funniest thing was how excited we all were to take a picture in front of the IRS building.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I'm planning on going to college. I hope to study either political science, public administration, or business administration. I would love to be involved in politics, work as a city manager, or be a public relations specialist for a business.
AMY WALLNER-DRAKE Ms. Wallner-Drake has been my teacher in several classes and the club leader for Academic WorldQuest. I first had her as a teacher in Spanish 1. I was very shy and she helped me break out of my shell. As a sophomore, I got to know her well when I participated in Academic WorldQuest. After my team won, she took us to Washington DC, and the five of us had an absolutely amazing time. I think Ms. Wallner-Drake is one of the most important teachers I have had because she encouraged me to continue learning and growing as a person.
MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE My best memories at BHS were when I took geometry my sophomore year. Not because I like math, but because I met a lot of fun people, many of whom have graduated. My teacher at that time made that class so memorable.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE My plans for the future involve attending Montana State University and earning a bachelor's degree in business, finance, and entrepreneurship. Then I will spend two years to obtain my realtor's license with the goal of starting my own real estate business.
ANNE SULLIVAN The reason I chose Mrs. Sullivan as my distinguished educator is because she has helped me deal with classes that I have had troubles in and also helped me by always encouraging me to explore classes that I have an interest in.
happy people HANS PESSL PARENTS
individual effort JOEL PETERSEN PARENTS
Erich Pessl and Patricia Cosgrove
Joel and Pennie Petersen
I'll never forget walking down long hall the first time. I saw things kids made in wood shop. I remember thinking "whoa I didn't even know kids could do that!" (The next year, I crushed Wood Working 1.) I'll never forget my AP US history class. I didn’t think I could memorize so many things. It was the first time I became passionate about my education. Senior year, the opportunity to emcee for the incredible HNL talent show won’t be forgotten. I've wanted to do it since the 5th grade. I'm so glad I got the opportunity.
Memorable experiences are lifting every summer with my best friends and hanging out with them afterwards, getting my first car and being able to actually drive it, and playing football with all of my pals. I remember being able to go out under the Friday night lights after my knee injury in my first varsity game ever. In my last home game, it was memorable when I scooped up a fumble caused by one of my best friends, Jory Choate. When everyone came and visited me in the hospital after my appendix burst I realized how much I was loved.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
I plan to go to Middlebury College and go into pre-med. But, at the moment, I'm thinking of taking a gap year and traveling to South America to work in a medical program.
I plan on studying at ASU and major in international business management with a minor in political sciences.
Coach Wesche has been there ever since I have been a part of the football program. He gave me the opportunity to play my senior year of football as a starter. He not only has helped me through sports but through my personal life as well. Whenever I have had problems in my life he’s there to give me advice. When I was in the hospital because of my appendix, he came and visited me every day and organized people to come see me, showing he cares about me. I consider Coach Wesche a friend and someone to look up to.
Ms. Paynich was a set of ears when I was going through rough times and helped me stay excited about learning. I remember when she dressed up as a "Crow Lady" and ran around the classroom squawking. One time she brought us plums and we spent a class period eating. When I had a bad day, I'd spend lunches in her room. By the end, Ms. Paynich had played a motherly role, bad ass teacher role, and respected peer role in my life. She is also the sweetest person to ever walk this planet.
kindness & helping others PAYTON PRICE
those around me ALTHEA REICHERT
Jeff and Rebecca Price
Paul and Loretta Reichert
Being part of the Football State Championship in 2015 was memorable. Although I didn't play, being a part of that team was special. Leadership made high school fun and helped me feel more comfortable. AP US History was stressful, but I learned a lot about myself and my work ethic. Homecoming freshman year, I asked a girl the day before the dance with no flowers or creative sign. We had a great time â€“ but it was also a weird awkward freshman experience. I will always remember the friendships and fun experiences from BHS.
My favorite activities from high school included singing in choir, volunteering with the Cancer Support Center, and participating in Speech and Debate. I think I will always remember the creativity and passion my teachers had for their classes and students.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
I chose Mrs. Wallner-Drake because her class has had the most impact on me personally. She teaches with so much passion and intelligence about human geography which is part of the reason I have decided that is what I want to pursue. She also goes way beyond the role of a traditional teacher. She cares about her students and is interested in their lives. Every day when I go to her class it doesn't feel like a class. She creates such a warm and welcoming environment which was a nice break from my day.
My plans for the future include attending Montana State University. Iâ€™m still deciding on a major.
ABBY WESCHE If I ever needed any advice or help, I always knew that Abby Wesche would have the answer. She was there to listen and taught me some meaningful life lessons. She supported me throughout my last two years of sports at the high school, coming to my basketball and baseball games, which really meant a lot to me. I knew that if I was having a bad day, she would have a way to make it better. She taught me to have confidence in myself. I just want to say a huge thank you to her for everything she has done for me.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan on taking a gap year and then going to college to study international studies, political science, global health, or Arabic.
friend s & family
Dave and Laura Roe
Tyd and Trang Rogers
In my senior year I worked on Week of Wellness. Seeing a project start in October and extend through February was amazing. I was really proud of myself and my peers. We worked so hard to put that week together. Freshman year, I would walk from my physical science class to my Spanish II class with Keely Kempt. She would tease me and we would laugh. One time my backpack was caught on another studentâ€™s, walking the opposite direction, and I flew backwards. My face turned bright red, Keely laughed so hard. It was embarrassing, but we still laugh about it.
My junior year of tennis was so memorable with my team, we were all super close and did everything together. We also won State, so that was super fun as well.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I am going to Colorado College in the fall. I plan to major in education and psychology, with a minor in global health.
DAWN DRAHOS Dawn Drahos was my teacher for both BioMed II and III during my sophomore year. The humor she brings to the class room would lighten my day and set me on the right track for the rest of my classes. I was able to really get to know her when I became a HOSA officer. She wanted us to become independent leaders and was there for guidance. Whenever I had a problem, she pushed me to come up with the solution, while providing humor and comfort. I am grateful for what she has taught me and how she challenged me.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan on going to Montana State University for engineering.
MATT BAREFIELD When I was in middle school, I was going through a rougher part of my life. One day I was having a really bad day and Mr. Barefield brought me into his room for a class period to talk. He really cared about what was going on in my life. He helped me through that time, and it made me feel very special. As a teacher, he was very relaxed and very fun. I enjoyed his class and looked forward to going every day. I learned so much and even started going to school because of that class.
ambition & family
family, sports & growth
Leanne & Chris Roulson
Carol and Randy Simpsdon
The winter talent shows that I participated in were super fun and encouraging. I had a great time performing and winning those!
My most memorable experiences were going to State for basketball and track and field. I also enjoyed making so many new friends throughout the years.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I will be attending MSU in the fall.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
I will be playing basketball at Eastern Oregon University. I am going to major in exercise science.
Kerry Corcoran is my distinguished educator. I feel that I owe most of my opportunities and drive to her and my involvement in the Art Club.
LILA MICHAEL I chose Mrs. Michael because she would always go out of her way to help me learn more and get me extra help. She made coming to class fun and enjoyable. I never had a bad day in that class because her energy and enthusiasm always helped me cheer up.
my supportive community
Scott and Suzi Taylor
Raymond and Lili Tian
I had so many opportunities to get involved at BHS. I loved joining Cross Country as a sophomore and immediately being accepted as part of the team. Traveling, not only across Montana, but to Washington and Idaho to race against hundreds of other runners was amazing. I loved being in both choir, orchestra and Jazz Choir my senior year. Learning how to go from just being a member of a club, to spearheading programs like Service Day through the National Honor Society made me realize that I could make a difference in my community.
My favorite memory is being in class with my friend and we started laughing and could not stop laughing. It took a while for us to settle down and get back to what we were doing.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE Although I haven't chosen where I want to go to school yet, I want to major in engineering and environmental science.
JENNIE TRANEL I met Ms. Tranel before I started my freshman year at a seminar with Shiza Shahid, the founder of the Malala Fund. Ms. Tranel was my teacher for GATE English and has been my mentor in and out of the classroom. The passion she shows for teaching and lifelong learning inspires me to take advantage of all the opportunities I have been given and to create more of my own. Throughout high school, she has helped me discover my goals and formulate plans for how to achieve them. She is one of the kindest, most devoted people I know.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan on going to MSU. I do not know what I will be studying, so I'll let the future decide!
CHRIS LEMARRAC Mr. Lemarrac taught at a good pace, making sure everyone in the whole class understood the subject before moving on to the next topic. He was willing to sit down with me and go through information that I did not understand. He made students feel good about asking for help when needed. He also cared about the studentsâ€™ grades and education. When someone in our class was failing, he would chat with them and try to find a way to help them improve their grades. He made math so easy that I aced every test and the finals in his class! He was a teacher that actually cared about the studentsâ€™ lives and grades.
love of Jesus
ABIGAIL (SCOUT) TROM
Joe and Kareene Todd
Jeff and Lydia Trom
My most memorable experiences were country dance classes. They were a blast...even if you have two left feet like me!
I remember the first day of APUSH, Mr. Strahn and Mr. Thompson sang Hamilton to our class as their introduction. It was a great way to start the year. One day in AP Bio, I was walking back over to my table, tripped on my own foot, and took a fall that lasted about ten solid seconds. On my way down, I took out the textbooks and threw my notebook. It was embarrassing, but really funny afterwards. I will always remember marching band at BHS. Every competition we do is amazing and made better by all of Mr. Berdahl's comebacks and colorful language.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I am going into the Army as an Airborne Ranger Combat Medic.
KAREENE TODD My Mom is my distinguished educator. She homeschooled me for a number of years and there is absolutely no doubt that my mother and my family have been the biggest influences in my life. She has definitely spent the most time molding me into the man I am working to be.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I plan to attend either University of Oregon or Western Washington University. I am interested in studying environmental science or marine biology.
KELLY BERDAHL I have had Mr. Berdahl as my educator during all of my high school years and as the director of marching band. He has given me the opportunity to become a leader in band and helped me find my sense of self confidence. I have learned to keep every practice fun even when we are standing outside in the snow. Mr. Berdahl has shown me how to teach others and to treat everyone with respect. He has shaped who I am today, and I would not be where I am without his guidance and amazing teaching.
friends, family & fun
family, ambition & time
Lolly and Dave Wagner
Bruce and Maury Wiegand
One of my most memorable experiences was when I qualified for the Nike Nationals Cross Country race with my teammates. We were treated like professional athletes for a fun weekend of racing. Other memorable moments have taken place in the biomedical science classrooms, learning and having lots of fun. I will always remember the bear in our school!
I've had amazing memories at BHS. I can honestly say the people here have played a big role in shaping who I am today and will continue to do so. One of my favorite memories occurred during junior year Presidential Debates. I made it to the semifinals with President Monroe and I was debating Nathan Gorski who had Obama. The debate was close and heated. Feeling devious and triumphant that I had found a scandal on a president who prided himself on being scandal free, I asked Nathan if he knew about Obama's "Fast and Furious Scandal". Nathan impishly replied, "Is that a movie?" The entire class lost it. I tried to respond but was laughing too hard.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I am going to be running cross country and track at Colorado College next year.
AMY WASHTAK Mrs. Washtak was a teacher of mine freshman year for Biomed 1 and I now have her as my Biomed 4 teacher. She is one of the reasons I am so passionate about science and healthcare. Not only is she an excellent educator, but she makes learning fun!! We are always doing meaningful activities in her classes and I believe these have prepared me well for my future. In addition, she is a teacher who I know I can count on for personal advice and for support when I am having a bad day. She is always looking out for me, making me feel like a valuable student and person, and supporting me through my athletics and academics. She is just a wonderful person in every regard, and I have been so lucky to have her as a teacher and friend.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I will be attending Cornell University
ANNE SULLIVAN Anne Sullivan is confidant, a mentor and one of my best friends. She goes above and beyond for her students and extended me relentless compassion. She told me that she became a counselor because it was a privilege and honor to see people when they are vulnerable. I am attracted to psychology and counseling as a field because of her compassion and empathy. She believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. Thank you, Mrs. Sullivan and know that I'm going to miss you next year.
faith in Christ
happiness & caring
David and Heather Wheeler
Andy and Albee Willett
Basketball has been my favorite. This year we overcame the odds. In December, we played the top team in the state in the second longest game in Montana history. At State, we were seeded last, but took home third place. I have also been involved and am a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club which has been vital to my growth. Homecoming week is my favorite week of the year. I love to dress up for every day. I was Abraham Lincoln for Character Day and the Statue of Liberty for Superhero Day. I also enjoyed Athlete Day, but Senior Pink Day was the biggest highlight! My favorite class memory is from AP U.S. History. We put on an amazing museum depicting the 1960s. It was a lot of work but memorable.
In AP American Studies my junior year we were going through a power point about pop culture. On the slide was Elvis and I started singing "Ring of Fire" to my table partner. Claire looked at me and said, "Umm that is Johnny Cash.â€? We both laughed until our stomachs hurt. Going into my junior year, I went to cross country camp and we had to go on a six-mile trail run, which seemed impossible. However, I talked and laughed with friends the whole time, with the sun on our face and the dirt around our ankles. I will always remember how awesome I felt about that accomplishment.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
I will attend Purdue University and am enrolled in the business school.
I plan to attend Montana State University, major in microbiology and minor in history. I hope to pursue a career in the medical field.
DEREK STRAHN Mr. Strahn helped me discover my passion for United States history. He challenged us so that we would be prepared for the AP test and had super helpful study sessions. He would make things memorable by singing a song with his guitar or acting something out. We even got to try different foods like pigsâ€™ feet and I got one with a toenail on it.
I chose Mr. Strahn because he taught me everyone learns in a different way. I have a reading disability and didn't want to admit it. I tried to learn the way most students do, reading the textbook and taking lots of notes, but didn't see a change in my test scores. I went to Mr. Strahn and he suggested a different approach. Since then, I have been more confident and successful. Strahn taught me my disability isn't a disadvantage but an advantage. I have learned how to problem solve and know now that every problem has multiple solutions.
hope & independence
Robert Huffman and Jessica Wookey
Something I will always remember about BHS is the amazing teachers that I have had and the opportunity to connect with them. They really showed me that they cared and truly wanted to help.
Some of my favorite moments in high school have come from being a part of the Hawkers Speech and Debate Team. I spent countless weekends traveling around the state and developing deeper relationships with some of my closest friends. The most memorable moment for me on the team was placing second at the State Tournament during my junior year.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE My future plans are to go to college and just try to make the best life I can for myself. I look forward to the growth and new experiences to come.
JACKIE HAINES I chose Jackie Haines. She doesn't teach at the school, but she taught me how to be strong and overcome obstacles in my life that I didn't think I could face.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE I am still awaiting final decisions from four colleges, but I will likely be at MSU next year. No matter where I end up, I plan to pursue a double major in political science and sociology as a step towards a future career in law and/or politics.
HEIDI ROBISON Ms. Robison has been a teacher who has shown me it is possible to stay engaged and on track even when life takes unexpected turns. Ms. Robison is someone who is passionate and dedicated, not just about teaching, but everything she is involved in. She made Crime and Punishment accessible and relatable. Ms. Robison is someone I can ask for help from and has developed an atmosphere that makes me devastated to miss class. Ms. Robison has the perfect balance of passion, support, and blunt honesty. I will always remember her, and I know she will continue to inspire me to keep my best foot forward in life.
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Letter from the Chair
It has been a great year for the Bozeman Schools Foundation and the Bozeman School District. The foundation hired Judy Slate to be the Executive Director last summer. We are excited about the energy Judy is bringing to the Bozeman Schools Foundation. Judy has two kids currently in the Bozeman School system.
The school district broke ground on its second high school in March, with an anticipated opening date of August 2020. The Foundation finished up the STEM curriculum campaign in December. The STEM curriculum is already in many classrooms in our district's eight elementary schools and two middle schools.
In addition, The Spelling Bee, Santa Run and Ping Pong tournament all went off very well. Congratulations to all the educators and students honored at tonight’s event. Our community is amazing at supporting all the excellent programs offered by many worthy organizations. The Bozeman Schools Foundation appreciates each and every individual who has given their time, energy and financial gifts to support our efforts to ensure that the students of Bozeman are afforded a high quality education. We couldn’t do what we do without you.
MELISSA MORAN Chair Bozeman Schools Foundation
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Full Scholarship Donors
AG PEO BHS Honor Society Bozeman Education Association Bozeman Friends of Music Bozeman High School Chantelle Plauche Dan and Deb Larson David Meyerson Foundation Delta Kappa Gamma MU Chapter First Security Bank G.C. Waite Foundation In memory of Junior and Elizabeth Tschache 26
In memory of Dennis Arsenault Janet Colombo Jim and Valerie Webster Lehrkind’s Coca Cola Montana Community Foundation Montana Rib and Chop House Office of the President, Montana State University Reach Higher Montana Scott/Hayman Family and Hewlett Packard Foundation Steve and Dana Johnson Tim and Kathy Crawford
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Friends of Worthy Students
Andrew Gentry Anne Olson Barba Dawn Tuss Barbara and Michael Halat Barbara Paugh Bequet Confections Bozeman High School PAC Bozeman Sweet Pea Lions Club Brian Jones Bridger Appraisals Chapter AU PEO Charles Sell Cheryl Miles Connie McCormick Coreene Masse Cynthia Chauner in memory of Martha Haynes and Ed and Jen Chauner Dale Olsen Debra Wheat Denis Dwyer Denise Hayman Dennis Tennessen Denny Klewin Don and Lia Steinbeisser Don Hogan Dr. Michael Ferrell and Family Edward Sondeno Erica Schnee
Erich Pessl and Patricia Cosgrove First Interstate Bank Bancsystem Foundation George DeBelly George McClure Jr. Greg and Bobbi Lovgran Gregory Joos In memory of Raymond Shackleford Jamie Duffy and Bozeman Real Estate Group Jan Bowers Jane Walker Janet and Mark Schauer Janet Anderson Jannet and Erik Borrman JDS Architects Jerry Reisig Joann Amend John and Stephanie Warren Jon Johnson Judy Mathre Judy Mesinger Julie Bennett Julie Videon Katharine Norem Kenneth Gibson Knife River Kristie McPhie Laura and Tracy Asbell Linda Sherwood Lisa Sheehan
Margaret Mason Margie Mullen Marilyn and Dan Guggenheim Marilyn Delger Mary Brutger Mary Danhof Mary Jo O'Donnell Mary Keck Maureen Poremba Mel McCarver Michelle Greiner Pam Meyer Patricia L. Dunn Patti Steinmuller Perry Schrader Raymond Bradley Renee Jesness Robin Hubley Roscoe Montgomery Sarah Hays Sharon Navas Steven and Jean Schnee Stewart Mohr Sunrise Campground Tarlow Stonecipher and Steele PLLC Team Mansfield The Rotary Foundation Thomas Karau Thomas Kaveny US Bank
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Endowment Gif ts
GOLD $50,000 + Anonymous
SILVER $25,000 + American Land Title Company Brad and Jinny Stratton RED $10,000 + Bozeman Women’s Club BHS Class of 1965 Cashman’s Nursery Credit Bureau of Gallatin County, Inc. Gallatin Valley Community Concert Association Gardner C. Waite Foundation Lehrkind’s Coca Cola Marjorie Wortman Memorial Wayne Edsall BLACK $5,000 + Ann Fowler Anderson Memorial Edna and Charles Walker Memorial - Mary Shaw, C. Larry Walker, and Kenneth E. Walker Eldon and Elizabeth Dodge Memorial In Honor of Gladys L. Simmert In Honor of Peggy A. Russell American Land Title and BSD#7 Harrington Pepsi J.H. Baker Memorial - Vivian Baker Katie Easton and Sean Miles Memorial Kelly Lane Morgan Memorial
UP TO $5,000 Alice Goble Memorial Bozeman Board of Realtors Bozeman Dentists Class of 1977 Connie Ostrovsky Dr. Milton Negus Ed. T. Sommerfeld Memorial Ruth Sommerfeld Elizabeth Pendleton and Clara Bomier Memorial - Lawrence P. and Alice J. Pendleton Erin Whitney Ogle Memorial Mr. and Mrs. William Ogle Fred and Julie Videon Jackie Hanks Neve Memorial Jim Grove Memorial John and Laurel Campbell Judith A. Mathre Lee and Hildred LeClair Memorial Vera Christie and Ken LeClair Lois Hendricks Hoffman Memorial Mae F. True Richard Burke and Ellen Trygstead Robert and Nancy Boie Roland and Leslie Schmidt Ronald and Kathryn Odom Thomas and Marilyn Wessel Thomas James Zimbric Memorial Thunderball Equine Stables Victoria Sperry Guillou Memorial ERA Landmark Real Estate W.W. Lessley Memorial - Gallatin County Bar Association
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N amed Scholarships
The Bozeman Schools Foundation works together with families and individuals to establish named and endowed scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Below are the 2018 recipients. TRAVIS ATKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Jacob Lathrop LEIF BABCOCK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP TBD BECHTLE ARCHITECTS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP Laina Hall BECHTLE ARCHITECTS TRADE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP Miguel Aguilar Ornelas KAY BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Phoebe Jacques BHS ROTARY INTERACT CLUB SCHOLARSHIP TBD
PATRICK R. DONEHOO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Liam Diekmann Jessica Brito JOE KNARR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Molly Taylor CONNOR MILLS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Payton Price Zoe Eberspecher SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS Carlos Benavides Grace Mauro Alix Stacey VERNON G. WALTERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Stella Ryan
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P rograms and Events
Bozeman Schools Foundation powers educational opportunities across the district through a variety of events all year long. 2018-2019 STEM CURRICULUM PROGRAM Bozeman Schools Foundation has partnered with BSD7 to establish a STEM curriculum in K-8 classrooms. To do this, we raised $350,000 with support from our community, friends, business partners, and philanthropic organizations. These funds are being used for teacher training and supplies. SEPTEMBER LINKS TO LITERACY Each year, every BSD7 1st grader receives a new hard cover book from the Bozeman Schools Foundation. This book acts as a seed to help promote literacy and the importance of reading at home. The Foundation then partners with the Public Library to host a â€œCelebration of the Bookâ€? with activities and education for children and parents. NOVEMBER TEACHER SPARK GRANTS This grant program, available to any educator in the Bozeman Public School system, provides opportunities for learning in new environments and with creative teaching methods.
DECEMBER SANTA RUN The Santa Run for Education is a 5K run in December, benefiting local public schools foundations. With a goal of linking fitness, fun and education, this event is an anchor for the Downtown Bozeman Christmas Festivities. APPLE AWARDS An APPLE Recognition Award honors teachers, administrators, staff and school leaders for their dedication and contributions to excellence in education. An APPLE award is provided to educators who are selected by students and parents with a personal message and acknowledgement at the school, district and community levels. JANUARY PING PONG TOURNAMENT A fun and raucous event honoring education and educators. This multitiered bracket Ping Pong Tournament is held annually to raise money to help fund Spark Grants and increase awareness for the Bozeman Schools Foundation.
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P rograms and Events
Community support is the foundation of our programs. Your volunteer hours and financial contributions power our work. FEBRUARY SPELLING BEE A test of whit, creativity and spelling prowess, the Adult Team Spelling Bee, is Bozeman Schools Foundationâ€™s largest fundraiser of the year. Teams of three gather in creative costumes and team names to spell, spell, spell. This semi-serious event is fun for logophiles and spelling neophytes alike. APRIL WORTHY STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS This amazing scholarship recognizes seniors who uphold worthy ideals. The concept of honoring seniors simply for their resourcefulness, dependability, respect and personal effort is unique to Bozeman. As a community, parents, families, individuals, business owners and professionals show their support by funding these scholarships. MAY NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS The Bozeman Schools Foundation works together with families and individuals to establish named and endowed scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
JUNE SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE We offer well-priced products from the official school supply list, in a sturdy box kit that can be picked up directly at your school! And for those who canâ€™t afford supplies, the Foundation has engaged community members to fund their kits so that everyone can start their year off right with what they need to succeed APPLE AWARDS An APPLE Recognition Award honors teachers, administrators, staff and school leaders for their dedication and contributions to excellence in education. An APPLE award is provided to educators who are selected by students and parents with a personal message and acknowledgement at the school, district and community levels. If you'd like to get involved or make a donation, please email us at: email@example.com
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SCHOOL DISTRICT LIAISONS
JUDY SLATE Executive Director
ROB WATSON Superintendent
ASHLEY MANSFIELD Programs/Events
STEVE JOHNSON Deputy Superintendent
KAMA WERNER Programs/Events
SANDRA WILSON Bozeman School Board Trustee
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MELISSA MORAN - CHAIR Finally Restaurant Group
MANDIE LEIPHEIMER Small Business Owner
TRISHA ZOWADA - VICE CHAIR Partner, Yellowstone Assets LLC
TONI O’BERRY Principal, O’Berry Collaborative
BILL MILLS - TREASURER Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co.
CARL NEELY Dean of Students, Bozeman High School
RENAE PINE - SECRETARY Self Employed, Retired Educator ANN BERNARD 8th Grade Teacher, Sacajawea Middle School KEVIN BLACK Gene Cook Real Estate MELISSA CASPER, MD Medical Director, Bridgercare
STEVE LANGLAS Owner, Langlas & Associates DIANNE CORNEER Retired Counselor, Bozeman High School JIM MITCHELL Retired, Dokken Nelson
TOM HOLMBERG VP Sales, AAA Mountain West
A very special thanks to our Worthy Student Working Committee and Bozeman Schools Foundation Marketing Committee for making the Worthy Student Celebration a reality. Thank you Dianne Corneer, Carl Neely, Ann Kestin, Bridget Uzzelle, Erica Schnee, Melissa Moran, Anne Hossner, Toni O’Berry, Sammy Farmer, Sara Callow and Amy Sowers. Lifetouch Portraits: Jennifer Cooper Lifestyle Portraits: Sammy Farmer 32
A SPEC IAL THAN KS TO OUR LE AD
Event Underwriters PLATINUM SPONSORS Dan Rust Brad Daws Jim Paffhausen Jeff Weedin
Ty Elliot Dusty Daws Daniel Corbin Bethany Lentz
GOLD SPONSORS $3,000
SILVER SPONSORS $1,500
BRONZE SPONSORS $500
The beautiful table flowers!