It was a weekend of celebrations for 30 Mineral County high school graduates over Memorial Weekend. St. Regis and Superior held graduations on Sunday and Alberton held theirs on Monday.
Eight graduates received their diploma from St. Regis, while both Superior and Alberton had 11 graduates. The gyms were filled with families and community members to support their students as they celebrate this milestone in their lives. With diploma in hand, they will embark on their journey forward to college, work, and military careers.
Before diplomas were handed out, guest speakers and faculty members gave the graduating class of 2018 words of wisdom and advice. Including speeches from class Salutatorian and Valedictorian, which was Justice Tate and Anna Sanford for St. Regis; Hailey Kelly and Makenzie Mueller for Superior; and Sara Knapp and Gerald Peterson for Alberton.
An emotional part of the events were the Senior Video Presentations where each student’s baby photos through high school were shown while set to music, leaving few dry eyes in the crowd. College scholarships were also awarded as follows:
Wyatt O’Day — Gaylord Green $8,000; DUI Task Force $500; National Wild Turkey Federation Dr. James Earl Kennamer Scholarship $1,500; Mineral County Conservation District $1,000; Ruth Berneking Scholarship $700.
Kaleb Ververis — Blackfoot Telecommunications $1,000; Mason Lodge $500; Mathew Michael Palagi Scholarship $500; Women In Timber $300; Mineral County Community Foundation $500
Hailey Kelly — Mason Lodge $500; Chery Tourtelotte $500; Women In Timber $300; Edna Jensen $300; Mineral County Community Foundation $500; TrailWest Bank $500; Mineral County Conservation District $1,000.
Madison Lommen — William E. Sears $500.
McKenzie Muller — Bruce Fryar $150.
Drake Neil — Elks Most Improved $100.
Sara Knapp — Adrian College Trustee Award of $18,000 per year for total of $72,000 for four years; William E. Sears $1,000.
Gerald Peterson — MSU Premier Scholarship $2,500; Minuteman Scholarship $10,000; William E. Sears $1,000.
Isaac Warren — Friends of Kiwanis $250; Trailwest Bank $250; Women in Timber $300; Alberton Senior Center $500; Al Manuel $350; Hank Roat $250.
Montanna Baughman — Helping Hands $1,000; Montana Academic Achievement $2,000.
St. Regis students:
Anna Sanford (attending Gonzaga University) — The St. Regis Alumni Scholarship $500; St. Regis Community Council Community Service Scholarship $500; TrailWest bank scholarship $500; Sophie Miller scholarship $500; Charles Windemueler Scholarship $500; Christine West Science Scholarship $500; The DUI Task Force Scholarship $500; William E. Sears Scholarship $750; Blackfoot Scholarship $1,000; The Mineral County Community Foundation Service Scholarship $1,500; Ignation Leaders Scholarship $12,000; The Entrepreneurial Scholarship from Gonzaga University in the amount of $20,000; The Trustee Scholarship from Gonzaga University in the amount of $82,000.
Jacob Jasper (attending Montana State University-Northern) — St. Regis Alumni Scholarship $500; Mineral County Conservation District Scholarship $1,000.
Connor Dunlap (attending the University of Montana) — University of Montana Academic Scholarship in the amount of $1000.