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Polson High Commencement held June 4

POLSON —“Graduation comes with great joy and great trepidation,” Polson High School commencement speaker Michael Schwabenbauer said.

Schwabenbauer, an English teacher at PHS, continued telling the class of 2011 that “your country needs you more than ever right now.”

He named public education as a specific need.

“Time is running out,” Schwabenbauer said, “and the people in power don’t seem to give a hoot.”

In a speech mixed with humor, during which he described himself as a collector of baby spoons and despiser of exclamation points, Schwabenbauer encouraged graduates to “set up real human communities,” not just cell phones and facebook. But, he said, communities will not come to you.

“Stay safe, sane and sober,” Schwabenbauer urged the graduates at the end of his speech.

A common thread among the speeches of the six valedictorians, Dani Howlett, Andrew Storro, Breanne Kelley, Kayla Duford, Ryley Grogan and Sierra Pete, and Salutatorian Cody Basler was gratitude for their families and teachers.

Pete also praised her classmates for their individuality.

“We (the class of 2011) are unique,” she said. “ We are not afraid to express ourselves.”

The class of 2011 received an impressive $600,000 in scholarships and awards according to PHS guidance counselor Emily Johnson.

PHS 2011 graduates are:
Jesse Alfiero
Ryan Anderson
Tyler Anderson
Nicholas Andrews
Nina Araos
Kyle Bagnell
Jacob Bash
Cody Basler
Marlee Berry
Dale Big Sam
Colton Bjork
Dustin Blush
Bryan Brady
Tiffany Burland
James Butterhof
Raylynn Cannon
Karli Chlarson
Cynthia Coe
Kole Cordier
Marcus Corley
Samuel Croft
Sarah Devlin
Kayla Duford
Tawnya Dunlap-Griffin
Justin Evertz
Jason Fant
Katie Finley
Sheldon Fisher
Devlin Foubert
Jayson Gallatin
Juan Garcia
Nation Garza
Dillon Gipe
Michael Gipe
Jonna Grant
Riley Grogan
Cody Gyzeny
Larissa Hanson
Sean Hart
Taurie Hayes
Jordan Hinshaw
Noah Hoffman
Logan Howell
Danielle Howlett
Madison Hunter
Beth James
Sean Jennison
Dakotah Jenson
Breanne Kelley
Kylie Knutson
Joshua Lafferty
Rebecca Lake
Zion Lee
Shane Leineke
Wiliam Lesperance
Brandon Liebrecht
Dominique McGowen
Zachary McLean
Myles Metzger
Rachelle Miller
Dylan Mills
Louis Mohr
Christopher Moldenhauer
Trever Moll
Jaime Morelli
Breanna Morrison
Jacie Morrison
Nicholas Mullen
Andrew Murphy
Justin Ortgies
Trea Paulite
Trey Payne
Harrison Penttila
Sierre Pete
David Plant
Charles Pluff
Jose’ Quinones IV
Eric Rasmussen
Molly Ricketts
Kendyall Rochin
Laura Rost
Joshua Rustad
Tiara Salois
Sallie Sams
Angela Santana
Jayme Sheumaker
Devan Skelton
Katherine Smith
Mesa Starkey
Andrew Storro
Layne Stotts
Makiy Tamcke
Rainee Vassar
Reegan von Wildenradt
Jerry Wachal
John Walk
Amy Williamson
Kodi Woods
Jacob Young
Tyler Zeller

Polson High School Scholarships/Awards
Jesse Alfiero, son of Rob Alfiero and Nancy Hemphill
Mission Valley Power Student Award
Ursinus College Fund
Ursinus College Achievement Award
George and Florence Clarkson Scholarship
Nicholas Andrews, son of Mark and Janice Andrews
Total Screen Design Scholarship
Nina Araos, daughter of Robert and Louella Chada
Keith D. Wright Memorial Scholarship
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Kyle Bagnell, son of Tim and Kelly Bagnell
Oklahoma State University Baseball Scholarship
Oklahoma State University Academic Scholarship
Jacob Bash, son of Christina Pittenger
Masters Commission Scholarship
Cody Basler, son of James and Debbie Basler
Total Screen Design Scholarship
Dale Big Sam, son of Brad and Rachael Big Sam
UM Western Football Scholarship
Peggy Unrau Scholarship
Bryan Brady, son of Laurie Wells Brady
Salish Kootenai College Scholarship
Karli Chlarson, daughter of Karl and Lisa Chlarson
Mission Valley Power Student Award
Sarah Devlin, daughter of Mark and Laurie Devlin
Doreen Alexander Memorial Scholarship
George and Faye Harris Scholarship
Lambeth Memorial Scholarship
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Mars and Verna Rolfson Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Kayla Duford, daughter of Dave and Julie Duford
Plum Creek Community Scholarship
University of Montana Dubay Scholarship
Montana University System Honor Scholarship
Polson Dollars for Scholars John Oberlitner Scholarship
Polson Dollars for Scholars Toby Nelson Scholarship
George and Faye Harris Scholarship
Lambeth Memorial Scholarship
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Peggy Unrau Scholarship
Jason Fant, son of Glen and Lisa Fant
Emma Sager Women of Rollins Club Scholarship
Sheldon Fisher, son of Wendell Red Cloud and Lanneil Fisher
Salish Kootenai College Scholarship
Devlin Foubert, son of Lisa Foubert
Polson Dollars for Scholars Montecahto Club Scholarship
Nation Garza, son of Joseph and Kathleen Garza
Mary Lou Fugleberg Scholarship
Polson Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Northwest College Dean’s Scholarship
Northwest College Success Scholarship
American Legion Oratorical Contest Winner
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Riley Grogan, son of Ron and Diane Grogan
Carroll College Presidential Scholarship
Sean Hart, son of George and Sharla Hart
Bertram and Alta Hochmark Scholarship
Polson Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Polson Beta Sigma Phi Torch Scholarship
Northwest College Success Scholarship
Northwest College Academic Scholarship
Northwest College Talent Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Taurie Hayes, daughter of Brent and Tara Bowman
George and Florence Clarkson Scholarship
Danielle Howlett, daughter of Daniel and Julia Howlett
Polson Elks Lodge Scholarship
Plum Creek Community Scholarship
Montana State Elks Association Scholarship
Montana University System Honor Scholarship
University of Montana Honors Scholarship
Polson Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Polson Dollars for Scholars John Oberlitner Scholarship
George and Faye Harris Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Peggy Unrau Scholarship
Madison Hunter, daughter of Jane Mansfield
Polson Dollars for Scholars District 23 Employees’ Scholarship
Mars and Verna Rolfson Scholarship
George and Florence Clarkson Scholarship
Dakotah Jenson, daughter of Shaun and Marie Jenson
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Breanne Kelley, daughter of Randy and Tammy Kelley
Bertram and Alta Hochmark Scholarship
UM-Western Volleyball Scholarship
Polson Dollars for Scholars Class of ’59 Scholarship
George and Faye Harris Scholarship
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Peggy Unrau Scholarship
Joshua Lafferty, son of Arthur and Donna Lafferty
Salish Kootenai College Scholarship
Rebecca Lake, daughter of David and Lorrie Lake
University of Great Falls Rodeo Scholarship
University of Great Falls Academic Scholarship
Zion Lee, son of Edward Lee
Polson Dollars for Scholars Anonymous Scholarship
Shane Leineke, son of Steve and Jenny Leineke
University of Montana Cheerleading Scholarship
Dylan Mills, son of Whitney Mills
University of Montana Scholars Award
Louis Mohr, son of Arleen Adams
Salish Kootenai College Scholarship
Trever Moll, son of Michael and Francy Moll
Northwest College Success Scholarship
Northwest College Academic Scholarship
Northwest College Drama Scholarship
Northwest College Talent Scholarship
Peggy Unrau Scholarship
Jaime Morelli, daughter of Jim and Berta Morelli
Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest Winner
Polson Kiwanis Club Scholarship
University of Montana Scholars Award
Polson Lady Elks Scholarship
Mars and Verna Rolfson Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Jacie Morrison, daughter of Kelly and Tami Morrison
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Andrew Murphy, son of Matthew and Tina Murphy
University of Montana Cheerleading Scholarship

Sierra Pete, daughter of Linda Pete and Roy Pete
Gates Millenium Scholarship
Polson Dollars for Scholars District 23 Employees Scholarship
Washington State University Cougar Academic Award
Jose’ Quinones, son of Jose and Tina Quinones
Polson Dollars for Scholars John Oberlitner Scholarship
George and Florence Clarkson Scholarship
Molly Ricketts, daughter of Bob Ricketts and Connie Carte
Montana Governors’ Merit-at-Large Scholarship
Kendyall Rochin, daughter of Mark Rochin and Cynthia Davey
Mars and Verna Rolfson Scholarship
George and Florence Clarkson Scholarship
Laura Rost, daughter of Chris Rost and Lisa Rochin
Montana State University Premier Scholarship
Bertram and Alta Hochmark Scholarship
George and Florence Clarkson Scholarship

Joshua Rustad, son of Gerald Link and Dawn Rustad-Link
Jamestown College Baseball Scholarship
Sallie Sams, daughter of Sallye Sams
UM Western Volleyball Scholarship
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Angela Santana, daughter of Patty Izzi
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Scholarship
Mars and Verna Rolfson Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Mesa Starkey, daughter of Bill Starkey and Co Carew
Montana State University Track/Cross Country Scholarship
Andrew Storr, son of Dale and Dona Storro
Bertram and Alta Hochmark Scholarship
Montana Tech Chancellor’s Scholarship
Montana Tech Marcus Daly Silver Scholarship
Polson Elks Lodge Scholarship
Montana State Elks Association Scholarship
R. F. Chadwick Foundation Scholarship
Montana Governor’s Best & Brightest Merit Scholarship
George and Faye Harris Scholarship
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Peggy Unrau Scholarship
Mission Valley Masonic Lodge Scholarship
Reegan von Wildenradt, daughter of Kenny and D’Ann Carpenter
Montana University System Honor Scholarship
Polson Dollars for Scholars Freshman Scholarship
Emma Sager Women of Rollins Club Scholarship
University of Montana Honors Scholarship
University of Montana Scholars Award
Mars and Verna Rolfson Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship

John Walk, son of Gary Collins and Jody Walk
Montana Tech Chancellor’s Scholarship
Montana Tech Band Scholarship
George and Faye Harris Scholarship
Polson Rotary Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Amy Williamson, daughter of Stewart and Elaine Williamson
Polson Father’s Day Golf Tournament Scholarship
Kodi Woods, daughter of Ross and Glenda Woods
Montana State University Premier Scholarship
Mars and Verna Rolfson Scholarship
Dorris D. Harbert Scholarship
Peggy Unrau Scholarship

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