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RONAN — With high spirits and overflowing emotions, Ronan High School graduated 59 seniors Friday night to a chorus of cheers, applause and tears. 

In all, the seniors earned approximately $433,840 in college scholarships. After a tearful speech from Salutatorian Sarah Anderson and a conversely lighthearted address by valedictorian Robert Hocker, guest speaker Amy Miller took the stage to a resounding chorus of applause and cheers from the seniors. 

“Today, with this graduation ceremony, you have achieved success,” Miller said. “In the eyes of the world, you are equal in your success. You are all high school graduates.”

Miller admitted to having moments of self-doubt after she was asked to be the guest speaker, saying that she had made many mistakes along the road to where she is today. After some reflection, Miller decided she would talk about just that: making mistakes in life and learning from them. 

“What all of us really want for you is that you go out into this world and find success and happiness,” she said. “As simple as it sounds, those are our basic wishes for you ... in regards to happiness, if you spend your life pursuing it, you will never find it. Happiness is a choice ... and happy people laugh at themselves. Life is much more fun if you are your own amusement.”

 

Ronan High School graduating glass of 2013 and scholarship awards:

 

• Payton Adams

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal (CSKT)

Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Pepsi Company Scholarship $500

Mission Valley U. S. Bowling Congress Scholarship $500

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Sarah Anderson

University of Idaho – Discover Idaho Scholarship $26,000

Community Bank Scholarship $2,500

MSU/Bozeman Premier Scholarship $1,500

Muralt Family Foundation Scholarship $1,000

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship $1,000

K. William Harvey Memorial Scholarship $750

Mission Valley Scholarship $500

Eloise Sagmiller Memorial Scholarship $500

Wright Realty Scholarship $500

Ebba Webb Memorial Scholarship $500

Ronan-Pablo Education Association Scholarship $500

Allison Crenshaw Memorial Scholarship $500

Valley Bank of Ronan Scholarship $300

Ronan Lion’s Club – Charles Moody Scholarship $250

• Megan Baer

• Carston Baertsch

• Jalen Bell

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Zachery Big Bow

Pepsi Company Scholarship $500

• Aaron Billings

• Courtney Clairmont

• Levi Clairmont

• Lucero Clairmont-Perez

• Lukas Conklin

• Shantay Cran

• Victoria Crenshaw

• Quentin Denton

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Pepsi Company Scholarship $500

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Jessie Drake

• Joseph Dresen

MSU/Bozeman Music Scholarship $5,200

Community Bank Scholarship $2,500

MSU/Bozeman Premier Scholarship $1,000

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship $1,000

Mission Valley Masonic Lodge Scholarship $1,000

Kenny Sagmiller ALS Foundation Scholarship $750

Eloise Sagmiller Memorial Scholarship $500

Ebba Webb Memorial Scholarship $500

Ronan Women’s Club Scholarship $500

Ronan-Pablo Education Association $500

Rosemary Miller Memorial Scholarship $500

Ronan High School Alumni Scholarship $200

Allison Crenshaw Memorial Scholarship $100

Elks Lodge Local Scholarship – awarded computer & printer

• Shay Earthboy

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Abighaile Enas

Anna Eckley Education Fund Scholarship $500

• Makayla Espinosa

• Raymond Finley

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Athena Fisher

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Savannah Fisher

Grace Ritzman Scholarship $1,000

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Tallon Fortin

• Shelby Grant

US Military Academy at West Point $225,000

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Turquoise Haggard

Pepsi Company Scholarship $500

Snuneymuxw First Nation Tribal Scholarship $500

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Collin Hardy

• Josie Hart

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Bradlee Hartwell

• Robert Hocker

Governor’s Best & Brightest Scholarship (over 4 years) $8,000

Montana Resident Scholarship University of Montana (4 years) $8,000

Bright Future Scholarship – University of Montana $1,000

• Taylor Ivins

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• William Janssen

• Sage Jensen

• Shyla Johnsen

• Zachary Jones

• Dallas Jore

• Selene Kelly

Doreen Darlington Memorial Scholarship $2,000

Anna Eckley Education Fund Scholarship $500

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Joseph Kuntz

• Kyle Lawson

Pepsi Company Scholarship $500

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Kristin Likens

• Ashleigh Lynch

Wenatchee Valley College $1,732

Ebba Webb Memorial Scholarship $500

Allison Crenshaw Memorial Scholarship $100

• Cody Mock

Pepsi Company Scholarship $500

• Autumn Paul

• Thomas Payne

• Stormie Perdash

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Shandiin Pete

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Amber Quequesah

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Mission Valley Scholarship $500

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Aidan Reichman

US Senate Youth Program – Hearst Foundation Scholarship $5,000

Montana Resident Scholarship – University of Montana (over 4 years) $4,000

• Colby Roberts

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Earl Robinson

Flathead Valley Community College Tuition Waiver $2,760

Greg Bennett Memorial Scholarship $600

Shad Burland Memorial Scholarship $100

• Daniel Romero

Doreen Darlington Memorial Scholarship $2,000

Ebba Webb Memorial Scholarship $500

Ronan Woman’s Club Scholarship $500

Allison Crenshaw Memorial Scholarship $100

• Trinity Rosenbaum

Gallagher Scholarship – Missoula College $2,000

• Joseph Sanchez

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Justin Shourds

Montana Tech Scholarship $1,600

• Makia Slaughter

• Layton Tallwhiteman

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Amber Thingelstad

Pioneer Days Trail Blazer Scholarship $300

• Justin Twoteeth

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship up to $5,000

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Zachary Wagner

Kenny Sagmiller ALS Foundation Scholarship $750

Presentation College Athletic Scholarship $2,500

Salish & Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $2,988

• Larissa Witters

 

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