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St. Ignatius graduates 25 seniors with more than $1 million in scholarships

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ST. IGNATIUS — With every seat taken and several standing at the back, the St. Ignatius High School auditorium was packed to the brim Saturday afternoon with friends, family and staff all happily wishing the class of 2013 a fond farewell.

After a salutatory address by Sara Nerby, a pair of valedictorians, Loren Erickson and Nick Johnson, thanked their parents, teachers and those who’d worked so hard and helped so much during the past four years. 

The last speaker before awards were passed out, school employee Ben Corral gave a graduation address before singing and drumming the honor song. As his speech ended, students gave him the only standing ovation seen during the event. 

Corral said he’d watched most of the graduates grow up in Mission’s school halls. He’s seen them play pranks on each other and laugh with each other, but said he was most proud of them because they held together through the years — as a group. 

“They come, they struggle, and they know that they have to do,” he said. “They’ve felt and experienced a lot of things and have seen a lot of things already. Some of them have even had to experience death in their time, but they keep going each time. One thing that a lot of them never thought they would do is that they gave each other a chance. When they gave themselves a chance, (the other students) took it in their heart that (everyone) would give (everyone else) a chance in life.

“They are the step, they are the door. The world is in their hands, it is only them who can drop it. If you drop the ball, you shoot again. There’s always a chance.” 

 

St. Ignatius Graduating Class of 2013

 

• Nikko Tristin Alexander

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship $20,000

Blackfoot Telecommunications Scholarship $500

Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship $22,540

Native American Tuition Fee Waiver $4,800

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

MSU-Northern Football Scholarship $4,000

St. Ignatius High School Honors Scholar Scholarship $125

Fayler Family Memorial Scholarship $100

George and Faye Harris Scholarship $2,200

Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

 

• Paden Elliot Alexander

Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship $22,540

Montana Gear UP Achievement Grant $1,500

Blackfoot Telecommunications Scholarship $500

The University of Great Falls Catholic Parish $1,000

CSKT Higher Education Scholarship $20,000

University of Great Falls Academic / Athletic Scholarship $75,210

Argonaut Full Scholarship $4,000

University of Montana Merit Scholarship $44,000

Carroll College Merit Scholarship $44,000

Rocky Mountain College Merit Scholarship $42,000

Unity College Merit Scholarship $28,000

St. Ignatius High School Honors Scholarship $125

Fayler Family Memorial Scholarship $100

George and Faye Harris Scholarship $2,200

Sid Allard Memorial Scholarship $300

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

Mission Valley Scholarship $500

 

• Robert T. Blood, Jr. 

 

• Troy David Bontrager

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

Colorado School of Mines Merit Scholarship $36,000

University of Notre Dame Merit Scholarship $120,000

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

St. Ignatius Catholic Parish Scholarship $150

 

• Sahriha Marie Camacho

 

• Christopher Alec Camel

The U of M, Montana Resident Scholarship $8,000

Montana State University Premier Scholarship $2,500

The U of M, Montana Bright Future Award  $4,000

Montana Gear UP Achievement Grant $1,500

MVP’s Employee Student Scholarship $750

Boy Scouts of America Trails End Scholarship $250

St. Ignatius High School Honor’s Scholarship $250

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

St. Ignatius Catholic Parish Scholarship $500

Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

 

• Brandon Eugene Conko

Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

 

• Loren Michelle Erickson

St. Ignatius Merchants and Individual Donors Scholarship $100

St. Ignatius High School honors Scholar scholarship $500

Faylter Family Memorial Scholarship $100

Muralt Family Foundation Scholarship $1,000

Verne and Amelia Harris Scholarship $250

Rocky Mountain College Academic Scholarship $15,000

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

University of Great Falls Athletic Scholarship $54,000

University of Great Falls Gift Scholarship $2,800

St. Ignatius Catholic Parish Scholarship $750

 

• Dylan Patrick Evans

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

Fayler Family Memorial Scholarship $100

Sid Allard Memorial Scholarship $200

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship $1,000

The U of M, Montana Bright Future Award $4,000

 

• Emyli Breean Gillingham

Hawaii Pacific University Merit Scholarship $40,000

Montana Gear Up Achievement Grant $1,500

Ken Rohrenbach Job Service Scholarship $1,000

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

St. Ignatius High School Honors Scholar Scholarship $125

 

• Joseph Frank Hawkins

 

• Brianda Mae Jackman

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Friends of MCAD Scholarship $32,000

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

American Indian Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship $12,142

The U of M, Montana Resident Scholarship $2,000

Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

Ninneapolis College of Art and Design Laptop Scholarship $1,700

 

• Nicholas Taylor Johnson

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

Montana University System Honor Scholarship $24,000

Montana State University Premier Scholarship $10,000

Montana Tech Marcus Daly Gold Scholarship $24,376

Colorado School of Mines Merit Scholarship $48,000

Montana Tech Chancellor’s Scholarship $1,000

Montana Tech Robert Wylie Memorial Scholarship $1,250

St. Ignatius High School Honors Scholar Scholarship $500

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

 

• Stephanie Dee Nichole Lewandowski

Central Wyoming University Basketball Scholarship $30,000

Dakota College Basketball Scholarship $14,000

University of Great Falls Track Scholarship $52,000

Carrol College Merit Scholarship $50,000

Carroll Minor Scholarship $7,000

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

St. Ignatius High School Honoros Scholar Scholarship $125

Sid Allard Memorial Scholarship $500

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

St. Ignatius Catholic Parish Scholarship $200

 

• Emily Rose McCrea

Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

 

• Nita Michelle McLoughlin

 

• Justina Amaris Mitchell

 

• Dominique Larose Morning Owl

Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

 

• Sara Maureen Nerby

Montana State University Premier Scholarship $4,000

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

David and Cecilia Lee Empower Scholarship $2,500

Mission Valley Power Scholarship $250

Blackfoot Telecommunications Scholarship $1,000

Governor’s Best and Brightest HS Merit Scholarship $8,000

The University of Montana Merit Scholarship $8,000

The U of M, Montana Bright Future Award $4,000

The U of Colorado, Boulder First Nation Scholarship $40,000

Masonic Lodge Scholarship $1,000

Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship $22,500

The U of Colorado Boulder, Bold Center Native American Participation Scholarship $16,000

St. Ignatius High School Honors Scholar Scholarship $250

Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

Fayler Family Memorial Scholarship $100

 

• Braydin Lyn Polinsky

- Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

 

• Barret Baker Sargent

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant $1,500

Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship $22,540

The U of M-Western Football Scholarship $1,800

Youth Serve Montana Scholarship $1,000

 

• Davin Austyn Sorrell

- Montana Gear Up Achievement Grant $1,500

- U of M Governor’s Best and Brightest Future Scholarship $4,000

- Francis and Florence Jones Greaves Native American Scholarship $1,900

- Native American Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship $5,500

- Merchants and Individual Donor’s Scholarship $100

- Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

 

• Jocelyn Marie Caroline Stevens

Salish Kootenai College Tuition Waiver $3,000

 

• Matthew Eugene Robert Westenberg

 

• Katlyn Atticus Yelsa

The University of Montana Brighter Future Award $4,000

Montana Gear Up Achievement Grant $1,500

 

St. Ignatius High School Graduates Scholarships and Grants Total: 

$1,138,598.00

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