for receiving the
Education Foundation Grant
grant entitled But We DO Judge a Book by Its Cover
will be used to purchase a bevy of new classics books for the
The library is incredibly excited to get to supplement their
collection with the
great literature that our students deserve and need.
Career Wins with Girls Softball
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Glenda McCarthy and our own Don Barcus just presented Lacy Watson
with an Education Foundation Grant.
We are so proud of Lacy and the work she has done on behalf of our
Please feel free to ask her about the intensive field trip she has
for next year, as well as congratulate her on this award.
Congrats, Lacy! We are glad you are a Golden Bear.
Student Association Team
Jordan Lemm, Jared Vannoy, Carter Henderson, Taylor
Brown, Will Harris, Layne Britton, Jarren Burleson, Jesse Arstein,
Zach Hetland, Colton Bunnell
Catapult Design 3rd Place- Colton and Zach;
Line Follower 1st Place- Jarren Burleson; 2nd
1st Place Technology Challenge- Jarren Burleson & Will
3rd Place Vex Robotics- Layne Britton & Jesse Arstein
Business Professionals of America
State Results 2016
Jacob Linfesty is Montana BPA’s new State President
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West High Speech and Debate Team
speech and debate team returned from Bozeman Saturday night with two
national qualifiers and two alternates. Jess Keller started
the tournament with six wins and no losses and qualified in Lincoln
Douglas Debate, and Jacob Linfesty qualified in both
International and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Both have earned
automatic berths to the national tournament which will be held in
Salt Lake City this June.
Ouellette and Maddie Sholar are alternates in Public
Forum Debate. Congratulations to these qualifiers and alternates on
this impressive accomplishment.
Congratulations to Lacy Watson!
High would like to share some great news about our own Lacy Watson.
awarded the Ferst Fellowship from Gratz College to pursue her MA in
Genocide Studies. Applicants were awarded the fellowship based on
admissions qualifications and commitment to Holocaust and Genocide
education. As many of you know, Lacy has studied this topic both
here in the
abroad and has shared what she has learned with our staff and
is a private Jewish university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This
will allow her to expand her commitment to learning and sharing this
Lacy! We look forward to learning along with you.
Congratulations to our own
for being awarded a
$300 Q2 One Classroom at a Time Grant
sponsored by First Interstate!
We appreciate all that Rachel
does for our students. Watch her on
Monday, Feb. 1 on the
West High Speech and Debate Team
fourth place at the state tournament at Skyview this weekend by a
mere 4.5 points, but came home with a respectable sixth place
finish. Both speech and debate competitors contributed to the team's
success, and several individuals has standout days.
Helen Satrom: 7th place in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Walker: 7th place in Lincoln Douglas Debate
Linfesty: 7th in Expository Speaking
addition to placing at state, the following also earned All-State
designation by placing in the top four in their respective
Trevor Canty: 3rd in Impromptu Speaking
Ouellette and Maddie Sholar: 3rd in Public Forum Debate
Linfesty: 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking
Keller: Runner-up in Lincoln Douglas Debate
others also placed in the top sixteen. Congratulations to the Speech
and Debate Team for your showing at state, and good luck to those
competing at the national qualifier in two weeks.
Billings West Softball Coach
National Coach of Year Finalist
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Speech and Debate
For the first time in over ten years,
a West High Policy Debate team took first place in a tournament.
This honor goes to the team of David Porter and Morgan Craig, who
defeated their counterparts from Great Falls High in the last debate
of the tournament at the Trappers Rendezvous in Powell, Wyoming.
On the speech side, Mr. Thom
Smithlin's Extemp squad continued its impressive season. Four of the
six finalists in that event were West High competitors. After the
last round, Jacob Linfesty emerged victorious, and Mary Helen Satrom
came in second.
Other impressive finishers in various
events included Jess Keller (2nd), Brin Purdy (3rd), Parker
Gunderson and Erin Wunker (3rd), Addison Gottwals and Erin Stafford
(3rd), Madi Morgan (5th), Mick Mattie (5th), Jordan Lemm (6th) and
Trevor Canty (6th). Overall, West High took 3rd. HIGH SCHOOL
Speech and Debate
The speech and debate team had a very
successful weekend in Great Falls. Several on the team placed in
quarter and semifinals, and there were standouts in both speech and
debate. Tori Neary placed second, and Jess Keller and Jacob Linfesty
both came back with first place trophies in their respective
As a team, West came in 5th, just two
points behind 4th place Hellgate. Congratulations on a truly
The Billings Gazette and Arts Without
are recognizing outstanding high school seniors in the
Billings area for their contributions to the arts.
Over the course of the 2015-16 school year,
Enjoy will feature high school seniors who are recipients of a
$100 scholarship, awarded by Arts Without Boundaries,
a nonprofit group that promotes the arts in K-12 schools.
Marissa Kosmann, Billings West High School Orchestra:
"Orchestra has always been a pleasant and fun experience for me.
I have played for nine years, and plan to continue after high
See Billings Gazette article for more...
Speech and Debate
Speech and Debate traveled to Helena on Friday for
the Carroll College Tournament of Champions and the Dusty Roads
Invitational. Both teams ended up in the middle of the standings,
but there were some individual standouts.
Lincoln Douglas debaters had a good showing at Carroll. Parker
Gunderson made it to the first elimination round, Jess Keller made
it to semi-finals, and Craig Walker took 1st place in the novice
At Helena Captial, a handful of speech competitors
made it to semifinals: Peri Russell and Cosette McCave in Dramatic
Interp, Jacob Linfesty and Reagan Linde in Extemporaneous, and
Trevor Canty in Impromptu. Tori Neary took 5th in Impromptu. Our
next tournament will be in Great Falls December 11th and 12th.
Congratulations to these top 10 finishers in the
Montana Science Olympiad:
3rd Place - Izabella Strange, Forensics; Erin
Maddie Sholar, Green Generation
4th Place - John Brault and Maddie Sholar,
6th Place - James Carr and Whitaker Mercer,
Speech & Debate Team 3rd at
● Loren Hart (7th) ● Mick Mattie (7th) ● Peri Russell
Cosette McCave (5th) ● Mary Helen Satrom (5th, 4th)
● Victoria Neary (4th, 3rd) ● Jacob Linfesty (1st, 3rd) ● Trevor
● Erin Stafford & Addison Gottwals (6th)
● Maddy Ouellette & Maddie Sholar (2nd) ● Jess Keller (2nd)
*James Unzaga & Sarah Wiseman (8th)
* Elise Vopel & Sean Toohill (6th) * Craig Walker (2nd)
Golden Bear Speech & Debate Team
3rd PLACE OVERALL
AT SATURDAY’S SEASON OPENER!
Craig Walker 1st Place, Novice Lincoln Douglas
Dylan Burton 1st Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Jacob Linfesty 1st Place, Extemporaneous
Maddy Ouellette & Maddie Sholar 1st Place, Public Forum Debate
Tori Neary 2nd Place, Impromptu
Cosette McCave 2nd Place, Dramatic Interpretation
Trevor Canty 4th Place, Impromptu
Jacob Linfesty 4th Place, Expository Speaking
Parker Gunderson 6th Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Mary Helen Satrom 8th Place, Extemporaneous
James Unzaga & Sarah Wiseman 8th Place, Novice Policy Debate
Congratulations Dr. Shawn Bowman
Mathematics Teacher Shawn Bowman
earned his doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership
from Creighton University on October 16th
when he successfully defended his dissertation titled:
Credit Recovery in Secondary Schools: A Quantitative Evaluation.
Congratulations on your achievement, Dr. Bowman!
Congratulations Wilson Harris!
Montana semifinalist for the
2016 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship program.
His selection was based on the top scores from the qualifying exam
given at high schools across Montana earlier this month. Wilson will
continue in the competition to try to earn a $5,000.00 scholarship
and a trip to Washington, D.C. this spring, to study government and
leadership at the nation's capital. Only two Montana students will
be awarded this honor. West High wishes him good luck as he
continues in the competition.
to the following West High music students
that earned the honor of being in the
All-State Music Festival
this past weekend:
Jordyn Armstrong (Choir)
Hannah Bick (Orchestra)
Logan Bouley (Band)
Brynne Boyce (Choir)
Natalie Brady (Choir)
John Ficek (Band)
Quinn Frewin (Orchestra)
Jordan Gibbs (Orchestra)
Noah Huertas (Choir)
Beckett Koch (Orchestra)
Aaron Linde (Band)
Peyton Lipp (Orchestra)
Kiahna Macioroski (Band)
Sydney Meyer (Orchestra)
Monica Moss (Band)
Veronica Murtagh (Orchestra)
Auliver Olsen (Choir)
Alex Riley (Choir)
Abby Roberts (Band)
Aidan Robinson (Band)
Conrad Smith (Choir)
Craig Walker (Choir)
MEA-MFT Educators' Conference
Thank you to the following West High staff for
presenting at the MEA-MFT Conference:
Rachel Schillreff, Brittany Alberson, Brooke
Steve Macartney, Margaret Aukshun, Tammy Erlenbusch,
Bruce Wendt, and Jana Lind
Flohr, West boys shatter state records
to win Class AA golf titles.
Billings West senior Hayden Flohr tees off on the
12th hole Friday during the final day of State AA Golf Tournament at
bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena. Flohr shot a 68 on Friday
and a 144 over two days to set the AA tournament record by a stroke.
The West Boys set a team record with their two-day score of 580,
breaking their own mark set in 2004. The Bears won by 18
strokes over Billings Skyview.
National Merit Scholarship
They are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide
and have the opportunity to continue in the competition
to reach the 7,400 recipients of
National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring.
The three qualified as semifinalists through their outstanding
PSAT scores, taken in October of 2014.
Billings West High
Business Professional of America
2015 National Results
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