Educators teach financial skills to Montana students
Acquiring the skills to manage their personal finances is a constant struggle for students across the nation, but two Montana educators say they are ready to help Montana youths face that problem head on.
Teachers Karey Conn from Capital High School in Helena and Jeremy Anderson from Whitefish High School in Whitefish attended the National Educator’s Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5-7, to gather fresh techniques for imparting money management instruction to their students.
The annual conference, organized by the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, drew participants from 48 states and presenters from government, small business and the banking industry.
A 2006 financial literacy survey conducted by the Jump$tart Coalition found that Montana high school students answered only 54.4 percent of questions correctly — an indicator that new techniques for conveying this knowledge to students were necessary.
In her classes, Conn uses a software simulation that allows students to assume that they have just graduated from high school and need to make decisions regarding building a budget, applying for a car loan and credit cards, paying for postsecondary education, finding a job and locating a place to live.
In addition, both teachers collected a variety of innovative financial literacy materials from vendors at the conference.
“As a teacher, it’s my responsibility to help develop productive citizens,” said Conn. “Currently, students know very little about financial literacy. High school is the perfect time to teach them this information because many students are just beginning to make financial decisions that will set the precedent for future financial freedom. Knowing the do’s and don’ts is extremely important.”
Nonprofit Student Assistance Foundation provided scholarships for Anderson and Conn to attend the conference in cooperation with the Montana Financial Education Coalition.
Helena students place first at music competition
Two music students from Helena received top honors at the Montana State Music Teachers Association annual Fall Festival Competition, held in Missoula Nov. 4-6, featuring students from across the state.
Katie Beckman won first place in the Solo Program, Senior Classical Division, consisting of a five-minute memorized piano solo. Stephanie Quist won first place in the Short Program, Senior Division, consisting of a 20-minute memorized program of piano music in three contrasting styles.
Beckman, a home-schooled high school senior, is the daughter of Wayne and Nancy Beckman. Quist, a senior at Capital High School, is the daughter of John and Julie Quist. Both are students of Dr. Lynn Petersen.
School for Schools Club to hold talent show Monday
Helena High's Schools for Schools Club will host the Helena Youth Talent Show on Monday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. at the Helena Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.
There will be raffle tickets for sale at the talent show for the chance to win an 8GB iPod Touch, Waring Pro Juice Extractor, barbecue-smoker and numerous gift certificates from local merchants. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets. Drawing will be held on Dec. 19.
All funds go toward Gulu High School in Gulu, Uganda. For more information, go to www.
s4s.invisiblechildren.com or call the president of Schools for Schools, Zach McKinley, at 381-3004.
Montana City School announces first quarter honor roll
The following Montana City Middle School students earned at least a 3.25 GPA:
Eighth grade: Madyson Allen, Colter Brustkern, Cassidy Burk, Madeline Cade, Alyssa Ferguson, Paityn Floerchinger, Erik Goughnour, Tylar Holland, Alec Holman, Claire Inman, Keaton Kurokawa, Claire Longsworth, Anna Maronick, Erin Minard, Caitlyn Murphy, Ashley Nash, Stella Nash, Sabrina Riff, Shelby Rosston, Josey S, Tyzer Smith, Ben Terhune and Cody Zabriskie
Seventh grade: Alexandra Althof, Savannah Anderson, Laura Anthony, Kendra Blotsky, A. J. Eckmann, Shanna Floerchinger, Graham Foster, Taylor Higley, Monica Houser, Derek Jenneskens, Carsyn Kraft, Spencer Krissovich, Patricia Martin, Ryan McNamara, Thomas Meador, Matthew Morgan, Christian Peterson, Coryn Rogge, Carlie Romney, Eliza Sautter, Braden Scherting, Carly S, Logan Teegarden, Jackson Thennis, Tianna Thurston and Dylan Young
Sixth grade: Amanda Allen, Tyler Beigh, Carlee Burnett, Lyric Enright, Guy Goughnour, Grayson Hilborn, Samantha Holman, Alexandra James, Jaurdyn Johnson, Kendra Kloker, Taelyr Krantz, Gregory Martin, Austin Mason, Conner McLaury, Weslee Nehl, Mari Pizzini, Brook Price, Kody Schlauch, Nate Schuele, Jessica Sekerak, Garret Siler, Lane Ulberg, Madeline Vince, Peyton Virts, and Maia Zaluski.
Helena Middle School announces first quarter honor roll
Sixth grade (3.25 GPA and higher): Alex Ackerlund, Keair Adgerson, Alexander Alberta, Braedee Anderson, MaKayla Anderson, Tyler Ballweber, Jared Bingham, Uriah Birchmier, Kristopher Bosch, Chay Bouchee, Claire Brosten, Olivia Brus, Shauntiel Bryant, William Buff, Lindsey Burkett, Bryan Caffrey, Breanna Canright, Benjamin Carlson-Thompson, Kea Church, Ricky Clevenger, Lauren Clinch, Austin Coon, Jerilyn Copenhaver, Dylan Craig, Jessie Cundall, Chandler DeLude, Jennifer Didriksen, Moriah Dietz, Faith Ebert, Hailey Fadness, Taylor Fife, Joshua Finley, Aidan FitzGerald, Brianna French, Selena Goddard, William Grieve, Cheyenne Hansen, Robert Hanson, Kaid Hardy, Gage Harmon, Madeline Heiser, Hailey Henrikson, Nicole Horvath, Tristian James-Mark, Emily Jenkins, Jeran Jorgensen, Haley King, Julie Kjorstad, Jackson Lang Bogar, Sam Lashley, Jada Lecce, Austin Lee, Brent Lloyd, Bridger Longtine, Jonah Malik, Stephanie Maynard, Zackary McHugh, Graham McPhail, Lewis Meeks, John Michalk, Ember Moody, Talon Morgan, Tristen Moyes, Kristen Muffick, Luc Nguyen, Jack Norum, Tara Novak, William O’Bryant, McKenzie Orme, Austin Palmer, Tanner Pankratz, Jackson Racicot, Courtney Radke, Wasiin Naytha Ragged Robe, Taylor Raynor, Emily Richardson, Matthew Rispens, Christopher Rusek, Brendan Rust, Erin Sargent, Braden Savage, Kendra Schmitt, Seth Schroeck, Christian Silk, Jacob Simmons, Jacob Sitch, Daniel Smith, Zoe Snell, Justin Songer, Alexandra Stevens, Brandon Stinson, Amber Stout, Leeann Taylor, Jackson Thomas, M. J. E. Thurston, Ted Van Alstyne, Krystal Vick, Tana Waddell, Katarina Webb, Witt Williams, Kiana Gloria-Ju Wright
Sixth grade (4.0 GPA): Janae Bodner, Isabelle Brus, Haylee Carrell, Katie Carroll, Levi Coon, Jeanne Coyle, Hailey Crawford, Ella Currier, Logan Dutton, Christine Fisher, Rose Fox, Justin Fruh, Grace Garrett, Abbie George, Brianna Hathaway, Noah Jakovac, Kendall Johnson, Bernard Kintzing, Anna Kohl Wyatt, Bowen Kruse, Aine Lawlor, Sarah Leslie, Kyler Maharg, Shannara McDunn, Brian McMahon, Mitchell McNeil, Tara Medina Caplis, Justina Pennell, Seth Putnam, Preston Reed, Jacob Ries-Roncalli, Levi Rispens, Jay Romasko, Anaka Ronan, Remington Snezek, James Sobonya, James Starke, Sydney Temple, Clara Thamke, Gabriel Walsh, Matthew Wintersteen, Ashley Wolfe, Natalie Wood-Foucar, Paige Yanzick
Seventh grade (3.25 GPA and higher): Sydney Alger, Kristopher Anaya, Tanner Bailey, Caleb Barrett, Chance Bickel, Jacob Bohyer, Henry Bowers, John Boyle, Derek Brancamp, Elizabeth Browning, Miles Bussler, Justine Christianson, Robert Cornelison, Bailey Crawford, Caiden Crawford, Kaitlyn Crnich, Tatiana Culver, Kevin Curtis, Kyleigh Driscoll, Rosamond Ferguson, Larry Fletcher, Makayla Friddle, Joshua Fuller, Michael Fuller, Matheu Garcia, Isaac Gilfeather, Karlie Graham, Colten Grandy, Page Green, Jerred Hackney, Moriah Hadley, Christopher Harlow, Grace Harnden, Bret Haux, Christian Hayes, Levi Hill, Jordan Hinman, Keely Huth, Trevor Jacobs, Brenden Kjorstad, Hanna Kroll, Emma Lamping, Ann Leslie, Carly Lindstrom, Kelley Lunceford, Braxton Lund, Colton Matthes, Brandon McGee, Taylor McKinney, Brittaney McMahan, Hunter Meier, Micheal Meier, Drew Mostad, Joseph Mueller, Maia Parisot, Jane Petersen, Kassidy Pomajevich, Ashley Puyear, MacKenzie Quinnell, Silas Rea, Savannah Sands, Matthew Sanford, Amanda Schaan, Lauren Schmitt, Brendyn Stafford, Aurora Stout, McKenzie Synness, Cameron Throckmorton, Kaio Tokura, Matthew Turnbow, Donovan Venner, John Volesky, Tatelynn Waddell, Azure Wallace, Shannon Weller, Michelle Werle, Nicolas White, Danica Williams, Dallas Williams-Smith, Lenny Winterburn, Maile Wright
Seventh grade (4.0 GPA): Grace Anders, Terry Anthony, Tristan Boyar, Jaret Boyer, Samuel Bryan, Michael Burns, Garrett Carlson, Elaina Colussi, Rachael Daniel, Aidan Downey, Olivia Feuerstein, Staci Friede, Annie Galt, Riley Galt, Colin Habeck, Keaton Habeck, Anders Harris, Connie Heiser, Jacob Hiatt, Sidney Holubec, Allison Kelly, Tory Kirkeby, Spencer Lay, Shealyn Mackay, Connor Matthews, Matthew McCarl, Emma Meredith, Willem Morris, Andee Oligmiller, Andriy Proctor, Rowan Rankin, Aidan Reed, Madison Richtmyer, Wolfgang Schroeer-Smith, Faith Scow, Melissa Shea, Savannah Smith, Samuel Tinsley, Colton Tollefson, William Tyrrel, Jacob Wilson, Madison Zeggai
Eighth grade (3.25 GPA or higher): Kate Beaver, Meghan Belschner, Mary Bischoff, Vallie Botsch, Lyzia Brown, Brooke Burkett, Taylor Canright, Nicholas Case, Samuel Cetraro, Christa Chapman, Sicily Christopherson, Tristen Colwell, Nolan Davis, Kyle Fadness, Lilah Fox, Henry Garrett, Eric George, Holt Gibson, Scot Gladstone, Charles Haight, Giles Hardy, Nathaniel Helfrich, Elizabeth Holton, Marcus Hughes, Peter Krainacker, Laura Krushensky, Christian Lee, Cheyenne Longknife, Justin Mandy, Sandra Manners, Kimberlyn Marion, Kitiri McDunn, Rachel Miller, Todd Murphy, Justin Noland, Jessica Oliva, Jamie Orme, Christopher Palmer, Brady Parrish, Julia Piller, Shelby Purvis, Eleanor Robinson, William Rook, Benjamin Sheldahl, Tyler Simonson, Jordan Singleton, Andrew Stack, Nicholas Taffs, Irene Thamke, Casey Tolman, Austyn Traxler, Jay Van Alstyne, Julia Warsinski, Nora Wey, Michael Yohe
Eighth grade (4.0 GPA): Joshua Barrows, Ashley Battershell-Corson, Colton Bauer, Brooklyn Bennett, Shaelynn Blixt, Anthony Bodner, Sonia Bosch, Rebecca Bouchee, Autumn Boutin, Alice Butler, Nathaniel Camaret, Emmalea Chan, Sarah Churchill, Jeremiah Coon, Michaela Dagenais, Ella Dartman, Harley Didriksen, Cameron Dole, Jennifer Fife, Ian FitzGerald, Andrew Frank, Emily Gould, Haeley Harmon, Dava Harvey, Briann Hicks, Ethan Hills, Sophia Holter, Aaron Irion, Jordan Jakovac, Ashley Jennings, Hannah Joki, Kirsten Koerth, Dylan Kresge, Kaycee Laird, Isabella Maag, Aston Maslanka, Valerie McNeil, Jacob Meek, Amanda Morrison, Skylar Rispens, Seth Sasser, Moira Shea, Chase Smith, Gwyn Snezek, Elizabeth Snyder, Jenna Starke, Carolyn Stine, Alyx Terrio, Jeremy Van Dyke, Emily Walborn, Eleanor Wintersteen, Tan Yee Yeung, Erica Zarling.