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Top seniors

Tavia Bechtel

Parents: Edward and Nichole Bechtel

GPA: 4.061

Activities: Varsity soccer; National Honor Society; Smarter Lunchroom Program in collaboration with Montana State University.

Scholarships, awards: Governor’s Best and Brightest Scholarship; University of Montana MAA Scholarship; Northern Arizona University Founder’s Gold Award.

Future: Study premed to obtain a degree in oral surgery and certification in anesthesiology.

Cassidi Bowman

Parents: Troy and Kristine Bowman

GPA: 4.0

Activities: Leaders of Tomorrow; National Honor Society; varsity football manager; cross country manager; Flute Choir; tennis; Pep Band; speech and debate.

Scholarships, awards: Montana University System Honor Scholarship; Youth Serve Montana Scholarship; Soroptomist Memorial Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Scholarship; Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce Book Award; Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship; Hawkins Foundation Scholarship; ACT Top 10 Percent Award.

Future: Attend Flathead Valley Community College for two years and then transfer to the University of Montana to earn a degree in business management and become a marketing manager.

Charlotte Ellis

Parents: Brett Ellis and Laurie Ellis

GPA: 4.0

Activities: Soccer; softball; choir; National Honor Society.

Scholarships, awards: Flathead Valley Community College Tuition Waiver; Hawkins Foundation Scholarship.

Future: Attend Flathead Valley Community College and later transfer to Great Falls to pursue a degree in dental hygiene.

Emily Getts

Parents: Andrew and Mary Ellen Getts

GPA: 4.059

Activities: Speech and debate; tennis; Student Council; band; Columbians Jazz Band; Leaders of Tomorrow; National Honor Society; yearbook, Model United Nations; Students on Board; science fair.

Scholarships, awards: Elks Lodge Scholarship; All-Conference and All-State, tennis; Academic All-State, tennis, speech and debate; 2016 state expository speaking champion; Speech and Debate Hall of Fame; 2016 National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American Qualifier.

Future: Attend Brigham Young University to double major in journalism and photography and minor in design.

Samantha Gilk

Parents: Tim and Deb Gilk

GPA: 4.157

Activities: Speech and debate; tennis; Columbians; yearbook.

Scholarships, awards: Montana State University Premier Scholarship; Trevor Seaman Memorial Scholarship.

Future: Study architecture at Montana State University.

Haley Greene

Parents: Nacona Greene and the late Joe Greene

GPA: 4.021

Activities: Volleyball; basketball; track; National Honor Society; student body vice president; Peer Allies; Graduation Matters; Health Occupations Students of America; Key Club.

Scholarships, awards: Montana State University Premier Scholarship; Tanner Kolodejchuk Memorial Scholarship; Franzen Memorial Scholarship.

Future: Pursue a degree in nursing at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Stephen Lindsey

Parent: Donna Lindsey

GPA: 3.794

Activities: Spanish Club; football; track and field; National Society of High School Scholars; Evergreen Wolverines Special Olympics coach; Peer Allies; Little Cat Track volunteer coach.

Scholarships, awards: Carroll College Presidential Scholarship and Opportunity Award; Flathead County Democratic Women Scholarship; Montana Tech Chancellor Scholarship and Performance Based Scholarship.

Future: Study biological sciences and possible medicine.

Miranda Livingston

Parents: Danette and Jason Livingston

GPA: 4.0

Activities: Cross country; basketball; track; soccer; Student Council; National Honor Society; Peer Allies; Graduation Matters.

Scholarships, awards: Krystal and Franklin H. Noble Endowed Scholarship; Montana State University/Billings Track Scholarship and Promise Scholarship.

Future: Study premed at MSU-Billings and then transfer to the University of Washington to specialize in pediatrics.

Nicolas Ream

Parents: Allen and Michelle Ream

GPA: 4.125

Activities: Student Council, at-large representative and junior class president; Student Senate; Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Student Council representative; National Honor Society, business manager and treasurer; varsity football and tennis; Graduation Matters/Peer Advocates and Allies; National Society of High School Scholars, ambassador; International Distinguished Scholars Honor Society; HonorSociety.org; United States Achievement Academy “Who’s Who Among Honor Students” and “Who’s Who Among All-American Scholars”; National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists; Tutor Peers; Book Club.

Scholarships, awards: Academic All-State, football and tennis; United States Achievement Academy National Award; Flathead Building Association John and Joe Norrish Memorial Scholarship; Circle of Success-Graduation Matters Scholarship; Smile Montana Scholarship; Don “K” Chevrolet Scholarship; Bothe & Lauridsen Scholarship; Youth Serve Montana Scholarship; Flathead Electric Cooperative Scholarship; University of Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship; Carroll College Trustee Scholarship, Parish Scholarship, Opportunity Grant, Community Living Grant, Borromeo Guild Grant and Hero Scholarship; Montana State University Premier Scholarship; University of Great Falls Presidential Scholarship and Courage Award; Rock Mountain College Trustee Scholarship; Menlo College Scholarship; Georgetown College NSHHS Scholarship; Presidential New York Institute of Technology Scholarship; Notre Dame de Namur University Scholarship; Marist College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Temple University, Newman University, State University of New York at Cortland, ESF, York College of Pennsylvania, Rollins College, Stetson University, Hood College, Beacon College, Fayetteville State University, Methodist University, University of Rochester, Gardner-Webb University, Georgia Tech College of Architecture, Denison University, Georgetown College, University of Dayton, Tulane University, Michigan State University, DePauw University, Olivet Nazarene University, Elmhurst College, Lewis University, Carroll University, Missouri S&T, Westminster College, Truman State University, Creighton University, Texas Tech University, Dordt College, Grand Canyon University, Loyola Marymount University, Azusa Pacific University, Lewis and Clark College, Simpson College, Birmingham-Southern College, Hanover College, Pacific University, Aquinas College, Central Wyoming College, Cardinal Stritch University, Southwest Baptist University, Liberty University, Newman University, Baldwin Wallace University, Westmont College and Dominican University of California scholarships.

Future: Attend the University of Montana Davidson Honors College to major in management, marketing, international business and study pre-law. “I plan to also be a part of politics, starting local, being mayor of Columbia Falls, then representative in the House, then senator, then governor and then president.”

Seth Weidling

Parents: Ben and Laura Weidling

GPA: 4.5

Activities: National Honor Society; Key Club; Spanish Club, president.

Scholarships, awards: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Chancellor Scholarship; Rocky Mountain College Presidential Scholarship.

Future: Attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, to obtain a bachelor’s degree in air traffic control and a master’s degree in Science of Aviation Safety. “My goal is to obtain my helicopter pilot’s license.”

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Graduates

Alexandria Allison, Maija Ames, Shelby Anderson, Blake Arneson, Jordan Axberg, Mary Baker, Gerrad Basham, Daniel Batt, Tavia Bechtel, Brendon Bennett, Jeremy Benton, Amanda Bevan, Jaclyn Bohmer, Cassidi Bowman, Kaden Bradley, Hannah Brooks, Ashley Bruni, Kyler Burns, Derik Butts, Ashley Caffrey, Chelsey Caldwell, Bryce Callender, Morgan Campbell-Queen, Debra Cannon, Loutisha Carr, Samantha Cheetham, Samantha Collins, Hanna Craft, Cheyanne Craner, Alicia Crosswhite, Tanner Dana, Michelle Darsow, Bradley Deibert, Gabriel DeLorme, Brock Denney, Mike Dittrich, Daniel Donofiro, Charlotte Ellis, Zachary Flickinger, Kalei Forman, Sandra French, Matthew Gedlaman, Emily Getts, Samantha Gilk, Allyson Gimbel, Cameron Goodwin, Emily Gravelin, Kaleb Gravelin, Haley Greene, Sydney Grilley, Ashley Hader, Katherine Hawes, Tristan Herzog, Sean Hoerner, Marcus Howard, Timothy Ingham, Chloe Johnson, Ellie Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Abraham Keller, Karrissa Kimball, Nakayla Kline, Kerry Lanners, Shealyn Lefebvre, Stephen Lindsey, Cameron Linstead, Miranda Livingston, Caitlyn Long, Weston Lopez, Gabriel Love, Kristen Lundstrom, Austynn Maddox, Charles Martin, Natasha Martin, Troy Meyer, Ashley Miller, Harley Molchan, Glenn Morden, Tyler Murphy, Seth Murray, Jacob Nelson, Kalob Nelson, Karyssa Nelson, Makayla O’Dea, Derreck Olson, Sadie Panasuk, Shawna Pearson, Mackenzie Peiper, Austin Pepperling, Elizabeth Peterson, Hayden Pierce, Katie Price, Rickey Putnam, Casey Pyskaty, Nicolas Ream, Nathan Riley, Nicholas Ronish, Isabella Rose, Kimberly Ruff, Paul Salo, Kylee Skelton, Daniel Skinner, Jenna Smith, Zachery Smith, Abbey Snyder, Tristin Steinwand, Cheyenne Stephens, Kinzie Stephens, Ian Stoddard-Velasquez, Julian Street, Alexandra Strouse, ShaNae Strowbridge, Cassandra Suddath, Colton Sweeney, Natasha Taylor, Cameron Thomson, Lakota Treat, Mariah Walker, Seth Weidling, Cooper Wendt, Alan Wildish, Carley Williams, Jack Wollenzien, Daniel Woodworth.

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Scholarships and awards

Blake Arneson: Monti and Nicole, Arneson, parents. Columbia Falls Police Association Scholarship; Garden of Eden Scholarship.

Tavia Bechtel: Edward and Nicole Bechtel, parents. Governor's Best and Brightest Merit Scholarship; University of Montana Scholarship; Northern Arizona University Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship.

Amanda Bevan: Richard and Bette Brown, parents. Hawkins Scholarship; College of St. Benedict Presidential Scholarship, Saints Scholarship, Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship and Grant; Carroll College Trustee Scholarship, Opportunity Grant; Borromeo Guild Grant and Halo Scholarship; Washington State University Scholarship.

Jaclyn Bohmer: Matt and Ann Bohmer, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Cassidi Bowman: Troy and Kristine Bowman, parents. Youth Serve Montana Scholarship; Montana University System Honor Scholarship; Soroptimist Scholarship; ACT Top 10 Percent Award; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Chamber of Commerce Book Award.

Ashley Caffrey: Paul and Lisa Caffrey, parents. Boise State University Gem Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Taylor Peterson Scholarship.

Chelsey Caldwell: Jerry and Delseny Caldwell, parents. North Valley Hospital Foundation Scholarship; Grace Ritzman Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; University of Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship.

Bryce Callender: Reggie and Krista Callender, parents. Jim Byrd Scholarship.

Loutisha Carr: Michael and Mary Carr, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Kelsie Christenson: Kevin and Marcie Christenson, parents. Rotary Youth Leadership Scholarship.

Bradley Deibert: Dana and Krista Deibert, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Mike Dittrich: Michael and Crystal Dittrich, parents. ACT Top 10 Percent Award.

Charlotte Ellis: Brett and Laurel Ellis, parents. Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Montana State University-Billings Scholarship; University of Montana Scholarship.

Zack Flickinger: Jamil Latif and Veta Flickinger, parents. Ruder Memorial Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Columbia Falls Lions Club Scholarship; Horatio Alger Scholarship; Taylor Peterson Scholarship.

Emily Getts: Andrew and Mary Ellen Getts, parents. Columbia Falls PEO Scholarship; Soroptimist Scholarship; ACT Top 10 Percent Award; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Smile Montana Scholarship; CFHS Creative Arts Scholarship; Franklin University Switzerland Scholarship; Pratt Institute Presidential Merit Based Scholarship and Munson Williams Proctor Scholarship; Lesley University Scholarship; Northeastern University Dean's Scholarship; Savannah College of Art and Design Honors Scholarship; Brigham Young University Scholarship; Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Scholarship; Savannah College of Art and Design Achievement Honor Scholarship.

Samantha Gilk: Timothy and Deborah Gilk, parents. Rotary Youth Leadership Scholarship; ACT Top 10 Percent Award; Montana State University Premier Scholarship; Washington State University Cougar Academic Award; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Don Gimbel Scholarship.

Haley Greene: Nacona Greene, parent. Tanner Kolodejchuk Academic Scholarship; Montana State University Premier Scholarship; Franzon Memorial Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Teakettle Quilters Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Taylor Peterson Scholarship.

Sydney Grilley: William and Mary Grilley, parents. Russ Schulte Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; North Idaho College Soccer Scholarship.

Katherine Hawes: William and Kendra Hawes, parents. Flathead Valley Community College Ruder Scholarship and Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship.

Sean Hoerner: Paul and Kristi Hoerner, parents. Columbia Falls Eagles Auxiliary Scholarship.

Timothy Ingham: Martin and Cate Ingham, parents. ACT Top 10 Percent Award.

Ellie Johnson: Kyle and Mary Johnson, parents. Tanner Kolodejchuk Athletic Scholarship Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Bob Trinastich Scholarship.

Kerry Lanners: Scott and Deanna Lanners, president. Hawkins Scholarship.

Stephen Lindsey: Donna Lindsey, parent. ACT Top 10 Percent Award; Flathead Democratic Women Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Carroll College Presidential Scholarship and Opportunity Award; Montana Tech Chancellor Scholarship and Performance Based Scholarship; Horatio Alger Montana Scholar Award.

Cameron Linstead: Kari Green, parent. Sonya Tetlie/Ruder Most Improved Student Award.

Miranda Livingston: Jason and Danette Livingston, parents. Montana State University/Billings Promise Scholarship; Montana State University Athletic Scholarship; Krystal and Franklin Noble Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship.

Caitlin Long: Misti Young, parent. Flathead Valley Community College Ruder Scholarship; Columbia Falls Eagles Auxiliary Scholarship; Never Take It for Granted Scholarship.

Natasha Martin: Steve and Shelly Martin, parents. Flathead Valley Community College Ruder Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship.

Ashley Miller: Colby and Sheila Miller, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Glenn Morden: Kurt and Jeanette Morden, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Jacob Nelson: Gary and Mary Nelson, parents. Flathead Valley Community College Ruder Scholarship.

Karyssa Nelson: Mike and Tina Nelson, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Derreck Olson: Deelunn and Nancee Olson, parents. Flathead Valley Community College Ruder Scholarship; Columbia Falls Eagles Auxiliary Scholarship; Spotted Bear Ranger District Scholarship; Flathead Electric Cooperative/Flathead Valley Community College Scholarship.

Sadie Panasuk: Lowell and Laurie Panasuk, parents. Soroptimist Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; University of Montana Scholarship; Flathead Electric Cooperative Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Garden of Eden Scholarship; Smile Montana Scholarship.

Austin Pepperling: Tad and Christie Pepperling, parents. ACT Top 10 Percent Award.

Katie Price: Darin and Kathryn Price, parents. Montana State University Premier Scholarship.

Rickey Putnam: Arthur and Shelly Putnam, parents. Lions Club Tony Bennent Scholarship.

Nicolas Ream: Allen and Michelle Ream, parents. John and Joe Norrish Memorial Scholarship; Youth Serve Montana Scholarship; Bothe & Lauridson Make a Difference Scholarship; Don K Chevrolet Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Honor Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Flathead Electric Cooperative Scholarship; Smile Montana Scholarship; Taylor Peterson Scholarship; New York Institute of Technology Presidential Scholarship; Georgetown College Scholarship and NSHSS Scholarship; Carroll College Halo Scholarship, Parish Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Opportunity Grant, Community Living Grant and Boromeo Guild Grant; Dominican University of California Scholarship; University of Montana Academic Achievement Scholarship; Rocky Mountain College Trustee Scholarship; University of Great Falls Presidential Scholarship; Marist College Scholarship; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship; Temple University Scholarship; Newmann University Scholarship; State University of New York Cortland Scholarship and ESF Scholarship; York College of Pennsylvania Scholarship; Rollins College Scholarship; Stetson University Scholarship; Hood College Scholarship; Beacon College Scholarship; Fayetteville State University Scholarship; Methodist University Scholarship; University of Rochester Scholarship; Gardner-Webb University Scholarship; Georgia Tech College of Architecture Scholarship; Denison University Scholarship; University of Dayton Scholarship; Tulane University Scholarship; Michigan State University Scholarship; Indiana Tech Scholarship; Alma College Scholarship; Indiana Wesleyan University Scholarship; Depauw University Scholarship; Olivet Nazarene University Scholarship; Elmhurst College Scholarship; Lewis and Clark College Scholarship; Carroll University Scholarship; Missouri University of Science and Technology Scholarship; Westminister College Scholarship; Truman State University Scholarship; Creighton University Scholarship; Texas Tech University Scholarship; Dordt College Scholarship; Grand Canyon University Scholarship; Loyola Marymount University Scholarship; Azusa Pacific University Scholarship; Birmingham -Southern College Scholarship; Hanover College Scholarship; Pacific University Scholarship; Aquinas College Scholarship; Menlo College Scholarship; Simpson College Scholarship; Central Wyoming College Scholarship; Cardinal Stritch University Scholarship; Southwest Baptist University Scholarship; Montana State University Premier Scholarship; Liberty University Scholarship; Newman University Scholarship; Baldwin Wallace University Scholarship; United States Achievement Academy National Award; Circle of Success Graduation Matters Scholarship; Westmont College Scholarship; Notre Dame de Namur University Scholarship; Dominican University of California Scholarship; Trevor Seaman Scholarship.

Nathan Riley: Scott and Sheila Riley, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Isabella Rose: Patrick and Erin Rose, parents. Columbia Falls Eagles Auxiliary Scholarship.

Abbey Snyder: Michael Snyder and Andrea Browning, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Tristin Steinwand: Greg Steinwand and Letha Buus, parents. Hawkins Scholarship.

Alexandria Strouse: Michael and Barbara Strouse, parents. Soroptimist Scholarship; Flathead Valley Community College Ruder Scholarship; Hawkins Scholarship; Pepsi Cola CFHS Activities Scholarship.

Colton Sweeney: Mike and Tina Sweeney, parents. Flathead Valley Community College Ruder Scholarship.

Seth Weidling: Ben and Laura Weidling, parents. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Chancellor Scholarship and Aeronautical University Grant; Rocky Mountain College Presidential Scholarship.

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Information provided by Columbia Falls High School. Because of early deadlines, scholarship lists are incomplete.

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