Student Excellence Awards 2018

McKenna BarkusMcKenna Barkus.
McKenna is a Nursing and Health Performance major. She was Captain of the MSU-N Cross Country Team (2015-2017); served as an MSU-N Ambassador 2016-2017; earned the American Red Cross NAIA Student Athlete Leadership Award and the NAIA Champions of Character Award (2016); NAIA Academic All-Conference Award (2015-2016) and was a Healthy Lifestyle Advocates Member and Peer Educator from 2016-the present.
Her nominator describes McKenna as "a selfless student leader." She has volunteered at countless community health fairs.
She has been on the Dean's List since her Freshman year in 2014. After graduation, McKenna plans to work as a registered nurse while pursuing a master's degree to become a nurse practitioner. She intends to focus her professional work in low-income areas.

Gerrad R. BohlGerrad R. Bohl. 
Gerrad will graduate with a Criminal Justice major and Psychology minor. While pursuing higher education at four institutions—Santa Rosa Junior College, San Francisco City College, Columbia University in New York and Montana State University-Northern, he earned the Elizabeth-Jestrab-Chaffee Memorial Scholarship, the Dr. W.A. & Gail Rader Scholarship, and the Frank Doyle Scholarship.
He volunteered for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Americorps, Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue, Saving Opal Foundation, and the Montana Academy of Dance. He has performed in Montana Actors Theatre productions and MSU-N Multicultural Center events.
Most recently, Gerrad worked with Northern's Student Support Services and was asked to develop a course on Study Skills—also helping to facilitate the course.
One nominator describes Gerrad as "one of the most dedicated and hardworking students" she has ever worked with. Another nominator describes him as "very enthusiastic, mature, and caring toward other people."
After graduation, Gerrad plans to attend law school and subsequently work in the area of public defense and work to help others improve their lives.

Photo Not AvailableChina Bohn.
China will graduate with a double major in Biology and Business Administration. She has been active in the Business Professionals of America while at Northern recently earning 1st place in Contemporary Issues, 3rd place in Team Video Production, and 4th place in Business Meeting Management Concepts at the 2017 National Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference. She has been on the Dean's List every semester at Northern and was rewarded for her academic efforts by winning numerous scholarships including the PEO Z scholarship in 2016.
Her undergraduate research was recently accepted for presentation at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) for biology (one of 50 selected from a group of over 4,000 submissions).
China has volunteered extensively at Northern and in the Havre community. Her work includes highway cleanups, teaching technology use, carving pumpkins, and dyeing Easter eggs with local senior citizens. She volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, and served on the Board of Directors for the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce as the MSU-Northern student representative.
She has worked in MSU-N's Admissions Office, the Student Learning Center, and is in her third rotation of internship with GE Transportation. Last spring she did an internship at St. Jude's where she learned about nonprofit organizations and grant writing.
In her spare time, China enjoys playing intramural volleyball and softball.
Upon graduation China will either pursue graduate study in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Baylor University where she has been offered a fellowship or pursue a career in business.

Kasee Rae ClarkKasee Rae Clark.
Kasee will graduate with a degree in Agriculture Operations Technology with a minor in Business Technology.
While at Northern she has been active in the Professional Agricultural Students Club (PAS) for three years where she was Secretary/Treasurer for one year and served on various committees. She was a member of Collegiate Stockgrowers for two years—serving on various committees for that organization.
Before coming to Northern, Kasee attended Northwest College for a year where she was on the Academic President's List and was a member of the Agricultural Block and Bridle Club. At Northwest, she was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. At Northern, Kasee has been on the Dean's List for four semesters and was honored by MSU-N for her work in last summer's fire relief efforts.
She earned scholarships from the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Supply, Montana Seed Trade Association, Vigilante Electric, and earned the June & Richard Lemke Scholarship and the Eugene W. Bergstrom Scholarship.
Her extensive volunteer work included valentine letters for the elderly, the annual Halloween carnival on campus, judging high school FFA projects, highway cleanup, North Central Team Penning and Doctoring, reading to first graders at Highland Park School, East Fork Fire Fighting and Fencing, Lodgepole Complex Fire Fencing, and Pint Night for East Fork Fire.
Kasee is describes as "an exemplary young lady with a bright future" by one of her nominators. A second nominator said Kasee "is a well-rounded, well-liked individual who strives to go above and beyond in every task she takes on."
After graduation, Kasee plans to accept a full-time position at the Northern Agricultural Research Center. After gaining a few more years of experience, she hopes to purchase a ranch.

Breck DonBreck Don. 
Breck is a Diesel Technology: Equipment Management and Business Administration Technology major. She served Northern as an Ambassador and ran for the Cross Country Team for three years where she was named to the Academic All-Conference team for all three years and a Champion of Character. This year she earned the MTCC Athletes in Service Award (one of only 12.) This award is presented to student athletes for their outstanding community service work.
Breck worked in the Financial Aid Office for all four years where she is described as "a reliable, dependable employee." She is only the second student to be given the title of "Financial Aid Peer Counselor." She often accompanies the MSU Northern Admissions and Financial Aid representatives to Havre High School.
Breck is described as "a very warm and approachable personality that puts students and families at ease when discussing financial aid matters."
After graduation, Breck will go to work with Kiewit as an equipment engineer.

Emma Elizabeth FausEmma Elizabeth Faus.
Emma will leave Northern with a degree in Diesel Technology: Equipment Management and an associates degree in Agricultural Mechanics.
Emma was selected to attend Kiewit's Women in Construction Leadership Seminar and to teach Principles of Torque at a Women in Male Dominated Fields event. She worked tirelessly to promote, recruit, and raise money for the Diesel program. She was routinely called upon to talk with young women considering careers in traditionally male-dominated fields. When not turning a wrench in class, Emma taught ballet at a local dance studio. Emma is described as "a model for all students."
Most recently, Emma raised awareness for the need for greater understanding of relationships between sexes in the classroom and work place. As a result, a campus committee was formed and a national organization known as "A Call to Men" was brought to our campus to address the challenges. and behavioral change in attitudes and actions Over 100 faculty, staff, students and administrators have received training.
After graduation Emma will work for John Deere as a combine mechanic.

Peyton FiliusPeyton Filius. 
Peyton will graduate with a degree in Elementary Education (HPE, K-12). She is described as "a great in the community...a perfect example of what it means to be a student-athlete." She "works about as hard as any player I have coached..." She has been on the Dean's List every semester at Northern; has been a 4-time Academic All-Conference selection and a two-time NAIA Academic All-American.
In her four years at Northern she has been involved in over 25 community service projects including, helping to renovate cabins at Camp Kiwanis in the Bears Paw Mountains, re-painting the pavilion at Second Lake and volunteering in the Havre schools. She routinely helps with the Northern Lights Athletic Scholarship Foundation, the Havre Chapter of Walleye's Unlimited, and Havre Pheasants Forever.
On campus, she actively participated in Campus Cleanup Days.
Peyton is applying for teaching positions across Montana.

Tana MarbleTana Marble.
Tana will graduate with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Small Business Management and Marketing.
She has been on the Dean's List for seven semesters—we're still waiting to know how she is doing this semester... She has been actively involved in the Business Professionals of America (BPA), competing in national competitions in 2016, where she placed in the top five in all three of her events—Graphic Design Promotions, Video Production, and Digital Publishing; in 2017, she was the national champion in Graphic Design Promotions and 3rd in Video Production. This year she will compete in Graphic Design Promotions and Video Production. In recognition of her strong classroom performance she earned a number of scholarships including the Washington Foundation Scholarship, the Buttrey Scholarship, and the Northern Chancellor's Scholarship.
Tana is currently the president of the Business Professionals of America club—the previous two years she was the social media manager. While a student, Tana worked in the University Relations Department where she developed digital and print material to expand the campus brand. She has recently done work for the Little River Institute creating professional PowerPoint layouts, posters for the Sweetgrass Society Powwow and other promotional materials.
In addition, Tana volunteers with the BPA Highway Cleanup, Plant a Seed...Read, and during breaks volunteering to help elementary arts students in Great Falls. She also volunteered in various capacities at the State High School Business Professionals of America competition in Billings. She also volunteered with Get Fit Great Falls during their National Trails Day and with the GFPS Care Program Tobacco Free campaign.
After graduation, Tana will be working full-time as a Website Experience Specialist at North 40's Corporate Office in Great Falls where she served as an intern last summer.

Garth M. MitchellGarth M. Mitchell.
Garth will graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology.
While his effort towards graduation has been consistent, his story and challenges are unique. He began his academic career in the fall of 2010 at Montana State University in Bozeman where he enrolled in Construction Engineering Technology. Two years later he discovered that that program was not the right fit for him. He took a few years off from school while he worked in the construction field, returning to college in the fall of 2014. At that time he enrolled in MSU-Northern's Civil Engineering Technology program.
Garth continued his service with the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls. He excelled in the CET program during his first year, but was deployed for 7 months to western Asia in the fall of 2015. During his deployment he was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal. He earned a second Air Force Achievement Medal for work done on a two week TDY to Slovenia during the summer of 2017. He returned to school in the summer of 2016 and will graduate this May. He has consistently been named to the Dean's List and was awarded the National Guard Scholarship every semester he was studying at MSU-Northern.
Garth has been a "subtle mentor" to his fellow students. He has worked full-time while pursuing his degree. His service to our country, his commitment to his family and dedication to the pursuit of his educational goals is a great example to all.
After graduation, Garth plans to work for the 341st Civil Engineering Group on Malmstrom Air Force Base as a civil service employee.

Trent NoelTrent Noel.
Trent will be graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology.
One nominator described Trent as "a positive addition to the Montana State University-Northern Campus since the day he enrolled." He has been involved in multiple campus organizations including CET Club—vice president from 2015-2017 and president, 2017-2018. He was Program Council Coordinator from 2015-2017, served on Student Senate (ASMSUN) from 2014-2017. He was Student Manager of the KNMC radio station from 2015-2017 and served as a Resident Assistant from 2014-2017 and Resident Director from 2017-the present. He also volunteered with catering from 2014-2017. He is a We Love Northern Ball Recipient for 2015, 2016, and 2017 and played on the Northern Golf team this year.
Trent is a volunteer extraordinaire who is always among the first to volunteer to help with any campus project. He can lead, arrange, or coordinate any project. He is a creative person who not only leads well, but knows how to follow. He is equally comfortable providing needed direction or getting his hands dirty. One nominator said of Trent, "...students like him do not come along often...Northern is a better campus because of Trent, and will miss him next year.
Trent has been on the Dean's List all but one semester at Northern and will graduate with honors—cum laude.
Trent is still formulating plans after graduation. As one with varied interests and talents, he has applied for several jobs in a variety of fields.

Ethan P. PartchEthan P. Partch. 
Ethan will graduate with a degree in Agricultural Operations Technology with a minor in Small Business Management & Agricultural Mechanics.
Described as an "all around good guy" by one of his nominators, probably everyone who knows him would agree with that characterization. While active on campus as a member of Professional Agricultural Students (PAS) and Dance Club he was named to the Dean's List every semester. He has served as Administrative Assistant for Student Senate (ASMSUN) for two years and was a member of the Lights Golf Team.
He competed at the 2016 National Conference on the Soils Specialist Team and was a member of the 2018 Crops Specialist Team at the National Conference. He served Northern in a variety of positions—most notably as the "go-to" person for trouble-shooting the bowling alley in the Student Union Building.
After graduation, Ethan will work this summer in Fairfield, Montana for Research Designed for Agriculture (RD4Ag) doing contract Ag research. At the end of the summer, he will move back to the Yakima Valley to become a crop consultant and take over the family farm.

Kealani SagapoluKealani Sagapolu.
Kealani will graduate with a degree in Health Promotions and a minor in Psychology. She was a leader on our women's basketball program, on campus, and in the Havre community. She was a leader who was also very active in her church.
Kealani earned the first-ever internship (for a Health Promotion student) with BNSF this past summer. The people there were reported being very impressed with her knowledge and ability to work with others. She is a top-notch student who will earn Academic All-American honors this spring.

According to one of her nominators, "On the court, Kealani was a leader and one of my hardest workers. She brought a great attitude to the court every, single day..."
In the community, Kealani participated in about 25 service projects during her time at Northern. She was always the first one to sign up for things without question, and brought a smile to all she did. Kealani exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete.
In addition to countless hours spent in service at her church, Kealani helped with projects for the Northern Lights Athletic Scholarship Foundation, the Havre Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, and Havre Pheasants Forever. She also participated in on-campus events, and was a mainstay for Campus Cleanup Day. She helped renovate cabins in the Bears Paw Mountains, and worked the Alumni Chinese Auction. She also visited Havre-area schools and was amazing in her work with children. Her work ethic speaks for itself, and the results of her work were always outstanding.
After graduation, Kealani will return home for the summer and start graduate school in the fall.