Schools hold graduation

Jean Skillman

Shields Valley schools held their graduation ceremonies on Sunday.

Students graduating for Shields Valley High School were: Phallon Arthun, Karli Broell, Sophia Fairchild, Kayla Gagen, Tristen Jenkins, Taylor Johnson, Teslin Johnson, Kylie Kerkaert, Colton Lohman, Tim Morgan, Bronson Myrstol, Daniel Rivera, Cheyenne Sands, Quinn Short, Jordan Stafford and Logan Stafford. The Salutatorian was Bronson Myrstol and the Valedictorian was Kayla Gagen.

Shields Valley students graduating from the eighth grade were: 

Lilli Auger, Arik  Ayers, Elizabeth Chapel, Michael Collins, Annica Estes, Seth George, Emmett Gilbert, Tori Johnson, Sage McMinn, Samantha Nelson, Cayla Parks, Rane Sager, Hunter Sanderson, Lily Short, Colton Silverwood, Trinity Willis and Karlee  Worthington.


Athletic awards

Listed below are the athletic awards given to Shields Valley students on May 17.

Girls basketball: 

Kylie Kerkaert — Second Team All-conference, Academic All-State and Defensive MVP; Kayla Gagen — All-State, First Team All-Conference, Academic All-State, Coach’s Choice and Offensive MVP; Jen Fairchild — Most Improved; Brook Russell — Academic All-State; 

Boys basketball: 

Tristen Jenkins — Second Team All-Conference; Brock Peterson — First Team All-Conference, Academic All-State and Team MVP; Daniel Rivera — Coach’s Choice; Colton Jones — Second Team All-Conference; Bronson Myrstol — Most Improved and Academic All-State.

Boys track and field: 

Colton Jones — All-Conference; Brock Peterson — All-Conference, Top Male Performer and Coach’s Choice; Bronson Myrstol — Coach’s Choice; Daniel Rivera — All-Conference and Weenie of the Year; Morgan Raw — All-Conference,

Girls track and field: 

Emma Doolittle — All-Conference, All-State and Coach’s Choice; Kayla Gagen — All-Conference, All-State and Top Female Performer; Jen Fairchild — All-Conference and All-State; Kylie Kerkaert — All-Conference and All-State; Brook Russell — All-Conference, All-State and Coach’s Choice. 

Triple letter winners for the year were Colton Jones, Brock Peterson, Daniel Rivera, Kyla Gagen, Kylie Kerkaert, Brook Russell, Jen Fairchild, Lauren Flatt and Emma Doolittle. 

Kayla Gagen was named Female Athlete of the Year and Brock Peterson Male Athlete of the Year.


Upcoming events

• American Legion Post #23 will be doing Memorial Day services at the Wilsall Cemetery at 8 a.m. and at the Clyde Park Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. Also at the Clyde Park Cemetery they will do a dedication service for the monument honoring all the veterans there and at the nearby St. Margaret’s Cemetery.

• The Clyde Park Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the Town Hall. 

• The Shields Valley Farmers Market begins its summer season Monday, June 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Clyde Park. Special music will be provided by Eve Dunkel.

• A benefit to help with medical expenses for Errol Vincent is planned for Friday, June 10, at 6 p.m. at the Clyde Park Rural Fire Hall on U.S. Highway 89. There will be a barbecue and live auction. Donations to the auction may be left with Nancy Gilbert at the Gibson-Cassidy House in Clyde Park. Tickets for a quilt raffle may be purchased from Nancy Gilbert, Dennis Wertz or Sharon Jones. They are $1 each or six for $5. There is also a benefit account at the Clyde Park Bank of the Rockies.


Club news

• The Wilsall Vets Club needs help putting up the flags at the Wilsall Cemetery Saturday, May 28, starting at 8 a.m. The flags will be taken down Tuesday, May 31, and help will be appreciated that day also. 

• The Brackett Creek Women’s Club met May 18 at the home of Tess Jones with 10 members present. Dues were collected. They discussed trash pickup along Brackett Creek Road and their little library. Joanne Desch, newly appointed Bridger Canyon Fire Department Board member, announced a fundraiser pancake breakfast at the Fire Department Saturday, June 11. The group will send cards to young people from the Brackett Creek area who are graduating from high school and college.

Brad Bauer, Natural Resources Extension Agent with Montana State University Extension Services, presented a program on how to take care of trees and shrubs around your place for wildfire protection and to attract birds and wildlife, and what to do for weed control. 

Triple berry pie and chocolate chip cookies were served. The door prize of hand made soap from Alaska was won by Rosemary Newman. The next meeting is Sept. 21 at the home of Wilma Bogar and the Oct. 19 meeting is at the home of Judy Watson. During the summer there will be a potluck Wednesday, July 20, at the home of Diann Schmidt.



• The Clyde Park Bridge Club met May 18 at Clyde Park Tavern and Cafe. with Kathy DeBoer as hostess. Prize winners were Sharon Jones, high; and Shirley Wilson, bingo.

• Wilsall Women’s Pinochle Club met Monday afternoon at the Shields Valley Senior Center. Prize winners were Georgia Hogenson, high; Shirley Hoyem, low; and Betty Burdette, traveling.

• Winners of the May 24 Senior Citizens card party were Dorothy Lucas, first; Georgia Hogenson, low; and Marie Smith, traveling.


School schedule 

• May 27: School is out at noon on this the last day.

• May 27-28: The State Track Meet is in Missoula.


Reach Jean Skillman at (406) 578-2570