Sixth-grader wins Clyde Park school Geography Bee

Jean Skillman

Hunter Willis, Shields Valley sixth-grader, won first place in the school Geography Bee held Jan. 18 in Clyde Park. Fifth-grader Remy Sexton took second place. 


Other students competing in the bee were: eighth-grade — Finn Sexton; seventh grade — Emma Woodruff, Sebastein Meyer, and Shawn VonHeeder; sixth grade — Jaeli Jenkins; fifth grade — Reagan Long; and fourth grade — Mackenzie DeFord and Zoey Watson. 

As the school winner, Willis will advance to the next level of competition, an online examination, to determine the state winner. The National Championship is in May in Washington, D.C.

This is the 29th year the National Geographic Society has held the national Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in five U.S. territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world. 


Star Students

Shields Valley Star Students for January are: kindergarten — Hayden Cammuso and Avery Watson; first grade — Bodie Bullard and Kendall Mosley; second grade — Kylee Block and Wyatt Dunkel; third grade — Beau Holliday and Ismay Johnstone; fourth grade — Mackenzie DeFord and Asha Jerke; fifth grade —Bailey Hoeme and Ruger Stallard; and sixth grade — Rose Fowler and Blaine Mills.


69 quilts

This year at the annual quilting week at Shields River Lutheran Church in Wilsall 69 quilts were complete, with 23 ladies from five counties helping. A big thank-you goes to all who had a part in this project.

The finished quilts are given to the Montana Rescue Mission, Shodair Children’s Hospital, the Shrine Hospital, fire victims, local needs, and Disaster Response and World Hunger Appeal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.


100th birthday

A 100 birthday celebration for Pearl D’Ewart is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Wilsall School.


Club news

The Brackett Creek Women met Jan. 18 at the home of Rosemary Newman with six members present. Two get-well cards were signed for members, and a Christmas card was read from a past member who has moved from the area. Dues were collected. It was reported that the hats and gloves given to the Shields Valley School in Wilsall were greatly appreciated. They discussed the mountain lion tracks seen in the neighborhood. Sue Scott spoke to them about health issues. Refreshments of apple cake and brownies were served. The door prize, lady’s driving gloves, went home with Judy Watson. The Feb. 15 meeting will be at the home of Judy Watson. 



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

• The Cottonwood Pinochle Club met Jan. 18 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church Hall. Diana Miller, June Miller, Sarah Leyde and Betty Fitzpatrick were hostesses. Tom Sarrazin won men’s high prize and Dan Wertz, men’s low. Joyce Sarrazin won women’s high prize and Linda Wertz, women’s low. The door prize went home with Terry Sarrazin.

• Wilsall Women’s Pinochle Club met Monday afternoon at the Shields Valley Senior Center. Prize winners were Marie Smith, high; Dorothy Lucas, low; and Linda Wilson, traveling.

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


Carrier thanks

Enterprise carriers Wayne and Sheila Dornek would like to thank all their Shields Valley customers for the goodies and gifts given them during the holiday season. They say, “We look forward to serving you in 2017.”


School schedule:  

• Jan. 26: The elementary and junior high boys basketball teams start playing at 4 p.m. in Big Timber.

• Jan. 27: The elementary and junior high boys basketball teams start playing Gardiner at 9 a.m. in Clyde Park. The high school basketball teams start playing at 4:30 p.m., with the boys junior varsity at Lone Peak in Big Sky. 

• Jan. 28: The high school basketball teams start playing at 4 p.m., with the boys junior varsity against Roberts in Clyde Park.

• Feb. 2: The elementary and junior high boys basketball teams start playing White Sulphur Springs at 2:30 p.m. in Wilsall.


Jean Skillman can be reached at (406) 578-2570.