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March 2019 News and Notes

 

Bond Referendum Set for April 9th 

​​​​​​​Voters in Williston Public School District #1 will be asked to go to the polls once again to decide whether to add on to the high school and build 2 new elementary schools.  In order to accomplish this feat, voters will be asked to support a $60 million bond referendum AND increase the existing building fund mil levy from 10 to 20 mils.

The graphics below highlight important information for voters:  THE COST and THE PLAN.

 

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Carol and Lowell Sandvik, in  memory of  Dean Hermes
  • David and Gay Williamson, in memory of Dean Hermes, Darlene and Jim Leinen
  • Lloyd and Connie Teske, in memory of Scott Lippert
  • Diane Stockman, for the Donald and Josephine Stockman Memorial Scholarship
  • Diane Hagen, in memory of Dean Hermes
  • James Babb and Gail Migliorini, in memory of Rose Johnson -- for the Alfred and Jennie Solberg Memorial Scholarship
  • Arvid and Judy Johnson, in memory of Katie Hughes
  • David and Veanna Selid, in memory of Katie Hughes
  • Paul and Kristi Beauchman, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • John and DaVee MacMaster, for the Neva MacMaster Memorial English Teacher Scholarship and the Bud MacMaster Memorial Teacher/Coach Scholarship, in memory of Duane Anderson, Joan Bekkedahl, Steve Ogurchak
  • Aileen "Fay" Carlson Behm, in memory of Verona Wegley Lechler
  • Bonnie and Paul Bennett, in memory of Dean Hermes and Joyce Landes
  • Gene and Tammy Johnson, in memory of Randy Everson
  • Sonny and Patricia Hanson, for the Oliver and Hilda Hanson Memorial Scholarship in memory of Joan Bekkedahl
  • Craig McIvor, for the Ben McIvor Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Jim Leinen, Scott Lippert, Todd Gaudreau, Cleo Lowe, and Joan Bekkedahl
  • Anonymous donation to Legends Field in memory of Dean Hermes
  • Roger and Sandy Kohlman, in memory of Dean Hermes
  • Mary and Preston Persson, for the Mary Persson Pursuit of Excellence Teacher Scholarship
  • Angela Palmer, in memory of Joan Bekkedahl
  • Debra (Fougner) Pankow, in memory of John Fougner
  • Luella Krabseth, in memory of Joan Bekkedahl
  • Stan and Amy Reep, in memory of Joan Bekkedahl
  • Tate and Jody Cymbaluk, in memory of Joan Bekkedahl
  • Roger and Paula Cymbaluk, in memory of Joan Bekkedahl
  • Next Home Fredricksen Real Estate, in memory of Elizabeth Adamson
  • Tyler and Marie Persson, for the Mary Persson Pursuit of Excellence Teacher Scholarship
  • Dick and Marg McKennett, in memory of Jane McNabb
  • Karla Olson, for the Leslee Bublitz Memorial Scholarship
  • Julie Wrolson, for the WHS Class of 1980 Memorial Scholarship

Absentee Voting Information -- You can vote now at the WPSD#1 office!

Did You Know?

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

We are thrilled to announce that we have set up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation:  The Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment and the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment for the Betterment of Williston Schools.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 

​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​

February 2019 News and Notes

Scholarship Spotlight: Mary Persson Pursuit of Excellence Teacher Scholarship

Mary Persson spent 4 decades teaching young minds in the Williston school system, retiring officially in the spring of 2108 (although she still subs in the district). Upon her retirement, her son Tyler and his wife Marie decided they wanted to honor Mary’s passion for education, her dedication to her students, and her outstanding career with WPSD #1 by creating a teacher scholarship in her name.

Because Mary spent a large portion of her career at Lewis & Clark Elementary school, our committee decided to give the first year's awards to teachers at that school who are working on their Master's Degrees.

In all, 4 Lewis & Clark teachers were awarded a scholarship in the amount of $500 in honor of their former colleague and friend: Brandie Hass, 2nd grade teacher; Melissa Heller, 3rd grade teacher; Lacey Hendrickson, reading strategist; and Tara Christoffersen, Title 1 teacher.

What a neat tribute by Mary's son and daughter-in-law, and what a special treat for the Lewis & Clark educators who are pursuing excellence like Mary Persson.

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Randy Semingson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Teresa Kennedy, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Rhonda Granbois Bartlett, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Kent Ralph, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Peggy Conlin, in memory of Jim Leinen

    Paula and Russell Schilke, in memory of Don Urbatch

    Doyle Berve, unrestricted

    James Powers, in memory of Larry Hanson

    Gerald and Aileen Behm, in memory of Larry Hanson

    Lowell and Carol Sandvik, in memory of Larry Hanson and Dean Hermes

    Pat and Kim Hennessy, in memory of Larry Hanson

    Gene and Tammy Johnson, in memory of Jim Leinen

    United Technologies, unrestricted

    Darrin Knudsvig, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Gary and Colleen Dorval, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Mark and Shelley Ellis, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Samantha Roberts, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Michelle Alexander, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Kristy Richards, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Jenna Anderson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Bob and Kathy Bartz, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Bill and Shelly Witt, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Peri (Smith) McMeans, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Wayne Rau, for the WHS Class of 1981 Memorial Scholarship

    Jack and Darla Scheuerman, in memory of Carmen Bisbee, for the WHS Class of 1981 Memorial Scholarship

    Kari and James Klug, in memory of Jill Herreid and Scott Lippert, for the WHS Class of 1981 Memorial Scholarship

    Whitney Olson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Deb and Rob Kemp, for the Leslee Bublitz Memorial Scholarship, in memory of  Scott Lippert

    Kellie Llewellyn, for the WHS Class of 1996 Memorial Scholarship

    Billie Pippenger, for the WHS Class of 1996 Memorial Scholarship

    Stephanie Kopseng, for the WHS Class of 1996 Memorial Scholarship

    John and Cathy Schmitz, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    Marty and Arlis Haug, for the Marty and Arlis Haug Family Scholarship and the Oliver and Hilda Hanson Memorial Scholarship

    Fred and Marlene Roberts, in memory of Norby O'Keefe and Jim Leinen -- for the Legends Field project

    Lynn and Melissa Sundby, in memory of Wendell Larson and Joan Amsden

    Gary and Leora Sukut, in memory of Larry Hanson and Dean Hermes -- for the Legends Field project

    Kayleen Njos, unrestricted

    John and DaVee MacMaster, in memory of Mavis Sogard, Jim Leinen, Larry Hanson, Doug Engman, Jerry Illebrun, and Todd Gaudreau, for the Bud MacMaster Memorial Teacher Scholarship and the Neva MacMaster Memorial Teacher Scholarship

    Tom and Kathleen Conlin, in memory of Jim Leinen and Larry Hanson

    Dean Aafedt, in memory of Todd Gaudreau

    American State Bank and Trust, in memory of Jane McNabb

    Steve and Jan Sell, in memory of Todd Gaudreau and Joan Amsden

    Clyde and Janell Sailer, in memory of Dean Hermes

    Gerald and Marilyn Rooks, in memory of Dean Hermes

    Rodney and Sharon Anderson, in memory of Dean Hermes

    Gary and Doreen Knutson, in memory of Dean Hermes

    Arlan and Gayle Arnson, in memory of Dean Hermes

    Ricky Kittleson, in memory of Dean Hermes

    C and J Energy Services (Sheila and Brian Haaland), for the Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship

    David and Gay Williamson, for swimming and wrestling, in memory of Dean Hermes, Darlene and Jim Leinen

    Lloyd and Connie Teske, in memory of Scott Lippert and Todd Gaudreau

    Diane Stockman, for the Don and Josephine Stockman Memorial Scholarship

    Diane Hagen, in memory of Dean Hermes

    James Babb and Gail Migliorini, for the Alfred and Jennie Solberg Memorial Scholarship, in memory of  Rose Johnson


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Awards Night Set

The 2019 Williston Coyote Foundation Awards Night is set for Wednesday, May 8th, at 7:00pm at WHS.  We are excited to honor the 2019 graduating class of Coyotes with scholarships to continue their education beyond high school.  The deadline to apply for scholarships through the Coyote Foundation is Friday, March 15th.

Another Successful WSC/WHS Event

The annual Williston State College "friend-raising" event in Phoenix, AZ, was a huge success. We are so grateful to be included in the event each President's Day weekend, and we had so much fun chatting with alumni and friends of WHS and the Williston Coyote Foundation. Having people come up and visit with us about how the Coyote Foundation has made an impact in their lives was truly remarkable.

​​​​​​​Until next year!

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

We are thrilled to announce that we have set up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation:  The Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment and the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment for the Betterment of Williston Schools.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 

​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​

January 2019 News and Notes

Two Bakken Elementary Educators to Participate in STEM Training
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Brandi Mehlhoff and Audrey Angelo, Bakken Elementary teachers, have been chosen to participate in a STEM Education Fellowship Program. The teachers are being recognized for their efforts in promoting STEM education at their school, and thanks to Equinor and the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, they will get to attend the Texas Computer Education Association's 2019 convention and exposition in San Antonio, Texas this February.

A big congratulations goes out to these two outstanding educators! We are thrilled to see all the amazing things they have been doing in the Makerspace at Bakken Elementary!

See the full article here.

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Floyd Stewart
  • Brad and Marilyn Olson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Norman and Lisa Hanson, for the school lunch program
  • Brandy LaDue, for the school lunch program
  • Robert Torgerson
  • Calvin and Charlene Eklund, for the school lunch program
  • Stan and Amy Reep, in memory of Todd Gaudreau, Janet Goar Williams, Larr Hanson, and Jim Leinen
  • Rodney and Sharon Anderson, in memory of Jim Leinen and Larry Hanson
  • Roger and Sandy Kohlman, in memory of Larry Hanson
  • Dick and Marg McKennett, in memory of Mavis Sogard
  • Sonny and Patricia Hanson, for the Sonny and Patricia Hanson Family Scholarship and the Oliver and Hilda Hanson Memorial Scholarship
  • Fred and Coral Whisenand, in memory of Mavis Sogard, Janet Goar Williams, and Larry Hanson
  • Del and Lorna Easton, in memory of Jim Leinen
  • Gayle and Arlan Arnson, in memory of Jim Leinen, Doug Engman and Larry Hanson
  • Lowell and Carol Sandvik, in memory of Jim Leinen and Larry Hanson
  • Gary and Doreen Knutson, in memory of Jim Leinen
  • Joe Hallgren, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Deb and Rob Kemp, in memory of Mavis Sogard, for the Les Bublitz Memorial Scholarship
  • Margaret Conlin, in memory of Jim Leinen for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship
  • Paula and Russell Schilke, in memory of Todd Gaudreau and Don Urbatch, for the Todd Gaudreau Memorial Scholarship
  • Doyle Berve
  • James Powers, in memory of Larry Hanson
  • Gerald and Aileen Behm, in memory of Larry Hanson
  • Pat and Kim Hennessy, in memory of Larry Hanson, Wendell Gene Larson
  • Gene and Tammy Johnson, in memory of Jim Leinen
  • United Technologies
  • John and Kit Creasy, for the Eleanor and Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship, in honor of Jack Snyder Jr.
  • Porter and Lisa Dawson, for the Eleanor and Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship, in honor of Jack Snyder Jr.
  • Dick and Marg McKennett, in memory of Todd Gaudreau and Larry Hanson
  • Fred and Marlene Roberts, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Wayne Fretland
  • Craig McIvor, in memory of Larry Hanson and Jerry Illebrun
  • Janet Howard Monroe
  • Orell Schmitz, for the Lois Schmitz Memorial Scholarship
  • Cathy Schmitz, for the Ted Schmitz Memorial Scholarhsip
  • Patricia Kalil Margarit
  • John Laqua, for the Janet Hughes Laqua Memorial Scholarship
  • Marty and Arlis Haug
  • Donald Skjei Revocable Living Trust
  • Phil Jackson
  • Bill and Laurie Carl, for the Cathie Carl Gendreau Memorial Scholarship
  • Ted Hopgood, for the Legends Field project
  • Neil and Colleen Reuter, for the Legends Field Project
  • Matthew and Carla Vannatta, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Layton and Joan Anderson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Patrick and Deann Krueger, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Steven and Stacy Adducci, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Wayne and Jane Engebretson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Mark and Susan Ceglowski, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Pam Stromme, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Regina Emery, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Dan Brown, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Shannon and Bruce Miller, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Terry Sivertson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Denice (Nice) Ruscigno, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Michael and Carol Bartels, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Allen Quie, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Brian Helstad, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Michael and Lynne Edstrom, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • John and Yvonne Clayton, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Michael and Donna Amundson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Melissa Anne Marie Benson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • James and Sonya Dwyer, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Kevin and Vonda Syverson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Stacy and Kari Tweet, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Bryan Larson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Rex and Deborah Oyler, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • David and Theresa Storoe, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Stephen and Tana Olson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Brad and Kim Hingtgen, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • TJ and Carol Herauf, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Anthony and Candace Morse, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Jody and Patricia Monson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Thomas and Laura Davidson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Jeff Ackerson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau           

Scholarship Spotlight: Todd Gaudreau Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to the efforts of the WHS Class of 1984, the Williston Coyote Foundation has created the Todd Gaudreau Memorial Scholarship to be awarded for the first time in the spring of 2019 to a Williston High School senior.

​​​​​​​Todd Gaudreau was born in Williston in 1965, and graduated from Williston High School in 1984, where he participated in cross country, wrestling, choir and band. He died in Williston in December 2018, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Todd was a friend to many, and a stranger to none. He was optimistic, enthusiastic, compassionate, positive, and supportive. He was passionate about physical fitness, was a regular at the gym, and encouraged and motivated others. Todd had a deep faith in God, and saw the best in everyone.

The class of 1984, along with fellow alumni and friends, started this scholarship to honor Todd and his generous spirit by helping others to pursue their dreams.

"He left this earth caring for others, showing compassion, lending a helping hand, making people laugh, seeing the best in everyone and treating people with respect, no matter what journey they were on."

WHS Band Receives Honor

The Williston High School band has received an impressive nomination thanks to Governor Doug Burgum.  The band has been invited by Music Celebrations International to represent North Dakota in the 2019 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

The parade will be held on July 4th, 2019 in the nation's capital, and our Coyote marchers will be on display along with other great high school bands from across the country.

If you are interested in financially supporting this opportunity for our students, please contact eric.rooke@willistonschools.org. (701) 572-0967, ext. 1225

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

We are thrilled to announce that we have set up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation:  The Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment and the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment for the Betterment of Williston Schools.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 

​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​

December 2018 News and Notes

Happy New Year from all of us at the Williston Coyote Foundation: Board Members John Schmitz (president), Tate Cymbaluk (vice president), Jill Haugen (secretary), Mark McGinley (treasurer), Taylor Olson, Marilyn Olson, Scott Studsrud, Jessica Bingeman Vestal, Brandon Johnson, and Arlan Arnson, and Executive Director Codi Austreim.

We hope your 2019 is filled with happiness and health. We can't help but be grateful for all the blessings that were bestowed upon us in 2018 thanks to our generous donors. Here's a look back at some of the ways your thoughtfulness allowed us to continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1.

#givingbacktotheorangeandblack

10. Music Room Makeover:
This spring, thanks to the Chuck Johnson Fund, we were able to help Bakken Elementary turn the old WHS art rooms into two separate music classrooms. The transformation allowed them to free up some much-needed classroom space and provided nice large spaces for the music program.

9. Math Counts
Thanks to a grant from ONEOK, we were able to help bring in a MathCounts program for the elementary schools!

8. Close-Up Trip
With help from the Leon B. Olson Recognition fund, we helped with transportation costs for the students at their annual Close-Up trip to Washington, D.C.

7. National Honor Society
Again thanks to the Leon B. Olson Recognition fund, we were able to donate to the WHS National Honor Society program!

6. Teacher Scholarships & New Teacher Grants
We awarded teacher scholarships this year to WPSD #1 employees who are continuing their education. We gave out the following:
Bud MacMaster Memorial Scholarship
Neva MacMaster Memorial Scholarship
Wally LaRose Memorial Scholarship
Jim Haugen Memorial Scholarship
(coming in 2019 -- the Mary Persson Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship)
And, thanks to the George Amsden Memorial New Teacher Grant, we were able to provide stipends for classroom supplies to all the first year teachers who began their teaching careers with WPSD #1.

5. Drama Department
The WHS Drama Department received a grant from us for new audio equipment for their plays and productions!

4. Legends Field
With the help of some dedicated alumni, we were able to facilitate the naming of the new football field at WHS to Legends Field, as a way to pay homage to the outstanding alumni who have paved the way for success both in the classroom and on the playing fields!

3. Lunch Account
Because of multiple generous donors, we have been able to ensure that no student goes hungry or receives an "alternative meal" at lunch time in WPSD #1

2. Senior Awards Night
60 WHS grads from the class of 2018 were awarded scholarships from our outstanding scholarship program -- to the tune of $62,350! We are blown away that we gave out 98 scholarships this year!

1. Maker Space
With grants from Crescent Point Energy, Equinor, Hess, Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company, and an in-kind donation from Triangle Electric, we were able to create the "Maker Space" at Bakken Elementary! This cool interactive classroom has been a hit, and we can't wait to watch it grow and spread to other schools in the district in 2019!

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • M & J Kaiser Foundation , for the WHS Class of 1980 Memorial Scholarship
  • Kay Stepanek, in honor of the WHS Class of 1960
  • Richard and Angela Palmer, in memory of Joan Amsden
  • Charlene Strand, in memory of Joan Amsden
  • Sonny and Pat Hanson
  • John and Cathy Schmitz, for the Legends Field project
  • Arlen Dominek, for the T.C. Ritter Memorial Scholarship fund and the Leon B. Olson Recognition Fund
  • Fred and Coral Whisenand, in memory of Myron Rose and Darlene Lee
  • Thomas Pedersen, son of H.L. Pedersen, for the Legends Field Project
  • Bruce, Terry, Curtis, Tim, and Jim Kaiser and Carol Anderson, in memory of Joan Amsden
  • Daniel and Susan Herring, in memory of Dr. Bob Olson
  • Kim and Patrick Hennessy, in memory of Dr. Bob Olson
  • Tom and Helen Carey, in memory of Donna Rockney and Sonny Sandaker
  • Gary and Leora Sukut, in memory of Joan Amsden
  • Gary and Leora Sukut, for the Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment, in memory of Diane Bervig
  • Del and Lorna Easton, in memory of Joan Amsden
  • Gloria Jordan, from the Marv Jordan Memorial Bowling Tournament, for the Taylor Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  • James and Carol Anderson, for the Taylor Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  • John & DaVee MacMaster, for the Bud and Neva MacMaster Memorial Scholarships, in memory of Luella Carscallen, Ron Oster, Darlene Lee, and Dr. Bob Olson
  • Fred and Marlene Roberts, in memory of Dr. Bob Olson, Diane Bervig, Darlene Lee
  • Michael and Lynne Edstrom, for the Rita Anseth Memorial Scholarship
  • Robert and Sharon Herman Family Foundation, for the Robert and Sharon Herman Memorial Scholarship and for the WPSD #1 Food Program
  • WHS Class of 1978, in honor of their class
  • Ryan and Theresa Hegge, in memory of Dr. Bob Olson
  • Jamie Quinlan, for the Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment
  • Wanda and Marty Hanson, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship
  • Christopher Monson, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Arlan and Gayle Arnson
  • Tim and Jill Kleven, for the Jim Haugen Memorial Teacher Scholarship
  • Daniel and Susan Herring, in memory of Delores Wehrman
  • Noel and Geri Hanson
  • Jon Hauser, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Mary O'Mara
  • Peggy Conlin, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Larry Hanson
  • Deb Kemp, for the Leslee Bublitz Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Kari Jones, for the WHS Class of 1984 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Randy and Leslie Hanson, for the Ron Martin Memorial Baseball Scholarship
  • Rod St. Aubyn, in memory of the deceased members of WHS Class of 1971
  • Craig McIvor, for the Ben McIvor Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Todd Gaudreau, Grant Archer, Dr. Bob Olson, Ron Oster, Darlene Lee
  • Lynn Caruthers, in honor of Jack Snyder, for the Eleanor and Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship
  • Larry Hanson
  • Rolf Gjorven, for the George Amsden Memorial New Teacher Grant
  • Marvene Larvick
  • Joann Olson, for the Dr. Jerry Olson Memorial Scholarship
  • Kim and Patrick Hennessy, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Jeff and Shariese Long, for the WHS Class of  1984 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Linda Stordahl, for the WHS Class of  1984 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Todd Gaudreau
  • Dennis & Larene Grondahl
  • Leininger Family Giving Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Reaissance Charitable Foundation

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

We are thrilled to announce that we have set up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation:  The Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment and the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment for the Betterment of Williston Schools.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 

​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​

October 2018 News and Notes

WHS Boys Cross Country Bring Home the State Championship Trophy to Williston

A huge shout-out to the Williston High School Boys Cross Country team for their 2018 State Class A Championship in Jamestown last weekend. The team finished with 8 runners in the top 25 and with no seniors and lots of motivated athletes, looks to be a favorite for next year as well. Coach Shane Wahlstrom was named the State Cross Country Coach of the Year for his efforts. We are so proud of their hard work and determination!

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Douglas Vedvick, in honor of the Class of 1961
  • Robert Torgerson
  • Isabelle Hughes, for the Janet Hughes Laqua Memorial Scholarship
  • Lois Nelson, for the Taylor Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  • Larry and Elaine Doeden, for Legends Field project, the George Amsden Memorial New Teacher Grant, and the H.L. Pedersen Memorial Scholarship
  • Margaret Conlin
  • Evereve Inc, for the Les Bublitz Memorial Scholarship
  • Arvid and Judith Johnson, in memory of Mike Anderson
  • Gene and Tammy Johnson, in memory of Joan Amsden

Hess Donates to Maker Space

Yet another company has joined the cause to enhance 21st Century Learning in Williston Public School District #1. The Maker Space at Bakken Elementary has grown by leaps and bounds this year thanks to the generous donations of local businesses. This time, Hess answered the call for classroom sets of Little Bits, a product that introduces students to coding. The Maker Space is located in the library at Bakken Elementary, and teachers are now able to reserve the space for their classes to enhance the technology curriculum by actively engaging in the skills they are learning in the classroom.

Hess also donated 30 Hess trucks for the students to utilize in the Maker Space.

Besides Hess's donation, the project has received support from Equinor (formerly Statoil), Crescent Point Energy, Nalco Champion, An Ecolab Company, and Triangle Electric.

We are so thankful for the generous support of our donors, and we know that the students of WPSD #1 are benefiting from the generosity.

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

We are thrilled to announce that we have set up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation:  The Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment and the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment for the Betterment of Williston Schools.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 

​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​

September 2018 News and Notes

A.D. Bud MacMaster and Neva MacMaster Memorial Teacher Scholarships Awarded for 2018

Two of our teacher scholarships, in honor of husband and wife, Bud and Neva MacMaster, were awarded to Williston Public School District #1 educators.

A. D. (Bud) MacMaster was a mathematics teacher and basketball coach after he finished his studies at the University of North Dakota. He then moved to Williston where he started his abstract business. He was a great supporter of the Williston Schools where he served as a School Board member for many years. He was very generous with his money in support of all kinds of student programs.

The Bud MacMaster scholarship is to be given to a mathematics instructor or coach, and this year is was awarded to Ala Martin.
Ms. Martin is in her 2nd year as the PASS instructor at WHS, working with students to recover credits in core subjects. She and her husband, Logan Jangula, are parents a newborn baby and their 3 cats and a dog. In her free time, Ala loves to volunteer at the Animal Rescue and Retirement Ranch just outside of town, play piano, and spend time with friends and family.

Neva MacMaster was an English teacher at one time. When the time came to raise her children, she quit teaching to stay home with them. But she remained a great reader and continued to be interested in children’s education. Because of her interests in reading and education, her family established this scholarship specifically for teachers of English at whatever grade level.

The Neva MacMaster Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Melissa Anderson this year. She grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Jamestown College. Melissa lived in Colorado for the past 20 years, and in 2017, returned to Williston. She teaches English at Williston High School and started her Master's program in the summer of 2018. Mellissa is married with three boys, a dog and two cats. She enjoys outdoor and indoor recreation, hockey, watching football, cooking, baking, and keeping her family organized!

Congrats to both winners and a big thank you to the donors who support the Bud and Neva MacMaster Memorial Scholarships!

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Gary and Leora Sukut, creating the Nadine Sukut Bloomquist MemorialEndowment
  • Carol Sandvik, in memory of Carol Sandvik McElwain -- for teachers
  • WHS Class of 1968, creating the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship
  • Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company, in-kind donation of science equipment forBakken Elementary and donation
  • Rob and Deb Kemp, in memory of Doug Fixen
  • Curt and Phyllis Sylte, in memory of Donette Bisbee and John Eric Rolfstad
  • Ted Hopgood, in memory of Ronald Smith, Class of 1961
  • Gary and Leora Sukut, in memory of Royal Lyson
  • Gene and Nadine Tetrault, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Grondahl Recreation
  • Friends and Family of Dana Ebel, creating the Dana Ebel Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Spotlight:
Dana Ebel Memorial Scholarship

This month, we created two new scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. One of which is this month's "scholarship spotlight." Dana Ebel was a 1997 WHS graduate. During his time at WHS, he was a multi-sport athlete for the Coyotes. He was a three year started for the basketball team and also an integral part of the Williston Keybirds' infield. Dana loved sports and coaching for the lifelong friendships that were established, and for the love of helping out little kids and seeing them learn the sports that had brought him so much joy throughout his youth and adult life.

The only thing Dana loved more than sports was his family -- his wife and soulmate Feliciti, his daughters Jocelyn, Annabelle, Olivia, and Gracie, and his son Brody. He was also an avid businessman and a partner at Ebel Integrators, a family-owned business in which he partnered with his father Dwight and his brother Damian. With his energetic personality and his friends calling him "the mayor" because he could strike a conversation with anybody at any time, business played a natural part of his life. Dana loved to meet new people and to have opportunity for new possibilities.

This scholarship was created by Dana's friends and family to allow WHS graduates the opportunity to play sports at the next level and continue "for the love of the game." Two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually -- one to a boys’ basketball player and one to a boys’ baseball player.

 

Coyote Foundation Social

This month, Williston Coyote Foundation board members got the chance to invite guests to learn more about our recent foundation efforts. Cyndy Aafedt graciously hosted the event where Coyote Foundation board members and Executive Director Codi Austreim spoke about the amazing things the foundation is able to do with the generous donors we have. In attendance were current school board members, the new superintendent, principals, and some current scholarship donors. Community members were able to hear about issues facing the school district and ways that the Williston Coyote Foundation is trying to help. We look forward to continue sharing the progress and efforts made on behalf of Williston Public School District #1.

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

We are thrilled to announce that we have set up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation:  The Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment and the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment for the Betterment of Williston Schools.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 

​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​


August 2018 News and Notes

Music Room Makeover: Bakken Elementary Turns Old Art Rooms in New Music Rooms

With a growing enrollment and no relief in sight, Jeremy Mehlhoff, principal at Bakken Elementary, had to get creative in order to accommodate all of his students.

Because of the added number of students, the general music classes had to be relocated from general classrooms to a different, larger space, both to have enough room for the large music classes and to create additional core classroom space. The problem? The only space left was the old art rooms from WHS. They were designed for art -- concrete floors, giant wooden tables, and unfinished walls.

Over the summer, Mehlhoff and his staff set out to create a suitable environment for music. And the Coyote Foundation was able to help with the project thanks to the Chuck Johnson Fund (pictured below).

If you are interested in helping make further improvements to the Bakken music rooms, please email us. We'd be happy to facilitate a tax-deductible donation!

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Carol Sandvik, in memory of Erin Brostuen and LeRoy Eide
  • Robert Erdahl
  • Class of 1961, in memory of Diane Pellet, Joyce Martinson, Jim Chapek, and Everett Pierce
  • Triangle Electric, In-Kind donation for STEM room makeover
  • Clyde and Janell Sailer, in memory of Butch Lambert
  • Don and Loree Olson, in memory of Jill Herriod
  • Kim and Patrick Hennessy, in memory of Jill Herriod
  • Darlene Carr, in honor of all past, current, and future military veterans

Mary Persson Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Created

Mary Persson graduated from WHS, Williston State College (with an Associate’s Degree), UND with an Education Degree for K-8 and Early Childhood, and then she went on to earn an Elementary Master’s in Education Degree (Math Concentration)from Minot State.

Mary caught the “love of learning” bug from her family. Her parents read to her and her siblings every day and education was always valued in her family. Her parents taught her that every day presented another opportunity to learn and explore new things.

Over the past 4 decades, Mary has put her passion for learning to use. She taught 5 years at St. Joseph School before joining the staff at Lewis & Clark Elementary, where she remained a constant figure on the staff. During that time, she held numerous titles and served on a variety of committees – Advanced Ed, Advisory, RTI, and Tech to name a few. She also mentored 8 student teachers, had the privilege of working with 5 former students, and taught under 6 different superintendents. She and Mrs. Sandra Schilke created the Lewis and Clark Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships for the last 18 years to Lewis and Clark students graduating from WHS. Through it all, she says her outlook on life and education is “so what if you didn’t get it right today! Mistakes happen; learn from them and don’t give up. Tomorrow is another day, and you can be the best you if you keep on trying”!

Mary and her husband Preston, have two sons, Preston Earl (PJ) and Tyler, including their daughter-in-law, Marie. Their son PJ passed away a few years ago. Tyler graduated from WHS, Minot State, and The Ohio State with a degree in Optometry.Marie is a ND girl that earned her degree from the Illinois College of Optometry located in Chicago. Mary and Preston are both officially retired, although Mary is continuing to sub in the district this fall.

This scholarship was created by Mary’s son Tyler and his wife Marie, in honor of Mary’s passion for education, her dedication to her students, and her outstanding career with WPSD #1.

School Board Spotlight --
Heather Wheeler

This month's School Board Spotlight showcases a "veteran" member of the Williston Public School District #1 school board --Heather Wheeler. She is currently serving her 3rd year of her first term.

Wheeler is a mother of three girls, one of whom graduated from WHS in 2012 and has a degree in education and works in Minot. Her other two are current high school students. She works for Family Voices of North Dakota as a Parent Consultant and Advocate. She is also the Board President for Family Voices of North Dakota. Since 2017, she has been the community chairperson for CHI St. Alexis Hospital Williston PFAC. On top of all that, she is also on the WilMac Special Education Board this year.

Wheeler has lived and worked with families within Williston for over 8 years and she take great pride in the community and the children of this district. She has a special place in her heart for children and families with special health care needs since one of her own children has significant disabilities. She always strives to make sure the needs of this population is meet along with all families within the community.

For all you do for our school district, thank you!!!

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.
We are thrilled to announce that we have set up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation:  The Nadine Sukut Bloomquist Memorial Endowment and the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment for the Betterment of WillistonSchools.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 
​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.
As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​


July 2018 News and Notes

WHS Class Of ’58 Donates $1500 To Coyote Foundation
The Class of ’58 gathered at the Four Points Sheraton-Williston over the June 15-17 weekend to celebrate their 60th Class Reunion. The event was extremely well-attended, with 46 classmates out of 104 graduates in attendance. Spouses and guests brought the total to over 70!

Among the planned activities were a Friday night supper and mixer, a Saturday morning tour of the ARC Center, a bus tour of Williston with native son, Lowell Sandvik, serving as tour guide, and a banquet Saturday evening. Ray Haroldson served as Master of Ceremonies.

A Silent Auction was held during the weekend, consisting of items donated by classmates. $1500 has been given to the Coyote Foundation to aid in our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1.

The Reunion Committee members included: Ray Haroldson, Cora Lee (Kirby) Cain, Vonnie Bradbury-Jones and Jack Anderson. Ray and Jack have agreed to co-chair the next one in five years: “Alive at 65.”

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Carol  Sandvik, in memory of Linda Novak and Erin Brostuen
  • Carl Anderson, for the Virgil Syverson Memorial Music Scholarship
  • Class of 1958 Reunion
Teacher Scholarships Awarded:
Jim Haugen Memorial Scholarship
Each spring, the Williston CoyoteFoundation awards thousands of dollars to graduating seniors in the form of scholarships.  But what many do not know, we also give out scholarship to WPSD educators who are pursuing higher education degrees.  This spring, we awarded the Jim Haugen Memorial Teacher Scholarship to two of our educators -- Anthony Vandal and Brandi Mehlhoff.
Jim Haugen, pictured above, owned and operated, along with his family, Haugen Implement.  He was a true community leader.  Probably his biggest civic job was as the Williston mayor.  He was a very generous man, especially with the youth of Williston.  When he died, his family established a scholarship in his memory and honor, desiring the funds be used towards helping our outstanding educators who want to pursue a higher degree.
Anthony Vandal, pictured above, is starting his fifth year for Williston Public Schools.His  tenure includes teaching fifth grade at Lewis & Clark, an Instructional Coach for the district, and more recently, the Interim principal for McVay Elementary school.   Because Vandal loves what he does, he says it doesn't even feel like "work."  He is in my second year of a doctoral program and will begin his research in the spring of 2019 on his dissertation, which will include direct instruction and its use in a general education classroom and will focus on primary students. Vandal looks forward to sharing his leadership skills to lead our district on a continued path of innovation as we prepare our students for a global economy and workforce.

Brandi Mehlhoff, pictured above, graduated from Dickinson State University with a degree in elementary education.  She is married to Jeremy, and they have three children.  She began her teaching career in Marmarth, ND, teaching kindergarten through fourth grade at a small country school.  After teaching there for two and a half years, they moved to Williston.  She taught Title I at Stony Creek for one year.  For ten years, she taught 5th and 6th grade at Rickard and Lewis and Clark Elementary.  When Bakken Elementary was created, she accepted the role of the library media specialist, transforming the library into an amazing space for students.  She's passionate about creating a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in the library, called a Maker Space, hoping to make it the best space for learning in Williston.  She's finishing up her Master's Degree this year.

Congratulations to these two winners of the  Jim Haugen Memorial Teacher Scholarship.

School Board Spotlight --
Theresa Hegge

The 2nd board member in our new"School Board Spotlight" feature is another newly-elected member of the WPSD #1 School Board -- Theresa Hegge.

Theresa Hegge is a mom, wife, and physician who grew up here in Willistonand is excited to bring a different viewpoint to help solve some of the District 1 issues.

She practices here in Williston as a Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgeon and received her MD and MPH degrees from the University of Minnesota Medical School and University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Public Health.  She completed her residency in Plastic Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL.
Being from Williston, ND, she returned to practice in her hometown with her husband, Dr. Ryan Hegge, who is a Radiologist. Together they have 2 kids, Esten and Eleanor.
In Williston she serves on the CHIFoundation Board and previously served on the Graduate Medical Education Board in Springfield, IL.  She is also active in Operation Smile and the Cleft Lip and Palate Team with the ND Department of Health.

She enjoys piano, books, outside activities, the family cabin, her Peloton, and has a special interest in project improvements and efficiency.

Welcome, Dr. Hegge! It's always great when talented former Coyotes come home to make the community stronger for the next generation!

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.
We are thrilled to announce that we are in the process of setting up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1! 
​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.
As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! ​


June 2018 News and Notes

Equinor Donates to Maker Space Project


The Bakken Elementary Maker Space project received a large donation from the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation on behalf of Equinor (formerly Statoil) to enhance STEM education for WPSD #1's 5th and 6th graders. At the check presentation, members from Equinor and the NWND Community Foundation presented the Coyote Foundation and Brandi Mehlhoff, Bakken Elementary Library Media Specialist with a check for $10,000, which is in addition to the $2000 that their employees and contractors already donated out of their own pockets.

This donation will help purchase classroom sets of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational supplies, allowing for the school's technology, science, and math teachers to be able to bring full classes of students in to bridge the gap between curriculum theories and actual practice.

According to Linda Pitman, Equinor's Williston Basin Regional Manager, "At Equinor, we want to do our part to promote STEM education in the community. Our investment will provide additional STEM equipment to 5th and 6th grade students in Williston and help unlock their potential to be our future workforce."

Equinor's donation, along with Crescent Point Energy, is helping shape the Maker Space into an amazing educational opportunity for our students. At the Coyote Foundation, we strongly believe that our STEM program should be the shining star in the state of North Dakota, and we are working diligently to make that a reality. If you or your company is interested in learning more about how you can help enhance STEM education, please email us at codi.austreim@willistonschools.org.

New Superintendent Begins
Tenure at WPSD #1

​On June 18th, Dr. Jeff Thake officially began his tenure as superintendent of WillistonPublic School District #1, a day after taking in the championship game of the Cashwise/TruWealth Financial Baseball tournament, where the Keybirds finished as runner-ups.  Over the past few weeks, Thake has jumped in head-first, acclimating himself to the community and the school district, and getting down to business to promote a culture of student-centered learning.

Thake created a public Facebook page for people to get to know his style and to follow the exciting ideas he's planning on implementing in our school district.  Click on the link below and follow his page to stay up to date.

Welcome, Dr. Thake!

In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Randy and Kathy Waitman, in memory of Bing Swenson
  • Equinor (NWND Community Foundation), for the Maker Space Project
  • Fred and Marlene Roberts, in memory of Nadine Bloomquist, Kay Skadeland, Donald Skjei, and Arlo Hendrickson

2018 Reunion Updates

*** WHS Class of 1968
50 year reunion
July 27th and 28th
Friday night is registration and a mixer at 6:30pm
Saturday there is a bus tour at 10:30 am and a banquet at 6:00 pm.
Contact Candy at 701-572-6537 or Linda at 406-765-2444 for details!
*** WHS Class of 1998
20 year reunion
July 19-21
Contact Angela Skogen at angela@cooksonmain.com for details!
If you have information about other class reunions that you can share with us, please send us a message or comment on this post and we will add it!
Class of 78 and 08, any info would be appreciated!!!
Thank you!
School Board Spotlight --
Joanna Baltes

In June, three new members were elected to the Williston Public School District #1 school board, filling the vacancies left by Brion Norby, Robert Krom, and Kim Semenko.  Over the next few months, we will get to know our school board members, both new and old, through a "School Board Spotlight" feature. Up this month, Joanna Baltes.

Joanna Baltes moved to Williston in 2015 to join her husband in his post-Navy career.  Joanna spent her legal career serving as a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice both in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, CA.   As an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, she prosecuted drug traffickers, alien smugglers and corrupt government officials.

Joanna moved to the National Security Division in Washington, D.C. in 2007, and began working on counterterrorism investigations and prosecutions, including numerous disruptions of terror cells and attacks both inside and outside the United States.    She later served as Counterterrorism Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division coordinating counterterrorism investigations and prosecutions among the 93 U.S. Attorney’s offices across the country.   Joanna was a member of the trial teams prosecuting the five planners of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the planner of the bombing of the USS Cole in the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay during both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Joanna’s last position in Washington, D.C. was as Chief of Staff to the FBI Deputy Director where she was involved in the day to day administration of an organization with over 35,000 employees and an $8 billion annual budget.
Since moving to Williston, Joanna has been involved with the Williston Sea Lions Swim Team, as an official with U.S.A. Swimming, board member and coach.  Joanna currently serves as board president for the Sea Lions.
Joanna has been married to her husband John for 19 years and they have two boys, aged 9 and 12, who attend Williston District 1 schools.  Joanna graduated from University High School in Tucson, Arizona which she credits with creating a lifelong love of education and appreciation for amazing teachers.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Arizona; her J.D. and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law, and clerked for the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.
Welcome, Joanna!  We are so very lucky to have your passion and drive on our school board.

Did you Know??? 

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

We are thrilled to announce that we are in the process of setting up two qualified charitable endowments through the Williston Coyote Foundation.  The State of North Dakota offers a tax credit for donations of $5000 or more to a qualified endowment, and we would be happy to discuss how your donation can be utilized in the best possible way for both you and the schools, students, and teachers at WPSD #1!

​If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors! 


May 2018 News and Notes

2018 Coyote Foundation Awards Night


On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, we honored 60 students who applied for and received Williston Coyote Foundation scholarships. They were chosen based on their academic achievements, their musical talents, their athletic accomplishments, and their commitment to their school and community. We are so thankful for our generous donors and those who help make the event a success every year.

Below is the list of our scholarships and their recipients:

Jocelyn Albert -- Bob Abernethy Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Isaac Arnson -- Williston Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship --$500

Miranda Barraza -- Riewe Sisters Memorial Girls Basketball Scholarship -- $250, H.L. Pedersen Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Roger Breezley Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship -- $250

Makaya Bearce -- Cheryl Fay Brakey Memorial Scholarship -- $1000, Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship -- $100

Morgan Bosley -- Nelson/Freeman Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Jaxen Bratcher -- Dr. T.C. Ritter Memorial Scholarship -- $700, Marek Trust Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Will Brown -- Donn Skadeland Memorial Basketball Scholarship -- $500

Aliah Campos -- Rita Anseth Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Tiffany Carmichael -- WHS Class of 1962 Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Noah Case -- Galen Germundson Memorial Scholarship -- $1000

Chase Cook -- Aric Quarne Memorial Music Scholarship -- $500

Kendra Davis -- Donald Stewart Memorial Scholarship -- $250, Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Berenice Delgado -- Dr. Jerry Olson Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Ethan Falcon -- Brian Shirley Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Gene and Elsie DeLorme Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Laura Fetzer -- Taylor Family Community and Citizenship Award -- $1000, Neff, Eiken and Neff Scholarship -- $500

Alyx Fisketjon -- Ruth (Hegge) Fay Memorial Scholarship -- $1000

Molly Gathman -- Floyd & Hildegard Penfield Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Cathie Carl Gendreau Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Tanner Germundson -- Waitman Family Memorial Scholarship -- $500, David Jorgenson “Jorgy” Memorial Scholarship -- $500

John Goebel -- Greg Ough Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Robert & Sharon Herman Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Andrea Hamlin -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship -- $1500

Mehgan Hoiland -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship -- $1500

Abagale Huschka -- Jim Geiermann Memorial Scholarship -- $1000

Chance Johnson -- Ron Martin Memorial Baseball Scholarship -- $500

Megan Jorgenson -- Dick Jensen Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Lavonne Lowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Mercedes Jorgenson -- Janet Hughes Laqua Memorial Scholarship -- $1250

Angela Karyme Ayon Jaime -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship -- $1500

Jami Kay -- Nelson/Freeman Memorial Scholarship -- $500

April Kelley -- Dwight and Carole Montgomery Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Koby Klassen -- Arlo Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Cathie Carl Gendreau Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Colin Kok -- Janet Hughes Laqua Memorial Scholarship -- $1250

Paige Krodel -- Roger Breezley Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Trey Lynch -- Ted Schmitz Memorial Scholarship -- $1000

Emily Marquardt -- Lloyd Larson Memorial History Scholarship -- $500, Lewis and Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship -- $250

Macy Marquette -- Greg Ough Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Oliver & Hilda Hanson Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Alia Mathson-Moreno -- Henry Ceglowski Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Vanessa Monsalve Wagner -- Donald and Josephine Stockman Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Kristi Grove Wells Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Jadin Norby -- Tyler Jangula Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Ben McIvor Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship -- $250

Trevor Odegard -- Annie Barkie Memorial Bunko Scholarship -- $500, Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship -- $250, Robert Barkie Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship -- $1000, Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship -- $100

Samuel Olson -- Norman and Cleo Furuseth Memorial Scholarship -- $500, E. Clare Stepanek Memorial Scholarship -- $1200

Joseph Pacheco -- Cody Wentz Memorial Football Scholarship -- $500, Robert and Sharon Herman Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Whitney Pflug -- Williston Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship -- $500, Josh Drew “Turn-it-Around” Scholarship -- $300, Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship -- $100

Grisha Pradhan -- Taylor Nelson Memorial Scholarship -- $300, WHS Class of 1975 Memorial Scholarship -- $1000

Blaine Radtke -- Lanny Holgerson Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Nina Kjorstad Shelby Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Elizabet Roblero -- WHS Class of 1996 Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Sophia Rose -- Virgil Severson Memorial Music Scholarship -- $500, E. Clare Stepanek Memorial Scholarship -- $1200

Connor Rossland -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship -- $1500, Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship -- $1000

Alicia Sandoval-Del Rio -- WHS Class of 1980 Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Bria Schilke -- Gene & Elsie DeLorme Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Foreign Language Department Scholarship -- $500

Kennon Schmit -- Sonny & Patricia Hanson Scholarship -- $500, Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship -- $1000, Arlis & Marty Haug Scholarship -- $500

Dawson Sheets -- Lois Schmitz Memorial Scholarship -- $1000

Brittany Shellum -- Rita Anseth Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Alexandra Shimko -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship -- $1500

Shakia Shriver -- Robert and Sharon Herman Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Danielle Stauffer -- Arlo Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship -- $500, Tyler Jangula Memorial Scholarship -- $500

Lynze Swanson -- Leslee Bublitz Memorial Scholarship -- $750, Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship -- $1000

Richard Thomas -- Eleanor & Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship -- $750

Kaia Wenstad -- Polivka Nursing Scholarship -- $1000, Leslee Bublitz Memorial Scholarship -- $750, Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship -- $1000

Brooke Wetzstein -- Kim Pflepsen Memorial Scholarship -- $1000

Graicen Whitlock -- Hugh Long Family Scholarship -- $500

Paige Wold -- Eleanor & Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship -- $750, Marek Trust Memorial Scholarship -- $500

In Loving Memory:

 

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Bunko Group, for the Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship and the Kristi Grove Wells Memorial Scholarship
  • Larry and Karen Skaare, in memory of Donald Skjei
  • Doug and Donnette Taylor, for the Taylor Family Community and Citizenship Scholarship
  • Tate and Jody Cymbaluk, for the Bob Abernethy Memorial Scholarship
  • Lewis & Clark PTO, for the Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarships
  • Statoil Employees, for the Bakken MakerSpace project
  • Kim and Patrick Hennessy, in memory of Theresa Livers
  • ONEOK, for the K-4 "Do the Math" Program
  • John and Cathy Schmitz, for the John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment Fund
  • Diane Hagen, in memory of Janice Garnatz
  • Williston Middle School National Junior Honor Society, for the Taylor
  • Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  • David and Veanna Selid
  • Fred and Coral Whisenand, in memory of Donald Skjei and Darwin Krenz
  • Paula and Russell Schilke, in memory of Blaine Meier and Jeri Monette
  • Shirley Groth, in memroy of Lois Ann Morrison Johnson
  • WHS Class of 1956, in memory of their classmates who have passed away
  • James Powers, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • David and Linda Mcadoo, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Al and Penny Zola, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Anna and Mike Leddige, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Sue and Steve Griffin, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Keith and Laura Nielson, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Ron and Betty Anderson, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Ron and Kathy Seeley, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Rick and Lori Lee, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Garry and Susan Poore, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • K.B. Richardson, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Richard and Janice Olson, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Tammy Zola, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist
  • Tamera and James Korb, in memory of Nadine Sukut Bloomquist

2018 Reunion Updates

*** WHS CLASS OF ’58 TO HOLD 60TH CLASS REUNION

The Class of ’58 is holding its 60th Class Reunion in Willison the weekend of June 15-17, 2018.  Headquartered at the Four Points Sheraton, plans include a social hour/dinner gathering Friday evening for ’58 class members, followed by a Mixer at 7 p.m. open to members of all WHS graduating classes.  A tour of Williston and the ARC Center is scheduled for Saturday, along with dinner Saturday evening.  The event concludes on Sunday morning.

A Silent Auction will be held throughout the weekend, comprised of items donated by classmates.  The proceeds, after expenses, will go to the Williston Coyote Foundation.  Class of ’58 members are encouraged to make a contribution.  Some of the items already donated include timeshares, hand-thrown pottery, homemade quilt, etc.  If you have questions, contact committee member Cora Lee (Kirby) Cain at wclcain@gmail.com.

If you need further information regarding the 60th Class Reunion, please contact any of the committee members:  Ray Haroldson at rbh_hgi@yahoo.com or Jack Anderson at spkytdco@yahoo.com or Vonnie Bradbury-Jones at vonbrook@aol.com.

***WHS Class of 1988 has their reunion scheduled for June 29th and 30th at the NewArmory! From Wendy McGinley:

6 PM SOCIAL (BOTH NIGHTS)
7 PM FOOD (BOTH NIGHTS)
8 PM CLASS PHOTO (BOTH NIGHTS)
9 PM BALDERDASH AND FRIENDS (SATURDAY NIGHT) — OPEN TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED SCHOOL WITH US

If you have information about other class reunions that you can share with us, please send us a message or comment on this post and we will add it!

Class of '68, '78, '98, and '08, any info would be appreciated!!!

Thank you!

Corporate Donations Helping the Williston Coyote Foundation

In the month of May, two businesses who operate in the Williston area have generously given to the Williston Coyote Foundation to help us promote and support Williston Public Schools.

ONEOK awarded the Coyote Foundation a grant for the K-4 "Do the Math" Initiative for our elementary schools.  The grant will allow for program implementation and training so it can be utilized in our schools.

Statoil held a company barbecue, with a free-will donation to be given to the CoyoteFoundation to help us grow our Maker Space at Bakken Elementary.  Their employees generously donated $2000 towards the cause.

We are extremely grateful for all of our generous donors.  We look forward to partnering with more companies in our area to ensure that our students are given the best educational opportunities and our teachers and schools are able to purchase the necessary equipment and training to do so.

 

Did you Know???

We do so much more than scholarships at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We also look for ways to help the schools through unrestricted funds donated to our Foundation, grants written on behalf of the schools, and donor-specific gifts.

If you or your company would like to know more about ways you can help Williston Public Schools, please feel free to contact us at the Williston Coyote Foundation. We would love to visit with you about how your donation can be used for the benefit of the schools, students, and staff of WPSD #1.

​As always, your donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. You can donate conveniently online or can mail any donations to our address listed below. We could not continue our mission of promoting and supporting Williston Public School District #1 without the help of our generous donors!