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July 2019 News & Notes

 

Goal: Raise $5 million to support renovation of the old Hagan pool building into an innovation academy for 5th-8th grades and turn 7,000 square feet of old auto shop space into core classrooms and a robotics lab for the Middle School.

Purpose: WPSD#1’s enrollment continues to increase and we need more space! The old Hagan pool is not in use and the building is in good condition. By filling in the pool and adding a second floor, we can turn a pool into a school to accommodate 400 students. That reduces the population of students in core classes at the Bakken Elementary and Williston Middle School.

Benefits: WPSD#1 has embraced personalized learning for students in grades K-12 over the past year in recognition that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to education does not provide the best student outcomes. All students are unique in their interests, their learning styles, and their learning pace. The renovated pool building provides a wonderful opportunity to design a learning environment that supports and enhances the delivery of student-centered learning. Large, collaborative settings combined with smaller break out spaces promote project-based learning, self-pacing, working in multiple subject areas, and cross-curricular teaching. Teachers, staff, and administrators will be able to visit the innovation academy to observe how personalized learning can be implemented.

Innovation Students: During the 2019-2020 school year, the Bakken Elementary will continue a personalized learning pilot for 5th and 6th graders. For the opening of the innovation academy in the Fall of 2020, students from 5th, 6th, and 7th grades will be selected based on an application process. 8th grade students will be added in the Fall of 2021. Just as not all students learn best in a traditional setting, not all students learn best in a personalized learning environment. Therefore, teacher and parent recommendations will be considered in determining which students attend the innovation academy for their core classes. Students in the innovation academy will participate in music, band, phy-ed, and other electives at the Bakken or Williston Middle School. Peer tutoring, small group instruction, one on one instruction, and tiered interventions will be available for students in the innovation academy.

Timeline: Significant funds will have to be pledged by mid-August for the School Board to be able to authorize construction on the project to move forward in time to be completed by the Fall 2020 school year. The current building fund balance is not sufficient to cover the $13.8 million needed for the innovation academy and CTE space renovation at the Middle School.

Long Term District Strategy: Our number one goal is to increase capacity throughout K-12 to accommodate our increased population. The innovation academy will add 400 seats to that capacity and reduces the number of seats that we will need to create in the future. The design features used in the renovation provide maximum flexibility for future uses of the building. At a cost of $12 million, the renovation of an existing asset provides significant cost savings over new construction and the purchase of land. Finally, the project re-purposes an obsolete building that may otherwise fall into disrepair.

Donations: All donations are accepted and can be made through the Williston Coyote Foundation, a nonprofit organized, registered 501(c)(3) entity through the IRS. http://willistoncoyotefoundation.com/. Please designate your donation "innovation academy."

More Information: Please visit our website at: https://academy.willistonschools.org/home To schedule a presentation on the academy and/or discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact School Board President Joanna Baltes at Joanna.baltes@gmail.com, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Thake at Jeffrey.thake@willistonschools.org, or Codi Austreim, Executive Director of the Coyote Foundation at codi.austreim@willistonschools.org

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In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation

  • David and Veanna Selid, in memory of Shane Jensen
  • Arvid and Judy Johnson, in memory of Jerry Martinson Class of 1964
  • Roger and Sandy Kohlman, in memory of Warren Beckman
  • Arlan and Gayle Arnson, in memory of Jerry Martinson Class of 1964
  • Pete and Kristen Conlin, in memory of Jerry Martinson Class of 1964
  • Tim and Jill Kleven, for the Jim Haugen Memorial Teacher Fund
  • Tim and Jill Kleven, for the Innovation Academy capital campaign
  • Don and Mary Ann Richardson, in memory of Ellen Lynch -- Class of 1957
  • Mark and Shelley Ellis, in memory of Jerry Martinson
  • Marty and Wanda Hanson, in memory of Elaine Sinness and Jerry Martinson, for the WHS Class of 1968
  • Dave and Tina Hanson, in memory of Jennifer Anderson, for the Anderson Family
  • Mark and Shelley Ellis, in memory of George Turcotte
  • Gerald Charles Miller, LLC, for the Innovation Academy capital campaign
  • Paula and Russell Schilke, in memory of Patricia Jo Evenson, Marion Louise Paulsen, Sharon Carns Beutler -- and in honor of Larry and Sandy Schilke's 50th wedding anniversary, for the Innovation Academy capital campaign
  • David and Veanna Selid, in memory of Doug Ganje
  • Elaine (Nelson) Sommers, in memory of Jerry Martinson
  • Craig McIvor, in memory of Jerry Martinson, Vern Owan, Elaine Sinness, for the Ben McIvor Memorial Scholarship

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! ​

June 2019 News & Notes

 

From Pool to School:
WPSD #1 Comes Up With a Unique Solution 

After multiple failed attempts to pass a bond referendum that would build schools for Williston Public School District #1, the school board went back to the proverbial drawing board.  And the solution? Well, it’s more like a diving board.

The District recently announced its intentions to spring into action, with a goal of raising $5 million to turn the old indoor pool, the E. J. Hagan Aquatics Center, into a 2-story “Innovation Academy” that would take 400 students out of the existing Bakken Elementary and WMS, alleviating the over-crowding in 2 of the district’s buildings, and paving the way for a pilot program of the district’s intentions of providing personalized learning to all its students.

The construction proposal, which would have a total price-tag of $13.8 million, will also convert unused “shop” facility in the Bakken/Middle School campus into classroom space, further helping the two schools with seating capacity. With the help of monies from their existing building fund, the school board is hopeful that the mixture of industry and community members can come together to cover the difference and make this project a reality.

With hopes of breaking ground yet this fall for a 2020 opening of the “innovation academy,” the district is ready for a sprint when it comes to fundraising. Their goal is to have at least $3 million in pledges or donations by August to be able to confidently authorize the project to be put out for bids and begun before winter.

The Williston Coyote Foundation has been a long-time supporter of WPSD #1, through our scholarship program for both teachers and students, through grants for teachers, and through funding for the schools.  Our mission is “to promote and support Williston Public Schools…” and we strongly believe that this proposal is worthy of our support.

All donations for this project will be directed to us, at the Coyote Foundation, so donors can have the benefit of charitable deductions (as allowed by law) to a registered 501©3 non-profit.

If you want to help in the efforts for this capital campaign, either monetarily or otherwise, please email me at codi.austreim@willistonschools.org.

Personally, I’ve never known of a community better than ours at coming together in a time of need.  If any town can make this proposal happen, it’s Williston.  Together, we can make a big splash and provide a viable solution to a real problem facing our hometown.

#givingbacktotheorangeandblack

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In Loving Memory:

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Linda Hotchkiss, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Don Urbatsch
  • Linda Davis, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Don Urbatsch
  • Renee Smedsrud, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Don Urbatsch
  • Boy Scout Troop 368, for the Lanny Holgerson Memorial Scholarship
  • Lisa Mack, for the Anderson Family Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson (from Lisa, Shelly, Charlie, Shelby, Nicole, Karin, Sheri, Angie, Kathy, and Hannah)
  • Gayle and Arlan Arnson, in memory of  Dennis Olson and Cheryl Wang Nelson
  • The Perioperative Services Department at CHI St. Alexius, for the Anderson Family Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Candy and Jamie TeSoro, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Don Urbatsch
  • Linda Corner, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Don Urbatsch
  • Terri Otley, for the Anderson Family Scholarship, in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Boone and Susan Herring, in memory of Harold Tvedt
  • Karen and Larry Skaare, in memory of Harold Tvedt
  • Alan and Debra Fedorenko, in memory of Jackie Buschta and Don Urbatsch

  2019 Reunion Updates

Reunion season is in full swing, so here's your latest updates!

WHS Class of 1969:  the date is set for Homecoming this fall!  See the picture below for contact information, schedule of events, and more information.

WHS Class of 1979: the dates are July 12-13.
Schedule is as follows: July 11 (Street Dance 5:00-9:00 downtown - wear your Class of ‘79 T-shirt (for those coming early) Friday July 12 Mixer and class pictures. Saturday morning school tours (by bus) Saturday night casual meal and video presentation.
We need the number attending each event (excluding street dance) Cost $50 which can be paid by mailing in, Venmo or at event. Contact is Deann Long or Jill Kleven

WHS Class of 1989: the dates are July 25th and 26th and they have a Facebook page called Williston High School Class of 1989  or you can contact Shawna Kirby Kleven.

WHS Class of 1999: the dates are set for August 2nd-4th. Here's the link for info:
https://whs1999.app.rsvpify.com/?fbclid=IwAR0b3ivsQpm7HE-1LNFdRz1iUoG9nVfM5eF2_O9VGNw5UQ_7W-u6BXBpDnk.
Or you can contact Theresa Hegge.

Class of 2009:  The date has been set for Homecoming -- September 27th and 28th.  Haley Njos Flaten is the contact person. 

Heritage Committee Members Sought

Reprint from last month -- still searching for committee members!!!

As previously announced, an effort by several Williston High School Alumni from the 50’s and 60’s to name the football field at the new high school “Legends Field” and to display a plaque at WHS with names of individuals who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of students who attend(ed) Williston High School. Their intentions were to honor the proud heritage of Williston High School and recognize a legend from their time as Coyotes.

In October of 2018, the naming of the football field went through and was unanimously approved by the School Board. Then in February of 2019, the criteria of how a person could be nominated went through unanimously as well. With this approval, the first name was selected for the Legends Field plaque; that person is H.L. Pedersen, WHS staff member from 1951-1963.

In an effort to honor H.L. Pedersen and future Legends selected to receive the honor, the Coyote Foundation and the WPSD #1 School Board is asking for volunteers to start a "Heritage Committee." The committee will assist with the name selections for the Legends Field Plaque, plan events in conjunction with the honoring of individuals selected to be on the plaque, and assist with all aspects of the Legends Field project including the metal works and signage that needs to be added to the football field.

If you are interested in assisting with the creation of the WPSD #1 Heritage Committee for Williston High School, please email us at codi.austreim@willistonschools.org.  We appreciate your willingness to help us honor and preserve our strong heritage at WHS.

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! ​

May 2019 News & Notes

 

2019 Awards Night a Success

Thanks to the generosity of Williston Public School District 1's alumni and friends, 60 WHS graduates received scholarships from the Williston Coyote Foundation, totally over $80,000, at the May 8th award ceremony.

A heartfelt thank you to all our outstanding donors for making this event possible, and a warm congratulations to the students who were selected to receive scholarships based on their academic excellence, their athletic accomplishments, their musical talents, and their citizenship:

Brady Aberle -- Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship $1000; Dana Ebel Memorial Baseball Scholarship $500

Carson Arndt -- Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship $250; Hugh Long Family Scholarship $500; Josh Drew Turn It Around Scholarship $300

Samantha Barrett -- Rita Anseth Memorial Scholarship $500; Eleanor and Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship $750

Apollo Beck -- David “Jorgy” Jorgenson Memorial Scholarship $500; Cody Wentz Memorial Scholarship $500

Kinsley Bendixson -- Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship $250; Robert and Sharon Herman Memorial Scholarship $500; Gene and Elsie DeLorme Memorial Scholarship $500

Luca Beretta -- Greg Ough Memorial Scholarship $500; Taylor Nelson Memorial Scholarship $300; Nina Kjorstad Shelby Memorial Scholarship $500

Erick Bickler -- Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship $1000; Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship $250; Lanny Holgerson Memorial Scholarship $500

Braedon Borseth -- Norm and Cleo Furuseth Memorial Scholarship $500; Lexi Meduna Memorial Scholarship $1000

Precious Dada -- Dr. Bob Olson Memorial Scholarship $500

Nash Dietz -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship $1500

Brady Doeden -- Todd Gaudreau Memorial Scholarship $500; Robert and Sharon Herman Memorial Scholarship $500; Marty and Arlis Haug Family Scholarship $1000; H.L. Pedersen Memorial Scholarship $500

Jacob Donner -- Doug Stevens Memorial Scholarship $500; Josephine and Don Stockman Memorial Scholarship $500

Rhys Enget -- Robert and Sharon Herman Memorial Scholarship $500

Abigail Fagerland -- WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship $500; WHS Class of 1980 Memorial Scholarship $500

Katherine Fearing -- WHS Class of 1975 Memorial Scholarship $1000; Greg Ough Memorial Scholarship $500

Lauren Fearing -- Polivka Family Nursing Scholarship $1000 *renewable one year

Sydney Fearing -- Marek Trust Memorial Scholarship $500; Roger Breezley Memorial Scholarship $500

Justice Ferrell -- WHS Class of 1996 Memorial Scholarship $500

Jacob Geiss -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship $1500

Hudson Gendreau -- Marek Trust Memorial Scholarship $500

Kennedy Gerbig -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship $1500; Bob Abernethy Memorial Scholarship $500

Chase Glueckert -- Aric Quarne Memorial Music Scholarship $500; Ben McIvor Memorial Scholarship $500

Madison Gutknecht -- Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship $1000

Reed Hanson -- Sonny and Patricia Hanson Scholarship $500; Oliver & Hilda Hanson Memorial Scholarship $500; Dana Ebel Memorial Basketball Scholarship $500; Arlo Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship $500

Samantha Hazzard -- Carole Amb Memorial Teaching Scholarship $300; E. Clare Stepanek Memorial Scholarship $1200

Nikole Hellen -- Floyd and Hildegarde Penfield Memorial Scholarship $500; Cathie Carl Gendreau Memorial Scholarship $500

Jalyn Helstad -- Donn Skadeland Memorial “Player of the Game” Basketball Scholarship $500 (3x winner); Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship $1000; Riewe Sisters Memorial Girls Basketball Scholarship $250

Jana Horob -- John and Cathy Schmitz Endowment Scholarship $1000

Hayden Kemp -- Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship $1000; Donald Stewart Memorial Scholarship $250; Janet Hughes Laqua Memorial Scholarship $1250

Riley Kemp -- Tyler Jangula Memorial Scholarship $500; Robert Barkie Memorial Scholarship $500; H. L. Pedersen Memorial Scholarship $500

Olivia Karwoski -- E. Clare Stepanek Memorial Scholarship $1200

Samantha Krogfoss -- Anderson Family Scholarship $1000

Camberly Lerbakken -- Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship $250; Ted Schmitz Memorial Scholarship $1000; Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship $500

Jadyn Linnehan -- Cheri Fay Brakey Memorial Scholarship $1000

Emily Lux -- Gene and Elsie DeLorme Memorial Scholarship $500; Nelson/Freeman Memorial Scholarship $500

Karter Mack -- Tyler Jangula Memorial Scholarship $500; Alfred and Jennie Solberg Memorial Scholarship $1000

Jolyssa Marquardt -- Annie Barkie Memorial Bunko Scholarship $1000; Rick, Debbie, and Josh Waitman Memorial Scholarship $500

Abigail Martin -- Lloyd Larson Memorial History Scholarship $500; Lexi Meduna Memorial Little Scholars Scholarship $500

Conner Martin -- Eleanor and Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship $750; Nelson/Freeman Memorial Scholarship $500

Colette Mattila -- Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship $1500

Kyla Melland -- Jim Geierman Memorial Scholarship $1000; Neff, Eiken, & Neff Law Firm Scholarship $500

Stacey Meyer -- Lavonne Lowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship $500

Alli Monson -- Roger Breezley Memorial Scholarship $500; Doug Stevens Memorial Scholarship $500

Thaddeus Moore -- Galen Germundson Memorial Scholarship $1000

Bailee Murray -- Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship $250; Dwight and Carole Montgomery Memorial Scholarship $500

Carly-Anne Nicholson -- Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship $250; Doug and Donnette Taylor Family Scholarship $1000

Ellie Ogaard -- Doug Stevens Memorial Scholarship $500

Juanita Pina -- Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship $500; Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship $250; Kristi Grove Wells Memorial Bunko Scholarship $1000

Ann Reinke -- Dr. Jerry Olson Memorial Scholarship $500; Brian Shirley Memorial Scholarship $500

Alexis Renner -- Dr. T.C. Ritter Memorial Scholarship $950

Peyton Richardson -- Rita Anseth Memorial Scholarship $500; Lois Schmitz Memorial Scholarship $1000

Matthew Richter -- Janet Hughes Laqua Memorial Scholarship $1250; Williston Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship $500

Shannon Ring -- Cathie Carl Gendreau Memorial Scholarship $500; Dick Jensen Memorial Scholarship $500

Sariah Sanders -- Eleanor and Jack Snyder Sr. Memorial Music Scholarship $750; Virgil Syverson Memorial Music Scholarship $500

Christopher Sathe -- Ron Martin Memorial Baseball Scholarship $500; Kim Pflepsen Memorial Scholarship $1000

Anna Scallon -- Upper Missouri United Sportsmen Scholarship $1000; Lexi Meduna Memorial Scholarship $1000

Mirada Senior -- Anderson Family Scholarship $1000

Taylor Swenson -- Doug Stevens Memorial Scholarship $500; Charmaine Krenz Memorial Scholarship $1500

Katelyn Way -- Henry Ceglowski Memorial Scholarship $500; Ruth Hegge Fay Memorial Scholarship $1000

Jessie Yeager -- WHS Class of 1962 Memorial Scholarship $500

ONEOK DONATES TO WPSD #1

OneOK has gifted Williston Public Schools a donation of 5 300E Chromebooks with licensing and starter packs for the district's elementary schools. With the district working towards the goal of 1 to 1 technology, this donation will help provide support for the initiative.

This is the 2nd year in a row that OneOK has awarded a grant to the Williston Coyote Foundation on behalf of Williston Public Schools, and we are grateful for their support of the "Coyote Family"!

In Loving Memory:

 

Gifts to the Foundation:

  • Amanda Simard &  Alexa Stevens, to start the Doug Stevens Memorial Scholarship in memory of their father
  • Larry and Maureen Laqua, in memory of Harold Tvedt
  • Lewis and Clark PTO, for the Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship
  • Lewis and Clark Activity, for the Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship
  • Sheila and Brian Haaland, for the Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship
  • The Bunko Gals, for the Annie Barkie Memorial Scholarship and the Kristi Grove Wells Memorial Scholarship
  • David and Jean Nelson, in memory of Dennis Olson -- Class of 63
  • Arlan and Gayle Arnson, in memory of Schawn Schmitz
  • Roger and Ellen Britton, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Greg and Kay Anderson, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Gerald and Cheryl Fleck, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Clyde and Janell Sailer, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Barkie Family Trust, for the Robert Barkie Memorial Scholarship
  • Greg and Kim DeLorme, for the Gene and Elsie DeLorme Memorial Scholarship
  • Josh Drew, for the Josh Drew Turn-It-Around Scholarship
  • Arvid and Judy Johnson, in memory of Dennis Olson -- Class of 63
  • Dawn Hustad and Kris Meduna, for the Lexi Meduna Memorial Scholarship, in memory of their daughter, Lexi Meduna
  • Loree Olson
  • Mike and Christina Jungels, for the Todd Gaudreau Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Kevin Bercier, Stacy Lutz Johnston, Scott Lippert, Jared Schwann, Alexis Meduna, and Todd Gaudreau
  • Darla Whitty, for the WHS Class of 1980 Memorial Scholarship
  • Kurt Stoner, in memory of Carole Sinness
  • Larry and Elaine Doeden, for the H.L. Pedersen Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Roger Altenburg
  • Chad and Erin Thuner, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Monica Jeanotte, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • David and Diane Clinton, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Deb Richter, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Rick and Janet Tangedal, for the Donn Skadeland Memorial Basketball Scholarship, in memory of Baby K Magalei
  • Franklin McCoy, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Dan and Chris Will, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Joe and Wanda Meyer, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Ken and Darci Kjos, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Christine Glueckert, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Christie Lininger, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • WHS Staff, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Wayne Anderson, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of his wife, Jennifer Anderson
  • OneOK, grant for 5 Lenovo 300E Chromebooks
  • Williston Middle School's National Junior Honor Society, for the Taylor Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  • Lowell and Carol Sandvik, in memory of Roger Alternburg
  • Darryl and Carolyn Whitecloud, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • John and DaVee  MacMaster, for the Anderson Family Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jennifer Anderson
  • Paula and Russell Schilke, for the Todd Gaudreau Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Bruce Vig, Elva "Jean" Nelson, Schawn Schmitz, Janet Whritenour, and Betty Salvevold

Heritage Committee Members Sought

As previously announced, an effort by several Williston High School Alumni from the 50’s and 60’s to name the football field at the new high school “Legends Field” and to display a plaque at WHS with names of individuals who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of students who attend(ed) Williston High School. Their intentions were to honor the proud heritage of Williston High School and recognize a legend from their time as Coyotes.

In October of 2018, the naming of the football field went through and was unanimously approved by the School Board. Then in February of 2019, the criteria of how a person could be nominated went through unanimously as well. With this approval, the first name was selected for the Legends Field plaque; that person is H.L. Pedersen, WHS staff member from 1951-1963.

In an effort to honor H.L. Pedersen and future Legends selected to receive the honor, the Coyote Foundation and the WPSD #1 School Board is asking for volunteers to start a "Heritage Committee." The committee will assist with the name selections for the Legends Field Plaque, plan events in conjunction with the honoring of individuals selected to be on the plaque, and assist with all aspects of the Legends Field project including the metal works and signage that needs to be added to the football field.

If you are interested in assisting with the creation of the WPSD #1 Heritage Committee for Williston High School, please email us at codi.austreim@willistonschools.org. We appreciate your willingness to help us honor and preserve our strong heritage at WHS.

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! ​

April 2019 News & Notes

 

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Awards Night 2019
With May upon us, we are only a week away from the 2019 Williston Coyote Foundation Awards Night.  This year, we have 60 students who will receive scholarships to further their education.  And with over 100 scholarships to give away, it is sure to be an amazing night for all involved.  Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the Williston High School Class of 2019 on Wednesday, May 8th, at 7:00 pm in the Williston High School auditorium.

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Gifts to the Foundation:
Ann Carns, in memory of Wally Hapip

Cheryl Nelson Harris, Calvin Nelson, and Curtis Nelson, for the Lavonne Lowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship

Paula and Russell Schilke, in memory of Delores Weyrauch, Joan Bekkedahl, and Olga Sundet -- for the Todd Gaudreau Memorial Scholarship

Robert Erdahl, for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship

Jean "Jamie" MacMaster Quinlan, in memory of Verona Wegley Lechler -- for the Neva MacMaster Memorial Scholarship and the Bud MacMaster Memorial Scholarship

Stan and Amy Reep, in memory of Marion Olson and Cheryl Nelson

Luella Krabseth, in memory of Marion Olson

CCP Properties, in memory of Dr. Bob Olson -- for the Bob Abernethy Memorial Scholarship

Gerald and Aileen Behm, in memory of Olive Kirby Larson

Ann Holmen, for the Gene and Elsie Delorme Memorial Scholarship

Boone and Susan Herring, in memory of Harold Tvedt

Little Scholars Preschool, to create the Lexi Meduna Memorial Scholarship

Larry and Elaine Doeden, in memory of Cleo Lowe -- for the H. L. Pedersen Memorial Scholarship

Richard Ness

Marlene Teske, in memory of Cheryl Nelson

Jay and Amy Wells, in memory of Lexi Meduna, Todd Gaudreau, Bob Olson, and Cleo Furuseth

Neff, Eiken, and Neff Law, PC., for the Neff, Eiken, and Neff Law Scholarship

Gayle and Arlan Arnson, in memory of Lexi Meduna and Joe Jackman

Merri Jo Hendrickson, for the Arlo Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Sando, to create the Anderson Family Scholarship

Wayne and Jennifer Anderson, to create the Anderson Family Scholarship

David and Jean Nelson, in memory of Cheryl Nelson

Donna and Wayne Barke, in memory of John Fougner

Mike and Lori Erickson, in memory of Harold Tvedt

Upper Missouri United Sportsmen, for the UMUS Scholarship

Margaret Conlin, in memory of Viola TeSoro, Wally Hapip, and Olive (Kirby) Larson -- for the WHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship

Mikaela Rehak, for the Leslee Bublitz Memorial Scholarship

Joyce McCoy and the Potluck Girls, in memory of Cleo Lowe

Lewis and Clark PTO, for the Lewis & Clark Explorers Alumni Scholarship

Amanda Simard & Alexa Stevens, to create the Doug Stevens Memorial Scholarship

Larry and Maureen Laqua, in memory of Harold Tvedt

Alumni Deaths:
Kevin Bercier, Class of 1981, died 4/11/2019, in Williston, ND    https://www.willistonherald.com/obituaries/kevin-bercier/article_abb2ddb6-6076-11e9-aae5-17c2dedbfff8.html

Susan Brostuen, Class of 1979, died 4/9/2019, in Denver, CO    https://www.willistonherald.com/obituaries/susan-elaine-brostuen/article_cbc40a22-5f3f-11e9-bc96-f73bd64a5395.html

Alexis "Lexi" Meduna, WHS student, died 4/7/2019, in Williston, ND    https://www.willistonherald.com/obituaries/alexis-lexi-meduna/article_08b92262-5bd7-11e9-89f7-c313e5a5454d.html

Cheryl (Wang) Nelson, Class of 1963, died 3/31/2019, in Minot, ND    https://www.willistonherald.com/obituaries/cheryl-nelson/article_546f5eb4-57e1-11e9-9013-2f75054de77a.html

Tim Wentz, Class of 1989, died 4/20/2019, in Carolville, ND   https://www.willistonherald.com/obituaries/timothy-tim-wentz/article_d092c432-65e1-11e9-b9d9-fb95c4bc33eb.html

Wally Hapip, Class of 1971, died 3/27/19, in Bismarck, ND
https://www.willistonherald.com/obituaries/wally-hapip/article_da9c34ca-524c-11e9-95ed-bb0b739a2041.html

Marion Olson, Class of 1951, died 3/29/19, in Williston, ND
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/marion-olson-obituary?pid=192036110

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Student Spotlight: Skills USA

Students in the Williston High School Construction Trades and Auto Technology classes competed at Skills USA in Wahpeton, ND, this April. Multiple students placed 1st or 2nd in their events.

Construction Trades:
-Teamworks A. took 1st: Alex Lund, Joe Leonard, Tucker Jackman, Darion Sims.
-Team B. Took 2nd: Trevyn Sundby, Izrehias Diaz, Braden Decker, Dawson Tangedal.
-Seth Brunelle took 1st in Plumbing
-Jorge Sanchez took 1st in Electrical, Edgar Gutierrez took 4th
-Ethan Jones took 15th in Carpentry

Auto Tech:
-Corbin Peter's took 2nd, Riley Kemp 16th, Zach Holland 22nd.

Congratulations to all of these hard-working students! What a great accomplishment for them!


                                             Bond Referendum Fails --
District Forced to Wait Full Year Before A New Vote

Falling just shy of  reaching a "super majority," the Williston Public School District #1 bond referendum to build 2 new elementary schools and add on to the high school failed and cannot legally be brought back to the public for 365 days.

School board members and school officials are now left to come up with temporary solutions to fix the over-crowding in the district's schools.  One way they will attempt to relieve some space issues is to apply for a $3.1 million grant from the state of ND.  See the full article in the Williston Herald below.


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! ​ ​​​​​​​

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! ​