Red Lodge students awarded scholarships

Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Anna Dye

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Cameron Avent

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Coy Wickens

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Katie Jacobsen

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Shandy Castellani

Entrusted with the Joe and Doreen Papez and Rachel Chamberlain and Victoria Rachou scholarship funds, the Red Lodge Education Foundation has awarded The Papez and Chamberlain/Rachou scholarships to five Red Lodge High School seniors. 

This year’s recipients of the John Papez $1,000 scholarship are Anna Dye and Cameron Avent. 

Anna, daughter of Mike and Marcy Dye, plans to attend Sterling University in Vermont, to pursue a degree possibly in either outdoors/agriculture or in education specializing in English or literature. Her love of the out-of-doors and literature has propelled her pathway. Of utmost importance to Anna is to not only to make a difference with the career she chooses but to also involve one or more of her many passions.

Cameron is the son of James and Susette Avent. Cameron’s ambition centers on aerospace engineering, either aeronautical or astronautical, which he will study at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Cameron states that Embry Riddle is a perfect university for him where it provides both a great education and is in a perfect location. Cameron attributes his work ethic, his endurance to never give up, and his leadership to his involvement in cross-country since the sixth grade. He has applied these personal values not only to his high school studies but to all other activities in which he participates. 

The 2018-2019 recipients of the Chamberlain/Rachou scholarships are seniors Shandy Castellani, Katie Jacobsen, and Coy Wickens. Each will receive an amount of $1200.

Shandy, daughter of Raymond and Dana Castellani, plans to pursue a career in dental hygienistry.  As a result of job shadowing hygienists at Rock Creek Dental every morning during her final semester of high school, Shandy has discovered her interest in the technical aspects of hygienistry, the independent work, and environment associated  with this career. Shandy will begin her pursuit at Southwestern Oregon Community College as an entry into the school’s new dental assisting program to be offered in the fall of 2019. Shandy feels that the one-year assisting program will boost her chances of being accepted into a hygiene program the following year. 

Katie who is the daughter of Bruce and Jennie Jacobsen of Belfry plans to explore and enrich her personal interests in the arts and sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In addition to preparing for a career, Katie is excited to become involved in various clubs and activities including a goal of serving a full time mission for her church after her first year in college. Since kindergarten, Katie has commuted over “the hill” from Belfry to Red Lodge resulting in a total of approximately 80,000 miles. This she says has aided in her commitment to the daily hard work and persistence needed to achieve the goals of high school and her future. 

Coy is the son of Michael and Randi Wickens. Coy’s aspirations will begin at Montana State University where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in film and a minor in music. While at MSU, Coy will look to intern at his cousin’s musical studio and at the campus PBS station to gain first-hand experience in his intended field. Set to be in Hollywood after his post-secondary schooling, Red Lodge residents look forward to reading Coy’s name in the list of credits for director, producer, music editor, musician, or composer.  

Through ongoing investment, the Red Lodge Education Foundation, under the direction of the Red Lodge Schools, continue to oversee and distribute annually the Chamberlain and Rachou and the Papez scholarships.

The Papez Award was established by Joe and Doreen Papez of Red Lodge, who shared their appreciation for education. 

The Chamberlain and Rachou schlolarships were set up to be dispersed annually for post-secondary educations to graduating seniors. Clair and Hazel Chamberlain were long-time residents of Red Lodge. Peter and Victoria Rachou were French immigrants who used their business and management skills to own and operate various sheep ranches in Wyoming and Montana. 


Submitted by 

Diane Gallagher, 

Red Lodge 

Education Foundation


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