May 18, 2012 By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

Built Ford Tough prize awarded to Pingetzer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jessica Pingetzer, a 2012 graduate of Shoshoni High School FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Fremont Motors and Ford Motor Company. Pingetzer's parents are Richard Pingetzer and Kay Pingetzer, of Shoshoni. Pingetzer plans to study agricultural business management at Casper College-Wyoming Community College.

The Built Ford Tough-FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA members' talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements.

The scholarship is one of 529 scholarships awarded by Ford Division, Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors planning to attend college in fall 2012 or current collegiate students. This program is a part of Ford's overall commitment to the National FFA Foundation.

Additionally, five National $1,000 BFT-FFA Scholarships are being awarded on behalf of Ford Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Ford has supported the National FFA Foundation since the first F-Series truck was introduced in 1948 and has sponsored the Built Ford Tough collegiate scholarship program since 1997. To date, the program has awarded $7,115,000 in scholarships to 7,115 FFA members throughout the country. Ford knows the value of hard work and believes that hard work should be rewarded. Educating aspiring young people to become the leaders of tomorrow is just another way of ensuring a successful future.

Residents graduate from Rocky Mountain College

BILLINGS -- Two Fremont County residents graduated from Rocky Mountain College on May 5 during the university's 130th commencement in the Fortin Education Center. Bethany Sue Bappe, of Riverton, and Sasha Rae Nafziger, of Shoshoni, graduated with bachelor of science degrees. Bappe graduated summa cum laude. RMC graduated 206 students.

RMC alumnus Jim Anderson, who had a successful 32-year career in finance, delivered the commencement address. The address, "The Miracle of Saving & Investing," could not be more appropriate a lesson for college graduates, according to RMC President Michael Mace.

"In honoring Jim Anderson, we are honoring one of our own, who has made a unique and important investment in his alma mater, and whose wisdom in the classroom has made a great difference in the lives of our students and the life of the College," Mace said.

Music at RMC's Commencement will be performed by both the Rocky Mountain College Choir and the RMC Band. Half century graduates will be honored.

Haverkamp receives Edge, Presidential scholarships

Western Heritage Lutheran Academy senior Cassity Haverkamp has received the Edge and Presidential scholarships from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Haverkamp has also received an award from the Fleet Association of Wyoming, which makes her eligible for a regional scholarship, and she was selected as a Discus Award winner. Haverkamp plans to attend Weber State University in the fall and major in psychology.

Two CWC graduates win prestigious scholarships

Two Central Wyoming College students graduating this spring have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Kelli Niemeyer, of Riverton, and Matthew Seats, of Williamsburg, Va., are two of 60 community college graduates nationwide to receive the award. The foundation provides $30,000 per year for up to three years to the recipients to complete their baccalaureate program.

The two were selected by a panel of university faculty and admissions professionals who used criteria including academic achievement and critical thinking ability, financial need, will to succeed and breadth of interest and activities.

Niemeyer, one of five valedictorians of the CWC 2012 graduating class, is planning to transfer to the University of Wyoming where she will continue her studies before applying to the University of Washington Medical School.

Niemeyer worked as a camp counselor, leading music and teaching at Camp Bethel along with teaching Sunday School and giving riding lessons to underprivileged children. At CWC, she was a member of the undergraduate research group studying the prevalence of West Nile Virus in Fremont County. She participated in the CWC jazz choir, theater productions and was the recipient of multiple scholarships.

Seats and Niemeyer are the only Wyoming community college students to receive the scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

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