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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Busy 2019 for School District

 

January 2, 2020

Three Forks High School finished second place in the state in both speech and drama. Courtesy photo

It was a busy year for the Three Forks School District.

The start of the 2019-20 school year brought an increase of students in the Three Forks School District.

At a Three Forks School Board meeting, 8-12 Principal Greg Heys and K-5 Principal Steve Fanning updated the trustees on the enrollment numbers prior to the first day of school August 21.

Heys reported there are 72 in sixth grade, 68 in seventh, and 61 in eighth for a total of 201 in the middle school, an increase of 18 from last year. In the high school, Heys reported 76 in ninth grade, 60 in 10th, 47 in 11th and 54 in the senior class. He said the number is an increase of 18 and with the large ninth-grade class it will be a big load on himself and the teachers, but he is looking forward to the year.

Fanning reported a total of 53 in Kindergarten, 59 in first grade, 51 in second, 58 in third, 59 in fourth and 58 in fifth for a total of 338. Fanning said this is up from 326 at the end of last school year and the most he has seen since he started with the district.

Trustee Sheri Brown said the growth is nothing they've seen historically, and the district is growing bigger percentage wise then Bozeman.

Superintendent Jeff Elliott said they are utilizing every bit of space they have and if the growth continues even one more year, they are going to have to use portable buildings.

In May, two $55,000 levies that would have been used to hire additional teachers at the Three Forks Schools were defeated by voters Tuesday, both falling by a slim margin.

The Three Forks Elementary General Fund Levy fell by a vote of 472 to 440. The high school levy fell by a vote of 485 to 438. During the election, voters also elected a new trustee. Stephene Kamerman defeated Robert Buchholz by a vote of 471 to 299.

In July, trustees appointed Buchholz to fill the position vacated by Candace Rochford. He will serve in the position until the next trustee election in May of 2020.

The Three Forks High School Speech and Drama team once again shined in 2019 and had a great deal of success at the state tournament they hosted.

The Wolves finished second place as a team in both speech and drama and had three state champions.

John Jennings won the state championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Kilah Pfadt and Dean Buchholz won the title in Policy Debate.

Head coach Greg Overman said the goal is always to place in the top three in both speech and drama.

"By placing 12 students in the top 8 of their individual events, 20 students in semi-finals, and qualifying 27 for the tournament as a whole, we accomplished that goal. This is the 2nd year in a row that we've accomplished that goal, and last year we placed 3rd in both Speech & Drama, so this is even a step forward for us. It is truly important to me that we do both, that we aren't just successful in Speech or Drama, that we do both and that we do both well. This provides a wide variety of students the ability to succeed, and that requires a lot of numbers, a lot of coaching, and a lot of personality types. We got the job done this year on that front, which is something that we are extremely proud of," he said.

The Three Forks Schools Adult Education program was a success in 2019.

The program kicked off January 7 with 22 classes and 166 signed up for classes. The program had 120 sign up in 2018.

Program director Tyler Palmer is extremely pleased with the turnout for the eight-week classes.

"Anytime we can connect the school to the community it is a great thing for all stakeholders. Our staff has been great to work within accommodating our instructors by opening their classrooms and offering resources therein," he said.

A total of 40 students graduated at a May ceremony.

The three valedictorians were John Jennings, Kyle Olson, and Kilah Pfadt. The salutatorian was Bryce Olson.

The Three Forks FCCLA Chapter shined at the National Conference. Courtesy photo

Three Forks students who received their diplomas were John Jennings, Kilah Pfadt, Paeton Ohs, Kyle Olson, Payden Lynn, Bryce Olson, Riley Blaker, Tanner Sayers, Sierra Butterfield, Traci Johnston, Logan Connell, Tylor Fullerton, Dallas Cooper, Kaeson Long, Beau Damuth, Taylor Rochford, Kennedy Duval, Teagan Page, Raelynn Hagan, Enola McDonald, John Hayder, Corin Kamps, Madison Hussung, Sophie Langel, Devon Jadwin, Carsten Manring, Brianna Koslofsky, Cora Taylor, Colter Miller, Corey Yecny, Marissa Nelson, Sydney Whitesitt, Ashley Rauser, Sawher White, Shelby Ervin, Breann Juttner, Mallory Young, Bryant Kotter, Preston Pierce and John Upmeyer.

The Three Forks High School FCCLA Chapter, Montana, was selected to receive the 2019 National Chapter Public Relations Award, sponsored by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

The National Chapter Public Relations Award recognizes chapters who have excelled in planning and implementing an exemplary public relations campaign to increase public awareness of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Family and Consumer Sciences education. Judges awarded the $500 prize after evaluating applications based on the clarity of goals, ability to identify needs, project creativity, resourcefulness, results achieved, overall presentation, and impact.

 

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