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The Big Sky State Games has teamed up with the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and Kenco Security and Technology to recognize the importance of sportsmanship and character in Montana student athletes. CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nonprofit organization striving to improve the character of today’s youth. It is based on common ethical values that transcend political, religious, socio-economic, and cultural differences. Called the “Six Pillars of Character,” these values are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Character Counts! Scholarship is sponsored by Kenco Security and Technology.
Over the past twenty years, the Big Sky State Games has awarded the Character Counts! Scholarship to outstanding Montana female and male student-citizen-athletes involved in the Big Sky State Games. The scholarship can be used for any secondary education after high school. This includes trade schools and community colleges.
Only high school juniors during the 2019-2020 school year are eligible for this scholarship. This is to ensure that fellow students can observe the scholarship winners during their senior year and to recognize the traits the students show. You can download the application application below. It will also be available at all Montana High Schools Guidance Counselor offices.
The Big Sky State Games has selected Sam George of Senior High School, Emily Poole of Huntley Project High School, Audrey Sipler of Big Sandy High School, and Jessica Swandal of Billings Central Catholic School as the recipients of the 2019 Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship. The $500 scholarship winners were recognized at the 34th Annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies event Friday, July 19.
The winners were selected based on their character, community involvement, and participation in sports. Character Counts! promotes sportsmanship and fosters good character by teaching, enforcing, advocating, and modeling, the "Six Pillars of Character": trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship
Sam George competed in the Big Sky State Games 3 v 3 soccer in 2016. He is a member of Billings Senior High Honor Roll and the National Honors Society. Sam has played Varsity soccer for three years at Senior High School. He volunteers for the Magic City Classic Soccer tournament and the Montana Cleanup.
Emily Poole has participated in Big Sky State Games Track and Field for ten years, Volleyball for 7 years, and Swimming for one year. Emily volunteers as a volleyball coach, basketball coach, and helps with her high school's clean-up day. She is involved in volleyball, basketball and track and field at Huntley Project High School. Emily is a part of National Honor Society, Student Council, and is an academic all-state selection.
Audrey Sipler has participated in the Big Sky State Games dance competition for six years. She is a member of the Big Sandy Honor Roll, Honor Band, and Academic All-State for cheerleading. Audrey volunteers at the local hospital and teaches dance to young children in her community
Jessica Swandal is a nine year Big Sky State Games participant in the Figure Skating competition. She is a coach for the Figure Skating Club in Billings. Jessica is also a cheerleader for Billings Central High School. She volunteers at her church and has been on two missions where she demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.
|Loren Murphy||Huntley Project|
|2016||Cory Kistler||Huntley Project|
|Brianna Jo Robinson||Billings|
|Emily Grace Walker||Huntley|
|2008||Cord Blanchard||Great Falls|
|Kylie Medicine Horse||Pryor|
|Chris Blanchard||Great Falls|
|2002||Sara Patterson||Great Falls|