NTC Recognizes 38 Outstanding Students April 18

Attendees of the Student Achievement Day April 18.

Northwest Technical College held its fifth annual Student Achievement Day April 18, recognizing outstanding students during an in-person celebration on campus that was also streamed live via Zoom.

Coordinated by Dr. Leah Girard, interim student success center director, the annual event applauds students’ hard work and determination in their academic careers.

Leah Girard, interim student success center director, speaks at the Student Achievement Day April 18.
Dr. Leah Girard, interim student success center director

Dr. John Hoffman, president of NTC and BSU, along with Dr. Ketmani Kouanchau, executive vice president and senior academic officer, opened the event by welcoming the over 100 students, family members and NTC faculty and staff in attendance and congratulating award winners for their tremendous accomplishments.

Faculty from NTC’s academic programs selected outstanding students — those who consistently give exceptional effort, always participate and are enthusiastic and dedicated within their program — and most improved students — recognizing students who showed tremendous growth and development in their skills and knowledge within their programs over the 2022-23 academic year.

In addition to the program awards, NTC students, faculty and staff identified 10 students to receive campus-wide acknowledgments including awards for extraordinary kindness, community engagement and online learning.

Academic Awards

Outstanding Student: Kelley Hoyez

Automotive Service
Outstanding Student: Steven Meyers

Outstanding Student: Kory Haats
Most Improved: Jillion Small-Bear

Business/Administrative Support
Outstanding Student: Cheyanne Novak

Child Development
Outstanding Student: Madi Anderson
Most Improved: Mikalya Hiinds

Commercial Refrigeration
Outstanding Student: James Rossbach
Most Improved: Michael Sopp

Community Health
Outstanding Student: Kristi Whitcomb
Most Improved: Brenda Long

Dental Assisting
Outstanding Student: Taydin Brown
Most Improved: Shelby Steinberg

Electrical Construction
Outstanding Student: Alec Meland
Most Improved: Jack Slagle

Human Resources
Outstanding Student: Gina Thydean

Medical Coding
Outstanding Student: Megan Heveron
Most Improved: Dani Mejia

Nursing – LPN Step-In
Outstanding Student: Kelly Cochran
Most Improved: Amanda Keppers

Nursing – Practical
Outstanding Student: Michael Turner
Most Improved: Orvis Polo, Rachel Dodd

Nursing – RN
Outstanding Student: Meg Wempe
Most Improved: Victor Giron

Residential Plumbing/HVAC
Outstanding Student: Kaleb Ruhl
Most Improved: Cody Hanson

Sales, Marketing & Management
Outstanding Student: Anders Birkland

Campuswide Awards

Perseverance Award
Heather Barstad

Extraordinary Kindness Award
Shelby Steinberg

Student Leadership Award
Danika David

Community Engagement Award
Daniel Conkle

Dedicated & Devoted Award
Suzannah Wiebye

Demonstrated Diversity Award
Madison Greene

Non-traditional Student Achievement Award
Kristy Iceman

Outstanding Online Learner Award
Lorelle Garrigan

Student Worker of the Year Award
Jeremiah Kari

NTC Spirit Award
Elle Wilkerson


Leah Girard, interim student success center director