Peterson, Suenram earn 2 top honors

Kansas Suenram (L) Salutatorian, Morgan Peterson (R) Valedictorian


Morgan Peterson and Kansas Suenram will lead their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, through commencement exercises Sunday afternoon when Beaverhead County High School graduates its 122nd class.

Graduation for the Class of 2013 will be held in the B. W. Lodge Gymnasium, beginning at 2 p.m. The keynote speaker will be former Dillon Middle School teacher Lee Pelletier.

Baccalaureate will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the BCHS Auditorium. The senior class officers, Austin Finch, President; Allie McGrath, vice president; Jacki Richardson, secretary; and Kacee Williams, treasurer encourage the public to attend this special occasion. 

In the fall, Peterson, the daughter of Clay and Stephanie Peterson, plans to attend Montana State University, Bozeman, to study mathematics, and then pursue a career in medicine.

Suenram, the daughter of Andy and Peri Suenram, says she will attend the University of Montana, Missoula, in the fall and work toward a degree in physical therapy. The remainder of the top ten is: Allison McGrath, Catherine Hawkins, Ashleigh Rhea, Morgan Evans, Kelsey Peterson, Adam Waldorf, Jaynae Buell, Austin Finch. 

Pelletier, who is now sports director and sales director at KDBM/KBEV radio, taught 24 years at DMS, where he also coached basketball wrestling and volleyball.

He graduated from North Toole County High School in Sunburst in 1980. He graduated from Western Montana College in 1984 and received his master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in 1996. Pelletier taught one year at Bynum and one year in Chester

Pelletier is known as the “voice of the Beavers” in recognition of his popular radio broadcasts of BCHS sporting events. His interests include watching basketball, baseball, football and he is an avid golfer. He also enjoys boating and camping with his daughter, Sarah.   

Musical numbers will be performed by the high school band and choral programs. Laurie Hagenbarth’s Mixed Ensemble and Teen Tones will each have one arrangement. Chris Kloker’s band will be playing the processional, national anthem, recessional and one other arrangement, which will be the seniors’ last performance with the band. 

Diplomas will be presented by Gary Love, school board chairman, and trustees Koy Holland, Cory Lamey and Patti Jo Staudenmeyer. Assisting in the presentation will be Superintendent/Principal Fred Chouinard and Assistant Principal Gary Haverfield.