Hamilton High School has not one - but three - National Merit Scholars this year.

The three placed in the top 55,000 students of the over 1.5 million who took the PSAT/SAT tests.

In honoring Alyssa Heath, Ben Peterson and John Ryter, Hamilton High School Principal Kevin Conwell said, " All of us a HHS are very proud of these students...to have three students from our high school recognized speaks very highly of these students and their parents, but also of our teachers."

Speaking of teachers, the district has a number of paraprofessionals, who assist the teaching staff.

Teri Fisk at Grantsdale Elementary School was recently awarded the Montana Paraprofessional Educator of the Year for Region 5. Fisk has been at Grantsdale for 14 years. She was a parent volunteer first, and then became a paraprofessional, assisting classroom teachers, teaching small reading and math groups, and monitoring the playground and lunchroom.

Angela Whitlow, Title 1 Reading and Math Specialist, said, "Teri consistently shows empathy and compassion for each child at Grantsdale."

Kimberly Dowling, 3rd Grade Teacher, said, "her years at Grantsdale have helped build the reputation our school has for meeting challenges in unique and caring ways."