Remembering Karen D. Newton with GHS Educational
fun!”, an expression often used by educators and parents to motivate students, was
more than just a slogan to the late Karen D. Newton. When she stepped into her classroom each day,
it became a reality. The lesson was
clear: Learning was important, requiring
both attention and effort, but it was also “fun!” Her infectious enthusiasm, extensive
knowledge, and sense of humor, even in the most trying of circumstances, made each
day’s adventure in learning and living in community “fun” for hundreds of
Glasgow elementary students throughout her 29 and 1/2 years of devoted
instruction. Decades later, many of Mrs.
Newton’s former students remember her patient guidance through Montana history
projects as their first experience in independent research and writing and
their first real connection with their community and state. These activities were typical of the many
skills she taught that would serve her students for a lifetime.
A native of
Lewistown, Montana, who earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern
Montana College (now MSU-Billings), Karen D. (Horning) Newton showered the same
devotion on her children Andy Newton and Dyan (Ben) Garcia, and on her grand-daughter
Zoey. An active member of the community
in both formal and informal groups, Karen’s intelligence and commitment were
well-known and appreciated, and her many friends and associates would attest
that just as she did in her classroom, she made everything “fun.”
to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in her memory from her husband Tim
Newton ensures that Mrs. Newton’s lessons will be remembered and will continue
to support and encourage others to pursue their educational goals. The 2017-2018 academic year marks the first
time a financial gift will be made by the trust in her memory to a GHS graduate
attending college, trade school, or an accredited online program. A gift will be made by the trust in her
memory every year hereafter.
High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in
1964. Its mission is to provide
financial assistance to GHS alumni enrolled in higher education and to purchase
equipment and programs for Glasgow High School that cannot be financed within
the regular budget. Gifts of cash, real
estate, and stock from faithful supporters across the nation have grown the
corpus of the trust to over $6 million dollars.
Interest earned on its investments is awarded to eligible applicants
through a semi-annual process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st
and October 15th of each year.
School graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of
trade school, are in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester
credits minimum), and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or
certification are encouraged to apply.
Financial need has always been a primary consideration. The application,
which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly,
thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered.
To date, the
trust has made 2,265 awards to 707 different students totaling
$2,003,500.00. Many of these students
have received multiple awards over their courses of study. The trust has also made 118 awards to Glasgow
High School providing enrichment activities and advanced equipment to every
department. The dollar amount of these
gifts totals $232,517.80.
trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular
individual, a gift is given to a student or GHS in the name of that
person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the
name of a particular individual allow for a permanent annual naming
opportunity. The trust is honored to add
Karen D. Newton’s name to its permanent list.
recent semi-annual meeting, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust made the
following awards in honor, recognition, or memory of the individual(s) listed
after the student’s name and school.
recipients: Mary Fewer, University of
Montana, IMO Ivy and Millie Knight; Andrea Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Mary “Pat”
Baker; Kerry Hoffman, University of North Dakota, 1st Semester: IRO
Stannebein Family, 2nd Semester, IMO Lila Moen Sanders and IHO
Phyllis Moen Sanguine; Karissa Liebelt, North Dakota State University, IMO
Bernard T. “Bunky” Sullivan; Rachel Mickelson, Utah State University, IMO Karen
D. Newton; Amy Nelson, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Beryl Pehlke; Jacob Page, University of
Montana, IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness; Brett See, Northwest College, 1st
Semester: IHO Charlotte Bruce, 2nd Semester: IRO Willard and
Charlotte Bruce Family; Alexa Shipp, MSU-Billings, IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison
Endowment; Alexandrea Simensen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker; Kendra
Vaughn, MSU-Billings, IMO L. J. and Jean Baker.
recipients: Josie Braaten, MN State University-Mankato, IMO Harold H. and Irene
W. Smith; Amy Breigenzer, University of North Dakota, IMO Audrey and Arthur
Parke; Kaleb Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten; Edwin Daggett,
MSU-Bozeman, IMO Wallace L. Johnson; Erika Hartsock, UM-Skaggs School of
Pharmacy, IRO Beatrice Trites Family; Gage Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IMO James K.
“Jamie” Fewer; Abby Mehling, Northern Michigan University, IMO James F. and
Anne Hoffmann; Tamrah Pewitt, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman; Samuel
Schultz, MSU-Bozeman, 1st Semester: IMO Ronald A. Combs, 2nd
Semester: IRO Herb and Lucille Friedl Family; Luke Zeiger, Chadron State
College, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr.
recipients: Alexandre Daggett, Minot
State University, 1st Semester: IMO Horace O. and Emma C. Gamas, 2nd
Semester: IRO LeRoy and Bess Lockwood Family; Megan Dailey, Dickinson State
University, IMO Hovland Family; Emma Fewer, University of Montana, IRO James
and Ailene Dokken Olk Family; Debra Griebel, University of North Dakota, IRO
Tom and Flora Coghlan Family; Madison Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Erik Walstad;
Abigail Helland, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart; Lane Herbert,
University of North Dakota, IMO Verda R. Stewart; Kylie Heringer, University of
CO-Denver, IRO Ione and Phyllis Kleppin; Alex Page, UM-Skaggs School of
Pharmacy, IMO Dr. F.M. and Bernice Knierim; Mariah Stein, Missouri Valley
College, IHO Everett and Elizabeth Breigenzer; Chloe Sukut, MSU-Bozeman, IHO
Sever and Esther Enkerud; Lachlan Vaira, University of North Dakota, IMO
Leonard H. and Kathryn L. Langen; Ellen Walstad, University of North Dakota,
IMO Marsha Cotton Hall; Rachael Zeiger, University of South Dakota, IHO O. E.
and Lois Markle Family.
Recipients: Danielle Belleau, Humboldt
State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage; Emilee Morehouse Poole, Rasmussen
College, IMO Dean Rusher; Andrew Wageman, University of North Dakota, IMO
Richard “Dick” and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals.
following equipment was purchased for Glasgow High School:
Cross Trainer - Health Enhancement Department – IMO Brian Pehlke;
Classroom Kits (2) - Industrial Technology Department – IHO Stan Andersen Family
Scales (3) - Science Department – IMO Harry Rybock
Power Mig 201 Welder - Industrial Technology Department - IRO Glenn and Carolee Grina Wallem;
Curtains (6) - Industrial Technology Department - IMO Vern and Edna Richardson;
(25) - Industrial Technology Department - IRO Paul and Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson;
Gloves (20) - Industrial Technology Department - IMO Maxine Fiedler.