b'Scholarship Foundation MT NMMontana Recipient New Mexico Recipient Bethany BarnesJaime MolinarFrank and Naomi Barnesof Whitefish, Montana must beI believe that life is a learning experienceand very proud parents, for all three of their daughters have won thebeing able to recognize our own strengths and weaknesses WPMA Scholarship for Montana! The 2021 WPMA Scholar- can help us become better individuals in anything we choose ship recipient for Montana is Bethany Barnes, the third and finalto do, whether it is positive abilities and skills that can help daughter of Frank and Naomi to apply for the WPMA scholarship.achieve our goals or negative personal areas that need Bethanys excellent scholastics and her dedication to her music,improvement, wrote Jaime Molinar of Artesia. Jaime is the her art, her academics, and serving others made her a perfect re- 2021 recipient of the WPMA Scholarship for New Mexico. cipient for the WPMA Scholarship.He applied for the WPMA Scholarship through Brewer Oil in Bethany graduated from Whitefish High School in June, rankedArtesia where his father works as a sales representative. first in her senior class of 139, being listed on the Gold HonorJaime graduated with honors from Artesia High School in Roll and earning an Academic letter all four years. She earned herMay, with a 3.78 GPA. He took a variety of metal fabrica-perfect GPA while taking many Advanced Placement and dual hightion and automotive classes at Artesia High beginning in his school/college credit classes.sophomore year, preparing for a future career in welding. He Very involved in school activities, Bethany was on the speechalso worked on welding projects outside of school. His high and debate team all four years, participating in Original Oratory,school counselor wrote: Jaime is an exceptional young man Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking and Policywho is eager to help others, possesses a pleasant disposition, Debate at the local, divisional, state and national tournaments. Sheand demonstrates the work ethic and value system one needs earned varsity letters and Academic All State Awards in Speech &to be successful not only in the academic realm, but in life. I Debate, served as the Speech Team Tournament Captain, and wonhave watched Jaime continually challenge himself academi-back-to-back State Championships in Informative Speaking. Hercally while owning and operating his own business as well as Speech and Debate Coach wrote: Bethany has exhibited a growthparticipate in extracurricular activities outside of school. in maturity across the time she has worked with me. She handlesWhen COVID hit, Jaimes school went to online learning, disappointments and challenges with energy toward finding solu- and he finished the remainder of his junior year online. He tions and self-improvement. She possesses a great deal of enthu- had to continue into the summer to finish the college level siasm and has been active in many extra-curricular activities andmechanics course he was taking. When no one wanted to advanced coursework throughout her time at the high school. Shehelp raise money for the Skills USA program at the school, is viewed as a high-performing member of the school communityJaime stepped up to help his teacher raise the needed money by teachers and peers. When faced with challenges and opportuni- for the program. This encouraged him to join the Skills ties, Bethany has excelled.USA program, a nonprofit national education association Her membership in National Honor Society, Key Club and Leothat serves middle-school, high-school and college students Club kept Bethany busy while at Whitefish High School. She servedpreparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service as president of the Key Club and Leo Club in her freshman andoccupations. As a senior, Jaime participated in the automotive sophomore years. She also tutored students in math and served at thesection of the Skills USA program.Back-to-School Bash. Her artistic talents in drawing and painting ledHis musical talents led Jaime to play the trumpet in theher to create artwork for the schools Orchestra and Band room, andArtesia High School band for three years, and he played on she competed and took first place in several local art contests. the football team for one year. continued on page 11 continued on page 17WPMA News / Summer 20219'