The Prospector (Helena, Mont.) 1916-2015, December 07, 2007, Image 15

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Page 15 SMALL TOWN continued from page 1 rest. Merely moving to different rooms between classes was differ­ ent. She found all her schooling prior to college enjoyable at times but also lacking because she didn’t get everything she needed. Her next door neighbor hap­ pened to be a Carroll student and, on breaks, would come home to gush about what a wonderful school it was. Crystal visited Carroll three times and due to the excel­ lent pre-med program, the size and the closeness to home, found it fit just right. The small campus along with the great relationships she has formed with her classmates and teachers have been standout quali­ ties. In Condon, Crystal has to be inde­ pendent, and her family has helped her with that. “I’m enjoying the challenges o f college,” says Crys­ tal. “Taking life in stride is the only way you can make it.” The world o f medical school is a big one that Crystal plans to meet head on in the upcoming years, but transitioning to Carroll has certainly helped her prepare for what else is out there. HOBSON, A COMMUNITY in central Montana is home to Julian Rogers. Julian has spent his whole life in Hobson and grew up on a ranch lo­ cated 25 miles out o f town on land originally purchased by his grand- ' pa. He graduated with 13 students who were all in the same classes throughout high school. Carroll came into the picture when Julian attended the summer basketball camp held every year. A few people from Hobson had also come to Carroll, prior to Julian, which helped spark his interest in the school. The size, campus and friendly atmosphere eventually won him over and Carroll gained yet another talented, Montana-character filled individual. After coming to Carroll it was apparent Julian was not in Hobson anymore. He had initially taken for granted the horses, four-wheelers, and even the freedom that his dogs had while growing up on a ranch running about 350 head of cattle. Being raised with certain values allowed him to learn about work ethic. Recently, a headlights trip to L.A. introduced Julian to dif­ ferent lifestyles. Even at the age of 13, kids are joining gangs with the intention of making a life for themselves. Back in Montana, this is a similar idea - but it takes place in the mountains, valleys and fields W of our small and large communi­ ties rather than the streets. Julian has loved the small town feel of Helena and has developed a great appreciation for what was there for him while growing up. He has come to realize he has an awe­ some family! ON THE OTHER side of the mountains, Clete Helvey was born and raised about ten miles from Thompson Falls on what he refers to as a “wannabe ranch” with 30 head o f cattle and about 1000 acres. Clete has four siblings who have all worked on the ranch. Thomp­ son Falls is, like many towns in Montana, a paradise for outdoor activities. Surrounded by mountains and trees for hunting and a lake for T a k i n g l i f e in str i d e i s th e o n l y w a y y o u c a n m a k e it. —Crystal Dome PHOTO COURTESY OF LOGAN MANNIX Logan Mannix and his brother Cole get down and dirty in the Wild Cow Milking competition at the Helmville Rodeo. fishing it’s hard to imagine wanting anything else. The local hangouts for kids are bars and when they’re closed, shooting is a popular activ­ ity. “The logging industry built the town,” says Clete. There were initially four com­ panies but now only one part-time operator is left. The community of Thompson Falls is unique in that it is also home to many group homes. These are set up for program kids who are mainly comprised o f out of state, urban troubled teens, who now live in foster-style homes within Thompson Falls. These out-of-towners make up about 1/6 of the school’s popula­ tion. Clete said the most shocking thing for the students was to see signs reading “don’t bring guns to school” posted around the school. What may seem obvious to the out-of-state visitors is a common mistake during hunting season. Clete originally didn’t want to go to college. But during his senior year, an anatomy and physiology class ex­ posed a desire to become a surgeon. One o f his teachers told him about Carroll and Clete soon learned of the school and its small class sizes. When he first came to college Clete was immediately taught, “school’s tough!” The small town feel to Helena was also a factor to him. The desire to go to a large city just can’t com­ pete with his small town guy roots. After being at Carroll for 3 years, Clete says he has encountered open minds. Had he stayed in Thompson Falls, the opportunity to experience the other ideas students at Carroll have to offer would never have come about. Carroll’s identity o f being a small, community-oriented school in a very community-oriented town has made it a very attractive choice for many students. The student population is more diverse than just Montana, but these undergradu­ ates offer a hometown feel to the campus. Maybe this is as far as they will go, maybe medical school will be in the near future, but in any case, these students have all found themselves at Carroll. Small town Carroll kids have nothing against big town kids, but they know what Mellencamp meant when he sang he’s “got nothing against a big town.” “Still hayseed enough to say. Look who’s in the big town. But my bed is in a small town. Oh, and that’s good enough for me.” And it’s good enough for Carroll, too. SOCCER continued from page 12 John Salzsieder, Dr. Gerald Shields, and her thesis advisor, Dr. Kyle Strode. “One of my favorite moments was when we were at Regionals and all of a sudden I heard, ‘Go Becky! You’re instrumental!’ I looked up and saw Dr. Strode who had can­ celled class that day and had the class go watch the game.” Coates, who will be graduating from Carroll this year has future plans o f moving to Steamboat, Colo­ rado to be with her boyfriend Matt Thomas, a 2007 graduate. She also intends on gaining more experience in the chemistry field before gradu­ ate school and possibly being a ski instructor for a while. She admitted not playing soccer anymore will be quite the switch. “I’m going to miss soccer a lot. But I will be preparing for my GREs, exploring other things to do... oh and skiing a lot. And I totally want to learn how to rock climb!” It seems like Coates has already climbed a lot of mountains, excel­ ling on the field, in class, and be­ yond. TUITION continued from page 11 them a scholarship when they came to Carroll? Many upper-class students at Carroll care enough about their education that they are doing just that. But it’s frustrating when those in grades below you are receiving more just so they can land at Carroll. Carroll College is a diamond in the rough here in Montana, and many I know who have left did love it here- they just couldn’t keep up with the financial burden. There must be a way to keep our students here and supply money in the right areas. Perhaps it’s time to take notice of this, rather than a new this or a new that. I think Carroll would want to be known as a school that gave its stu­ dents great education, social oppor­ tunities, and helped them through­ out their entire college experience. What a great feeling to come home this Christmas after slaving for finals and actually feel good about writing that next check to Carroll College, because you know it’s worth it and you know you can make it through to the next year. Friday, December 7,2007 Volume 91, No 3

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 07 Dec. 2007, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheProspector/2007-12-07/ed-1/seq-15/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.