One size does not fit all

More options to that high school diploma than ever before Taylor Kroft dropped out of high school to go to college. Madi Nance was homeschooled while she worked full time. Keegan Lundman attended public school and took advanced-placement courses so she could study abroad. All three girls graduated or will graduate with high honors, but…

Connections Over Wine

The Poet Streets Whine Group, going strong for 15 years A sign posted at the entrance to Highland Park Drive says, “Neighborhood Under Construction.” The streets are torn up, so residents are navigating “Montana gumbo” and avoiding potholes. Even in these conditions, the Poet Streets Whine group draws an enthusiastic crowd. The Poet Streets is…

Not Your Mama’s Jeans

Teens today are giving a facelift to yesterday’s fashion trends Recycled fashion can evoke a lot of great memories. Some of us loved the easy breezy days of the 1990s, when it was easy to buy denim from Goodwill, pull on a baggy tee and tie a flannel around your waist for a fashion-forward look….

Helping Teens Be Great

Juanita Sanchez does it with patience, time and a lot of snacks When Juanita Sanchez says she loves working with teenagers, she usually gets a quizzical look of disbelief. Teens aren’t known for being easy to reach, but that’s OK with Juanita. She’s the director of Teen Services at the Boys and Girls Clubs of…

The Best Decision Ever

How a trip to a summer leadership camp taught me a thing or two about teens Have you ever had someone sneak in and steal your heart? For me it wasn’t one person, it was many, and much to my surprise, they were teenagers. I describe myself as a people person — not a baby…

College Student Turned Entrepreneur

Bailey Scott brings joy to Billings, one frozen treat at a time Bailey Scott loves to get into her favorite ride, grab her friends, crank up the music and hit the streets to cruise around. Bailey’s “ride,” however, isn’t typical for most 20-year-olds. It’s a brightly decorated baby-blue ice cream truck filled with prepackaged ice…

Rising to the Challenge

Student athletes join forces to improve the halls of their high schools In the sports world, there’s nothing quite like a crosstown rivalry. Behind the action, the athletes wear their game faces as they get ready for the latest round of competition under the Friday night lights, on the court as the first serve is…

As the World Turns

DIY creates a unique statement piece Globes used to be a staple in every home and classroom back in the day. Flash forward to today and home decorating gurus have put a new spin on this old-time favorite. After tracking down a globe for $12 at a secondhand store, I was ready to combine a…

Meet He’Lena

A smart, outgoing, funloving teen in search of a forever family When you meet 14-year-old He’Lena, it doesn’t take long to see what’s behind this sweet teen. She’s not only smart and motivated, she’s outgoing and, according to her foster family, “loves to be the entertainer.” You’d never know the trials she’s already faced in…

A Little Sauce on the Side

Recipes for amazingly easy and tasty condiments Let me set the scene. It was the holiday season and our daughter, Lindsay, was home for a week. As we typically do on Saturdays, I had plans of whipping up a hot breakfast with huckleberry pancakes (berries I had frozen from the fall), bacon and lots of…

Out of the Box Education

How escape room style games are finding their way into the classroom Walking into Katy Lefler and Michael Thomas’ science class at Ben Steele Middle School is like stepping into an adventure. Kids are huddled over sheets of paper with a few large and small locked boxes in front of them. As the noise of…

Third Time is a Charm

Billings woman is proof a VBAC is possible, even after multiple c-sections   Before 26-year-old Krischel Moran even felt the flutters of her third child inside the womb, she knew she and her husband, Luis, wanted this baby to come into the world differently. With two prior Caesarian section births, she did her research, hoping…

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Be the Lighthouse

Navigating the waters of the teenage years Being a teenager isn’t easy. It’s a slippery ledge between childhood and adulthood as teens lean out and into the risks and privileges of the grown-up world. Being the parent of a teenager can seem just as treacherous, a balancing act between holding the baby you’ve known forever…

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