Student Recognition

TRIO helps students succeed!  Our students are rockstars who continually challenge themselves, inspire our staff and set an example for their peers.  Each month we feature a TRIO SSS student who has excelled in their studies and is progressing toward graduation!

September, 2021 Student of the Month
Callie Cavill
Hello, my name is Callie Cavill and I am a first-generation college student. I am from Stevensville, Montana, and I have lived there my whole life! I graduated in 2019 from Stevensville High School. I am currently a junior here at the university working on obtaining a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. I am minoring in African American studies and will be receiving a Forensics certificate. My ultimate goal after college is a career in law enforcement. I am unsure at the moment as to whether I want to go into local or federal law enforcement but I will try both of them out. I am also currently a cadet with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office. In this program, I get to ride along with deputies, do event security, and do a bunch of cool trainings like Stop the Bleed. This year, I applied for, and got, an internship with the U.S. Federal Probation and Parole office here in Missoula! Here I will be doing a lot of cool but confidential things! I am so excited for this opportunity and for future opportunities. I am so grateful to be a part of TRIO as they have helped me out immensely!

October, 2021 Student of the Month
McKenzie Norton
Hello, my name is McKenzie Norton. I was born in Butte, MT. I am a Junior currently studying Wildlife Biology (Aquatic) and have been involved with TRIO for almost three years. I love being outdoors whether that is hiking, fishing, hunting, or even just going for game runs with my family. I am a huge sports fanatic. My favorite NBA team is the Golden State Warriors, NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, MLB team is Boston Red Sox, and NHL team is Nashville Predators. Finally, I will end with one of my favorite quotes from my favorite basketball players “success comes after you conquer your biggest obstacles and hurdles” -Stephen Curry 

I would also like to thank the TRIO staff for helping me out. They are the ones who got me where I am today and who are helping me succeed through school as well as life. Thank you! 

November, 2021 Student of the Month
Samantha Curran
Hello, my name is Samantha Curran. I am a first-generation college student and mom of three girls! In our free time my girls and I enjoy ice skating in the winter, as well as hiking and swimming all year long. I am studying Elementary Education with a certificate in English as a Second Language and hope to teach at the middle school level when I graduate. I am very thankful for TRIO and the services they have been able offer. They have taught me valuable skills and have been able to offer a quiet place to study. The meetings with my mentor and the staff have kept me encouraged and accountable to keep me going through school while raising a family! Thank you TRIO for everything I wouldn’t be able to succeed without you all! 

December, 2021 Student of the Month
Peter Longoria
My name is Peter Longoria and I have attended UM for the past 5 years. Looking back I almost can’t believe that it has been that long. I started as a freshman, impatient and frustrated at my own progress. I have now learned that the most worthwhile things take time and dedication. Over the years I've met more genuine, honest and kind people in my time in Missoula than most people ever meet in a lifetime. These folks have taken me in, become my family, and set me on a path to keep on persuing what I love. During my summers I've been working at a fly shop and will go on to guide on the Missouri river after graduation. The knowledge I've gained in the forestry school allows me to not only understand my working environment but communicate its importance to clients from across the country. I enjoy sharing the beauty of Montana's landscape, how it came to be and our role in it as humans. Most of all I am thankful for the friends I have made here at UM. They are my family, and I cannot explain how thankful and important they are to me. I cannot imagine a life path without going to school here in Missoula. Having the memories I have now I wouldn't trade it for anything.  

February, 2022 Student of the Month
Menodora Lemaster 
menodora-lemaster-february-2022.jpgHi! I’m Menodora. I’m graduating this semester with a bachelor’s in Japanese with a minor in Chinese. I like to draw and paint, spend time with my friends and my cats, watch movies, try new foods, and I recently learned how to play guitar. 
I’ve been a TRIO student since I transferred here in 2018. My TRIO advisors really helped me juggle school, work, and life stuff. I couldn’t have done it without them!
I’ve enjoyed my time at UM but I’m looking forward to graduating so I can move to a big city and not have homework anymore.
April, 2022 Student of the Month
Mikalen Running Fisher 
mikalen-running-fisher-april-2022.pngOkii nistoo nitanikoo isstsiik moaapsspiksaakii ki niitoom’tootoo asii’ta (Hello my name is Shining Eyes Woman, and I am from Browning). However, most know me by Mikalen Running Fisher. I am an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation (Amskapi Piikuni). I am currently a senior majoring in Native American Studies and minoring in Communication Studies. I am also in the process of applying for graduate school to obtain a M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing specially on History, Anthropology, and Language. I plan to focus on how implementing indigenous knowledge (land, language, and culture) into education can have a positive impact on Native American children. One of my main goals is to continue to relearn my own culture/language and to go back to my reservation to be a culture and language teacher. Through my educational journey at the University of Montana, I have been offered many opportunities that have helped me thrive while pursuing my degree. I am extremely grateful for the TRIO program and all the resources they have offered thus far. Thank you, TRIO, for being extremely amazing to the students at the University of Montana!