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Student Advisory Council

  • Avery Carlson - Havre High School
  • KayJay First That Walk - Brockton High School
  • Kourtney Grossman - Billings West High School
  • Hank Jagodzinski - Billings Central High School
  • Clayton Jassen - Belt High School
  • Ayla Janzen -Twin Bridges High School
  • Charity Nieskens - Whitehall High School
  • Annika Nehring -Helena High School
  • Ella Norby - Sidney High School
  • Max Romney - Lone Peak High School
  • Gage Sliter - Glacier High School
  • Elijah Tonasket - Ronan High School
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Member information below


Student Advisory Council


Avery  Carlson

Avery Carlson

Havre High School-Term Expires 2023

My name is Avery Carlson, and I am a junior at Havre High School. I compete in a few different MHSA sports including volleyball, basketball, and softball. I also enjoy attending Van Orsdel United Methodist Youth Group on Wednesdays and being an active member of the Havre High Key Club and Pep Club. 

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” -Albert Schweitzer

KayJay First That Walk

KayJay First That Walk

Brockton High School Term Expires 2024

Hello, my name is KayJay FirstThatWalks. I’m from Brockton, Montana, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. I am an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. I have Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux, a little Spirit Lake Sioux and a little Northern Cheyenne blood. I go to school at Brockton High School and will be a junior this upcoming year. I play basketball for Brocktons girls varsity and have been playing the sport since kindergarten. I also like to attend and participate in my culture activities such as powwows and ceremonies. 

Kourtney  Grossman

Kourtney Grossman

Billings West High School - Term Expires 2025

Kourtney Grossman - Billings West High School Term Expires 2024

My name is Kourtney Grossman. I am a junior(class of 2024) at West High School. The MHSA activities that I participate in are volleyball, basketball, and track. Other things I like to do are swim in my pool, take my dog for walks, exercise, and hang out with friends and family

. My favorite quote:  "Never let success get to your head, and never let failure get to your heart."

Hank  Jagodzinski

Hank Jagodzinski

Billings Central High School-Term Expires 2024

My name is Hank Jagodzinski, and I’m a sophomore at Billings Central Catholic High School. I participate in several MHSA sanctioned sports and activities. I’m a member of my school’s golf and tennis teams, and I also compete in extemporaneous speaking for speech, debate, and drama. In addition, I serve as an editor and reporter for Central’s student newspaper, the BC Chronicle. I am also a competitor in the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl and a member of Central’s environmental club. I serve as a student council representative at my school, as a member of the Billings Library Teen Advisory Group, and as a participant in the Democracy Project (an initiative of Humanities Montana). 

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”  Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

Ayla  Janzen

Ayla Janzen

Twin Bridges High School-Term expires 2024

My name is Ayla Janzen and I am a sophomore at Twin Bridges High School in Twin Bridges, MT. At Twin Bridges High School, I participate in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. I am also on the robotics team at school and am class president for our class of 2024. I love being outside; hiking, skiing, fishing, anything that gets me into the fresh air. Even though I love being outside, my favorite place to be is the gym, shooting a basketball.

 "Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." It reminds me that there is always something to be thankful for.

Clayton Jassen

Clayton Jassen

Belt High School - Term Expires 2025

Clayton Jassen

My name is Clayton Jassen, I am a junior at Belt High School. I participate in basketball, track and field, and cross country. In addition to my academics and school sports I am a part of youth leadership, close up, and student government. I am also involved in 4-H where I show horses and beef and do community service activities. I live on a cattle ranch and enjoy riding, roping, hunting, and working outside in addition to my sports.

Favorite quotes is "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later" - Og Mandino.

Annika  Nehring

Annika Nehring

Helena High School-Term Expires 2024

My name is Annika Nehring, and I am a sophomore at Helena High School. First and foremost, I am super excited to be part of the new MHSA Student Advisory Council! Being in the SAC, I hope to be a leader and role model for others, along with using my experience in both high school arts and athletics to advocate for the needs of all groups. Outside of the classroom, I am a varsity letterman for volleyball and track, I’m a member of the Helena High Science Club, and I enjoy playing oboe and piano. This year, I was selected as the first chair oboist in the All-State Orchestra, which was a lot of fun.

 “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” by Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Charity Nieskens

Charity Nieskens

Whitehall High School-Term Expires 2024

My name is Charity Nieskens, and I am a sophomore at Whitehall High School. My childhood and elementary school years were spent in Wolf Point, where my dad coached basketball for the Wolfpoint Wolves and I spent many hours in the gym cheering for the Wolves and my older brother. One of my favorite memories is their state championship win. When we moved to Whitehall I began practicing and competing in sports, playing MHSA volleyball and basketball. I play AAU in the offseason. 

“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” - Kobe Bryant

Ella  Norby

Ella Norby

Sidney High School

 I’m a junior at Sidney High School in Eastern Montana. I’m honored to be a part of MHSA’s Student Advisory Committee. I look forward to learning and contributing to SAC. In the past two years of high school, I played varsity basketball, varsity golf, and Symphonic Band. To help encourage school spirit, I participate in Pep Band and am Head Captain of the Sidney Eaglette Dance Team. I have competitively danced on the Cutting-Edge Dance Elite Team and been a member of the Sidney Swim Team for 12 years. I serve as Student Council President for my class. I enjoy working with younger kids and spend my time teaching dance at my local dance studio and coaching the younger swimmers on the swim team in the summers. I’ve been on the Academic Olympics, Math Madness, and Science Olympiad teams. I am also a member of the National Honors Society and a Lion’s Scholar. I am thrilled to serve on the SAC and can’t wait to get started!

“The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” -Sheryl Sandberg

Max Romney

Max Romney

Lone Peak High School-Term Expires 2024

Hi, my name is Max Romney. I am 16 years old, and I am a high school Junior for the school year 2021-2022.  For almost 13 years of my life, I have lived in Big Sky Montana and have grown up in one of the most amazing places on earth.  Before that, however, I lived for three years in Budapest, Hungary, although most of that time eludes my memory.  Since I was a little kid, I have participated in every sport possible: baseball, soccer, basketball, skiing, golf, taekwondo, wrestling, and hockey.  As I grew up, I realized that I would have to choose based on what my school, Lone Peak High School, could offer me.  At first, that choice was limited to just golf and basketball, but recently my school has expanded to create a soccer team at the Class A level.  Sports are an integral part of my life, and I spend almost every free minute being active. When I am not playing golf, soccer, or basketball, I spend my time outdoors skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. 

My favorite quote is one by the comedian Trevor Noah.  “I don't regret anything I've ever done in life, any choice that I've made. But I'm consumed with regret for the things I didn't do, the choices I didn't make, the things I didn't say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most.”

Gage  Sliter

Gage Sliter

Glacier High School-Term Expires 2024

Hello, my name is Gage Sliter and I am from Glacier High in Kalispell.  I am currently a junior and will graduate next spring in 2023.  I play Quarterback for the Wolfpack and started varsity last season as a Junior. Last spring was my first season of running track due to Covid my freshman year.  Freshman year, I played basketball for the Wolfpack and I haven’t played since because I have wanted to focus on football in the off-season.  At Glacier High, I participate in numerous extra-curricular activities such as Wolfpack Club, our Junior Leadership Program, and now being a part of the SAC for MHSA.

 "I just love working hard. I love being part of a team; I love working toward a common goal."

Elijah  Tonasket

Elijah Tonasket

Ronan High School-Term Expires 2024

Hello, my name is Elijah Tonasket. I am an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and a descendent of The Confederated Salish, Qlispe and Kootenai Tribes. I am a junior at Ronan High School.

My sophomore and junior years I was a member of the varsity cross country team for Ronan and was a top five runner for the team both years. I plan on running cross country my senior year as well. I participated in track and field my sophomore year throwing the javelin and the 400M. Also, I played varsity basketball my freshman, sophomore and junior years.

I participated in Business Professionals of America my sophomore year. During my participation in BPA I learned a different aspect to team work. Teamwork does not only apply to competitive sports. BPA was very competitive, writing business plans was intense. Also, I have been a mentor for the 4-H Club my sophomore and junior years. I have mentored the same elementary school student both years. The growth and impact of mentoring is truly amazing to see. I recently started to mentor and at-risk junior high students who have similar traumas to what I have endured and through mentoring them I know that regardless of what we go through we can overcome anything, just need guidance.

"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard".

Amy Bartels

MHSA-Student Advisory Council Advisor

Phone: 406-442-6010

Hannah Dean

MHSA-Student Advisory Council Advisor