Montana Technological University Welcomes Second Cohort into Honors Program


photos of the 2020 honors studentsTen students were welcomed into the Montana Technological University Honors Program.

Over 60 students applied to be in this year's program. The students selected for this year's cohort had a combined average GPA of 3.99 and an average ACT math score of 30.

"I am so excited about this incoming cohort," said Dr. Carrie Vath, Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management. "They are such a fun group to teach, and I have been impressed with their insight and reflection in the seminar."

The Honors Program at Tech is unique because it focuses on the four "S" s: seminar, service, stakeholders, and social events.

Already, this year's honor students have had dinner at Chancellor Les Cook's home, hiked Maude Canyon, decorated ceramic mugs with High Ore Ceramics, learned to play disc golf, and will be going on Top of the World bike ride.

The 2020 cohort includes the following students:
Alyssa Plant, from Clancy, MT, is pursuing an Environmental Engineering degree. She is a member of the Montana Tech Cross-country team. Plant was a Western Aerospace Scholar and attended a camp put on by NASA and the Museum of Flight.

Alex D'Antuono, from Great Falls, MT, intends to study Petroleum Engineering. Community involvement and outreach are essential to D'Antuono, and she was involved with organizations and activities which support and celebrate diversity and inspire others. She is also an accomplished dancer and graduated high school in three years.

Sawyer Sibley, from Nashua, MT, is pursuing Biological Sciences and plans to attend medical school. In high school, Sibley was active in student government (class president his senior year), a member of the national honor society, and captain of the basketball team.

Mehanna Benson, from Missoula, MT, is pursuing a civil engineering degree. In high school, she participated in speech and debate, tennis, student government, and Model United Nations. Benson loves helping people and volunteered over 500 hours at the Tamarack Greif Resource Center.

Ben Schreiber, from Stevensville, MT, is pursuing an Environmental Engineering degree. In high school, he was a jazz and pep band member and starting goalkeeper and captain of the soccer team. Schreiber found time to volunteer with food drives and park cleanups between playing on and off the field.

Kylie Godfrey is from Meridian, Idaho, and majoring in Biology. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and a cheer captain. She has volunteered with the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association.

Gage McFarland is from Lewistown, Idaho, and is studying Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. McFarland entered Montana Tech with 43 credits that he completed while still in high school. He has been a member of the Nation Honors Society and DECA.

Gia Luciano is from Queen's Creek, Arizona, and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Luciano has competed in Poetry Out Loud, was a member of her high school band, and was a leader in the FTC Robotics. Last summer, she had a blacksmithing apprenticeship where she learned basic techniques of how to shape metal with a blacksmith's hammer and improve the sturdiness of blades through cooling and hammering processes.

Avery Londo is from Hilliard, Ohio, and is pursuing a Civil Engineering degree. She was a member of the Ethics Bowl team, where she competed against other schools discussing relevant ethical dilemmas. Londo has been very active with service projects ranging from volunteering at the local food pantry to making blankets for the homeless.

Ryan Weston moved to Montana from Keller, Texas, and is focusing on Mechanical Engineering. Weston is passionate about trains and is a member of the National Railroad Historical Society. He is part of the National Honor Society and has been part of the Boy Scouts of America Venture crew for five years.

To learn more about Montana Tech's Honors Program, visit