The Big Sky State Games (BSSG) announced the five recipients for the 2022 Character Counts! Scholarship on Wednesday. 

The news release from the Big Sky State Games says the scholarship promotes good sportsmanship and Character, focusing on the six pillars of Character: respect, trustworthiness, fairness, responsibility, caring, and citizenship. 

The Character counts! Scholarship marks the third year Big Sky State Games added a fifth recipient in honor of the late softball commissioner for the games, Wayne Ware. High school students entering their junior year in 2021-2022 applied for this scholarship to ensure they are observed as role models going into their senior year. 

Here are the five recipients of the Character Counts! Scholarship: 

Tucker Rice from Billings Skyview High School has participated in the Big Sky State Games for six years. He has competed in swimming, open water swimming as well as youth and team triathlons. Rice was awarded Academic All-State swimming honors and earned a 4.53 GPA. He is also a part of the National Honor Society.

Ella Breen from Laurel High School has been a Big Sky State Games participant for the past 11 years. She has been on the honor roll for most of her high school career and earns a 4.2 GPA. Breen has also earned the Athletics, Academics, Attitude (AAA) Award for soccer and has earned the Academic All-State for three the last three years. She was also given an award for being one of hte top ten musicians in a symphonic band.  

Mya Maack from Laurel High school is a nine-year participant in the Big Sky State Games for three on three soccer and is a two-year participant in the track & field category. She has earned a 4.27 GPA and is a member of the Honor Society. Maack’s athleticism has earned her Academic all-state honors for the past three years. She has also received Academic All-State honors for soccer for three years. She was also named the offensive MVP for her soccer team two years in a row. 

Teylor Ronish from Billings Senior High School has been a Big Sky State Games participant in multiple sports for nearly ten years, like basketball and cornhole. He received Academic All-State honors and is part of the National Honor Society with a 4.5 GPA. Ronish also received the American Legion Award and two Principal Awards.

Kaiya Graves of Laurel High School has been in the Big Sky State Games for the last five years, competing in shotput and discus. She has earned six varsity letters for volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Graves has several academic achievement awards, including the 2019 Principal’s leadership Award and the 2022 Science Olympiad. She has also earned the Academic All-State honors six times and the AAA Award for the last three years.

The winners receive 500 dollars and will be recognized at the Big Sky State Games opening ceremonies on July 15.