2014 Montana Award Recipients

Student Readiness Award Recipient: Alisa Braun

Photo of Alisa Braun Alisa Braun, the Montana Student Readiness Award recipient, embodies persistence. At the beginning of her junior year of high school, Alisa suffered a serious concussion from a ski accident and missed two months of classes. Alisa persevered through this injury to make a full recovery while maintaining her challenging coursework.

Alisa also stayed motivated to prepare herself for college. “Alisa stands out among her peers as a student who consistently completes her work at a high level,” said Erica Schnee, Bozeman High School social studies department chair. “Her questions in class often bring the class to a higher level of understanding.”

Alisa believes education is the key to progress. “Education is important to me because it makes the world capable of better choices,” Alisa said. “From both the classroom and my passion for outdoor education, I have learned that if you are able to understand any situation, a better outcome is inevitable.”

Alisa is one of two representatives from her senior class selected to advise the faculty on school climate and bullying prevention programs. She participates in various service projects through the National Honor Society. She’s a member of the orchestra and plays flute for the regional honor band. In addition, she’s an avid athlete. In her most recent skiing competition, Alisa won first place in the West Yellowstone 10K.

Alisa plans to attend the University of Denver. She hopes to major in psychology with the ultimate goal of working in neuropsychology to help people coping with concussions and traumatic brain injuries.