SPEARFISH | Throughout her time at Black Hills State University, Joey Painter has been an ambassador for the University both on and off campus. Her leadership recently earned her the 2013 Spirit of BH award.

Painter, who graduated last week, was honored during the 21st Annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration. The Spirit of BH award is presented annually to a BHSU student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the University, as well as the community as a whole.

Painter has been active on campus and in the community as a whole all while maintaining an excellent grade point average. She balances her academic responsibilities while competing as part of the BHSU Rodeo Team, serving as a Presidential Student Ambassadors, and working as a student technology fellow.

In 2009, Painter enrolled at BHSU and was awarded the Joe and Elaine Floyd and the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation scholarships. She qualified in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Badlands Circuit Finals where she took second place in barrel racing.

Painter is a four-time qualifier at the College National Finals Rodeo and in 2013 was crowned the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association national champion in the breakaway roping event. She will compete next month in the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., hoping to take home the top-spot in the women’s all-around. She finished the regular session in first place in the Great Plains Region in both the all-around and goat tying and third in the breakaway. She heads into nationals currently ranked third in the nation for all-around and goat tying.

In 2011 and 2013, the BHSU women’s rodeo team captured the Great Plains Region Championship. In 2011, the BHSU women’s rodeo team captured the women’s team title at the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede with Painter earning the title of all-around cowgirl. Last month, Painter once again captured the women’s all-around title at the BHSU sponsored rodeo. While earning all of these championships Painter maintained a 3.64 GPA and qualified for the CNFR and was recognized as an academic All-American.

As co-captain of the BHSU Rodeo Team, Painter was instrumental in planning and organizing the annual Yellow Jacket Stampede and the Cowboy’s and Candlelight dinner and auction.

“She has excellent leadership qualities and is a great ambassador not only to the rodeo team but to BHSU as well,” said Glen Lammers, BHSU rodeo coach.

In addition to her involvement in rodeo, Painter spent the past four years as a Presidential Student Ambassador serving as an officer and a member. In this capacity, she promotes the campus to the BHSU guests and alumni by hosting events and representing the University on campus and in the community. As an ambassador, Painter also interacts with University donors, community figures, and students during receptions, reunions, and formal events including the prestigious 1883 Dinner.

“She has gone above and beyond with volunteerism each semester that she has been an ambassador,” said Shauna Junek, BHSU director of prospect research. “In her many roles, she interacts with sponsors, children, and fellow students with confidence and is always happy to express her love for BHSU.”


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