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Spearfish Debate team

The Spearfish debate and speech team includes, from left, Michael Hurst, Henry Plummer, Ryan Walno, Wade Vandine, Lane Speirs, Leo Holman, Rachel Crawford, Josh Swaby, Callie Sleep, Kellie Morford, Justice Mack, Hannah Lessly, and Megan Street.

Spearfish team qualifies for national tournament

The Spearfish High School speech and debate team qualified six speakers and three alternates for the national tournament to be held in Birmingham, Ala., this June. The team and coaches, Danielle Ligtenberg and Robert Speirs, were also recognized with the Leading Chapter Award for the three-state region.

The team was led by its three senior All-Americans, Michael Ryan Hurst, Justice Mack and Rachel Crawford who, along with sophomore Ryan Walno, placed first and second in Public Forum Debate. Spearfish teams were four of the final five still alive in the double elimination tournament and juniors Callie Sleep, Kellie Morford, Henry Plummer and Lane Speirs are alternates for the national tournament.

Junior Wade Vandine and sophomore Hannah Lessly earned titles in their events also and will represent South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska in Student Congress and Original Oratory.

Sophomores Megan Street and Josh Swaby earned experience in Drama and Humor with Street earning semi-finalist honors. Junior and team secretary Leo Holman earned NFL points towards the team’s Leading Chapter Award in Lincoln Douglas Debate and Humorous Interpretation.

According to a news release, the team has the unique distinction of having the only Academic All-Americans for the state of South Dakota this season. Crawford, Hurst and Mack all earned more than 1,000 career points, carried GPAs above 3.7 and earned SAT scores above 28 in order to be recognized for the award.

Multi-media exhibit

Northern State University senior, Erin Crawford, daughter of Doug and Loree Crawford of Rapid City, will take part in a multimedia exhibit from April 26 to May 5. Crawford, who is majoring in graphic design with a specialization in multimedia, has studied with Keum-Taek Jung. She is a 2009 graduate of Central High School.

Agriscience Fair results 

South Dakota FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) hosted its annual Agriscience Fair during the 2013 State FFA Convention, April 14-16. Earning first place (gold) in plant systems was Janie Fritz of Sturgis in the junior division and Kiera Leddy of Milbank in the senior division.

Awarded

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology senior and industrial engineering student Carlos Beatty received the District C nomination for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Charles T. Main Award. He will now be a contender for the most prestigious honor conferred to an ASME student member, with only nine students annually worldwide awarded.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology mechanical engineering junior Megan Frager was recognized at the ASME Professional Development Conference with the ASME Outstanding Student Member Award.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology junior mechanical engineering student Tyler Nack received $1,000 from ASME International for K-12 outreach events.

Placed

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers placed second out of 13 schools at the 2013 ASCE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference April 4-6, in Logan, Utah. The steel bridge team finished in third place overall. The concrete canoe team had the lightest boat, placing fourth overall and in racing. The pre-design team placed third overall in a competition that challenged students to design a ventilation system for an orphanage.

In the two paper competitions, Mines student Gina Rossi received third place for her non-technical paper and presentation on engineering ethics and licensure and Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffield took sixth place with his technical paper presentation.

In addition, the ASCE student chapter took third place in the Canstruction competition.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology junior mechanical engineering major, Mohamed Hakeem Mohamed Nizar, placed third in the Old Guard Poster Presentation at the ASME Professional Development Conference, with his work summarizing carbon nanotubes and composite fiber materials.

Presented

A research project by Black Hills State University student Anna Hafele and Andy Johnson, assistant professor of physics, was one of 60 presented April 24 at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. The project involved researching students’ understanding of radiation and radioactivity and how to modify classroom instruction to enhance that understanding.

Finalists

Bison High School senior Shaley Lensegrav, homeschool senior Rae McKee, Wall High School senior Ryder Wilson and Belle Fourche High School senior Zac Christy are the finalists in the Rising Star of the West Scholarship Contest. Each will present four one minute commentaries on Black Hills FOX News at Nine. They are competing for a total of $7,500 in scholarship money.

Graduates

'The following students from the local area will graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall on May 11.

Rapid City: Cotalena Chace, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Erin Bauer, Master of Science in education; Andrea Christensen, Master of Science in education; Laura DeRuyter, Master of Science in education; Tessa Dvorak, Master of Science in education; Laurel Foster, Master of Science in education; Jennifer Gilbert, Master of Science in education; Michael Hagen, Master of Science in education; Kelly Halter, Master of Science in education; Melissa Hartley, Master of Science in education; Keith Holzer, Master of Science in education; Kevin James, Master of Science in education; Jenna Marks, Master of Science in education; Michael McCulley, Master of Science in education; Patrick Moriarty, Master of Science in education; Tari Phares, Master of Science in education; Anna Rau, Master of Science in education; Lindsey Roskos, Master of Science in education; Jennifer Sartorius, Master of Science in education; Erin Simonton, Master of Science in education; Jamie Snyder, Master of Science in education; Emily Tideman, Master of Science in education; Michelle Vedder, Master of Science in education; Amy Zens, Master of Science in education; Piedmont: Brandi Marler, Master of Science in education; Shireen Nelson, Master of Science in education; Sturgis: Julie Carpenter, Master of Science in education; Peggy Mattke, Master of Science in education; Jennifer Monahan, Master of Science in education; Gillette, Wyo.: Jennifer Clark, Master of Science in education.

Scholarships

Stephanie Long of Piedmont received the athletic grant and ambassador award scholarships from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa

Internship

Black Hills State University student Amanda Runia is currently completing an internship with Brookings-based Daktronics.

West Middle School April students of the month

Core 61: Rivers Bulich, Hanah Smith; Core 62: Vanessa Dausch, Cahya Groenewoud; 7th Grade: Isabella Dela Cruz, Anne Schleusener, Khalid Garreau, Zach Ostler; 8th Grade: Annika Hammerquist, Katie Wilsey, Kyle Erickson, Beau Stevens.

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