Health Secretary Speaks to Young Leaders From SD, Iowa, Minn. and Neb.

Image 2016 Governor High school sophomores from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska who took part in the 2016 USD Governor's Leadership Luncheon.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon spoke to regional high school students Saturday at the University of South Dakota’s Governor's Leadership Luncheon over the weekend on campus.

The event, sponsored by USD, the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the USD Foundation, honors outstanding high school sophomores from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. The students are nominated by their schools and recognized for their contributions in and out of the classroom and for their potential to be future leaders of their schools, communities, state and nation.

This year’s honorees, their high school and activities are listed at this link.

Malsam-Rysdon serves as senior advisor to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and is a member of his executive committee.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News