USD School of Education Honor of Fallen Veterans

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A competition through the University of South Dakota School of Education encourages students who plan to be teachers to research and write about military veterans from Clay County.

In a collaboration between the school and the Vermillion Veterans of Foreign Wars, education students can work in pairs to research a fallen hero from Clay County. Winners will receive $300 and a Vermillion VFW certificate, and their work will be preserved at the Clay County Historical Society. Second and third place will win $200 and $100, respectively, and will also receive VFW certificate.

The School of Education aims to recognize veteran status as a key part of the university's diversity and inclusiveness. USD education students can choose to research one fallen hero from Clay County who served during WWI, WWII, the Korean or Vietnam war. They will have access to local archives and other online resources for the contest.

The entry deadline is noon, March 3. For more information or to sign up, contact Jing An, Ph.D.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


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