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Outstanding high school students attend Governor's Leadership Luncheon at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota, University of South Dakota Foundation, sponsored the 12th annual Governor’s Leadership Luncheon on Saturday, May 12 at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center.

More than 130 high school sophomores from across South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska attended this prestigious event that honors outstanding students for their contributions in and out of the classroom as well as for their potential to be future leaders of society.

In addition to the luncheon, Dustin “Dusty” Johnson, chief of staff to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, provided the keynote address. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from USD and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. A Truman Scholar (1998), Johnson served on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for six years prior to joining the governor’s office.

Below is an alphabetical listing of students invited to attend to 2012 Governor’s Leadership Luncheon. For more information, please visit

Zachary P. Andera, Aberdeen, S.D.; Courtney Anderson, Sturgis, S.D.; Elizabeth Anderson, Bowdle, S.D.; Elliane A. Antrim, Brandon, S.D.; Courtney Arthur, South Shore, S.D.; Ellie Benson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Kolby L. Benson, Hot Springs, S.D.; Josie K. Berglund, Sturgis, S.D.; Nicholas N. Bien, Brookings, S.D.; Savannah B. Bivens, Langford, S.D.; Josie M. Blare, Carter, S.D.; Mitchell J. Bolkema, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Haley L. Boyer, Hudson, S.D.; Samantha Bradfield, Lake Preston, S.D.; Gavin D. Brucklacher, Philip, S.D.; Maci R. Burke, Chamberlain, S.D.; Brianna J. Buseman, Canistota, S.D.; Davis B. Carson, Chamberlain, S.D.; Vlad I. Chilom, Brookings, S.D.; Kimberly Y. Chow, North Sioux City, S.D.; Allison Cimpl, Wagner, S.D.; Hannah M. Cook, Ponca, Neb.; Jenna R. Czarnecki, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Elizabeth A. Day, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Rebecca M. Desens, Aberdeen, S.D.; Christopher Downey, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Layne M. Droppers, Yankton, S.D.; Moira E. Duffy, Rapid City, S.D.; Cheyenne Edelman, Menno, S.D.; Nicole Eisenbraun, Wall, S.D.; Leah R. Ellensohn, Le Mars, Iowa; Alex J. Eshenbaum, Faulkton, S.D.; Austin J. Felts, Le Mars, Iowa; Justine R. Fischer, Hartington, Neb.; Mattison J. Flakus, Aberdeen, S.D.; Zachary J. Freese, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Shannon L. Gacke, Brandon, S.D.; Ellen J. Gallagher, Moville, Iowa; Scout A. Gambill, Hot Springs, S.D.; Allison J. Geier, Roscoe, S.D.; Laura K. Gerkin, South Sioux City, Neb.; Jacob A. Giles, Madison, S.D.; Carly A. Goodhart, Browns Valley, Minn.; Katelyn N. Graber, Hurley, S.D.; Rylee J. Green, Kingsley, Iowa; Levi S. Grubb, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Bailey K. Grussing, Rushmore, Minn.; Natasha Guajardo, Ridgeview, S.D.; Gerardo Guerrero, Sioux City, Iowa; Cody L. Gunther, Aberdeen, S.D.; Brady J. Hallenbeck, Warner, S.D.; Dylan J. Hanson, Grenville, S.D.; Cathryn R. Hanzlik, Niobrara, Neb.; Hailey J. Harms, Colman, S.D.; Rae A. Hattan, Sioux City, Iowa; Yixuan He, Brookings, S.D.; Lucas A. Heiberger, Hartford, S.D.; Anna L. Hemenway, Huron, S.D.; Arthur J. Hines, Huron, S.D.; Haley J. Holzwarth, Parker, S.D.; Taylor S. Homann, Pipestone, Minn.; Kirby A. Hora, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Codi B. Horst, Gregory, S.D.; Jack D. Huether, Viborg, S.D.; Alexander Humpton, Twin Brooks, S.D.; Sara C. Husher, Winner, S.D.; Brooke R. Ireland, Sturgis, S.D.; Nicklaus R. Jensen, Vermillion, S.D.; Brian A. Joachim, Corsica, S.D.; Kylie E. Johnson, Montrose, S.D.; Hope L. Juntunen, Vienna, S.D.; Samantha J. Keifer, Rosholt, S.D.; Karli M. Kilby, Faith, S.D.; Madison R. Kirsch, Rapid City, S.D.; McKenzie L. Kjose, Lennox, S.D.; Hannah C. Knock, Bryant, S.D.; Hunter M. Koch, Yankton, S.D.; Christina M. Koeck, Miller, S.D.; Erin Kuestermeyer, Wolsey, S.D.; Preston J. Larson, Wakonda, S.D.; Allyson R. Ledeboer, Armour, S.D.; Christian P. Lewis, Frankfort, S.D.; Allison A. Linafelter, Sioux City, Iowa; Matthew Loomis, Garden City, S.D.; Clara W. Macfarlane, Sioux City, Iowa; Baylee R. Mattison, South Sioux City, Neb.; Mariah Mikkonen, Frederick, S.D.; Seth C. Miller, Vermillion, S.D.; Olivia C. Minnaert, Madison, S.D.; Rebecca Moorhead, Colome, S.D.; Paige H. Mriden, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Chesney D. Nagel, Springfield, S.D.; Brandi Ober, Wagner, S.D.; Alec J. Oleson, Groton, S.D.; Seamus G. O’Malley, Centerville, S.D.; Emily A. Paltz, St. Helena, Neb.; Rheanna D. Pheifer, Platte, S.D.; Sean M. Pinkert, Milbank, S.D.; Danika L. Pollreisz, Ethan, S.D.; Anne E. Prouse, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Ellie S. Rabenberg, Glenham, S.D.; Wesley Rasmusson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jackson L. Richards, Madison, S.D.; Taylor A. Roemen, Tea, S.D.; Vanessa B. Ryken, Gayville, S.D.; Amy L. Sanderson, Elkton, S.D.; Alyssa M. Schild, Yankton, S.D.; Kyle P. Schroeder, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jacob J. Servaty, Spearfish, S.D.; Austin E. Settje, Corona, S.D.; John D. Shape, Spencer, S.D.; Tiffany D. Shaving, Dupree, S.D.; Callie A. Sleep, Spearfish, S.D.; Peyton Smith, Lantry, S.D.; Coley H. Stoller, Madison, S.D.; Logan M. Strasburg, Volga, S.D.; Nicole Streit, Hawarden, Iowa; Cortny R. Surber, Concord, Neb.; Hailey M. Sveegen, Beresford, S.D.; Bailey Thompson, Elkton, S.D.; Kali A. Trautman, Clear Lake, S.D.; Allison G. Van Horn, Letcher, S.D.; Ashley M. Waagen, Huron, S.D.; Kayla L. Wede, Lawton, Iowa; Jamie R. Withorne, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mickee E. Witt, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Julie R. Wolf, Sisseton, S.D.; Anna J. Wolles, Dell Rapids, S.D.; Paige M. Wright, Brandon, S.D.; Derek C. Wynia, Platte, S.D.; Alexandria Yoerger, Hinton, Iowa


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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News