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USD School of Education Writing Contest Honors Veterans

Image USD Students and Vermillion VFW Members CPT Jerry Zevecke, assistant professor of military science, ROTC; Jing An, assistant professor of social studies education; Andy Martinez, senior advice commander of Vermillion VFW Post 3061; Catheryn Kunz, of North Sioux City, South Dakota; Destiny Leftwich, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Megan Ohlendorf, of Sioux City, Iowa; Andy Howe, quartermaster of Vermillion VFW Post 3061; Alexander Voisin, ROTC cadet

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota students honored military veterans through a writing contest and oral presentations that were judged by Vermillion members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and USD’s ROTC unit

USD’s School of Education and the Vermillion VFW collaborated on the effort intended to promote student awareness of veterans' sacrifices and contributions to society.

The winners, chosen Friday: First place ($150), Destiny Leftwich, a senior elementary education major from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; second place ($100), Catheryn Kunz, a senior elementary education major from North Sioux City, South Dakota; and third place ($50), Megan Ohlendorf, a graduate student studying clinical mental health counseling from Sioux City, Iowa. Each also will receive a certificate from the Vermillion VFW.


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, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


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 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News