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USD Student Elected to Mortar Board National Council

Margaret Meierhenry wearing a USD mask and sweater. USD junior political science and musical arts major Margaret Meierhenry has been elected to serve as a student representative on the Mortar Board National Council.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Margaret Meierhenry, a junior at the University of South Dakota, has been elected to serve as a student representative on the Mortar Board National Council. This is the first time a USD student has been elected to this position.

As a student representative, Meierhenry will represent nearly 5,000 students in Mortar Board chapters across the nation. She will also have the opportunity to meet distinguished members and alumni, network with other student leaders and professionals and help guide the future of Mortar Board.

“It is such an honor to be elected to this position as I now represent undergraduate and alumni members on the Mortar Board National Council,” said Meierhenry. “It leaves me in awe to be leading an organization that has a strong history of championing women leaders and academic distinction.”

Meierhenry, a political science and musical arts major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the vice president USD’s Mortar Board chapter.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service, provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.


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