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USD's New 30 Under 30 Class Unveiled

The composite photo of all 2021 30 Under 30 recipients. The USD 30 Under 30 recognizes outstanding young alumni who are making an impact in their professional and personal lives.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Alumni Association recently announced the 2021 class of 30 Under 30 recipients. 30 Under 30 recognizes outstanding young alumni who are making an impact in their professional and personal lives. Achievements are recognized in the areas of professional success, community involvement and/or university engagement. The 30 Under 30 program began in 2018.

USD is proud to present the Class of 2021:

  • Abbey Ulrich, Monument Health
  • Amanda Laird, VStar Entertainment/Cirque du Soleil
  • Anna Madsen, South Dakota Legislative Research Council
  • Bailey Quanbeck, University of South Dakota
  • Brenan Tjelmeland, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations
  • Brianna Eaton, Crary Huff Law Firm
  • Carlye Johnson, RSM US LLP
  • Cody Silvernail, Avera Institute for Human Genetics
  • Dylan Kirchmeier, Roberts County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Ellen Pharis, Sanford Health
  • Jade Fostvedt, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jarren Duffy, University of South Dakota
  • Joey Snyder, Sanford Health
  • Jordan Bormann, USD SSOM Transitional Year (2021-2022), University of Utah Dermatology Residency (2022-2025)
  • Katie Redden, City of Vermillion
  • Katie Staley, Deloitte
  • Kylie Beck, Minnehaha County Public Defender’s Office
  • Laura Weiss, Cretin-Derham Hall
  • Michael Pharis, Pizza Ranch
  • Nick Norby, Good Samaritan Society
  • Nile Banks, University of Iowa
  • Paige Short, Lutheran Social Services of SD
  • Rebecca Froehlich, Minnesota Urban Debate League – a program of Augsburg University
  • Rhianne Greenlee, Greenlee Investigations, LLC
  • Robby Jeffries, Kansas Athletics
  • Robert McCauley, Sanford Health
  • Sadie Swier, Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc.
  • Samuel Young, Avera McKennan/Alumend
  • Selena Olvera, South Dakota State University
  • Sydney Schad, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board

Additional information on the 30 Under 30 Class of 2021 can be found online: A social media campaign highlighting the individual recipients also kicks off today; follow #USD30Under30 and #30Days30Recipients.


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
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