Shandel Yordy, who will graduate from Bennett County High School this spring and will attend Black Hills State University this fall, has been awarded the $12,000 Joe and Elaine Floyd Scholarship.

Joe and Elaine Floyd have lived in South Dakota throughout their lives, and Elaine attended BHSU in 1953 and later worked for the University. The Floyds established the scholarship for female students from South Dakota who have a farm/ranch background along with a strong desire to learn. The Floyd Scholarship is renewable for subsequent years at BHSU as long as the student is making satisfactory progress.

Yordy will graduate high school in the top of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Presidents Honor Roll. She also has an impressive record of community involvement. She is very interested in science and health and aspires to become an optometrist.

Very involved in rodeo, Yordy is a member of the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association (SDHSRA), the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, and 4-H Rodeo. She was the 2009 SDHSRA Fall Extravaganza goat tying champion; the Sturgis Regional High School Rodeo champion in 2008 and 2009; and a member of the 2009 National High School Rodeo Team. Yordy was also named the 2009 Wrangler All-Star and the 2007 Wall Regional Rodeo Rookie Cowgirl.

She also participates in basketball, softball, volleyball, and track. Yordy is a member of the 4x100-meter relay team, which holds the Bennett County High School record and has qualified for the State Track Meet Finals three times. She was also a member of the West River All-Conference Volleyball Team in 2008 and 2009.

The Floyd Scholarship is one of many scholarships that BHSU offers to students. For details about applying for admission and scholarships visit: www.BHSU.edu/Scholarships.