Black Hills State University alumni and students are transforming lives and making headlines.

Kristina Young, mass communications major from Spearfish, is competing in America’s Got Talent, after becoming a finalist in an online competition. More than 20,000 auditioned on YouTube for a chance to join the live competition and only 12 acts were selected to perform. Young was among the four acts that advanced on to the semi-finals. Her next performance will be Aug. 24. Watch for updates on Facebook.

Julianne Morse, mass communication major from McLaughlin, was recently featured in the Native Legacy Magazine, in a section highlighting Native Americans in Military Service. Morse is currently a Specialist E4 in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Brie Covert, recent history and American Indian studies graduate from Pablo, Mont., was accepted into the Professional Masters Program of Ecohydrology at the University of Idaho. Covert will receive a $25,000 scholarship fellowship from the National Science Foundation.