Spirit of BH award winner Michael Ryan, a senior wellness management major from Ethete, Wyo., was recognized during the annual Student Volunteer Awards banquet for his contributions to BHSU and the community. Ryan has been on the BHSU dean's list every semester and carries a 3.71 gpa. He has also been an outstanding distance and middle distance runner for Yellow Jacket coach Dave Little. He qualified for the NAIA national championship on four different occasions.

The talented senior also serves as president of the BH chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. As president he has been involved in recruiting trips, speaking to Upward bound students, visiting with students on the reservation about college and raising funds for books and study supplies for a study center.

In presenting the award, BHSU Alumni Board President Ron Schuttler said, "Mike Ryan sets standards of excellence and works hard to maintain them, be it in the classroom, athletics or with his student organizations. He has sacrificed much of his time in order to promote Black Hills State University, and more importantly, be a role model for high school students."

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