Students and alumni were honored recently at the 8th annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet at Black Hills State University. The coveted Spirit of BH Award was presented to Lisa Bomengen, a senior business-education major from Sundance, Wyo., who in addition to being an honor student is also a gifted athlete.

While maintaining a 3.59 grade point average, she excelled in track and cross country earning academic All-American honors and twice earned All-American honors for her running skills in cross country. In SDIC competition she won the 1999 cross-country title. In track she was named 1999 SDIC female outdoor track athlete of the year, winning the 1500- and 3000-meter championships, a feat she duplicated in 2000. She also won the same two races in outdoor competition in 1999.

The South Dakota Sports Writers Association named her 1999 female collegiate athlete of the year. In the community, Bomengen worked with grade-school and middle-school children presenting environmental and tobacco awareness lessons. She participated twice in the Relay for Life event, helped facilitate Jump Rope for Heart and helped supervise the Fall Fitness Festival and worked with clients from the Northern Hills Training Center. The versatile BH senior is a member of the Physical Education and Recreation Leadership (PEARL) club and Kappa Delta Phi, an international honor society.

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