On April 19th, Black Hills State University recognized exemplary students during the Student Volunteer Awards that took place in the Meier Recital Hall. 
This event marked the 30th Annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration, held by the Student Engagement and Leadership Center. The celebration gives seven individual awards, five organizational awards, and one scholarship each year. The theme for this year’s awards was “Leaving a Legacy.” 
“This year has been one for the record books as we all learned together how we were going to reset and go back to normal after COVID. While it has not by any means been easy, I loved watching each student leader grow in leadership from planning exciting new events, stepping up into new leadership roles, starting new organizations, or simply helping your organization get more involved on campus,” said Jessie Gramm, student engagement coordinator at BHSU. 
The awards and recipients include: 
Outstanding Freshman: Grace Schildhauer 
Residence Life Involvement: Dawson Doyen 
Outstanding Leadership in Residence Life: McKenzie Thompson 
Outstanding Volunteer: Paxton Klug 
Outstanding Community Service: Red Shirt Cultural Exchange - Lakota Omniciye 
Most Improve Student Organization: Student Support Club 
Student Life Rising Star: Heidi Prentice 
Spirit of BH Award: Katie Clark 
Outstanding Student Leader: Mary Claire Nichols 
Outstanding Student Organization: Theater Society 
Excellence in Leadership: Rueben Engelhart, Callie Flemming, Katie McKenzie, Orion Pullen, and Malinda Weidenbach 
Outstanding Educational Program: Take Back the Night Psychology Club 
Outstanding Social Program: Haunted Union – Theatre Society, Pride and CAB 
Outstanding New Student Organization: Anime Club 
BHSU would like to thank the Northern Hills Rotary Club for their financial support, Aladdin Dining Services for providing desserts, and 605 Media for providing a photo booth for the evening. 
Pictures of the event and award recipients can be viewed HERE.