Riley Donnelly of Elk Point and Karli Verhulst of Reva were named recipients of the Joe and Elaine Floyd Scholarship at Black Hills State University. Donnelly and Verhulst will each receive a $17,000 scholarship when they attend BHSU this fall.
Former Yellow Jacket basketball player John Heck, part owner of the Stadium Sports Grill in Spearfish, established a scholarship at Black Hills State University. The John Heck Athletic Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this fall to a member of the BHSU Men’s Basketball Team.
When Black Hills State University senior KeAnna Ward of Belle Fourche begins her first teaching job at Martin Elementary School this fall, it will be a homecoming. KeAnna will teach in the same fourth grade classroom where her student teaching experience was cut short this spring due to COVID-19.
Black Hills State University senior Katie Nielson of Pierre has never been more sure of her calling to be a physician. The biology and chemistry major will attend the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota after graduating from BHSU this week.
Don Lyon, Spearfish Middle School Principal graduated from BHSU in 1995. When asked about his approach in dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 on education, Lyon says he always goes back to his No. 1 goal: “Taking care of the kids.” Lyon says decisions had to be made quickly over the past few weeks after Gov. Noem announced the initial school closure in mid-March. As a leader, Lyon says he reached out to his staff and empowered them to make decisions, too, about what was best for their students in regards to education.