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Family’s dedication to Black Hills State continues through scholarship endowment

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, March 18, 2019/Categories: Athletics, Students, Alumni, Athletics, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Community, Donations, Scholarships, 2019

The children of Ranny and Helen Duncan say Black Hills State University was a big part of their family while growing up. When looking for a way to honor their parents, establishing a scholarship at their favorite university was the perfect fit. The Ranny and Helen Duncan Athletic Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this fall.

Ranny, who passed away in 2012, graduated from Black Hills State in 1965 where he played football, baseball, and participated in music. Ranny’s teaching/coaching career began in Midland and Philip in the mid 60s. He then spent the next two decades teaching and coaching in Spearfish, where coaching football, and boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball were his passions. One of his greatest joys was coaching all four of his own kids in basketball, baseball, and softball.

Helen continues to reside in Spearfish where she and Ranny raised their children. All four Duncan children attended and graduated from BHSU: Kimberly Hartwig, Class of 1990; Kristy Byrd, ’91; Heather Janvrin, ’96 and Scott Duncan, ’01.

“Our parents both felt like Black Hills State offered a lot of advantages close to home. All three of my sisters received teaching degrees and I pursued a business administration degree,” said Scott.

The Duncan family’s connection to the university will now continue in perpetuity with future students receiving support for years to come through the family’s scholarship.

“We felt strongly about establishing this endowment at Black Hills State. Dad always respected the coaches, Head Football Coach John Reiners, especially,” said Scott. “It is our honor to continue to be involved in supporting the green and gold. We know our dad would be pleased.”
 
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