1999 BHSS Scholarship Recipients
Ty Krell, hales from the Cowboy State;
Torrington, Wyoming is his home. He attends Easter Wyoming College
in Torrington, majoring in ag business with plans to transfer to Chadron
State College in Nebraska to complete his education. Ty is ranch-raised
and has grown up with the values of hard work, dedication and responsibility
instilled in him through his family. Ty has a long history with Black
Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, competing in youth livestock judging events
for several years. While holding down a part-time job at Dinklage
Feedlot, he has reached high achievements through FFA, Boys State
and sports programs. Ty has also been very active in community service
through church, 4-H and Weston County Junior Fair activities, and
also as the Ranch Rodeo Superintendent. He is involved with both ag
and rodeo clubs at Eastern Wyoming College. "With the stressed
ag economy, the idea of giving up has passed through a lot of people's
minds," Ty says. "But out here in the West, giving up is
in no one's dictionary!" "With hard work, dedication and
taking responsibility, I know I will be able to make a considerable
and positive contribution to the ag industry and to society."
Ty's parents are Gary and Bev Krell of Four Corners, WY.
Academic excellence runs in the family
of Sarah Geigle. Two years ago, Sarah Geigle was selected as a Foundation
winner. Now it's her brother's turn. Josh Geigle, a student at South
Dakota State University, is majoring in agricultural engineering.
He is the fourth generation to ranch and farm on land homesteaded
by his great-grandfather in 1907 and who immigrated from Germany.
Josh is an Academic All-State Award winner in football and basketball,
a National Honor Society Member, and Boys State Representative. He
also holds the FFA Chapter Star Farmer Award and State Farmer Degree.
He has been active in church youth groups and as a volunteer in community
maintenance projects. "My dream is to one day be an active fourth-generation
family member to ranch and farm the land my great-grandfather homesteaded,"
says Josh. "A degree in Agricultural Engineering will give the
me the knowledge I need to use and apply new technologies, in a practical
way, out in the field." Josh's parents are Norman and Diane Geigle
of Wall, South Dakota.
Kelly Quaal isn't wasting any time.
She has been taking and completing college course credits while finishing
high school, showing much the same spunk as her great grandmother
who staked a claim as a widow with two small children that marked
the beginning of a four generation legacy. Kelly Quaal has been accepted
at several universities and colleges and will be making her final
decision as to pursuing higher education at either Concordia University
in Nebraska, or Concordia College or Moorhead State University, both
located in Minnesota. She is a sports enthusiast with hopes of playing
college basketball. Her high school athletic career saw her play in
undefeated seasons as a starter and co-captain. Awards include MVP
and All-Star. She has participated in student council, Band and Fundraising
Events. While working on the ranch, she has also served as a Meals
on Wheels volunteer, a Spearfish Youth Basketball referee, in Lutheran
Youth Group and is an ELCA member. She has received the US Achievement
Academy Award, is a SD Miss Pre-Teen Finalist, a member of the Homecoming
Royalty Court and was selected to participate in the Youth For Understanding
Exchange Program where she traveled to Norway, the county of her family's
origin. "The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo have been an important
tradition in our family," says Kelly. "For as long as I
can remember, it has been part of our wintertime activities. And my
grandfather is one of the founding fathers of the High Plains Heritage
Museum, where a wonderful legacy for future generations has been established.
My father is a current board member. I respect and share pride in
my ancestry and through hard work and commitment, will continue to
make lasting contributions that will preserve our western heritage."
Kelly's parents are Mick and Jean Quaal of Spearfish, South Dakota.