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Students Selected To Receive
BHSS Foundation

Millennium Scholarships

Special Address From 1993 Winner, Kami Ireland

In recognition of the New Millennium, the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation has increased the amount of its annual scholarship awards from $1,000 to $2,000, presented to three students pursuing continuing education and careers in ag-related fields.

Selected by a panel of five judges, this year's recipients are Heidi Geigle, Wall, SD; Shane Reis, Chamberlain, SD; and Jay Tysdal, Newcastle, Wyo. They join the list of 28 students who have benefited from the Foundation's scholarship program since 1993.

"A primary objective of the Foundation is to reinvest back into the region where the support for the Stock Show has come from," says Joe Norman, Black Hawk, S.D., Foundation President. "We recognize that youth involvement and awareness in agriculture represents a commitment from these students. Offering scholarships is the Foundation's way of helping those students while encouraging youth to achieve their career goals in the agricultural community."


From a ranch and farm family, Heidi Geigle attends Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD, and continues a family tradition of applying for and winning a BHSS Foundation scholarship. Both her sister and brother are past recipients, Sarah in 1996 and Joshua in 1999.

Pursuing a career in elementary and special education, the question as to how that can serve the agricultural community comes up. Her answer is sure and confident. "When people as me how a South Dakota farm girl is going to teach children the importance of agriculture, I tell them it's the fact that I am a South Dakota farm girl that gives me the experience and knowledge to incorporate agriculture in various ways, into classroom curriculums."

"Growing up on a farm and ranch has played a formative role in my life and has made me who I am. I can not think of a better way to share those experiences and the knowledge, than through the process of education."


Jay Tysdal is the fifth generation of the family ranch operation in northeast Wyoming. Now in his second year at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyo., he will continue his studies at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, majoring in agribusiness.

"My life's ambition is to spend it in agriculture," he says. "A college education will help me become a more informed and more efficient manager in today's business world." No stranger to initiative, Jay, along with his brothers have started their own business, Triple T Enterprises, Inc., a trucking and liquid feed enterprise.

"Right now, we're putting everything back into the business," notes Tysdal. "But we hope that if we work hard and save, our business will be successful. You know, I read something once that has always stuck with me; '.....as goes Agriculture, so goes the Nation.'

I believe that's true."


Noted for his academic performance and leadership abilities, Shane Reis, Chamberlain, S.D. is receiving a scholarship made possible through an endowment from the Switzer Family, Rapid City, SD, in memory of their father, Ray Switzer who was a South Dakota State University(SDSU) alumnus and long-time agri-businessman.

Shane, currently a sophomore at SDSU, comes from a family ranching operation near Oacoma, SD. As a career, he has selected the agricultural education field. "If agriculture is anything, it's diverse," he observes. "One day you're doctoring calves and the next, talking with a Congressmen on international trade issues in the livestock market. And that's what I want to do."

A firm believer in continuing education as being an important part of achieving his life's goal, Shane has a strong anchor in agriculture and a unique perspective to help him stay the course.

Active in state and national FFA during high school, the words of the FFA Creed, "have been a source for me - helping me stay in touch with my western heritage," he observes. '....for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations .... which even in the hour of discouragement, I cannot deny....'

"Sometimes, when answers are hard to come by when considering the future of agriculture, I find them there."



The Foundation will host students and their parents at the Stockman's Banquet & Ball, held during the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, on Wed., February 2 when presentations will be made. The Ramkota Convention Center is the location of the annual Banquet & Ball.

A special address from the first recipient of the Foundation's scholarship awards in 1993 will be a highlight of the evening program. Kami Ireland, formerly of Rapid City and now completing her doctorate in veterinarian medicine at Iowa State University, will make the presentations for the year 2000.


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444 Mt. Rushmore Road North
Rapid City, SD 57701

Phone: 605-718-0810

The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation is a non-profit organization. As part of its mission of "Preserving The Legacy, Investing In The Future,"  the Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth in higher education and organizations, programs and projects that enhance services and education to the public.