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2009 BHSS Foundation Scholarship Winners

“Preserving the Legacy, Investing in the Future” is the mission statement of the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation. The 2009 Black Hills Stock Show Stockman’s Ball and Banquet was held amid the glitter of stars and rhinestones at the Rapid City Ramkota on February 4th. During the delicious banquet, six new stars were introduced to the public. The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation Board of Directors selected six outstanding South Dakota seniors to receive the $2,000 scholarships offered. These talented young people were chosen from eighteen contenders exhibiting the toughest competition in recent history. Grace Schnabel from Philip High School was given the Milo Rypkema Memorial Scholarship. Marty and Eddy Rypkema presented this scholarship in Milo’s memory. Milo was a charter member of the BHSS Foundation Board. Ty Littau from Winner High School was given the Lamont Hill Memorial Scholarship. Loretta Hill, BHSS Foundation Director and widow of Lamont presented the scholarship in Lamont’s memory. Taylor Geppert from Kimball High School, Brittney Heiberger from Tri-Valley High School, Joey Painter from Harding County High School and Mick Trask from Philip High School each received $2,000 scholarships from the BHSS Foundation. Terry Taylor, Scholarship Chairman and BHSS Foundation Director presented the scholarships along with special guest, Walt Garrison! Mr. Garrison, the former Dallas Cowboys star, was an honored guest and we appreciate his tremendous support for the scholarship program. We salute the recipients of the BHSS Foundation scholarships. Your essays and high standards of education were very impressive. As you go on to your college careers, we know the western heritage that has influenced you will help you achieve your many goals. Good Luck in your future endeavors from the BHSS Foundation!!  We know the future is in good hands!

Grace Schnabel, winner of the Milo Rypkema Memorial Scholarship, with Marty and Eddy Rypkema, Walt Garrison and Terry Taylor.

Brittney Heiberger, 2009 Scholarship winner with Walt Garrison and Terry Taylor.

Ty Littau, winner of the Lamont Hill Memorial Scholarship, with Loretta Hill, Walt Garrison and Terry Taylor.

Joey Painter, 2009 Scholarship winner with Walt Garrison and Terry Taylor.

Taylor Geppert, 2009 Scholarship winner with Walt Garrison and Terry Taylor.

Mick Trask, 2009 Scholarship winner with Walt Garrison and Terry Taylor.

The 20X High School Rodeo is held each year at the Black Hills Stock Show and this year the competitors exhibited the highest caliber of horsemanship and rodeo spirit!! The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation was proud to present two $500 scholarships to one boy and one girl. The scholarships are given in memory of Dr. Max Winkler, a former BHSSF Director. We are proud to continue his support of the youth involved in high school rodeo.

Jamie Britton of Harding County High School received the girl’s scholarship. Daughter of Kelly and Kandy Britton of Buffalo, SD, Jamie plans to attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. Jamie, a 4.0 student competes in barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway and team roping. She has been very active in sports, high school rodeo and academics during her career at HCHS! Good luck, cowgirl!

Gunnar Foss from Sturgis Brown High School won the boy’s scholarship at the 20X Rodeo. He is the son of Mark and Tanya Larive. Gunnar plans to attend Eastern Wyoming College at Torrington, WY in the fall. He competes in team roping and bull riding. High school rodeo, State FFA and 4-H have played a big part during his high school career. Stay safe out there, cowboy. We wish you all the best!!



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444 Mt. Rushmore Road North
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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.