2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients

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Hannah Higdon Hannah Higdon of Dupree was awarded the Minnehaha Sertoma Club $2,000 scholarship. Hannah attends Northern State University majoring in Business and minoring in Agricultural Resources. Hannah would like to use her business degree to bring integrity back to her community and Tribe. She wants to pursue a career that will make a positive impact in others' lives. In high school, Hannah was active in school, church, and community volunteering as advisor for the Dream Team Cheerleading Club, Drama Club President, National Honor Society Vice President, Student Council member, Church Youth Group President, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Hannah has a strong passion for supporting good causes. In 2012, she was one of two South Dakotans to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award. Hannah was the valedictorian of her class and had the title of Regent Scholar.


Kristen Holmberg Kristen Holmberg, of Gregory, was awarded the Kevin Roth $1500 scholarship. Kristen attends South Dakota State University pursuing a degree in nursing. In high school, Kristen participated in band, competitive cheer and dance, and sideline cheer. She was also involved in the online newspaper and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. She was an Honor Roll student and active in National Honor Society. Kristen volunteered many hours in her community.


Carissa Brandt Carissa Brandt, of Pierre, was awarded a $1,500 South Dakota School for the Deaf Foundation scholarship. Carissa attends Presentation College with the goal to become a Medical Assistant. In high school, Carissa was involved in dance, basketball, softball, soccer, and Girl Scouts. Carissa was a manager for the Pierre volleyball and track teams. She also helped sandbag for her community during the flood of 2011. Carissa is a sincere and humble young lady who would render assistance to anyone in need.


Mandy Kobernusz Mandy Kobernusz, of Spencer, was awarded a $1,000 South Dakota School for the Deaf Foundation scholarship. Mandy attends Southeast Technical Institute, pursuing a degree in accounting. In high school, Mandy was involved in volleyball, track, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was the statistician for girls’ basketball. Mandy was involved in many community activities including the summer Care-a-Lot Daycare, Catholic Religion Education (CRE), and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (collected food for the food pantry, painted a house, and cleaned up her church grounds).


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