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was elected president of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. Roger recently joined the Rapid City law firm of DeMersseman, Jensen, Tellinghuisen, Stanton, and Huffman.


Vanessa (Colby) Ward, Class of ’78, Grand Island, Neb., retired after 33 years as a resource teacher at Northwest High School in Grand Island.


Kenneth Wetz, Class of ’70, and Donna Wetz, Attended, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Butte- Lawrence County Fair. Kenneth has served as the Sheep Show superintendent for many years, and the couple has helped with various activities for over 50 years to make the fair a successful family event.


The 80s


Phil Bjorneberg, Class of ’86, Sioux Falls, received his


25-year Coaching Service Award. Phil is the head coach of the Parker High School boy's cross country team. He led the team to the State B Cross Country Meet last fall where they were crowned state champions for the second consecutive year.


Lori (Fisher) Caldwell, Class of ’87, Spearfish, was named an owner/ broker associate with the Real Estate Center in Spearfish. Lori also sells insurance.


Carl Christensen, Class of ’83 and ’88, Northglenn, Colo., was promoted to Education and Development Manager in the Western Service


Center for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) in Denver. He also successfully completed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) General Securities Principal Exam.


Chris Eastman, Class of ’85, Idaho Falls, Idaho, won the 2011 Rocky Mountain Section Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championship. With the victory, he qualified for the 2011 Callaway Golf PGA Assistant National Championship. Chris is a PGA assistant professional at Sand Creek Golf Course.


Becky (Peterson) Gropper, Class of ’80 and ’86, Belle Fourche, has been named a member of the 2011 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Company. Members of the executive council are among the most successful of New York Life’s licensed agents. Becky is a New York Life agent in Belle Fourche.


Christina “Chris” Haines, Class of ’85, Chandler, Ariz., was named dean of Student Affairs at Phoenix College.


Pat Jones, Class of ’85, Highmore, was hired as the high school principal at Crow Creek Tribal School in Stephan.


Brad Peters, Class of ’82, Dell Rapids, was hired as high school principal and athletic director at St. Mary Catholic School.


Dale Pine, Class of ’82, Pine Ridge, received his 25-year Coaching Service Award at the South Dakota Track and Field Meet in Sioux Falls.


The 90s


Dwight D. Badgett, Class of ’93, Mount Airy,


N.C., serves as the senior- enlisted advisor to the Joint Task Force North commander for all matters pertaining to the unit’s enlisted active-duty and reserve-component soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen, and their families. Dwight currently holds the rank of Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant.


Richard Bender, Class of ’98, Goshen, Ind., earned his master of arts in technology education from Ball State University. Richard continues to teach technology education at Westview Junior/Senior High School in Northern Indiana.


Matt Burgess, Class of ’94, Cheyenne, Wyo., is the market president for American National Bank - Cheyenne Main Branch.


Betsy (Loup) Burtzlaff, Class of ’91 and ’10, Whitewood, has accepted the position as the Butte- Lawrence County 4-H advisor.


Elizabeth “Lisa” (Sprigler) Condon, Class of ’92 and ’10, Laurel, Mont., received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Montana Council on Economic Education. Lisa is a business and marketing instructor at Laurel High School.


Robert Fyles, Class of ’97, Aurora, Colo., is the deputy sheriff for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.


Sherry (Fiedler) Hanson, Class of ’98, Spearfish, was promoted to business office director for the David M. Dorsett and Belle Fourche healthcare centers. She has been employed with the company since January 2009.


Moon (Jarvis) Hemeyer, Class of ’99, Spearfish, earned her transitional doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Moon is currently a physical therapist at Lead- Deadwood Regional Hospital.


Stephanie “Steph” Hewitt, Class of ’95, Fort Collins, Colo., was named president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, which is the state wide organization for criminal defense attorneys. Stephanie operates her own criminal defense practice.


Jensen “Jen” (Morris) Moore, Class of ’99, Morgantown, W. Va., was awarded with the 2010 Golden Quill for outstanding teaching at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Jen is currently an assistant professor of strategic communication for the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University.


Mike Seppala, Class of ’93, Pueblo, Colo., was named president and chief executive officer for


the Pueblo Bank and Trust Company.


of ’05, Spearfish, was named Employee of the Year by the South Dakota Department of Corrections Parole Services. Kenneth is a parole agent.


The 00s


Megan Fiala, Class of ’09, Rapid City, was recently hired by Robert Sharp & Associates as a staff videographer.


Dan Hodgs, Class of ’03, Spearfish, was named general manager of the Best Western Black Hills Lodge in Spearfish.


Jeremy Hohn, Class of ’02, Flower Mound, Texas, was promoted to area manager for Personal Marketing with Liberty Mutual Insurance.


Jill Kary, Class of ’09, Spearfish, is the director of catering for A’viands Food Services at BHSU.


Alexis Khan, Class of ’05, Northville, Mich., was named the 2011 recipient of the Michigan Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander’s 80 Percent Extension Award. This prestigious award is presented to the top National Guard career counselors in the state. Alexis currently holds the rank of Staff Sergeant.


Kelly Kirk, Class of ’08, Spearfish, was named the residence hall director for Thomas Hall at BHSU.


Kenneth Cummings, Class


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