June 3rd, 2017160By Kenli Carlson
Michael Burgeson of the Yankton Police Department wants to educate people about what to do when coming in contact with
Burgeson will give an active shooter presentation today at 9 a.m. to Girls State delegates in Aalfs Auditorium
“I want the public to walk away with the fact that you have...
June 3rd, 201743By Chrystina Anderson
Sexual assault happens to one in four women and one in six men in their lifetime. More than half of all rapes happen to females under the age of 18.
Bridget Diamond-Welch, a University of South Dakota criminal justice professor, informed delegates using these facts during a presentation
June 3rd, 201740By Chrystina Anderson
Being engaged in communities might be one of the best things delegates can do for themself and others, according to Ed Gerrish.
On Friday, delegates attended an informational and interactive class about how to help engage in communities.
Gerrish, a professor at the University of South Dakota, spoke to...
June 3rd, 201791By Haleigh Bebbington
While young women from all over the state felt excitement and nervous during the South Dakota ALA Girls State session this week, a few staffers had the drills down pat.
Auxiliary member Teresa Huntimer and senior counselor Laura Alexander both received their five-year pins this year, and America Legion Auxiliary...
June 3rd, 201792As delegates gained more knowledge about government, learned about their ability to lead their peers and how involved they were, they also learned who they are when it comes to meeting new people in new environments — whether they realize it yet or not.
“(I learned) the government is more complicated than I thought,” said McKenzie...
June 3rd, 2017164By Lucy Dekkenga
Girls State erupted as Ruhama Tereda was announced the 2017 governor, bringing two parties together in unity to celebrate the election of their new governor.
A smile across her face, Tereda’s face gleamed with excitement and honor when she walked on stage to join her state officers, presented to the delegates for...
June 3rd, 201720By Haleigh Bebbington
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard received a standing ovation from a pumped-up crowd of Girls State delegates before his speech even began on Friday morning in Aalfs Auditorium Slagle Hall.
Daugaard spoke with the delegates about what it means to find grit and the importance of staying in South Dakota...
June 2nd, 2017245By Chrystina Anderson
When canine Reno took to the stage in Aalfs Auditorium Slage Hall Thursday morning, the Girls State audience couldn’t help but “awe.”
Reno is a normal, happy and fun dog, said his handler Kyler Pekarek. He and Reno often play together when at home.
But during the day, Reno works in the streets of...
June 2nd, 2017130By Mollie Schmidt
Part of the Girls State experience, although not always positive, is failure.
Addressing that potential failure, University of South Dakota S.J.D. Criminal Justice Professor Michael Roche asked delegates or not they had run for offices this week and lost some elections.
About one third of delegates raised their...