Johnson and Rand recently named Outstanding Young South Dakotans

Johnson and Rand recently named Outstanding Young South Dakotans by David Lias Two Vermillion residents recently made it to the South Dakota Junior Chamber of Commerce's Top Ten List.

Roxanne Johnson, a student at The University of South Dakota Law School, and Dr. Scott Rand, a family practice physician at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic, were honored at the 1998 Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans Banquet, sponsored by the South Dakota Jaycees and Gateway.

Johnson, Rand, and eight other young South Dakotans were selected to receive this unique honor based on personal improvement, community service, moral and religious leadership, and politics or government service.

Roxanne Johnson

Johnson is a native born Minnesotan, but came to South Dakota to finish her undergraduate degree in psychology, criminal justice and alcohol drug studies. She graduated in 1996 and was accepted to law school at USD.

While on the USD campus, Johnson has become very involved in many different areas. While finishing her degree, Johnson worked at the USD Student Counseling Center. Through her association with the center, she became active with the HELP program, a group of students who educate others on alcohol and health-related issues, and the

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Through these organizations, she was able to reach out to several students and faculty members about such topics as eating disorders, study skills, rape, roommate issues, sexually transmitted diseases, drugs and alcohol.

She also became involved with the sexual assault response team (SART). Johnson has also coordinated the Red Road Gathering which focuses on the Native American approach to wellness and healing. It offers a holistic view of human development and life crisis.

Johnson is also a member of the USD Crisis Team, which responds to students in crisis during the USD Homecoming weekend. She also has worked received training in acute alcohol intoxication and juvenile emergency detention, as well as HIV pre- and post- test counseling. She teaches alcohol education classes for students who have been sent to the counseling center on alcohol violations.

Off campus, Johnson is involved in PTA, serves as a crossing guard at Jolley Elementary, was an integral member of the Vermillion Restructuring Committee, and was a Vermillion Youth Center Volunteer.

She is the mother of two children, Kristina and Shane.

Scott Rand

Dr. Scott Rand is a family practice physician at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic in Vermillion. Rand is a lifelong South Dakotan, though he spent two years out of state to finish up his medical residency and fulfill his commitment to the United States Navy.

Rand received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from The University of South Dakota. He also received his MD from USD.

While attending USD, Rand worked as an EMT and served as an Army reservist one weekend a month. Upon his acceptance into medical school, Rand received a Navy scholarship. While it assisted his medical school tuition, it also obliged him for six years in the Navy.

The Rand family moved to Pensacola, FL so he could finish his medical residency. During this time he also received diplomat status from the American Board of Medical Examiners.

His Navy duty required a tour of duty in a Naval hospital in Keflavik, Iceland. He began his duty as fully-certified to practice medicine and surgery in Iceland. Rand began practicing a full scope family practice, including obstetrics, minor surgery, supervising a Physician's Assistant, overseeing the emergency room/acute care clinic for Naval members and their families numbering 6,000.

In July 1995, Rand resigned his commission with a rank of lieutenant commander and returned to his roots to begin a practice in the medical clinic affiliated with Dakota Hospital (now Sioux Valley — Vermillion Campus).

Rand not only meets the needs of his patients in his practice, he also serves as an assistant professor in the Physician's Assistant program and clinical instructor in the Family Medicine Department at the USD School of Medicine.

He also serves as the team physician for the USD and Vermillion High School sports teams. Rand is a member of the Vermillion Optimist Club, and has helped out with that organization's Halloween Party, Fishing Derby, and the SOURCE Thanksgiving dinner. He has also volunteered with the recent local Disney parade and Special Olympics.

Scott is married to Carrie and they have two children, Christopher and Molly.

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