Two USD students earn state and national recognition University of South Dakota student Paul Gourley, a native of Sioux Falls, and USD alumna Nikki Grandpre, a native of Pierre, won awards worthy of recognition recently.�
Gourley was elected chairman of the College Republican National Committee, defeating challenger Michael Davidson, of California. Gourley served this year as treasurer and national fieldman school director for the CRNC.
Prior to his involvement with the CRNC, he was involved with the College Republicans at USD as well as serving as state chairman of College Republican Federation of South Dakota. He was also awarded the Ronald Reagan Activist of the Year Award in 2003, which is the highest honor a College Republican can earn.
Grandpre, who earned her bachelor of science degree at USD in 2004, defeated 12 other candidates for the title of Miss South Dakota. For the next year, she will tour the state in that capacity, as well as continuing to work toward a doctor of pharmacy degree at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
Grandpre will also represent South Dakota at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, in January 2006, to be aired on Country Music Television.
Grandpre won Miss Sioux Empire Fair last year, which qualified her for the state competition.�Other USD students who participated in the Miss South Dakota pageant were Julia Disburg, Miss USD, and Sarah Van Berkum, Miss Rapid City.�