Outstanding students awarded scholarships Several Vermillion High School graduates were awarded scholarships to attend The University of South Dakota.
Eric Hesla, the son of Ron and Deb Hesla of Vermillion, will receive the Promise Scholarship and the Broadcaster Scholarship when he attends USD where he will major in business. While attending Vermillion High School, Helsa was involved in numerous activities and he participated in Sharing the Dream in Guatemala and attended Boys State Journalism City.
Ryan Mockler, the son of Lonnie and Sandy Mockler of Vermillion, will receive the Promise Scholarship when he attends USD where he will major in criminal justice. Mockler was involved in many activities at Vermillion High School, including German Club, baseball, and Natural Helpers. He was also a member of National Honor Society and was a Regent Scholar before graduating with a 3.5 GPA.
Chris Moen, the son of David and Julie Moen of Vermillion, will receive the Promise Scholarship, the John T. Vucurevich Scholarship, the MidAmerican Scholarship, and the John A. and Agnes Ringley Scholarship when he attends USD where he will major in pre-business and music. At Vermillion High School, Moen was first in his graduating class with a 4.0 GPA, was involved in numerous activities, was a member of National Honor Society and was a Boys State Representative.
Michelle Lea Rydell, the daughter of James and Iris Rydell of Vermillion, will receive the Allen H. Neuharth Excellence in Journalism Scholarship and the Promise Scholarship when she attends USD where she will major in journalism. At Vermillion High School, Rydell was involved in numerous activities and was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper before graduating 13th in her class with a 3.905 GPA.
Kristin Olson, the daughter of Thomas and Sharon Olson of Vermillion, will receive the Girls State and the Farber Scholar Scholarships. Olson was involved in choir, drama, and the honors program as well as other activities while attending Vermillion High School. She was also a member of National Honor Society, and was on the honor roll as she graduated 11th in her class with a GPA of 3.898.
The Promise Scholarship is available to all first-time, full-time freshmen students who attend the USD Vermillion campus and have an ACT score of at least 24 or SAT score of at least 1100. The scholarship promises recipients a minimum of $1,000 per year in assistance and is renewable for a total of four years. In order to continue receiving the scholarship, students must average 30 credit hours per year and maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
The John T. Vucurevich Scholarship is awarded to incoming pre-business majors based on ACT/SAT scores and promises $700 in scholarship assitance for the freshman year.
The MidAmerican Scholarship promises $625 in scholarship assistance for the freshman year and is available to incoming pre-business majors who reside in the communities served by MidAmerican Energy.
The John A. and Agnes Ringley Scholarship provides $800 in renewable scholarship assistance to music majors and is renewable upon meeting the criteria in the scholarship acceptance letter and is based upon funding.
The Broadcaster Scholarship, available to graduating students from Vermillion High School, promises a minimum of $235 in scholarship assistance for the freshman year.
The Allen H. Neuharth Excellence in Journalism Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors talented in print journalism. The recipients will also work on the student newspaper, the Volante.
The Girls State Scholarship is available to all girls who attend Girls State and subsequently attend USD.
The Farber Scholar Scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to major in political science and minor in leadership studies.