Alicia Brown among â�?�?Elite 15â�?�? female athletes School of Law faculty at USD The â�?�?Elite 15â�? female high school athletes were awarded May 31 in Sioux Falls at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center during the Girls and Women in Sport Awards Banquet. Alicia Brown, a member of Vermillion High Schoolâ�?�?s Class of 2008, is included in the list of these elite competitors. Each year a day in February is set aside as National Girls and Women in Sports Day. South Dakota schools were asked by the SDHSAA to recognize one or more outstanding athletes during NGWSD festivities. Four hundred twenty-four girls were so recognized in the state. Ninety-three senior girls were nominated by their schools to apply for the â�?�?Elite 15â�? award. This award recognizes athletes with the highest achievements in the areas of athletic ability, leadership, scholarship and community involvement. Pam Murra of Sioux Falls and Sheri Keck of Rapid City were awarded the South Dakota Girls and Women in Sport Leadership Award. This award was established in 1995 to recognize individuals for their consistent and outstanding effort and leadership on behalf of women and girls participating in sports in South Dakota. Peggy Kessler and Jana Carlson of Valley Springs were awarded the first annual South Dakota Officials Leadership Award. This award was established this year to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions and long-time dedication to promote the development of officials in South Dakota.