During the months of May and June, hundreds of South Dakota High School Activities Association State Champions were invited by Governor Kristi Noem to three championship picnics at the governor’s residence in Pierre.
Nearly 400 of the top academic and sports achievers from across the state visited, and received face-to-face recognition on their accomplishments from Noem. Many individuals and teams stayed overnight in Pierre, and many participated in capitol tours before heading home. For some of the students this was their first visit to the capital city, to the Capitol building, and to the governor’s Pierre residence.
“While inviting them to Pierre gives them the chance to learn more about our great state and see our capital city, it also gives us the opportunity to showcase some of our best and brightest,” said Noem. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the successes of tomorrow’s leaders, encourage them to build their careers in South Dakota, and introduce them to the beauty of this community.”
At each event, on May 20, June 4, or June 17, students participated in a picnic spread sponsored by South Dakota Beef Industry Council, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Soybean Association, South Dakota Corngrowers, South Dakota Pork Producers, and South Dakota Wheat Growers. For weather, size, convenience, and other reasons, the food part of the picnics were held indoors, while snacks and physical activities such as cornhole toss were held outside.
All the 2018-2019 state championship winners can be found on the South Dakota High School Activities Association website https://www.sdhsaa.com/.
Individuals and teams attending one of the championship picnics included:
Aberdeen Central High School - Class AA Boys Cross Country, Debate Team, Wrestling - 106 Class A & Wrestling - 126 Class A.
Andres Central / Dakota Christian School - Class B Girls Track.
Belle Fourche High School - Class A Girls Golf.
Burke High School - Class B Girls Golf.
Clark-Willow Lake High School - Class A Boys Basketball & Wrestling - 182 Class B.
Deubrook High School - Class B Girls Track and Girls Cross Country.
DeSmet High School - Class B Boys Track & Class B Girls Basketball.
James Valley Christian School - Class B Boys Golf & Class B Cross Country Team.
Jones County High School - Class B Girls State Cross Country.
Northwest High School Visual Arts Team.
Northwestern High School - Class B Boys Track.
Parkston High School Wrestling - 106 Class B.
Rapid City Central High School Wrestling - 170 Class A.
Rapid City Stevens High School - Class AA Volleyball & Class A Wrestling.
St. Thomas More Track and Field - Class A Boys & Class A Girls.
Sioux Falls O’Gorman Competitive Cheerleading Team.
Sioux Valley High School - Competitive Cheer Team.
Spearfish Speech and Debate Team.
Tea Area High School - Class A Girls Soccer, Class 11A Football, & Class A Boys Basketball.
T.F. Riggs High School - Girls Soccer Team & Class 11AA Football.
Wall High School - Class B Track.
Winner High School - Class A Girls Basketball