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Her Vote. Her Voice. announces winners of ‘Know Her Story’ Art & Essay Contest

Women everywhere have left their mark on each of our personal histories. They’ve inspired, encouraged, paved the way forward, and it’s time we know their names.

As part of the Her Vote. Her Voice. women’s history project, 4th – 12th grade students participating in the “Know Her Story” contest have written an original essay or created an original piece of art about a South Dakota woman who made an impact. The creative work addresses who the woman is, what she did, what impact this had on those around her, and why we should know her story.

Lily Gums, winner of the 10th – 12th grade essay contest, honored Gladys Pyle. Lily said, “I had never heard of her before, but learning about who she was and what she did was very interesting. I was impressed by the way she responded to victory and defeat.”

Modesty Heath, essay honorable mention for 7th - 9th grade, honored Ashley Kingdon Reese, the founder and executive director of Independent Health Solutions. Modesty was inspired by Kingdon Reese and her impact on Huron health care.

Riley Hadorn, art winner for 7th - 9th grade, honored his grandmother, Mary Jensen, a science teacher. Riley said, “She got her degree in chemistry back in the 1970s, faced sexism and stood up to it. She believed that women can do and be anything.”

This contest was supported by the Education and Advocacy Partners of Her Vote. Her Voice., including First Premier Bank|Premier Bankcard, Lawrence & Schiller, and BankWest. 

Art and essay winners and honorable mentions follow:

Art

  • Madelynn Holzer, winner, 10th - 12th grade (honored Governor Kristi Noem)
  • Riley Hadorn, winner, 7th - 9th grade (honored Mary Jensen)
  • Jayne Lees, winner, 4th - 6th grade (honored Marcella LeBeau)
  • Sophia McElroy, honorable mention 7th - 9th grade (honored Maggie Mellette)
  • Joanna Gums, honorable mention, 7th - 9th grade (honored Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  • Raquel Fierro, honorable mention, 4th - 6th grade (honored Gertrude Simmons Bonnin)
  • Miles Gerlach, honorable mention, 4th - 6th grade (honored Gladys Pyle)
  • Luta Smith, honorable mention, 4th - 6th grade (honored Zitkala-Ša)

Essay

  • Lily Gums, winner, 10th - 12th grade (honored Gladys Pyle)
  • Danika Juhl, winner, 7th - 9th grade (honored Gladys Pyle)
  • Ryah Manker, winner, 4th - 6th grade (honored Sister Margaret Raphael McCarthy)
  • Modesty Heath, honorable mention, 7th - 9th grade (honored Ashley Kingdon-Reese)
  • Annie Beckman, honorable mention, 7th - 9th grade (honored Marcella LeBeau)
  • Kendis Sackreiter, honorable mention, 4th - 6th grade (honored SuAnne Big Crow)
  • Mila Medearis, honorable mention, 4th - 6th grade (honored SuAnne Big Crow)

Winning essays and artwork are online at hervotehervoice.org/art-contest

For information on South Dakota State Historical Society membership, call 605-773-6000 or email Jeff.Mammenga@state.sd.us.

About Her Vote. Her Voice.
Her Vote. Her Voice. is a grassroots movement of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the office of Governor Kristi Noem. Governor Noem appointed a group of 16 delegates to celebrate, commemorate, and educate the public about the work of early suffragists and women’s contributions to the history of South Dakota. It is a project of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. This diverse group of nonpartisan professionals brings relevance to the historical topic while connecting people to the present issue: history is happening and still being made today. Funds raised by the Her Vote. Her Voice. campaign will support women’s history preservation through projects defined by the South Dakota State Historical Society and Historical Society Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to www.hervotehervoice.org or call 605-773-6003.

About the South Dakota State Historical Society 
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 2013, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing, and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information. 

About the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and serves as the fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The foundation assists in securing funds to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret history for the lifelong education and enrichment of present and future generations. For more information go to www.sdhsf.org or call 605-773-6003.

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