SD CattleWomen select scholarship winners


The South Dakota CattleWomen (SDCW) has awarded Leslie Elmore of Hot Springs and Savanna Sperle of Reva a $250 scholarship. The two young women were selected by the organization from a field of 22 applicants. “We had an excellent group of applicants,” says Julie Holmquist, co-chair of the SDCW Scholarship Committee. “When it came to choosing a recipient, we had a very difficult time choosing between Leslie and Savanna and decided to award each of them a scholarship.”

Leslie, the daughter of Rose and Marty Elmore, is a 2011 graduate from Hot Springs High School. She will be attending South Dakota State University (SDSU) this fall majoring in Pre-Medicine/Biology with the intent of attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician. Leslie has been active in school and community activities including 4-H, where she served as 4-H Member’s Assembly president, delegate to Teen Leadership Conference and Fall River 4-H Ambassador.

Savanna, the daughter of Raydelle and Meria, is a 2011 graduate from Harding County High School and will attend SDSU this fall majoring in Pharmacy. Active in FFA, Savanna served as her chapter’s vice president and has been involved with judging contests, leadership camps, and officer training as well as attending state and national FFA conventions. She has assisted in a variety of community projects and was a founder of a recycling program for her community.

Holmquist says this was the first of what will be an annual scholarship awarded to South Dakota high school graduates going on to either a two or four-year college or technical school. The scholarship is funded both with accumulated monies left from non-cashed South Dakota Beef Certificates, which is a program administered by the SDCW, and a Minnesota Twins baseball tickets raffle held this year. For more information on the South Dakota CattleWomen scholarship, go to

Source: South Dakota CattleWomen