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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Web Link to South Dakota Department of Education
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-7228, Email Link or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-2593, Link

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries

PIERRE, S.D. — Twelve school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2016. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and professional.

Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 14 in Oacoma.


Central High School (Aberdeen)


Lucy Wang

Jason Uttermark

Flandreau Middle/High School


Lori Williams

Ross Rollinger

Gettysburg K-12


Mary Quiett

Wendy Smith

Harrisburg High School


Sheleen Bauer

Kevin Lein

Lennox Jr. High/High School


Michael Larson

Chad Allison

Sturgis Brown High School (Meade)


Scottie Bruch

Pete Wilson

Sturgis Williams Middle School (Meade)


Scottie Bruch

Ann Nonnast

Georgia Morse Middle School (Pierre)


Renae Lehman

Kyley Cumbow

St. Thomas More Middle School (Rapid City Catholic School System)


Jenelle Kirchoff

Keiz Shultz

Edison Middle School (Sioux Falls)


Kjerstin Smith

Steve Griffith

Creekside Elementary School (Spearfish)


Dianne Hemminger

Daniel Olson

Watertown High School


Jean Moulton

Michael Butts

Detailed information on the 21st Century School Library Award is available on the South Dakota State Library's website at


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