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3rd Annual Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The perpetual Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating Black Hills State University Senior majoring in Special Education.  This year’s deserving recipient was Amanda Kaye Christensen!

Amanda is a native of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico where her family ran a bait and tackle shop, her Aunt was a Special Education teacher and she and her sister competed for the title of Miss Fiesta at the Hot Springs Festival.

On a fishing trip to the area lakes in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Amanda knew she was home.  She began working as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher in the Rapid City school system and attending school at Black Hills State University.

She will graduate in December 2017 and is considering pursuing her Early Childhood SPED endorsement after commencement.  Amanda is passionate about working with students with unique abilities; is looking forward to partnering with parents to achieve family goals and knows that it is not what a child can’t do, but what they can do.  Among other valuable traits Amanda possesses, she promises to consistently demonstrate love and acceptance- exactly what everyone needs the most!

Congratulations Amanda Kaye Christensen!

(pictured are l to r is Lori J. Deibert aka Gramma Jean; Scholarship Recipient, Amanda Christensen; Kelly Weis, KJWF President and Randy L. Deibert, VP)

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