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5th Annual Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation is proud to announce Black Hills State University student Kristi Maxfield as their 2019 Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship winner.

The Scholarship was created in memory of Kenadi Jean Weis who suffered an anoxic brain injury at birth and passed away unexpectedly at age five in March of 2014.  Kenadi loved learning new things at school, but it was her grandest wish that you knew she was just a little girl who wanted to be included and loved.  Her teacher Miss Betty made sure of this!

BHSU Early Childhood Special Education major, Kristi Maxfield is passionate about children with special needs and promotes inclusion for people of all abilities.  Kristi believes that the best thing about being a teacher is that it matters, and the hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day.  She intends to evoke success in the lives of each and every one of her students.

Born and raised in Hill City, SD, Kristi graduated high school as a Pierre Governor and is in her fourth year at Black Hills State University.  She is a Dean’s List student who serves on the Council for Exceptional Children and was recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, aids with Student Support Services and teaches preschool at Hillsview Daycare & Preschool.  She has performed with the BHSU Community Band and still plays Alto Saxophone for special events.  In her free time, Kristi enjoys sewing, croqueting and watching movies as well as camping and hunting with her family and friends.

Kristi recently got engaged to her high school sweetheart and on May 30, 2020 will become Mrs. Kenneth Langenbau.  Congratulations Kristi!

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