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6th Annual Kenadi Jean Weis Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation would like to congratulate Callie Flemming as the recipient of our 6th annual Kenadi Jean Memorial Scholarship at Black Hills State University.

Callie is from the farming community of Florence, South Dakota originally, but calls Sturgis, SD her current home.  She attends Black Hills State University and is a Kappa Delta Pi who is an outdoor enthusiast active in basketball, volleyball, track, ultimate frisbee, archery, theater, FFA and 4-H.  Callie testifies to live is Christ, volunteers for Special Olympics and works at Game Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus-West in Rapid City, SD.

Due to first-hand experience involving an uncle with Down Syndrome and a little brother with reading challenges, Callie is determined to make a difference claiming that, ‘Everyone should have the opportunity to learn in their own special way.’

As a Special Education and Outdoor Education double major at BHSU it is Callie’s dream to build an outdoor camp that would welcome people with disabilities, adapting to their needs and getting them outside to enjoy nature alongside their able-bodied peers.  Her plans include creating a kayak with floats and special seating to accommodate a wheelchair!

Covid restrictions did not allow us to celebrate with Callie in person, but are so proud of her accomplishments thus far.  Congratulations Callie!

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