South Dakota’s Philip High School finished in 6th place in the 15th Annual Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC) national program and wins an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC for the teacher and students on the winning team. 3,374 teams representing senators and congressional representatives nationwide participated in the 14 week competition. Philip High School was matched with Senator Mike Rounds.  The top 10 winning teams and their teachers will be recognized at an Awards Reception on June 13 at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

The Top 10 Schools and their Congressional representatives:

  1. Redan High School                                GA       Senator Johnny Isakson
  2. Albany High School                               CA       Rep. Barbara Lee
  3. Glacier Peak High School                      WA      Senator Maria Cantwell

4.    Waterford High School                          WI       Rep. Paul Ryan
5.    Simsbury High School                            CT       Senator Chris Murphy
6.   Philip High School                                SD       Senator Mike Rounds
7.    Granada Hills Charter High School         CA       Rep. Brad Sherman
8.    Canyonville Christian Academy              OR       Rep. Peter DeFazio
9.    Lewisburg High School                           PA       Senator Robert Casey Jr.
10.  Battle Mountain High School                  NV      Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Philip High School teacher Brigitte Bruchlacher participated in the program with her Family & Consumer Sciences class.  Her student team of Dyson Schofield and Hunter Peterson, both juniors, finished with a final portfolio of $ 115, 322.  Their big winner was the purchase of Solar Edge Technologies (SEDG) that increased 85 % over 14 weeks.  “Philip High School is the first South Dakota school to place in the CDC top 10 nationally and that is quite an impressive accomplishment considering that there were nearly 3,400 teams competing from all 50 states,” said Professor Don Altmyer, South Dakota Stock Market Game Coordinator and Director for the BHSU Center for Economic Education.

The CHC organizes teams of middle and high school students by congressional district for each state and teaches the importance of saving and investing, while simultaneously promoting a better understanding of our government. Teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 for a 14 week time period in listed stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and learn the value of the capital markets as they work together to maximize the return of their portfolios.

Since the Capitol Hill Challenge began in 2004, the program has made more than 4,100 matches of U.S. representatives and senators with schools, reaching more than 115,000 students. Middle and high school students from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia are participating in this year’s competition.  The CHC competition is sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education.

“Capitol Hill Challenge provides critical educational experiences to young people across America, enabling students who otherwise might not be exposed to the capital markets to gain insights that lead to their success,” said Melanie Mortimer, president of the SIFMA Foundation. “Capitol Hill Challenge students experience the positive compounding effect of understanding from an early age how finance, civics and government touch their lives.”

The competition uses the SIFMA Foundation’s curriculum-based Stock Market Game to help students develop a better understanding of the global economy, become college and career ready, and improve their knowledge of math, economics, and business. The program is proven to raise student scores on tests of mathematics, economics and financial knowledge. It is also proven to positively impact students’ and teachers’ personal financial behavior.

Founded in 1977 by academics at Buffalo State, The Stock Market Game has since expanded through a national network of educational nonprofit organizations to reach 17 million students. An independent study by Learning Point Associates found that students who participated in the Stock Market Game scored significantly higher on mathematics and financial literacy tests than their peers who did not participate. They also found that teachers who taught the Stock Market Game reported that the program motivated them to better plan for their own financial futures. The Stock Market Game has been named the only program that successfully increased scores on the Jumpstart Coalition’s test of high school students’ financial literacy.

The Capitol Hill Challenge is just one component of the Stock Market Game, which operates in all 50 states. The program has significant benefits including professional development opportunities for teachers, teamwork and confidence building for students, and reinforcement of students’ technology and online research skills (the trading simulation is online). The program improves students’ and teachers’ financial knowledge and behavior and fulfills national standards and state-level subject matter requirements in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Business, Economics, Technology, and Consumer Science.

The dates for the Fall 2018 South Dakota Stock Market Game are: October 1 to Dec 7 and for the Spring 2019 Game: February 11 to April 8.  To learn more about the South Dakota Stock Market Game program, visit or contact Professor Don Altmyer, South Dakota Stock Market Game Coordinator at

The 15th Annual Wheel Jam will be held May 31 – June 3 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron

HURON, S.D. – Wheel Jam hosts the Wheel Jam Truck Show, car show, motorcycle show, Make it Mine Show ‘n Shine and Pick Up Party, the Original SD BBQ Championships and two nights of stock car racing featuring the Iverson’s Late Model Challenge and the Prostrollo Motors Challenge Cup.

“Wheel Jam is three big days, three big shows and thousands of wheels,” said State Fair manager Peggy Besch. “Come check out the car, truck and motorcycle shows, as well as numerous other events. Wheel Jam offers free event admission. It’s a weekend you don’t want to miss.”

Throughout the three days, there will also be activities specifically geared toward trucks, cars or motorcycles. Activities include the truck show light show, poker run, biker games, parade, vendors, audio sound competition and classic car auction. Thomas Carnival and a kayak pond will be set up for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Wheel Jam also features live musical entertainment. On Friday, the Weston Frank Band and Jerry Scheckle and the Midnight Ramblers will be playing on the 18 Wheel Stage at the Wheel Jam Truck Show. Also taking place on Friday is the Big Jim Jam Fest featuring the Black Water Band and Shades of Air. ZZ3 and Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band will perform Saturday night on the Freedom Stage. Leland Harding III will play on Sunday morning as cars and motorcycles register.

Camping is available at Wheel Jam and is $25 per night. For more event details and a full schedule of events, check

South Dakota State Fair Centennial Stage Seeks South Dakota Talent

The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are in search of guest entertainers for one of Linton’s fifteen shows on the AARP Centennial Stage during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair, which runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 3. Those interested in being considered should send information to the South Dakota State Fair office. The AARP Centennial Stage features South Dakota musicians and entertainers as opening acts for each of Linton’s shows.

“We are now inviting South Dakota talent to submit CDs, DVDs, photos and bios for consideration to be included as a guest on the 2018 AARP Centennial Stage,” stated Sherwin Linton. “We welcome people of all ages and skill levels to submit.”

Materials can be sent to:

South Dakota State Fair

Attn: AARP Centennial Stage

1060 3rd Street SW

Huron, SD 57350

The 2018 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3. Channel Seeds Preview Day will be Wednesday, Aug. 29. This year’s theme is “Experience the Magic.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the fair office at 800.529.0900, visit or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Angostura Recreation Area to Hold Summer Day Camps

There are three day camps scheduled at Angostura Recreation Area this summer.  The Kid’s Fishing Day Camp is on Wednesday, June 13, Track Detectives is on Wednesday, July 11, and Nature Explorers Day Camp is on Wednesday, August 8.

For the Kid’s Fishing Day, participants will learn how to tie a fishing knot, bait a hook, take part in a casting contest, learn some tricks for cleaning the catch, make fish prints to take home and have plenty of time to fish!

In the Track Detectives Day Camp kids will discover the many animals of South Dakota, specifically the Angostura area and how to identify common animal tracks, go on a hike and make an animal track to take home.

The Nature Explorers Day Camp is for kids that enjoy catching insects, discovering tracks, smelling flowers, identifying animal droppings, looking at birds through binoculars, and just being outside!  Participants will learn how to do the “lizard lunge,” and discover the reptiles and other animals that make Angostura home.

All day camps are designed and limited to 7-12 year olds and meet at Shelter House #2 at Angostura Recreation Area from 9:30 am – Noon.  All participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet, bring a water bottle, a snack and sunscreen.  There is not a charge for the camps; however pre-registration is required for all camps by calling 605-745-6996.  Each camp is limited to 30 kids.  Parents are welcome to attend all camps, but not required.  Transportation can be arranged ahead of time from Hot Springs to Angostura Recreation Area by calling 605-745-6996.



PIERRE, S.D. – It’s a party in Rapid City with authors, refreshments and the opportunity to meet people interested in South Dakota’s history.

The social and author signing party will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MDT on Thursday, April 26, at Arrowhead Country Club, 3675 Sheridan Lake Road. The event is sponsored by Arrowhead Country Club and is a fundraiser for the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve of Rapid City, author of “Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred,” and Michael Casler of Williston, N.D., an editor of “Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau: Journal and Letter Books 1830-1850” will be present to sign copies of their books.

Sneve was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation. Many of her more than 20 book focus on American Indians. Sneve is the first South Dakotan to receive the National Humanities Medal. She drew on winter counts and oral records of her ancestors to discover their past for “Sioux Woman: Traditionally Sacred.” The book explores the struggles and joys of women in Lakota culture.

Casler is a former park ranger with the National Park Service who has written numerous articles on the Upper Missouri fur trade. Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau were important fur trading posts located near what came  to be the city of Fort Pierre. Letter books consisted of copies of outgoing letters written by the managers of the posts to their company officers and subordinates in the field. Company employees recorded daily activities in journals. “Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau” reveals day-to-day details of the business transacted at the fur trading posts and a glimpse into the lives of the men who staffed them.

Both books were published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

In addition to meeting the authors, those attending will be able to meet staff and members of the foundation’s board of directors and trustees of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

The cost for the social is $50 per person, payable at the door. People may register by calling 605-773-6003 or going online at

The Thursday social precedes the annual South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference, taking place April 27-28 at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City. For more information about the conference, visit or call 605-773-6000.


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations (SDDTR) has partnered with the South Dakota Departments of Health and Social Services (SDDOH & SDDSS) to highlight ‘Partners in Health’ during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Feb. 27 and 28, 2018 in Pierre.

“It is important to address areas of mutual concern in health and look for ways that we can work together,” said Steve Emery, Secretary of Tribal Relations.

The events start with a ‘Partners in Health’ State-Tribal Listening Session from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and will look at public health and access to care.  “Tribal partnership is an essential part of our agency’s mission to promote, protect and improve the health of every South Dakotan,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health.

Some of the topics include public health data overview and resources; chronic disease prevention and health promotion; suicide prevention and more. “Partnership and cooperation with South Dakota tribes is vital in developing effective behavioral health and prevention services,” said Lynne Valenti, Secretary of Social Services.

A Legislative Reception will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST.  The reception is by invitation only.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, tribal, federal, and state health booths will be available in the Capitol Rotunda from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST. A Rotunda Ceremony will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST featuring a welcome from Gov. Daugaard as well as comments by tribal leaders.

Also featured at the Capitol Rotunda will be the Sisseton Wahpeton Desert Era Honor Guard, the Rosebud Singers from Rosebud Elementary School, and dancers from Enemy Swim Day School.  A lunch will be prepared and served by the Lower Brule High School with supplies donated from InterTribal Buffalo Council and Lynn’s Dakota Mart. Events in the Capitol Rotunda are free and open to the public.