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Rising Star of the West Scholarship Opportunity

January 29, 2019

For immediate release

Contact: Jack Caudill 605-394-7777 ext. 152


KEVN Black Hills FOX is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual Rising Star of the West Scholarship contest. This year, thanks to Black Hills Energy, the total value of scholarships is once again at $7,500. The first place winner will receive a $4,000 college scholarship, with $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place and $500 for fourth place.

High school students will have the opportunity to present commentaries on KEVN Black Hills FOX News on topics important to them. Viewers will then be able to view those videos at and help pick the four finalists and the eventual winner.

Students who wish to participate need to shoot a short (1 minute) video of them talking about any subject that interests them. They don’t need to be elaborate productions, since those videos won’t run on air. The videos need to be submitted to KEVN Black Hills FOX, along with an entry form, by February 22nd. The 20 students selected for the contest will tape their commentaries at the KEVN Black Hills FOX studios to air beginning in March. The four weekly winners will become finalists and will tape four more commentaries on four common topics to air during the finals of the contest beginning in April.

Interested students can get entry forms and rules at They could join our previous winners, Shad Christman of Lemmon High School along, Kaitlyn Hemmingson, Annelise Ewing and Janesa Bakeberg of Spearfish High School, Caila Brennan and Audrey Cope of St. Thomas More High School, Jordan Barthel of Lead-Deadwood High School, Rae McKee, a homeschool student from Nemo, Gavin Brucklacher of Philip High School, Noah Storm of Stevens High School, homeschool student Emma Smith and Ireland Larsen from Douglas High School as the latest Rising Star of the West.