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Former DHS graduate to be guest speaker for 2019 Commencement Exercises

Garrett Keegan has been chosen as the guest speaker for the 2019 graduating class of Dupree High School.

Keegan graduated from Dupree in 2013 as salutatorian. He was involved with National Honor Society, the Quiz Bowl team, played football, ran track, and wrestled. Keegan also helped out with the AAU wrestling program. In the summers he worked for Donnie and Kim McDaniel and was also a legislative page during his senior year of high school.

Attending South Dakota State University Keegan received a Bachelor of Sciences in Political Science with minors in Legal Studies and Philosophy. During his time at SDSU, he was the founder of the Pre-Law Society, an operations manager at the campus wellness center, a legislative intern at Daktronics, and an intern with the South Dakota Legislature working under Oren Lesmeister.

After SDSU, Keegan began law school at the University of South Dakota. While at law school, he served as a senator on the Student Government Association and will be President of the First Generation Law Students group next year. Garrett has also served as an Ambassador to the law school, where he gives tours and advice to prospective students.

Keegan has participated in negotiation and mediation competitions for the Alternative Dispute Resolution board at the law school as well. The board travels the country and compete against top-tier law schools. Next year he will also compete with the trial team for the law school.

Last summer, Keegan worked with the Butte County States Attorney’s office in Belle Fourche mainly in prosecuting misdemeanor cases.

Keegan will be working for the Barnaud Law Firm in Spearfish this summer, mainly in criminal defense and general practice.

“I will graduate from the University of South Dakota School of Law next Spring and, hopefully after passing the bar exam, will either practice at the Barnaud Law Firm or will clerk with the 4th Judicial Circuit of South Dakota. Overall, I would like to be a prosecutor with the South Dakota Attorney General’s office or a Federal Prosecutor,” Keegan stated.

When asked about his upcoming statements to the DHS grads of 2019 Keegan had this to say, “I want to give the graduates insight on what the first few years after high school is like. I want them to feel confident in themselves even though they come from a very small town, but remind them that Dupree will always be there for them.”

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