Over seventy high school students from across Cheyenne River participated in the 2019 Student Research Day on Wednesday, April 24 at the Oglala Lakota College Center in Eagle Butte. The event was sponsored by the South Dakota Community Foundation, Cheyenne River Tribal ABC Committee, The Keya Foundation, and Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc. The participating high schools were: Cheyenne Eagle Butte, Timber Lake, Dupree, and Windswept Academy.
The students had the opportunity to do hands on research with biology and medical researchers from across the United States. The students learned about wearables and how they can help predict health events and extracted their own DNA with Michael Snyder from Stanford University. As part of this session students were put into a drawing to win a Fit Bit to track their personal health and use what they learned. The Fit Bit winners were: Lorenda Long – Timber Lake School, Reese Lawrence – Windswept Academy, Oliver Miner – Cheyenne Eagle Butte School, and Dalton Standing Bear -Dupree School. In other sessions students learned about rhythm and balance and how it plays a role in being healthy, determined if they had nicotine exposure or not and about health problems associated with commercial tobacco and e-cigarettes, and they made keychains to represent their individual family DNA traits.
Over the lunch hour the students had the opportunity to learn about summer internships, college offerings, and scholarships from the following: University of South Dakota Law School, South Dakota State University, Black Hills State University, and Oglala Lakota College. The universities and colleges also had booths set up throughout the day where the high school students could ask questions and gather more information. At the event The Keya Foundation also announced a summer internship and scholarship opportunities for the students that is funded with a grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation.