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April B.E.S.T Awards


 Art Award

Visual Arts

Hannah Theodosopoulos Brook Piearson

Tessie Braga-Henebry Amanda Kees

Nadia Ridgway Ben Diersen

Holly Hopkins Tianna Hillestad

Bridget Knudtson Madeline Brandt

Abby Mathiason Haley Fevold

John Livingston Shaun Haaseth

Dan Berg

The Brookings High School Visual Arts Department won the 2017 Visual Arts State Championship during the AA Basketball Tournament in Rapid City. Brookings had entries for all 12 art categories from 12 different students. Eight placed in the top three individually, and all 12 students earned points to help with the first-place team total. The students who participated and received individual awards are: Hannah Theodosopoulos, first place drawing; Brook Piearson, first place watercolor; Tessie Braga-Henebry, second place functional ceramics; Amanda Kees, second place mixed media; Nadia Ridgway, second place multimedia/graphic design; Ben Diersen, third place crafts; Holly Hopkins, third place oil painting; Tianna Hillestad, third place 3-D; Bridget Knudtson, colored drawing; Madeline Brandt, printmaking; Abby Mathiason, traditional cultural art; Haley Fevold, Photography. Their teachers are John Livingston, Shaun Haaseth & Dan Berg. Congratulations on your State Championship!



Lynn Frederick

Lynn Frederick

MMS Teacher & Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

The South Dakota Amateur Basketball Association is proud to announce Lynn Frederick of Brookings as the newest member of the SDABA Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Lynn Frederick graduated from Stanley County High School in 1973 where he received multiple honors while scoring 590 points his senior season, and is currently in the Stanley County High School Hall of Fame. Lynn continued his basketball career at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he earned All-Conference and All-District honors, besides being inducted into the DWU Hall of Fame. While playing in college, Lynn set both the DWU single season and single game assists records, the former which stood until 2017, and the latter record of 19 assists in a game which still stands. Lynn was also voted Defensive Player of the Year three times by his DWU teammates. Lynn played amateur basketball for 35 years and still plays twice a week. Lynn began playing amateur basketball at Lyman with Bob and Larry King, and later played with the Lamb family in Onida, and also with the Iroquois, Trooien Automotive, and Brookings teams. Lynn participated in 15 tournaments, and would have played in more if not for his coaching duties. Lynn's amateur teams placed runners up twice and won the tournament in 2000 when Lynn was 45 years old. Lynn made the amateur all-tournament team three times. Lynn lists the highlights of his playing days as the relationships and camaraderie with his teammates and competitors. Lynn currently lives in Brookings with his wife Mary, where he is a teacher and the head girls basketball coach. Lynn and Mary have two grown children, Luke and Ty. Lynn has at times been both the varsity boys and girls basketball coach that covers a span of 35 years with the Brookings School District. Lynn also has coached Track during his time with BHS.

Head Basketball Coach: Boys: Agar (4 years), Brookings (17 years)

Girls: Head Girls Basketball: Agar (4 years), Brookings (12 years) Most Winning Coach in BHS History

Coaching Honors: Boys: 2 ESD Championships and 1987 State Championship 2nd – 1986, 3rd – 1984 and 1988; 5th – 1999

Girls: 2 ESD Championships and State Tournaments in 1996, 1997 2nd – 2005, 3rd – 2006, 2008- 6th

SDHSCA All Star Coach (3) Past President of SDBCA SDHSAA Basketball Advisory FCA Board of Directors SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award SDBCA Executive Director



Todd Foster

Todd Foster

MMS Assistant Principal

Mr. Todd Foster has been selected as the 2017 SD Assistant Principal of the Year. He was nominated for this prestigious award by the Region 1 administrators.

Todd graduated from Estelline High School. He attended Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in Business Education and Business Administration. He has a Master’s degrees in Counseling and Human Resources and a Master’s degree in Education—Secondary Administration. Both Master’s degrees were received from South Dakota State University.

Mr. Foster teaching experience includes:

o Hitchcock High School—1986-1988—Business Instructor

o Balaton High School—Minnesota—1988-1994—Business Instructor

o Howard High School—1994—1998—Business Instructor/PE for two years and Elementary counselor for two years

o Flandreau Public High School—1998-2014—MS Counselor for three years, HS Counselor for three years, HS Principal for 10 years

o Brookings School District—2014-present—Mickelson Middle School Assistant Principal

Todd and his wife, Jolynn, have been married for 31 years. They have two grown sons, Spenser and Mitchel.