Joe Welke Scholarship of Honor

United States Marine Cpl. Joe Welke, 20, Rapid City, SD

United States Marine Cpl.
Joe Welke, 20, Rapid City, SD

Joe graduated from Rapid City Stevens High School in 2003. While in high school, Joe played football and earned Greater Dakota Conference All Conference and Honorable Mention All State honors as a senior. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, camping, weight lifting, and cars. Joe was proud to be a United States Marine. Joe's coach, Joel Hybertson stated, "If we need someone for our Country, I want someone like Joe Welke." Joe's plans of moving to Southern California were cut short when he was killed in Iraq on November 20, 2004.





Julia Sanderson is in the ROTC program at Yale.








Logan Wood enlisted in the Navy


Bradley Blansett is studying at South Dakota School of Mines.  His is pictured here with Joe's friend, and member of the scholarship committe, Riley McManigal.



Cassandra Janson enlisted in the Marine Corps


Katianne Rath would like to pursue a degree in health care, specializing in Physicians Assistant. 



Jonathan Nolting enlisted in United States Army. He is pictured here with Riley McManigal, who was Joe's good friend and this years presenter.



Adam Brubakken was appointed in to the United States Air Force



Scott Ferrier enlisted in the United States Marine Corps



Alice Hackett plans a career in the Medical field.


The 2008 Joe Welke Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Samuel Bryan Schnell. Sam enlisted in the United States Marine Corp.






The 1st annual Joe Welke Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Bryan Keck. Bryan participated in the ROTC program at Purdue University.



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