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October 2012

Rising Star: Tiarra Little
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South Dakota: Tiarra Little recently received a very special accolade. The 2012 high school graduate was given an Inspirational Leadership Award at the State High School Athletic Association’s Elite 15k. It is the first -- and perhaps only -- time the organization has given out this award.

Little was recognized for her impressive application, global experiences and leadership, and the athletic legacy she leaves behind at Red Cloud School.

Tiarra has traveled to Israel, Cambodia and Nicaragua with several leadership programs and said that common athletic interests helped bridge the cultural and linguistic gaps. These experiences taught her new lessons that she brought back to share with others.

Jo Auch from the SDHSAA explained why the organization granted Tiarra the Inspirational Leadership Award

“Tiarra has always been sure to lead by example in everything she does, especially sports," Auch said.  "She has channeled that leadership into helping others around her to reach success. She has always had big dreams and they are beginning to unfold. Tiarra wants to show the youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that living out your dreams isn’t just in the movies, but can happen to anyone.

“It was for those fine leadership attributes that this special award was presented to Tiarra, as we felt she was such an inspiration to all, and we wanted to recognize her for her inspiration and the leadership skills that she is passing on to so many by being a great role model and being of service to so many around the world.”

The Elite 15 Banquet honors and recognizes young women athletes as well as adults who work tirelessly to promote, support, and encourage them.  Implemented in 1997, the Elite 15 helps raises awareness of female athletics and  promotes gender equity.

Elite 15 Class of 2012


Tiarra Little
Inspirational Leadership Award
Red Cloud School

Kelsey Kaufmann, Arlington

Karley Konkol,

Cassidy Gebhart,
Elkton-Lake Benton

Mikayla Saathoff, Estelline

Taylor Anschutz, Gregory

Ashley Robinson,

Jussy Tuscherer, Northwestern

Marie Malloy, Parkston

Margaret McCloud,
RC Stevens

Carly Carper,

Allie Lahren,
SF Lincoln

Alex Hess,
SF Roosevelt

Caitlin Duffy,
St. Thomas More

Mindy Kraft,
Wessington Springs

Chloe Cornemann, Yankton

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