The 17th Annual Kids Voting Liberty Ball Game raised a record-breaking $14,138 this week in Pierre. The South Dakota Senate and South Dakota House of Representatives took to the hardwood at Riggs High School to once again raise money for Kids Voting South Dakota, which teaches more than 31,000 South Dakota students about voting, democracy and citizenship.
The Senate came away victorious with a score of 135 – 110 over the House. However, Rep. Jim “The Rifleman” Bolin was the man of the evening in sinking 52 out of 60 free-throws, earning him the title of “Free-Throw Hotshot.” The Liberty Ball Game is a “fun” game with two quarters of alternate rules, allowing for purchased free-throws, call reversals, and team “hog housing.” In addition to raising funds for Kids Voting, the game brings a bit of levity to each legislative session with some good-natured competition.
On Nov. 19, students from across the state joined together for the 2013 South Dakota state We the People competition that was held at the State Capitol in Pierre.
The three participating schools in this annual event were St. Thomas More High School, Rapid City; Spearfish High School, Spearfish, and West Central High School, Hartford. St. Thomas More High School, coached by Jeannine Gibson, took top honors this year and will advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C. April 25 – 28, 2014.