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Students perform for Oath of Office Ceremony for Governor Kristi Noem

Students from the South Dakota State University/Northern State University Herald Trumpets and SDSU Chamber Singers performed for the Oath of Office Ceremony for Governor Kristi Noem Saturday at the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

Four SDState students played “Fanfare for a New Day,” written for the ceremony by David Reynolds, director of School of Performing Arts. He also directed the trumpeters’ performance.

“The rhythm and notes, in fact if you were to hear it again, take advantage of the governor elect’s name. Listen again and you hear the rhythm, ‘Kristi Noem is governor, Kristi Lynn Noem,’” said Sidney Goss, master of ceremonies and SDState alum.

The SDState student trumpeters included Elizabeth Pauli, William Reynolds, Jonathan Neswick and Noelle Allerdings.

Twelve students comprised SDSU Chamber Singers, performed “Proclaim the Day” under the direction of Laura Diddle, the director of choral activities, before the elected officials were sworn into office.

David Gilbertson ’72, chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court administered the oath for Gov. Noem. Noem graduated with her bachelor’s degree in political science in December 2011, during her first term as a house representative in the United States Congress.

The Chamber Singers performed a second selection, “I Lift Up My Eyes.”

In her address, Noem said, “When this is all over, I want to be a governor for the next generation … nothing motivates me more in public service than solving problems for our next generation.”

Noem is the first female governor of South Dakota, elected Nov. 5, 2018, 100 years and one day after women’s suffrage was granted in the state of South Dakota.

Three other Jackrabbits were sworn into office Saturday including, commissioner of school and public lands Ryan Brunner and public utilities commissioners Kristie Fiegen and Chris Nelson.