VCSU alumna Sarah Zacher ’18 earned the Ernest Teagarden Award (Professional Category) for her paper “Uncovering the Silent Voices of the Past: A History of the Fort Totten Boarding School,” presented at the Dakota History Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., in April 2019. Her paper focused on the history of the boarding school and the impact it had on the Native Americans who attended the school.
Zacher received a VCSU SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) grant in spring 2018 to work on her research paper with faculty member Steven King. The SOAR grant requires the recipient to present the funded research at a conference; because Zacher graduated in December 2018, the semester before the conference, she competed in the professional category with graduate students and historians.
Zacher’s award marked the fifth year in a row that a VCSU student has received recognition for presenting a paper at the Dakota History Conference.