McCrossan Boys Ranch is unique in that our accreditated high school holds multiple commencement services each year as residents complete the requirements to receive their diploma. Many residents are the first ones in their family to graduate high school! This is a huge accomplishment that often “plants the seed” of success and opens the door to even more possibilities for their life. As they continue their journey into adulthood, McCrossan’s recognizes the importance of education as that “next-step”. McCrossan Boys Ranch has a wonderful scholarship program in place to assist both current and former residents with the ever rising expenses of education. Our scholarship program helps young men cover the costs of secondary education, whether they attend a trade school, a community college or four-year university.
During the last fiscal year, McCrossan Boys Ranch awarded $10,810.00 in scholarship monies. At present, McCrossan alumni, Nik, is a 5th year student at the University of Minnesota, enrolled in the graduate program for dentistry. The Ranch has provided scholarship assistance to Nik since 2008 and he is soon to complete his studies and hopes to open his own dental practice. Another former resident, Byron, is taking fire sciences classes in Sioux Falls where he is also serving his community as a volunteer firefighter. These are just two examples of how our scholarship program helps our young men find “new hope for a better life”.
Former residents can contact Christy Menning, at McCrossan Boys Ranch for
further information, or to receive a scholarship application. Donors can also help by supporting our scholarship fund so we can help more youth.
Nik is a current McCrossan scholarship recipient and is attending grad school at the University of Minnesota to become a dentist.
The spring, summer, and fall offer many opportunities for McCrossan residents to participate in a variety of sporting events. In the spring, the McCrossan Wranglers compete throughout the region in track & field. The Wranglers have a full schedule of track meets that they participate in, including a Conference meet and the Region 2B track meet. While the Wranglers have yet to have a resident qualify for the state track meet, they have had many great efforts and will eventually take a team to state.
Basketball is a year-round sport at McCrossan. The residents compete in an intramural league at the YMCA in Sioux Falls during the winter months. Residents then play the remainder of the year in our gymnasium, with six different basketball hoops or our new outdoor basketball court, which is nearly regulation sized. McCrossan will look to schedule some Junior Varsity and “C” games with local area schools for the upcoming basketball season. In addition to basketball, our gym and our wide open spaces allow for the residents to also learn about volleyball, kickball, whiffle ball, softball, frizbee golf, soccer, and flag/touch football. Our staff continuously look to teach residents about different sports along with character and sportsmanship.
Throughout the summer, many of our residents competed in both the Sioux Falls Parks and Rec 3K and 5K road races at Spencer Park and the Summer Games track meets at Lincoln High School. Our residents competed well at these events and came home with many awards and ribbons. Most of all, they developed a positive competitive spirit and sportsmanship and had lots of fun. These events were the springboard to our fall McCrossan Wranglers Cross Country season. This fall, the Wranglers will look to defend its two-time Region 2B Championship and last year’s Cornbelt Conference Championship. This year’s team looks to be even more competitive than the previous two years. Their team goals this year are to win the Conference, win their Region, and place in the top 10 “B” schools at State. Those are lofty goals, but the cross country coaches believe that they have the team to do just that this year.
It’s definitely not your average rodeo! The McCrossan Xtreme Event Challenge now in its 7th year once again thrilled the crowds with barrel racing, bull riding and mutton busting for a good cause. The cowboys and cowgirls toughed it out on August 24th on a super hot sunny day to entertain a huge crowd again this year. The event also featured the fun country band “Break Even” and Jerry Norton, South Dakota’s World Champion Bull Fighter. Professional barrel racers and bull riders from across the Midwest joined us to help raise funds for our at-risk youth at McCrossan’s. As usual, the boys loved hosting the event on their campus and helping out during the show. A special thank you again to Weber Enterprises for putting on the barrel racing event and to Northern Bull Riding Tour for bringing in some of the wildest bulls and craziest cowboys around!
Thank you to our many sponsors and attendees this year – we are looking forward to another fun rodeo in 2014!