Mr. Tyler Youngquist
A native of Lennox, SD, Tyler Youngquist recently returned to his alma mater to continue his teaching career. He received his bachelor of music education degree from South Dakota State University in 2018 after student teaching at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. While at SDSU, Mr. Youngquist played first-chair French horn in the Wind Symphony, sang bass in the Concert Choir, gave campus tours for the SDSU admissions office, and served as drum major for the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band for four years. After graduation, he worked as a campus minister in Eau Claire, WI, for two years before moving back to South Dakota, where he taught K–6 general music and 5–12 band at Tripp-Delmont School District during the 2020–21 school year. Mr. Youngquist regularly participates in the Lennox Municipal Band (and has since the fifth grade!) and plays in worship bands. In his free time, Mr. Youngquist enjoys playing board games, hammocking, and riding his bike. He looks forward to being your high school band director and can’t wait to meet all of you!
Miss Ellie Kenkel
Since 2018, Ellie Kenkel has taught band in Lennox, where she directs 6th grade band and junior high band. Currently, she is also filling in as the Oriole Pride Marching Band director and 5th grade band instructor. Miss Kenkel graduated with a music education major and English as a New Language minor from Augustana University in 2017, after student teaching in Lennox. She grew up in Mitchell, SD where she participated in every performing arts opportunity (Go Kernels!). In college she was actively involved in The Augustana Band, Northlanders Jazz Band, brass choir, pep band, and concert choir, as well as serving as the president of the music education club. Outside of teaching, Miss Kenkel enjoys playing trumpet with local groups, leading youth group at her church, and going on runs with her dog Maya.