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
Ellie Kenkel is in her fifth year of teaching in the Lennox School District, where she directs 6th grade band, junior high concert band and jazz band, as well as high school marching band. Her students have consistently performed well at parade, field, and jazz competitions. Since starting at Lennox, she has developed student ownership of the band program through leadership and mentorship opportunities. Ellie grew up in Mitchell SD, and graduated from Augustana University with a music education degree in 2017. She currently serves as band chair elect for SDMEA and is the 2022 recipient of the Dennis Hegg Young Director Award.