Three area seniors were encouraged by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to grow their own roots in South Dakota during the 23rd Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre .
Dell Rapids High School’s Cheyenne Schumaker, St. Mary’s Rachel Scholten and Baltic’s Mallory Isburg were among more than 200 students from the state’s public, private and tribal schools honored at the April 29 awards ceremony, Hosted by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and sponsored by the South Dakota Community Foundation and Citibank.
“Some of the greenest pastures in America are right here in South Dakota,” Daugaard said.
Schools are asked to identify one student for every 100 graduating seniors based on academic criteria, such as grade-point average and scores on college readiness tests.
Parents and high school principals are requested to join each student and share in the celebration.
An impassioned Gov. Daugaard urged students to show their appreciation for the dedication of those closest to them as he reminisced about his parents’ commitment to be there for him.
“Remember all the people who got you here,” he said. “Remember that they love you.”