Governor’s ceremony to honor 438 seniors
Students from area high schools will be among the 438 seniors from across Iowa honored at the 11th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
The Honorable Governor Terry Branstad and Honorable Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will host the event and address the audience of 2,500-plus. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill, Brett Nanninga, Superintendent at Tri- Center Community Schools and chairman of the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and Tania Johnson, 2013 Iowa Teacher of the Year from Cedar Rapids, will welcome the students and their guests.
The seniors being honored were selected by their high schools as the highest academic achievers. Each student will receive a photo plaque of themselves with Branstad and Reynolds and a certificate to commemorate their achievement. Each student’s most influential teacher also will receive a certificate of appreciation. A reception for the students, their parents, their most influential teachers, and other guests will follow the ceremony.
The area students being recognized are: Makena Dettmann from Fairfield High School, Lindsay Albert from Cardinal High School, Ryan Sievers from Pekin High School and Marissa Greenfield from Van Buren High School.
In addition to being recognized as the state’s brightest students, more than 99 percent of the group participates in school activities, with approximately 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent plan to pursue their post-secondary education in Iowa.