Seniors honored at Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony
Jordan Whitney, Tiana Slaney and Surya Sawhney were recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 11th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
Whitney is a senior at Fairfield High School. Slaney is a senior at Pekin High School, and Sawhney is a senior at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.
The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, honored 435 high school seniors from throughout Iowa.
Each high school was invited to select their senior student or students with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite or most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with the governor and lieutenant governor.
Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participated in extra-curricular school activities, with more than 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.