Leiran honored at Iowa Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony ...

Katelyn Leiran (center), Waukon High School graduating senior and daughter of Steve and Nancy Leiran of Waterville, was recognized by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (right) and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg (left) for outstanding academic achievement at the 16th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony held April 29 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 430 high school seniors from throughout Iowa at this year's ceremony. “Iowa Farm Bureau members know that by investing in our youth and communities, we’re investing in the future of Iowa,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “We have been honored to be a title sponsor of the Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony for the past 16 years to celebrate Iowa's exceptional high school students. Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs and annual scholarships for our youth.”

Each high school was invited to select a senior student with the highest academic ranking based on grade point average for their first seven semesters of high school. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite/most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with Governor Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg. “The principles learned through academic success, like those learned from participation in education-based activities, help develop outstanding leaders and citizens,” said IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste. “The partnership between the IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau, along with the great cooperation of the Governor’s office, has made this prestigious event possible for many years.” Ninety-nine percent of those recognized at the event also participate in extra-curricular school activities, with more than 85 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent plan to continue their education in Iowa. Submitted photo.

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