Helgerson honored at Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony...

Nathan Helgerson (center), Waukon High School graduating senior and son of Erik and Janelle Helgerson of rural Lansing, was recognized by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (right) and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg (left) for outstanding academic achievement at the 17th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony held April 28 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 424 high school seniors from throughout Iowa at this year’s ceremony. “Iowa Farm Bureau members are proud that their organization showcases its commitment to youth and education in many ways, including the half million dollars in scholarships we provide each year. Our 17-year title sponsorship of the Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony is just one way we celebrate Iowa’s exceptional high school students,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “We all recognize the need for supporting youth, because they hold the keys of Iowa’s continued innovation and economic success.”

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 80 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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