Emily Opfer honored at Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony

Emily Opfer (right), Waukon High School (WHS) graduating senior, was recognized by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (left) for outstanding academic achievement at the 13th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 26 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 436 high school seniors from throughout Iowa. “Iowa Farm Bureau members believe that by investing in our youth and communities, we’re investing in the future of Iowa,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “We are so proud to honor such exceptional students and proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs and annual scholarships for our youth.” Each high school was invited to select the senior student or students, depending on the size of the school, possessing 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 Branstad. “The principles learned through academic success, like those learned from participation in education-based activities, help develop outstanding leaders for today and the future,” said IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste. “The partnership between the IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau, along with the cooperation of the Governor’s office has made this prestigious event possible.” Ninety-eight percent of those recognized also participate in extra-curricular school activities, with more than 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. Nearly sixty percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa. Submitted photo.