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Winners

View the current list of winners for this year’s Scholar of the Week program. The Scholar of the Week program is a partnership between Dakota News Now and your local Touchstone Energy Cooperatives that honors the region’s accomplished high school students. Each weekly winner receives a cash award from their local Touchstone Energy Cooperative and is featured on Dakota News Now. All winners are also eligible to receive one of the three scholarships that are given away at the annual Scholar of the Year banquet. Nominations for the weekly awards are submitted by area school principals and faculty, whose selections were based on excellence in the classroom and service in the community.

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Laura Bogue

May 9, 2021 - May 15, 2021

School
Beresford High School ((605)763-2145)
GPA
4.140
Activities
Student Body President (2020-2021) Student Council - Student Body Treasurer (2012-2019) State 4-H Ambassador (Sept 2018-Sept 2019) Chapter FFA Officer (May 2018-May 2019) South Dakota 4-H - (2010-Present) National Honor Society Officer - Secretary (2020-2021) Participates in the following activities: FFA -Future Farmers of America HOSA -Future Healthcare Leaders FCCLA - Future Consumer and Community Leaders of America NHS- National Honor Society FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes Band Basketball Cross-Country Track Student Council Meals on Wheels Color Guard Church Youth Group SWAT - Students Working Against Tobacco SOS - Serving Our Seniors AAU Basketball Awards Include: Stair Fair Judge's Choice Photography Award (2x) 2019 Big East All-Conference Cross Country Runner (2017-2020) Big East Conference Champion - 800 Meter -2019 State Cross Country Qualifier - 2016-2020 Region 3A Champion -300 Meter Hurdles - 2018 Region Champion 3A 800 Meter Run - 2019 Honor Roll - Four straight years of high school Lincoln Country Top Fashion Review - 2015/2016 Lincoln County Top Public Presenter - 2013-2019 Vermillion Valley Young Author - 2017, 2018 South Dakota Girls State Delegate - 2020 State HOSA - Placed 3rd at state competition in Nutrition Exam - 2020 Academic All-State Cross Country - 2020 SD Delegate for Youth Healthy Living Summit in Washington DC Delegate for Citizen Washington Focus - 2019

Laura Bogue is from Beresford, SD, located within Southeastern Electric Coop, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Avery Schut

May 2, 2021 - May 8, 2021

School
Chester Area School (605-489-2411)
GPA
3.950
Activities
Volunteer/Community Service Activities Avery Schut – Chester Area School National Honor Society • 2018-19: Peer Mentor to Kindergarten student (10) • 2019-20: Peer Mentor to 1st grade student (11) • 2018-20: concession worker (11) FFA • 2019: Community Pancake Feed (11) • 2020: Farmer Appreciation Meal (12) • 2020: Lily Kenton Benefit (12) Drama Club • 2016-20: concession worker (7-12) • 2020: Lily Kenton Benefit (12) Spanish Club • 2017-19: concession worker (9, 10) • 2017-19: Christmas Caroling to community members (9, 10) St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church • 2017-present: volunteer pianist • 2017-present: serving annual church dinner • 2017-present: annual church cleanup volunteer The Banquet (Sioux Falls, SD) • 2016-present: volunteer time annually for church and school activities Madison Community Band • 2016-present: play at nursing homes and around the community of Madison during summer months Chester Youth Wrestling • 2016-present: volunteer time at annual wrestling meet Class of 2021 • 2018-20: Middle School Dance worker (10, 11) • 2019-20: Volunteer selling ice cream (11) Yearbook • 2017-present: concession worker (9-12) Flood Cleanup • 2019: volunteered time cleaning up after flood, including placing and removing sandbags around the community Band • 2015-present: work annual band dinner fundraiser (6-12) • 2017-present: concession worker (9-12) High School Activities Avery Schut – Chester Area School Drama • 2015-present: Participated in 1-Act Play (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) • 2016-present: 1-Act Play Student Director (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) • 2015-20: Superior Region Performance & State Qualifier (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) • 2015-20: Superior State Performance (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) • 2017-20: Best Tech Award Recipient (9, 10, 11) • 2017 & 2020: participated in Musical (8, 11) • 2017-19: Participated in Fall Play (9, 10) • 2016-20: SDHSAA Academic Team Award (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) • 2016-20: New & Continuing Letterwinner (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Drama Club • 2017-present: Drama Club Member (9, 10, 11, 12) • 2017-18: Drama Club Treasurer (9) • 2018-19: Drama Club Secretary (10) • 2019-20: Drama Club Vice-President (11) • 2020-21: Drama Club President (12) Spanish Club • 2017-19: Spanish Club Member (9, 10) • 2017-19: New & Continuing Letterwinner (9, 10) National Honor Society • 2019-present: NHS member (11, 12) • 2020-21: NHS President (12) Choir • 2017-present: 4-year Choir Member (9, 10, 11, 12) • 2017-20: superior ensemble performances (9, 10, 11) • 2018-19: selected as Big East Honor Choir Member (10) • 2019: SD Bandmasters selected performance group member (10) • 2019: SDSU women’s choir vocal selection (10) • 2018-20: New & Continuing Letterwinner (10, 11) Band • 2016-20: Chester Marching Band Member (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) • 2016: Chester Marching Band Banner Carrier (8) • 2018-20: Chester Marching Band Drum Major (10, 11, 12) • 2017-present: Chester Pep Band Member (9, 10, 11, 12) • 2017-present: Chester High School Concert Band Member (9, 10, 11, 12) • 2017-19: selected Big East Honor Band Member (9, 10, 11) • 2017-18: Band Officer (9) • 2018: Performance at Fieldhouse Museum in Chicago, IL (9) • 2017-20: Superior Large Group Ensemble Performance (9, 10, 11) • 2017-19: Superior Flue Ensemble Performance (9, 10) • 2018-20: Percussion Ensemble Participant (10, 11) • 2017-20: Superior Solo Performance (9, 10, 11) • 2019: Augie Honor Band Member (11) • 2015: SD Bandmasters selected performance group member (brought up as 7th grader) • 2017-20: New & Continuing Letterwinner (9, 10, 11) • 2017: MS All-State Band Participant FFA • 2019-present: FFA Member (11, 12) • 2019: Parliamentary Procedure Team Member (11) o 2nd place at District competition; State qualifiers • 2019: Job Interview Participant (10) o 4th place at District Competition • 2020: Dairy Cattle Evaluation Team Member • 2020-21: FFA Vice-President Class of 2021 Officer Positions • 2018-19: Vice-President (10) • 2019-21: President (11, 12) Yearbook • 2017-21: Member (9, 10, 11, 12) • 2018-20: New & Continuing Letterwinner (10, 11) Golf • 2017-20: Team Member • 2019: New Letterwinner (11) Honors & Awards Avery Schut – Chester Area School National Career Readiness Certificate • Platinum Level “A” Honor Roll • 2017-present • 3.95 cumulative GPA Student of the Month • December 2017 (9) • October 2018 (10) Champion of Character/Character on Track • Recipient Class of 2021 Officer Positions • 2018-19: Vice-President (10) • 2019-21: President (11, 12) American Legion Citizenship Award • 2017 & 2021 Recipient (8, 12)

Avery Schut is from Madison, SD, located within Sioux Valley Energy, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Alexsis Van Wormer

April 25, 2021 - May 1, 2021

School
Deuel High School (6058742161)
GPA
3.840
Activities
Yearbook: 2019-present NHS: 2019-present Chorus: 2017-present Girl Scouts: 2009-present Girl Guards: 2014-present Salvation Army Women's Ministries: 2020 Corps Cadets: 2014-present Art Club: 2017-2019 1st place State Art Competition:2018 Alexsis Van Wormer is an intelligent, respectful, hardworking young lady of character who strives to be a friend to everyone.

Alexsis Van Wormer is from Goodwin, SD, located within H-D Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Rana Hegg

April 18, 2021 - April 24, 2021

School
Webster Area High School (605-345-3548)
GPA
4.160
Activities
Rana Hegg gives over 100% in every thing she does in and out of school. Rana is one of the kindest people I know. She’s very involved in her school community. One thing that stands out about Rana is that she is able to take dual credit courses, be involved in many activities, and still find time for job after school. Activities she is involved with are Cross Country, of which she is the team captain and has made it to State competition 4 times. Track is another activity that she has made it to State competition 3 times. She is Student Council Vice President, Key Club President, a member of FCCLA, Robotics, National Honor Society and Church Council. She actively participates in 4-H and has won numerous ribbons. Rana is very deserving of the Touchstone Energy Scholarship.

Rana Hegg is from Webster, SD, located within Lake Region Electric Association, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Brooke Anderson

April 11, 2021 - April 17, 2021

School
Yankton High School (605-665-7378)
GPA
4.100
Activities
Drum Major, First Chair Flute, Dance, Play/Musicals, All State Choir, Regional Honor Choir, Augustana Band Festival, Yankton Area Summer Band. Awards - Honor Roll, Academic Letter, USD Music Camp Scholarship (6 times), Outstanding Sophomore of Band, Outstanding Junior for Band

Brooke Anderson is from Yankton, SD, located within Bon Homme-Yankton Electric Assn., a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

Darien Rabe

Darien Rabe

April 4, 2021 - April 10, 2021

School
Gayville-Volin High School (6052674476)
GPA
3.990
Activities
School Activities: Basketball (Grades 9-12) – letter winner; GVHS Raider Award (11th grade) Track and Field (Grades 9-12) – letter winner; GVHS MVP in the Field Award(9th grade); GVHS Raider Award Football (Grades 9-12) – letter winner; All-Conference (11th/12th grade); GVHS Best Lineman Award (11th grade); GVHS Outstanding Lineman (11th grade); GVHS Newcomer Award (9th grade) FCA (Grades 9-12) Student Council (Grades 11 & 12) GV Mentoring Program (Grades 9-11) – mentor Choir (Grades 10 & 11) – All-State Choir (9th grade) Community & Leadership Activities: South Dakota American Legion Boys State Program – 2020 GVHS Delegate Member of Gayville Lutheran Church • ELCA Youth Gathering (2017 in Houston) • Vacation Bible School Helper (2017 & 2018) Boy Scouts of America • Member since 5th grade • Completed Eagle Scout Project (Outdoor Grill for Gayville-Volin School District Athletic Complex) • Completed at least 200 hours of community service Other Honors/Awards: High Honor Roll (Grades 9-11) – presently on track to earn high academic honor roll for grade 12 as well as academic graduation honors

Darien Rabe is from Gayville, SD, located within Clay-Union Electric Corporation, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Aaron Hummel

March 28, 2021 - April 3, 2021

School
Andes Central (605-487-7671)
GPA
3.590
Activities
Student Council, Class officer, National Honor Society, Captain of Football team, 4 sport letter winner,

Aaron Hummel is from Pickstown, SD, located within Charles Mix Electric Association, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Rylee Schultz

March 21, 2021 - March 27, 2021

School
Bridgewater Emery High School (6054494271)
GPA
4.050
Activities
Football (all-state), Baksetball, FFA, NHS, First Baptist Church Youth - completed a mission trip to Jamaica. Rylee has completed 6 dual enrollment credits and is currently enrolled in 6 credits this semester. Rylee is also very involved in his family farm operation.

Rylee Schultz is from Emery, SD, located within Central Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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Brooklyn Boetel

March 14, 2021 - March 20, 2021

School
Huron High School (605-353-7800)
GPA
3.930
Activities
Brooklyn has been involved in many activities at HHS over her high school career. They are as follows: Student Council (Treasurer for 2 years and VP this year) Key Club (all 4 years) FFA Member for all 4 years (serving as Vice President this year) Member of Pep Club Volleyball for 2 years Cross Country for 2 years Basketball all 4 years Track and Field all 4 years. Huron Day of Caring all 4 years Member of HHS Band for 3 years Member of HHS Choir for 4 years Huron High School Backpack Coordinator her Junior and Senior Years. Member of HYLC (Huron Youth Leadership Council) HYLC Executive Board Member her Senior Year Huron Chamber Youth Board Member Sertoma Youth Board Member Member of the HHS National Honor Society Is a member of Huron Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Was on the HHS Homecoming Royalty Has many hours of community service through all of the different clubs she is in.

Brooklyn Boetel is from Huron, SD, located within Dakota Energy Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

Madison Hulscher

Madison Hulscher

March 7, 2021 - March 13, 2021

School
Wilmot High School (6059384647)
GPA
4.130
Activities
Freshman • Football Cheer • Basketball Cheer • Volleyball • Basketball • Track • FCA • Oral Interp • School Play • Class President Sophomore • Football Cheer • Basketball Cheer o Leader of the Pack • Volleyball o Heart of the Wolf • Basketball o Most Improved • Track Manager • FCA • Oral Interp o Medaled at state in humorous • School Play o Lead • Class President • PAWS Junior • Football Cheer o Most Dedicated • Basketball Cheer o Most Dedicated • Volleyball • Basketball o Best Rebounder • Track Manager • FCA • Oral Interp o Medaled at state in humorous • School Play • Class President • PAWS • National Honor Society • October Student of the Month Senior • Football Cheer o Captain • Basketball Cheer • Volleyball o Captain • Basketball • Track Manager • FCA • Oral Interp • School Play • Class President • PAWS • National Honor Society o President

Madison Hulscher is from Wilmot, SD, located within Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.