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Several area students were recently awarded $1,500 BankWest Scholarships for the 2014-15 school year.

Caleb Weeldreyer, son of Sandy and Liz Weeldreyer of Emery, is a senior at Bridgewater-Emery High School. He will attend the University of Sioux Falls this fall and major in business/finance. Weeldreyer said he has always had an interest in investment banking and enjoys following the stock markets. His proudest accomplishment to date was being the only student from his high school to attend Boys State. During this event, he was elected to the office of circuit court judge.

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Rebekka Schell, daughter of Weston and Lea Schell of Gregory, is a senior at Gregory High School. She will attend South Dakota State University in Brookings this fall, where she will study occupational therapy. Schell said she chose her field of study because she enjoys interacting with others and hopes to improve people's lives through therapy. Her proudest accomplishment to date is assisting residents at a local nursing home, where she served as a certified nursing assistant.

Desiree Stephen, daughter of Rich and Kay Weller of Gregory, is a senior at Gregory High School. She will attend the University of South Dakota in Vermillion this fall, where she will study medical biology. Stephen chose her field because of her love for biology, anatomy and physiology. Ultimately, she would like to become a dermatologist and assist people with various skin conditions. Her proudest accomplishment to date is being able to provide primary care and smiles at a local nursing home.

Erin Kenzy, daughter of Frank and Jerri Lynn Kenzy of Iona, is a senior at Gregory High School. She will attend Mitchell Technical Institute this fall, where she will study business management. Kenzy said chose this career path because it provides many options, including the ability to live and work in a small community. It would also allow her to work in the health care field and assist others. Kenzy is active in 4-H and said her proudest accomplishment to date was being named a two-time state champion girls cattle cutter at the South Dakota High School Rodeo.

Sara Juhnke, daughter of Brian and Terri Juhnke of Mitchell, is a senior at Mitchell High School. She will attend the University of South Dakota in Vermillion this fall, where she plans to major in nursing. She said her brother's health condition shaped her passion for pediatric medicine and she hopes to provide the same type of care he received during 29 surgeries. Juhnke's proudest accomplishment is always including special-needs people in activities and treating them with the respect they deserve.

Katie Reynen, daughter of Mark and Gina Reynen of Mitchell, is a nursing student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. A 2013 graduate of Mitchell Christian High School, Reynen chose a career in nursing as a way to help others and provide both physical and emotional care. Her proudest accomplishment was receiving the Rotary Service Award during her senior year of high school. She said it reassured her that she was doing the right thing by giving her time to others.

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