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Morgan named Don Boyden Service Above Self winner
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

The Rotary Club of Mitchell honored 28 high school seniors Wednesday at the 27th annual Rotary Scholars Recognition Banquet.

The students represent the top 15 percent of Mitchell Christian High School and Mitchell High School based on grade point averages throughout their high school career.


Rotary Scholars were asked to submit a service resume and write an essay based on the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."

The Mitchell Rotary Club presented $400 scholarships to 27 of the students. One student, whose high school career and essay best exemplifies that motto, received the Don Boyden Service Above Self Award, a $1,500 scholarship. That student was Joe Morgan, of Mitchell High School.

In addition to recognizing student achievement, the Mitchell Rotary Club awarded the Carl Sprunger Outstanding Educator Award, a $250 grant, to Mitchell High School educator Terry Aslesen for his contribution to the scholastic and leadership success of the Rotary Scholars.

This grant is made in the memory of long-time Rotarian Carl Sprunger, who demonstrated a commitment to the development of young people throughout his lifetime.

The Carl Sprunger Educator of the Year Award is made possible through contributions of Tom and Charlys Dice, and is chosen by nominations submitted by students who have qualified as Rotary Scholars.

Foreign exchange students from both schools and their host families also were recognized. They were:

Mitchell Christian High School

• Student: Majok Kur; host family: Dan and Joyce Piehl.

• Student: Paul Intare; host family: Allan and Deb Olson

Mitchell High School

• Student: Elena Foglio (Rotary exchange student); host families: Paul and Sue Kiepke, David Lambert and Virginia Wishard Lambert, and Jeff and Lynne Smith.

• Student: Hakon Gustafson; host family: Mark and Ralyna Schilling.

• Student: Mathias Pedersen; host family: Brian and Terri Juhnke.

• Student: Isabel Schneider; host family: Richard and JoAnn Twedt.

• Student: Yilin Zhu; host family: Richard and JoAnn Twedt.