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SD Academic Excellence Recognition luncheon planned

PIERRE--More than 2,300 graduating seniors from South Dakota's public, private and Tribal/Bureau of Indian Education schools will be honored on Monday at the 2016 Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon at the Ramkota Rivercentre, Pierre.

PIERRE-More than 2,300 graduating seniors from South Dakota's public, private and Tribal/Bureau of Indian Education schools will be honored on Monday at the 2016 Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon at the Ramkota Rivercentre, Pierre.

The luncheon honors the top one percent of graduating seniors from the class of 2016.

This year marks the 26th annual luncheon hosted by Associated School Boards of South Dakota, in association with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the School Administrators of South Dakota and the Department of Education.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and Daugaard is expected to speak at approximately noon. Following the governor's speech, each student in attendance will be presented a certificate and pin, personally greeted by the governor and have their photo taken with him.

These area seniors are among the top one percent honored: Erica Kitchenmaster, Andes Central High School; Dexter Jelsma, Armour High School; Lea Wormsbecher, Avon High School; Maddison Hajek, Bon Homme High School; Autumn Hurd, Bridgewater-Emery High School; Olivia Reiser, Burke High School; Jerad Nielsen, Canistota High School; Amber Felicia, Chamberlain High School; Kaleb Waters, Colome High School; Brittany Bamberg, Corsica-Stickney High School; Trevor Thompson, Crow Creek High School; Drew Veurink, Dakota Christian High School; Brenna Roth, Ethan High School; Tanner Rupp, Freeman High School; Jacey Feyereisen, Gregory High School; Miranda Henglefelt, Hanson High School; Logan Hattervig, Howard High School; Alexis Hullinger, Jones County High School; Tristan Hayes, Kimball High School; Dayton Obago, Lower Brule High School; Conrad Mohr-Eymer, Lyman High School; Sarah Ptak, Marion High School; Taylor Johnson, McCook Central High School; Andrew Schaeffer, Menno High School; Landon Dierks, Shelby Riggs, both of Mitchell High School; Casey Zoss, Mitchell Christian High School; Miranda Painter, Montrose High School; Ashley Glanzer, Mount Vernon High School; Sydney Bormann, Parkston High School; Megan Bultsma, Plankinton High School; Jenna Erickson, Platte-Geddes High School; Bailey Moody, Sanborn Central High School; Sydney Gall, Scotland High School; Mattiah Jons, South Central High School; Brooke Roth, Wagner High School; Nicholas Paulson, Wessington Springs High School; Todd Kieffer, White Lake High School; Sage Mednansky, White River High School; Sydnie Peters, Winner High School; Rex Schlicht, Woonsocket High School.

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