Governor’s Award given

Receive Governor's Award

WEST DES MOINES — Four local students were recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 15th annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 30 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

They were Ryan Wagner and Megan Nebel, of Fort Dodge Senior High; Trent Woodhouse, of St. Edmond High School; and Jaiden Ackerson, of Southeast Valley High School in Gowrie.

The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, honored 429 high school seniors from across Iowa.

Each high school was invited to select a senior student with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with Branstad and Reynolds.

Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participate in extracurricular school activities, with more than 75 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 65 percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.