AUDUBON – Anna Campbell from Audubon High School and Imagen Gessert from Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton and Alexander Somers from the Atlantic were among a group of 424 students from across the state recognized at the 19th Annual Recognition Ceremony governor’s scholarship recipients.
“The members of the Iowa Farm Bureau are proud that their organization is demonstrating its commitment to youth and education in many ways, including the half a million dollars in scholarships we award each year. Our reigning 19-year sponsorship of the annual Governor’s Fellowship Recognition Ceremony is just one way to celebrate Iowa’s outstanding high school students, ”said IFBF President Craig Hill, adding : continuous innovation and economic success. “
“Principles learned through academic achievement, such as those learned from participating in educational activities, help develop exceptional leaders and citizens,” said IHSAA Executive Director Tom Keating.
“The partnership between the IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau, as well as the great cooperation of the Governor’s Office have made this prestigious event possible for many years,” said Keating.
The program is sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and was held April 25 at the Hy-Vee Hall in Des Monks.
Each high school was asked to select a senior with the best academic ranking, based on the cumulative grade point average of their first seven semesters. The 64 largest schools in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Education’s BEDS document, were asked to select two seniors. The students received photographic plaques of their meeting with Governor Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Gregg.
Ninety-eight percent of those recognized also participate in extracurricular school activities, with over 75 percent participating in at least one interschool sport. More than 63% of the group’s members plan to continue their education in Iowa.