Each of the invited students was recognized as a "Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Scholar of the Week" during the 2005-2006 school year.
The Scholar of the Year Banquet will be held May 6 at Dakota State University in Madison. DSU President Douglas Knowlton will be the keynote speaker. The name of one of the scholars who attends the event will be drawn at random as the "Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Scholar of the Year" and receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Scholars invited to the recognition ceremony include:
Brian Bye, a senior at Gayville High School, who was nominated by Natalie Selchert, guidance, Gayville High School. Brian is the son of Lynne and Todd Bye of Gayville.
Brittney Babb, a senior at Vermillion High School, who was nominated by Patty Larsen, guidance, Vermillion High School. Brittney is the daughter of Dell Plume of Vermillion.
Robert Gregoire, a senior at Wakonda High School, who was nominated by Cheryle Knudson, guidance, Wakonda High School. Robert is the son of Tim and Johanna Gregoire of Wakonda.
Joni Strom, a senior at Beresford High School, who was nominated by Mike Embrock, guidance, Beresford High School. Joni is the daughter of Philip and Dorothy Strom of Beresford.
All four students were sponsored by Clay-Union Electric
Electric cooperatives in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota are the sponsors of this program to recognize outstanding students for academic and community achievements. Schol-ars of the week were nominated for this honor by principals and faculty from throughout the KSFY-TV viewing area. A television news reporter interviewed each weekly scholar, and the interviews were broadcast during KSFY's Thursday evening news and Friday morning show. In addition, honorees received $100 from their local Touchstone Energy Cooperative.
"The Scholar of the Week recognition is another example of your local electric cooperative's long-standing involvement with local schools, education and the community," said Paul Roberts. "The Scholar of the Year Banquet is an exciting climax to the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives' weekly salute to well-rounded, motivated high school seniors who exhibit scholastic excellence and the Touchstone Energy Values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community."
To learn more about the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Scholar of the Week program and to view all of this school year's recipients, visit http://touchstoneenergyscholaroftheweek.coop.
Clay-Union Electric belongs to an alliance of 630 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 45 states, delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 17 million customers every day with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.