Photo courtesy Cathy VandeBraak
SMART—Seniors (L-R) Seth VandeBraak, Matt Stoel, Jillian Stamp, Brad Struck and Calvin Poderzay were honored Monday at the Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre.


Five WHS seniors saluted for academic excellence in Pierre
Gov. Dennis Daugaard speaks at annual event​


By Amanda Wheeler

Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined in celebrating an accomplished group of graduating seniors and encouraged them to grow their own roots in South Dakota during Monday’s 23rd Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre. 

Seniors from WHS who were honored included Seth VandeBraak, Matt Stoel, Jillian Stamp, Brad Struck and Calvin Poderzay. 

At the speech, Daugaard noted the low cost and high quality of living in South Dakota. 

“Some of the greenest pastures in America are right here in South Dakota,” Daugaard said.

Hosted by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and sponsored by the South Dakota Community Foundation and Citibank, the banquet honored more than 200 of the top students from South Dakota high schools. 

 Stamp said she was proud to represent the state and WHS at the event.

“It was so special to meet kids from all over the state and celebrate our academic achievement,” Stamp said. “I really enjoyed the time with my parents and recognizing them as well.” 

Poderzay was also proud. 

“It was interesting to hear Gov. Daugaard speak,” Poderzay said. 



 

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