Senior Survey reveals post-graduation plans
Survey of 425 potential graduates conducted by newspaper staff


Each spring the Orange & Black staff surveys the graduating class at WHS to find what each senior plans for after graduation. 

This information is collected from a volunteer, non-scientific survey of all class members. The Orange & Black also asked seniors to provide their favorite memory and a piece of advice to underclassmen. Some of these are also included in the survey results. 

Below are the results of the survey. After the name of each student, listed alphabetically, students indicated what school, branch of the military or work opportunity they plan to pursue next year.

All quotes and information were edited for style, space, grammar and taste considerations. Seniors who left items blank or did not complete a survey may not have their names listed or have incomplete information. The responsibility for the accuracy of the information rests solely with the respondents. 

The list of graduating seniors was as accurate as possible as of our survey deadline, May 13. We apologize for any oversights. 

The survey includes all graduates and potential graduates who are eligible to receive a WHS diploma, including some who are currently enrolled at other sites.

No survey was conducted in 2018, as another technique was tried. Comparisons are to the class of 2017.

Not all seniors provided responses that were easily categorized. Those are represented in the “No reply/undecided/other” category.
 
South Dakota Schools
•Augustana University 14
•Black Hills Beauty College 2
•Dakota State University 5
•Dakota Wesleyan University 2
•Lake Area Technical Institute 1
•Mitchell Technical Institute 1
•Mount Marty College 1
•Northern State University 2
•S.D. School of Mines and Tech. 4
•South Dakota State University 26
•Southeast Technical Institute 32
•University Center 1
•University of Sioux Falls 22
•University of South Dakota 49
 
Out-of-state schools
•All Iowa schools 11
•All Minnesota schools 24
•All Nebraska schools 11
•All North Dakota schools 2
•Schools in other states 29
 
Military
•U.S. Air Force 1
•U.S. Army 1
•U.S. Marine Corps 1
 
Other responses
•Early Graduate/Other Location 72
•Specific Work Plan 14
•No reply/undecided/other 99
 
Survey totals
•Total seniors surveyed in 2019 425
•Total seniors surveyed in 2017* 479
•Change since last survey. -54
*This survey was not conducted in 2018.
 
Taysia Aasen
·Morningside College, Iowa
“My favorite memories include show choir competitions, including four grand champion trophies. Also, going to football games and other sports. I also love homecoming week.”
 
Ayana Abdela
   
Ahmed Abdelrahman
·President’s Academy Student
  
Amira Abdelrahman
 
Nur Abdirahim
 
Solomonjunior Abebe    
·University of Seattle, Washington
“My advice to underclassmen is to study hard and use your counselor.”
 
Niyonyishu Abedi    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite WHS memory is of homecoming.”
 
Marianne Acao Chacon 
·President’s Academy Student 
 
Viktoria Adamyan    
·Work as Wells Fargo Bank teller
“To be successful, please, please, please do your homework.”
 
Teefany Aguilar Saez  
·Early Graduate
 
Eyan Allen    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My advice is to get involved and not slack on homework.”
 
Christian Almodovar
Izquierdo    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“You will most likely deal with heartbreak at some point, so make sure to have a support network.”
 
Logan Amdahl    
·Minnesota State University-Mankato
 
Asia Amos    
·University Center, Sioux Falls
“I’ll never forget being in a wheelchair and then crutches basically my whole sophomore year.”
 
Mya Andarge    
·University of Kansas
“My advice to underclassmen is to complete your required classes first. Summer classes can help with that.”
 
Jhett Andersen    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memories of WHS are of going to the Dome four years in a row and going to dances with some pretty ladies.”
 
Timothy Anderson 
·Joe Foss Student 
 
Magdalena Andres    
 
Tiffany Ardoin    
·Stay at home to help grandma
“I would advise that you get active in clubs and don’t deal with the drama. Just be yourself.”
 
Diana Argueta    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to come to school every day so you don’t fall behind in class. Turn in homework on time.”
 
Jayden Ausland    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory would be going to football games with my friends. Being in the student section cheering on the greatest team in the state is a fun experience.”
 
Saron Ayalew    
·Rockhurst University, Missouri
“I will let underclassmen know that it is best to keep working hard and persevere throughout high school. The end result is worth more than the temporary things, so work hard and keep your head high.”
 
Mihret Bahtic   
·Early Graduate
 
Alec Baker    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory of WHS is of racing to the front row at football games.”
 
Abdisa Baneta    
·Minnesota West Community and Technical College
“My advice is to finish what your started.”
 
Isabelle Barnes    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My advice is to show up and turn in your work on time. Don’t skip class.”
 
Marlon Barrientos
Castro    
·Work as a welder
“My favorite memory of WHS is of when I learned my first word in English.”
 
Gabriela Sarai
Barrientos Montes    
 
Chanceller Barrow 
·Joe Foss Student 
 
Lily Bartling  
·S.D. School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City
“I would tell underclassmen to get to know lots of people. Do your homework, and have fun!”  
 
Pabitra Basnet  
·Early Graduate
 
Reilly Beman    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of finishing all of my online classes and getting half days.”
 
Elizabith Benansio    
·University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Make sure you pay your fees on time. They will catch up to you!”
 
Nicholas Bernardy    
·University of Nebraksa-Lincoln
“My favorite memories are of winning three state football championships at the Dome.”
 
Blake Betzing    
·Work as a welder
“Stay in class and get good grades.”
 
Rahwa Beyene    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“My favorite memory is of performing at show choir competitions with all the trips to and from and overnights.”
 
Caitlin Bielicki    
 
Graham Bills    
·Work at Guitar Center
“My favorite memories of WHS would be of homecoming, marching band competitions and half days.”
 
Keagan Bishop    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory is of spending time with friends at football games.”
 
Anthony Bonebrake 
·Joe Foss Student  
 
Susan Boskovic   
 
Jozlynn Branson    
·Northwest Missouri State University 
“I will remember open lunches, half days and seeing friends”
 
Alexander Breidenbach 
·University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
“My favorite memory is of winning a state cross country championship.”
 
Zach Brekke 
·Early Graduate
 
Tatyana Brill    
“My favorite memory is of going to school dances.”
 
Brianna Brumfield    
“My favorite memory is of all the debates and arguments with friends in Photo 1.”
 
Patrick Buczkowski    
 
Peter Bui    
“My advice is to get involved in something and dedicate to it.”
 
Kylee Bulick    
·Mount Marty College, Yankton 
“My favorite memory is of going to marching band competitions, but my senior year the bus broke down.”
 
Clayton Bunkers 
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of working in my tech classes and art classes.”
 
Camryn Burgers    
 
Jakayla Burglar    
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona 
“My favorite memory is of the hype during pep rally.”
 
Dayde Burwell 
·Joe Foss Student  
 
Gracie Buxengard
·University of Sioux Falls 
“My favorite memory is of attending football games.”
 
Fernando Carrillo
 
Udom Cha    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of meeting new people.”
 
Gopal Chamlagai    
·Dakota State University, Madison
“Homecomings, meeting new friends and learning new things every day were some of my favorite memories.”
 
Jamie Chapin    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“I will remember having a good time at the sports events.”
 
Kiana Chheng
Peckham 
·Early Graduate
 
Prabin Chhetri    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories included spending time with friends at sports events.”
 
Mykalia Collier
·Joe Foss Student  
 
Lauren Darkinson    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Homecoming was one of my favorite memories at WHS. It’s fun to go outside and dress up.”
 
Micky David    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Appreciate all of your teachers and what they do for us.”
 
Jermaine Davis 
·Early Graduate
 
Jesse Davis    
 
Mara Day  
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories are of going to football games and going to school dances with my friends.”
  
Mathias Day    
·Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell
“I would tell underclassmen to get involved in an activity.”
 
Andrew Deaver    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“High school is only what you make of it.”
 
Avila DeGraw    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to keep your head down, do your work and don’t bother the seniors.”
 
Yanike Demunga    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of participating in athletics with all my close friends.”
 
John Derby    
·Undecided
“I would advise underclassmen to not mess up.”
 
Brooke DeReu   
·Early Graduate
 
Laramie Dickson
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite WHS memory would have to be of girls tennis season this year because we were very close, and practice was more fun compared to previous years. I will also remember cheering for my fellow Warriors at sporting events such as volleyball, football and soccer.” 
 
Rachel Doll    
·Northern State University, Aberdeen
“My advice to underclassmen is to do your homework and show up to class on time.”
 
Karnuah Dolo    
·Minnesota West Community and Technical College
“My favorite memories of WHS are of going to football games, basketball games and winning state with the soccer team.”
 
Josue Domingo    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to try. It will help you in the future.”
 
Robert Dougherty   
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory at WHS is of playing football in front of the WHS crowd.”
 
Leanna Drenkow    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“One of my favorite memories at WHS is of performing in color guard with the WHS Marching Band.”
 
Eden Dubois 
·Early Graduate
 
Viktor Dudik    
 
Macey Dunlap    
South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Cherish the memories. I will always remember Classic Connection winning grand champs!”
 
Adam Durland    
·Northern State University, Aberdeen
“Some of my favorite memories are of playing football and attending other sporting events, especially going to Rapid City for basketball.”
 
Andrew Eiesland    
·Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown
“My advice to underclassmen is don’t skip school.”
 
Austin Ellis    
 
Solomon Ellis    
 
Eltayeb Eltayeb    
 
Alyssa Elton    
 
Elene Engida 
·Joe Foss Student  
 
Mercedes Ensz    
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona
“My advice to underclassmen is do not procrastinate your school work. Time management is very important.”
 
Taylar Erickson    
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona
“My advice is to show up and get your work done. It’s really not that hard.”
 
Xitlally Esquivel
Najera 
·Aveda Institute, Arizona
“My favorite memory is of all the football games and the Friday night lights.”
   
Guled Farah 
·President’s Academy Student  
 
Alen Fazlinovic    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My advice is to get involved in activities.”
 
Cody Feltman    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories include going to football games and homecoming.”
 
Tyler Fisher    
·Work at Esurance in Sioux Falls.
“My favorite memories include coming to school early and walking around.”
 
Miranda Flenard    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Some of my favorite memories at WHS are of the high school dances. Always go, even if you don’t have a date. My other favorite memories come from the times I’ve had in classrooms with friends I’ve made within my class.”
 
Erin Flynn 
·Early Graduate
 
Kellen Foltz
University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“If I have one piece of advice for underclassmen, it would be to make sure you have plenty of fun throughout high school. These can be the best years of your life if you use them correctly.”
 
Katrina Freeman    
 
Princess Freeman    
·New York Film Academy, California
“My favorite memories include meeting my old friends. The classes were fun. I enjoyed my teachers.”
 
Nathaniel Freese    
·University of North Dakota
“My advice to underclassmen is to know your place.”
 
Karina Fuentes Saravia
·Early Graduate
 
Chitra Gajmer 
·Early Graduate 
 
Dillon Gard
·Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell
“My favorite memory is of running on and off of the field for a football game and feeling the crowd yell.”
 
Pierce Garrow
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite WHS memory is of winning state soccer and making history.”
    
Camille Gasca    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher or your peers for help.”
 
Komboor Gatnoor
·Early Graduate
 
Gifty Gayetaye
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
 “Get involved and it will make your years at WHS fun.”
    
Grace Gayetaye    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memories include waking up early, coming to school every day, and homecoming week.”
 
Austine Gbaryee   
·Multiple Options
“My favorite memory was being a part of the boys track and cross country teams.”
 
Rowena Gbayee
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“High school is what you make of it, so be great and do good. Go to class and don’t skip because it’s not worth failing. Strive to succeed and always do your best, even when it gets hard.”
    
Filimon Gebregzibher   
 
Solome Gebremichael   
 
Johnathon Gerry
·Joe Foss Student 
 
Rupa Ghimire    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memories of WHS are of meeting new best friends and learning new things.”
 
Zachary Gillette    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory is watching the football team win a three peat.”
 
Lestera Giro 
·Early Graduate
 
Isiayas Goitom    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My advice is to get involved and don’t be afraid to try new things.”
 
Caleb Gonzalez    
·University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Work hard and stay focused.”
 
Shania Graff  
  
Karol Guerra  
·Rochester Community and Technical College, Minnesota
“My advice is to be patient and your dreams will become a reality.”
  
Mariska Gurath 
·St. Olaf College, Minnesota
“My favorite memories of WHS come from the time spent with my friends in marching band, Classic Connection, winning grand champs, and competing and spending time together.”
   
Prabat Gurung    
 
Christopher Haiar    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Sometimes you may do something wrong or you may fail, but take it as a learning experience.”
 
Braeden Hanson 
·Joe Foss Student 
 
Kyle Harms   
·U.S. Army
“Stay in school, ask questions, and don’t do anything stupid.”
 
Evelyn Haro    
 
Jacob Hartwick    
 
Lorenzo Hassebroek    
 
Jacob Havermann    
 
Cooper Heibult    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Work hard, pay attention, and go to class.”
 
Brynn Heinert    
 
Cassie Heintz    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Some of my favorite memories are of spending time with my teammates on the track team. Of course, I can’t forget all the time spent at the football games and hanging out with my friends in the morning.”
 
Matthew Helm    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Get your homework turned in on time.”
 
Kaily Hemmer 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Tosha Hennen 
·Early Graduate
 
Leonardo
HernandezRamirez    
 
Sydney Herreid    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Do your homework. Homework isn’t fun and it can be stressful, but if you do your homework, you’ll have better grades and be happy that you put all that work in.”
 
Cory Hess    
 
Nancy Hidalgo    
·University of Sioux Falls
“Go to class and get to school on time!”
 
Lance Holder 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Terra Houck    
 
Mattie Houselog  
·Creighton University, Nebraska
“I would advise underclassmen to join a lot of clubs and get involved in activities at school. It will help you meet new people that could become your forever friends.”
  
Austin Husby    
 
Irankunda Iribagiza    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to be good students and show respect.”
 
Grace Isaacson   
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Keep your phone off and in your locker unless you want to meet with (Principal Dan) Conrad. Also, do not bop to your music in the hallway through headphones. Make the most of high school.”
 
Haley Isburg
·Joe Foss Student  
 
Anabella Ishmael    
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona
“Come to school and get good grades so you can have open lunch, because it is a true blessing to be able to have Giliberto’s for lunch every day. Also, take marketing with Mr. (Brad) Kennett. Another blessing—half days!”
 
Katlyn Jacobs    
·Mitchell Technical Institute
“Do your work and do not procrastinate.”
 
Madeline Jacobson    
·Minnesota State University-Mankato
“Get involved, whether it is something you’re good at or trying something new. This is a great way to meet new people and make fun memories.”
 
Justin James    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Show up and take school seriously because you will regret it if you don’t.”
 
Samiya Jami   
·Bemidji State University, Minnesota
 
Hatungimana 
Jean De Dieu    
·U.S. Marine Corps
“Don’t let ‘em tell you these four years are going to fly by.”
 
Cody Jennings    
·South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City
“Show up and try your hardest.”
 
Adam Jensen    
·Work at First Rate Excavate
“The best thing to do is to turn every piece of homework in.”
 
Ethan Jensen    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Do your homework.”
 
Jayden Johannsen 
·North Dakota State University
 
Olivia Johansen    
 
Amanda Johnson    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“You don’t have to be too stressed about the future. You will find your way and find the right place for you without having to pull your hair. Relax and enjoy your senior year!”
 
Shayla Johnson    
 
Riley Johnson-Carrillo
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“I would advise underclassmen to be smart. Don’t skip school, and don’t do drugs.”
 
Gage Jones 
·Joe Foss Student 
 
Mariah Jones    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Participate in as many things as possible and don’t be afraid to make new friends!”
 
Max Jones  
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Get a Job.”
 
  
Mallory Junso  
·University of Sioux Falls
 “My advice is to get involved and stay up to date on your school work.”
 
Danijel Juric
 
Deouka Kami   
·Western Iowa Tech Community College
“My advice would be don’t say ‘later’ to homework. Later never comes.”
 
Eunice Kandolo 
   
Ashoka Kashi    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Turn in homework on time and come to school.”
 
Noah Kaske 
·Early Graduate
 
Jeanna Kellogg    
·Join Up With People
“My favorite WHS memory would be of homecoming days. Other fond memories I have are joking with the teachers and being involved in show choir and debate.”
 
Daniel Kelly    
 
Devyn Kennedy    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My best WHS memories would be of Formal and Spinsters. I loved my groups and I had a great time with all my friends.”
 
Ethan Kippes    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen would be to go to class and don’t forget about your GPA.”
 
Hayleigh Kirbach   
·Early Graduate
 
Rachel Klein    
·University of Iowa
“My advice for underclassmen to be successful would be to stay on top of things. Don’t let yourself fall behind and procrastinate.”
 
Brad Knowler 
·Early Graduate
 
Kennedy Knuth    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“My favorite memories are of getting ready for football games and school dances with my friends.”
 
Kyra KoballRunyan    
 
Tyler Koester    
·Work as dance instructor
“My favorite WHS memory would be of going to dance state and having all of my friends there to cheer on the Highsteppers.”
 
Tupak Kpeayeh    
·Morningside College, Iowa
“I will always remember winning three rings in high school.”
 
Seth Kramer 
·Early Graduate
 
Diang Kuach    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“One of my favorite memories would be of homecoming. Another is talking with friends and having fun outside and in the gym.”
 
Naomi Kue    
·University of Sioux Falls
“One bit of advice I would give to underclassmen to be successful at WHS would be to always stay on task. Don’t take class work for granted.”
 
Alexis Kulm  
·Dakota State University, Madison
“Some of my favorite memories from WHS are of sitting with the marching band watching fireworks, preforming with the color guard and having late night firepits.”
 
Jacey Kulm    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Some of my favorite memories of WHS are of hanging out with the theater kids and bonding together as a whole group.”
 
Jasmine Kulm    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory would be going to the Dome to watch the state football games. Dome is home!”
 
Ty Kulm   
 
Peris Kuria    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My advice would be don’t skip class. it will become a habit and your grades will drop. When you are a senior and looking at colleges, you will regret not caring.”
 
Zaki Ladu    
·Morningside College, Iowa
“A few of my favorite memories would be of the championship games, as well as basketball, state track, and dances.”
 
Aspen Langley   
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My advice would be to get involved in activities and turn in your work on time. Also, have fun!”
 
Collin Lax    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen would be to just try to do your work.”
 
Tatum Leader    
·Work at Culvers
“My advice to underclassmen is to show up to classes and ask if there is confusion. It’s important to know what you are doing.”
 
Nicholas Legg 
·Early Graduate
 
Sunong Lepcha    
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona
“My favorite memories of WHS are of winning the state title for boys soccer for the first time in program history.”
 
Alina Levchenko    
·Undecided
“My favorite memories at WHS are of the unexpected snow days.” 
 
Abbey Levitt    
·Minnesota State University-Mankato
“I would urge underclassmen to make it to every football game, dance and other events – you only go to high school once.”
 
Karissa Liggons  
·University of Sioux Falls
“Get your homework done! Also, get involved because you will make great friends.”
 
Theron Liggons
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Make sure you have open lunch and an AP study hall.” 
 
Katie Lipp    
·Undecided
“Do your work and respect your teachers.”
 
Myles Lo
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memory is of fishing club. We fished in there.”
 
Daine Long   
 
Jerryka Love    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls 
“Keep your grades up and don’t skip class.”
 
Dylan Lowe 
·Early Graduate 
 
Chaston Lupkes
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Keep doing your work and work hard enough for you to graduate.”
    
Aweys Maalim    
·University of Sioux Falls
“Get to school and do your work, don’t take breaks during the week.”
 
Dillon Madsen  
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Just don’t stress too much.”
 
Deepa Magar   
 ·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories of WHS are of playing soccer. I loved how our team worked hard and together.”
 
Monish Magar   
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Be yourself. Don’t try to duplicate other people. Stay humble and kind.”
 
Arob Majok 
·Joe Foss Student
  
Callie Manke  
·Early Graduate
 
Jose Maravilla    
 
Caitlyn Marquardt 
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“End it with a bang! Don’t give up because there’s only two more months left.”  
 
Sissi Marroquin 
   
Caleb Marsh
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Get to school on time. Don’t skip classes. Don’t do drugs.” 
   
Jacob Marsh
·Work as electrician
“Stay in class and try your best to get good grades.”
 
Adonay Martinez
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Do your work on time. Go to school and respect your teachers.”
 
Alejandro
MartinezPorras
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“You can always retake a class, but you can never relive an experience.”
 
Jacques Mashima
    
Sydney Masur 
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Make sure to study hard and stay strong. I know many of us want to be done with school. I said the same thing. Enjoy the memories—you don’t realize how much you’ll miss it.”
    
Garrett Mayer 
·University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“I would tell underclassmen to make sure that they do their homework and don’t procrastinate. But I would also warn them against letting school work take over. Don’t get too stressed.”   
 
Maliyah McAninch
    
Liam McKay  
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Get your homework in. Don’t wait until the last second.”
  
Katie McKee  
·Augustana Univeristy, Sioux Falls
“Don’t be afraid to try new things.”  
 
Menase Megosha
·Arizona State University
“Do homework and come to school.”
    
Lee Meh 
·Undecided
“Teachers are nice, and Chem Club is great.”
   
Say Meh 
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Go to school every day and do your homework. Join clubs and get involved in sports.”
 
Junior Mejia 
   
Genesis Melara
·Early Graduate
 
Kaleb Melese
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Get your work in on time!”
    
 
Jayden Melillo 
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Don’t be afraid to have fun! Say thank you to your teachers and parents.”
   
Lainee Mentzer 
·University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Get involved in activities. It’s a great way to make friends and have fun. Also, if you’re considering college, look at your scholarship options (before) it’s too late.”
   
Isabelle Mercado    
·University of Iowa
“Do your homework. It isn’t too much to give some effort to succeed.”
 
Braeden Meyer    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Do your homework and turn it in on time.”
 
Esther Michael    
·University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Take required classes. Do well on tests. And, don’t forget to have fun! Four years go by very fast.”
 
Eulalia Miguel Tomas    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Come to school every day and have fun. Do your homework and don’t be late.”
 
Tyler Milliron   
 
August Mills  
·Bemidji State University, Minnesota
“Get involved.”
 
Ashley Moen 
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona
“Go to every WHS event you can.”
 
Gerald Mokros Jr.    
·University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Do your homework completely and well.”
 
Cody Montileaux 
·Joe Foss Student 
 
Madelyn Morgan   
·University of Minnesota-Mankato
“Do not let what others think about you effect you. High school can be hard, but if you are yourself you will only grow as a person and discover who you are.”
 
Breanna Morquecho 
·Early Graduate 
 
Andrew Moss    
·University of Minnesota-Duluth
“Keep track of homework and come to class.”
 
Trevor Motley    
·Work
“Underclassmen, those seniors don’t love you.”
 
Apolinaire Mugisha    
·St. Mary Seminary, Minnesota
“Be respectful and do more than your best.”
 
Jasmina Mujadzic 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Isaac Munce 
·Early Graduate
 
Jenette Mundy    
·Minnesota School of Business
“Do your work and try to work hard.”
 
Fredy Murillo Landaverde    
 
Elizabeth Nachtigal  
·Colorado State University
“Get your homework done, but don’t stress over the little things.”
  
Kyle Nagel  
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Do your homework and pay attention in class.”
  
Thomas Neumeister    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Pay attention in class.”
 
Trinity Neuroth 
·Early Graduate
 
Jennie Nguyen    
·Augsburg University, Minnesota 
“Just breathe and don’t over work yourself.”
 
Jennifer Nguyen 
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Work hard, play hard.”
   
Sophia Nieman    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Go to school and know it’s cool to care about your grades.”
 
Peyton Nieuwsma   
·Northwestern College, Iowa
“Procrastination only gets worse.” 
 
Alexis Norberg  
·Black Hills Beauty College, Sioux Falls
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
  
McKenzie Norton 
·Early Graduate
 
Courtney Nosbush 
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Challenge yourself.”
   
David Obenauer
·Work
“Show up.”
 
Trinity O’Brien
    
Tanner Olmstead
·Northeast Community College, Nebraska
“Do your assignments on time.”
    
Trevor Olson
·Early Graduate
 
Shanda Olson 
·Early Graduate
 
Lauren Olson 
·Early Graduate
 
Muis Omar    
 
Maeve O’Phinney   
 
Estvardo Orozco    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Do your best work and show your true self.”
 
Maiya Orstad-Brings ThreeWhiteHorses    
·University of Minnesota-Morris
“Value friends and don’t overwhelm yourself.”
 
Randy Ortiz    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“I will always remember going to the football games, eating at Pizza Ranch after the large group contest for band and making new friends throughout my four years at Washington.”
 
Diego Pantoja  
·Work as welder
“My favorite memory is of meeting a lot of girls.”
  
Malik Paulson 
·Joe Foss Student 
 
Jessica Pena-Navarro    
·University of Sioux Falls
“Go to school and get good grades.”
 
Gabe Person  
·Northwestern college, Iowa
 “Get involved, but not too involved. It may end poorly, A.K.A. second place.”
 
Wedo Peter 
·Early Graduate
 
Brooklyn Peterson   
·University of Sioux Falls
 “Get involved, but make sure you have time for yourself.”
 
Taylor Pfaff
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona
“Branch out and make many friends.”
    
Julie Phasavath  
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Always ask questions.”
  
Treyton Ponto  
·Play Junior Hockey
“Play hockey and win a state title.”
 
Sofie Poulsen
·University of Wisconsin-Stout
“Don’t slack off.”
    
Luke Pullen 
·Wayne State University, Nebraska
“Do your homework.”
 
Bibek Rai
·Dakota State University, Madison
“Come to school every day.”
    
Bineta Rai    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Always turn work in on time.”
 
Shreejana Rai    
·Western Iowa Tech Community College
“Learn to be successful and you will be successful.”
 
Chase Randall   
·U.S. Air Force 
“Find a good group of friends and enjoy the time while you have it.”
 
Ezra Red Earth    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Always try your best and always work for success.”
 
Dunia Redda
  
Boe Reh
    
Nicole Reta 
·Early Graduate
 
Akwienthei Riak 
·Early Graduate
 
Nathan Rietz  
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Don’t take AP classes unless you’re actually smart.”
 
Madelin Risch  
·Colorado State University
“Get ahead, when possible, and work hard now so you don’t have to later.”
  
Merari Rivera  
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Don’t get in my way… JK! Have fun, get involved because it will be over soon.”  
 
Karla Rivera
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Try your hardest.”
    
Kaden Roach
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“I would tell them to not stress. Everything will be OK.”
    
Kaleb Roach
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“I would say to study hard and keep pushing yourself to do the best that you can do.”   
 
Olivia Roberts    
 
Thomas Roberts    
·University of Sioux Falls
“Stay in school and don’t skip just because you don’t feel like coming to school.”
 
Aram Rodriguez 
·Early Graduate
 
Joselyn Rodriguez-Argueta    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My advice would be to never give up. I know school can be stressful, but in the end it’ll be worth it.”
 
Olivia Roelfsema 
 
Katherine Rogel    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Never miss school unless it is an emergency. Be nice to others. Ask your counselor questions and do your homework.”
 
Ashlynn Rohrbach    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Get involved and come to school. Attendance matters.”
 
Reanna Rohrer    
·Belmont University, Tennessee
“Be someone your eighth grade self would be proud of.”
 
Matthew Ruesch    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Do your schoolwork. Do your best the first time and get it done so you don’t have to do it a second time.”
 
Miranda Ruesch    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My best advice would be to turn in all your assignments because they’re all worth points and they add up quickly.”
 
Brenda Ruiz Hernandez    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“Spend time with your friends.”
 
Jovan Running Enemy    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Ask for help.”
 
Ava Rust 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Taylor Ruud    
·Training to become an EMT.
“Always show up to school and maintain good grades.”
 
Micha Rye    
 
Peyton Rymerson
·University of Sioux Falls
“Get involved! Meet new people and make more friends. Step out of your comfort zone and don’t take these four years for granted.”
 
Selwa Said 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Erick Salas
·Early Graduate
 
Jesus Salazar 
·Early Graduate
 
Dalton Salazar 
·Early Graduate
 
Riley Salzman
·Morningside College, Iowa
“Make sure to keep up with your homework.”
    
Sarah Sanchez
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory was joining all the clubs and making new friends.”
    
Masiya Sango
·University of Sioux Falls
“Make sure you pay attention in class.”
  
Fernando Saravia
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Winning the first soccer state title was my favorite memory.”
 
Jenna Sayler
·South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City
“My favorite memories include going to the football games and hanging out with the field team during track.”
 
David Sazonov 
   
Maya Sazonov
Attend Internship at International House of Prayer, Missouri
“Make your high school years the best. Focus on making good friends that will push you to be your best. Make sure to study hard, but also look for the good things in life.”
    
Brett Schumacher
·University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Stay on top of things. Do homework and stay caught up, and you’ll be fine.”
    
Jadyn Schumacher   
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Don’t skip school. Turn in your homework.”  
 
Jaeyden Scott 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Emma Scott 
·University of Arizona
“I would advise people to be respectful to teachers.”
 
Nathanial Scott  
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Meeting my best friends and developing a relationship with my classmates were my favorite memories.”
 
Daniel Seakor 
·Early Graduate
 
Tory Shafer
·University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“I loved when the WHS soccer team won the state championship game in the snow.”
    
Tavian Shaw
    
Joshua Shea 
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Do your homework and don’t slack in your junior year.”
   
Caden Sheets    
·University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“My favorite memory was broadcasting sporting events and attending WHS events.”
 
Giday Shega 
   
Pauline Shelue
    
Chloe Sheridan 
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“My favorite memories are of going to all the football and volleyball games.”
 
Shawn Sherman
    
Riley Sheveland 
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Homecoming was my favorite memory at Washington.”
 
Carter Shields    
·Northwestern College, Iowa
“My favorite memory is of eating the five-star meals at George’s Café.”
 
Naomi Short 
·Early Graduate
 
Joseph Simko   
 
Stephen Simmons    
·Black Hills Beauty College, Rapid City
“My favorite memories are from joining theater.”
 
Hunter Skalla
·Travel 
“Freshmen Academy students, do your homework.”
    
Emelia Skogstad    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“I enjoyed going to the dances with my friends.”
 
Carissa Small    
 
Jacob A. Smith    
·Minnesota State University-Mankato
“My favorite memory is of playing on the WHS baseball team.”
 
Jacob R. Smith  
·University of South Dakota
“There’s nothing better than George’s Café.”
 
Nathan Smith   
·Minnesota State University-Mankato
 “My favorite memory is of going to Denny’s after our first morning practice freshman year.”
 
Madasyn Smithhart   
 
Hailey Smook    
 
Talynn Smykle 
·Joe Foss Student  
 
Sarah Snelling    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory was getting groovy at all the dances with my friends.”
 
Nathan Snook   
 
Connor Sowell    
·University of Sioux Falls
“I would say don’t slack off.”
 
Miah Steinke    
·University of Arizona
“Go to as many football games as you can and cheer loudly!”
 
Joshua Stephens  
  
Joel Stirler    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Do your homework”
 
Carter Story
    
Ashton SudengaLegg 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Anish Sunar    
 
Brennden Swalley    
·University of Sioux Falls
“Get you stuff done, don’t fall behind.”  
 
Nehemiah Tadesse 
 
Alex Thongvanh    
 
Tigist Tilahun 
·President’s Academy Student  
 
LaShay Tillman    
 
Cheyenne Tinch    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“Some of my favorite memories would be the club meetings for SALSA, ASL Club, LibCATs, book club, and debate.”
 
Niroj Tiwari    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“My favorite memory of WHS is of my friends.”
 
Jal Tongyik    
 
Isabella Tooley    
·Concordia College, Minnesota
“My advice to underclassmen is try hard to get involved. It helps.”
 
Brennan Tornow    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to not do what I did. Stay focused and do your homework. Also, surround yourself with good friends.”
 
Anthony Tran    
 
Dieu Tran    
·Work at a clothing shop
“My favorite WHS memory is of homecoming and mat ball in PE class.”
 
Destiney Tsosie 
·Joe Foss Student  
 
Dima Tsymbalist    
 
Guguk Turuk    
 
Kim Ueng  
·Early Graduate
 
Cloey Underberg    
 
Avery Underwood 
·Joe Foss Student  
 
 
Marlene Valdovinos
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My favorite memory was senior year homecoming week.”
 
Benjamin VanBockern 
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is to always get the breaded chicken patties at George’s Café.”
 
Tyler VanMeter    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“My advice to underclassmen is don’t stress about school. It will be OK in the end…well, maybe not.”
 
Riley VanOrman 
·Early Graduate
 
Faith VanSchaick    
·Indiana Wesleyan University
“My favorite memories at WHS are of being on stage in show choir.
 
Dylan Versluys    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to show up every day and do your best.”
 
Siriphone (Penny) Vilayphone    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“My favorite memory at WHS is of homecoming week, especially senior year.”
 
Jaycee WalkerRinehart    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“One of my favorite memories was winning the 2019 State Competitive Dance Tournament.”
 
Rebekah Wall    
·Work at Maguire Iron
“My favorite memory at WHS is of the end.”
 
Payton Wallace    
·University of Sioux Falls
“My advice to underclassmen is to keep up on your homework.”
 
Jane Walsh    
·Colombia University, New York
“My advice to underclassmen is that these are going to be some of the best times of your life. Take advantage of every moment. WHS is amazing, and I’m going to miss it so much.”
 
Isaac Walter 
·South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City
“My favorite memory of WHS is of getting six staples.”
 
Eli Waltrip 
University of Kansas
“My advice to underclassmen is that the most important thing is to be present.”
  
Mackenzie Wange    
·University of South Dakota, Vermillion
“I advise underclassmen to get all their required classes out of the way so senior year you can enjoy whatever classes you pick.”
 
Noel Wani    
 
Morgan Warmbein    
·Lindenwood University, Missouri
“My favorite memories are of sporting events because WHS has many competitive students who don’t give up.”
 
Olivia Warne  
·University of Kansas 
“Take school seriously and push yourself to take AP classes.”
  
Natasha Warwick    
·University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 
“Try to make friends and find your niche. Make the most of High School.”
 
Hannah Wentzel    
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona
“Don’t be close minded when thinking about making friends! Also, working hard in school pays off in the long run so don’t slack off.”
 
Jackson Westall    
 
Kevin Westman 
·Joe Foss Student
 
Nora White    
·Dakota State University, Madison 
“Take some AP classes. They look good on your transcript. Start filling out scholarships as soon as possible. College is expensive.”
 
Kiyarra Widener    
·Undecided 
“Turn your work in on time and ask for help, because it’s OK if you do not know the answer.” 
 
Aunnah Wiese    
 
Isaac Wieseler    
 
Lilly WilkersonHoug    
 
Aryanna Williams 
·FLEX Student
 
Vanessa Williams 
·Early Graduate
 
Carson Wilson    
 
Quientin Wilson    
·Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
“Study for tests and do your homework. Getting involved is also a great idea.”
 
Rachel Wilson    
·Grand Canyon University, Arizona 
“To the underclassmen I would recommend you stay on top of your work and don’t get behind. Also, attendance is very important.”
 
Dillon Woodley    
 
Elizabeth Woods    
·Creighton University, Nebraska
“I would advise underclassmen to make as many friends as possible. Attend events, and get your work done right away so you don’t have to stress.”
 
Grace Woolf    
·University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
“Make sure you make time to have fun during your time at WHS, underclassmen. Do all your homework. Be friendly to your teachers. They’re only doing their job.”
 
Daniel Yaroslavtsev    
 
Destin YellowWolf    
·University of Minnesota-Morris 
“I would tell underclassmen to get involved in extra things and dedicate yourself to them.”
 
Kirubel Yerga    
·Play Professional Soccer
“I would tell underclassmen to get your work done. Don’t slack off.” 
 
Mamie Yoway    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Join more school activities and be more open to new things.” 
 
Dawit Zecarias
    
Zachary Zimmer    
·South Dakota State University, Brookings
“Don’t take ‘frequent breaks’ during the week.” 
 
Tyler Zittlau
·Dakota State University, Madison 
“Don’t stress yourself out.”
 
Marco Zuniga    
 
Cristian Zuniga Garcia   
·University of Sioux Falls 
“Underclassmen, stay in school, and don’t skip class even if it is boring.” 
 
Hanna Zwach    
·Augustana University, Sioux Falls 
“I would advise underclassmen to appreciate the time that you have at school because eventually you will miss it all again when it’s gone.” 
 
Weston Zwak 
·Early Graduate

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