The students are Tomas Weaver of Cherokee Washington High School; Katherine Tjeerdsma of Sioux Central High School; Alexandra Hoefling of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School; and Jordan Glawe of Aurelia High School.
The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored more than 450 high school seniors from throughout Iowa. The 2009 Teacher of the Year Linda Heffner, a teacher at Everett Elementary School in Sioux City, was also recognized for her accomplishments.
Each high school was invited to select the senior student or students possessing the highest academic ranking based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also recognized their favorite teacher and received a photo plaque of their meeting with Governor Culver.
"The values learned through academic success, like those learned from participation in activities, help develop outstanding leaders for today and the future," said IHSAA Executive Director Rick Wulkow. "The partnership between the IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau, along with the cooperation of Governor Culver has made this prestigious event possible."