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Students recognized by Governor Culver for academic excellence

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gov. Chet Culver and Tomas Weaver
DES MOINES - Several area students were recognized by Iowa Governor Chet Culver for their outstanding academic achievement at the seventh annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony, held in April at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

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.

Gov.Chet Culver and Jordan Glawe
"Iowa Farm Bureau members know that by investing in our youth and communities, we are investing wisely in the future of Iowa," said IFBF President Craig Lang. "We are so proud to honor our exceptional students and proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs that benefit our youth."

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."

Gov.Chet Culver and Amy Hoefling
Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participate in school activities with 77 percent participating in at least one athletic competition. Sixty-two percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.

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