Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recognized Newton Senior High School students Emily Forsyth and Madison Bagnall for outstanding academic achievement at the 11th Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony on April 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association and title sponsor Iowa Farm Bureau Federation honored 435 high school seniors from throughout Iowa.
"Iowa Farm Bureau members believe that by investing in our youth and communities, we're investing in the future of Iowa," IFBF President Craig Hill said. "We are so proud to honor such exceptional students and proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs and annual scholarships for our youth."
Each high school was invited to select their senior student or students with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite or most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with Branstad and Reynolds.
Ninety-nine persect of those recognized also participate in extra-curricular school activities, with more than 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.