South Dakota teens honored with 2019 Torchbearer Award

HURON – South Dakota Farmers Union honored a group of devoted youth for their commitment to community involvement and leadership development at the 2019 South Dakota Farmers Union State Convention held in Aberdeen Dec. 10-11.

The Torchbearer Award is the highest achievement in the South Dakota Farmers Union Education Program. To receive the award, a camper must complete five years of service. It showcases the commitment campers have put toward the education department, and the time dedicated to serving rural communities.

True to the name of the award, continuing the traditions of the South Dakota Farmers Union educational programming is often a priority for those eligible to receive the Torchbearer Award.

The 2019 Torchbearers include Kathryn Nightingale, Aurora County; Megan Linke, Sanborn County; Marleigh Hulm, Perkins County and Landon Copley, Brown County.

Megan Linke elaborated what the achievement means for her: “Being a Torchbearer marks my achievements and commitment to the Farmers Union organization. I am proud to say I have been involved in Farmers Union and have met this level. I have learned so much about leadership and cooperation and important skills like teamwork and responsibility. My favorite memories are the trips we have taken and the people I have met and the time you get to spend with them.”

Megan is the daughter of Henry and Paula Linke. Her future plan is to attend South Dakota State University.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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