The  Sanborn Central Scholarship Foundation was established in 2006 as a way to encourage our students to further their education after graduating from Sanborn Central.  Money donated to the Foundation is placed in a perpetual fund in the SD Community Foundation in Pierre.  The money can never be spent; however the interest earned off this money is what is used to award the scholarships.  This year’s class of 2020 will be dividing up close to $20,000.

The scholarships given by the Foundation are awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

1. Must graduate from Sanborn Central High School;

2. Must continue their education at any accredited post-secondary school (two- or four-year college or vo-tech, Stewart’s, online, apprenticeships, etc.);

3. must graduate with a 2.0 GPA.

The dollar amounts given to each graduate is based on the number of years attending Sanborn Central.  Students who have attended Sanborn Central for at least seven years are eligible for the full award.  Students have five years to ask for their scholarship award after graduation.

…Learn more in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

On Saturday, May 30, Sanborn Central’s gym was buzzing with excitement as eleven seniors were awarded their diplomas that afternoon. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only parents and siblings of the seniors were allowed in the gym, but the acknowledgement of the important event in the students’ lives was still filled with happiness, pride and emotion.

The ceremony took place pretty much as usual with a welcome from Supt. Justin Siemsen, followed by a speech given by the Valedictorian Katie Schmit and Salutatorian Samantha Dean, who collaborated to give a speech together to wish their class well in their future endeavors.

The presentation of scholarships was next on the agenda, and then the guest speaker, Mr. Corey Flatten, provided a speech of encouragement and advice. Mr. Flatten is a social studies and English teacher at Sanborn Central and has been chosen quite often to give motivational speeches for the students at graduation and also at pep rallies and homecoming festivities, etc.

After the seniors presented flowers to their loved ones, they were presented with their diplomas and officially became Sanborn Central High School’s newest alumni.

Following the ceremony inside, the graduates lined up outside the school for a “social distancing” reception with cars lined up to do a congratulatory drive-by and hand the graduates gifts if needed. The weather worked out perfectly for the kids to make the most of a situation brought on by a pandemic and conditions out of their control.

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

On Wednesday, May 20, Q107 Radio announced its list of winners for their Third Annual Elite Eight Academics of the Year. The list included eight boys and eight girls. Two of the girls earning the recognition were Mariah Jost of Woonsocket and Katie Schmit from Sanborn Central. 

The other girls chosen for this year’s award were Mara Anderson – Freeman, Grace Konechne – White Lake, Ava Reiner – Parkston, Amy Uher – Mitchell, Abigail Vanden Berge – Platte-Geddes and Lindsey Weeldreyer – Bridgewater-Emery.

The eight boys chosen were Tryg Aanenson – Freeman, Benjamin Connor – Howard, Caden Fischer – Menno, Brady Hawkins – Ethan, Trey Ortman – Canistota, Derek Pravecek – Scotland, Paul Winker – Howard and Landon Wolter – Wessington Springs.

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