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.

The National Honor Society has been busy this year with various activities and volunteer opportunities. The students have been collecting paper and plastics to recycle.  During their free blocks they volunteered to read to younger students in the library during elementary library times.  The students started the year by greeting students in the elementary or watching elementary classrooms while teachers greeted to welcome the students to a new school year. The NHS students spent some volunteer time working at the concession stand to raise money. The NHS has donated money to buy the band new sheet music and to help purchase the benches in front of the new elementary.  In the past, the NHS has also donated money towards the new community center and several local benefits. According to co-advisor Dayna Rodriguez, “Our students have been great. They jumped in every time we came up with something new to volunteer for. We appreciate all the things they have done this year to help improve our school and community.”

New Inductees are Morgan Schmiedt, Brylee Eden, Trinity Boschee, Dilyn Brooks, MaryFrances Bruce, Brooke Doering, Emily Ohlrogge, Clay Olinger, Kylie Schlenker, Michael Schmiedt, Trista White and Logan Wieman.

NHS Officers are President Carter Linke, Vice President Brooklyn Swenson, Secretary Mariah Jost.

Senior Members are Cage Boschee, Evan Ohlrogge, Brooklyn Swenson, Carter Linke, Josie Weber, Megan Linke, Taryn Ziebart.

Junior Members are Kaitlin Brueske, Madison Schmiedt, Xavier Baysinger, Tyler Eddy, Ellie Voneye, Collin Schmiedt, Andrew Lindgren, Noah Terkildsen, Aleya Fry.

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