Student recognized for academic excellence
WEST DES MOINES — Samantha Ellingson, a student at Washington High School, was recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kimberly Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 11th Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony, April 28, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. She is the daughter of Shawn and Stephanie Ellingson of Washington.
The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, honored 439 high school seniors from Iowa. 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.
Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participate in extra-curricular school activities, with over 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent plan to continue their education in Iowa.