Three BV seniors among S.D.’s ‘best and brightest’

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BVHS senior Morgan Else with Gov. Kristi Noem. Submitted photos.

BVHS senior Max Outland with Gov. Kristi Noem

BVHS senior Nathan Popp with Gov. Kristi Noem

The best and brightest from the Class of 2019 – including three Brandon Valley High School seniors – were honored April 29 for their academic achievements at the 29th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre.
Selected from BVHS were Morgan Else, Max Outland and Nathan Popp. 
In conjunction with Governor Kristi Noem, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified as the top 1 percent of their senior class from the state’s public, private and tribal schools, to celebrate their academic accomplishments. 
“These students represent the best and the brightest in South Dakota,” ASBSD President Tom Farrell said. “They have worked hard for their grades and demonstrate the excellence our schools have taught them. Today, we celebrate academic excellence, and this is what it looks like.”
Gov. Noem tabbed the students South Dakota’s “next generation of leaders” and urged them to continue striving for excellence.
“All eyes are on you,” the Governor said. “You are the best and the brightest. The one thing that will pull you ahead of the pack is a work ethic. Lead by example.”
The event was sponsored by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the South Dakota Community Foundation and the South Dakota Education Association. 

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