HAYTI, S.D. (KSFY) - Our Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is Miranda Lakness. She's a senior at Hamlin High School.
Miranda is very involved from sports like track and power lifting to student council and 4-H. She maintains a GPA above a 4.0.
"I took AP Bio last semester. That was challenging a lot of work. Now I'm taking dual-credit microeconomics. I also took dual-credit speech," Miranda Lakness said.
She said those dual-credit courses are challenging but challenge is good.
"When you're a senior and applying for scholarships, you want to set yourself apart from everyone else. When you're challenging yourself, you can be one step ahead and ahead of the rest of the group," Lakness said.
According to her math teacher Brad Noem, Miranda has set the bar pretty high.
"You look at what she does in the classroom and what she does outside and it's on par with some of the best kids I've had here. What she contributes to the community and the things she does for kids in our community and through 4-H and things outside of school on top of what she accomplishes in the classroom is amazing," Brad Noem said.
He says Miranda is a farm kid through and through. In fact, she's headed to South Dakota State University in the fall to learn even more about the business of farming.
"It's only 45 minutes away so I have the opportunity to come back home to help so I can get the experience on the farm, also while I'm learning so I can be one step ahead and apply everything I'm learning while I'm learning it," Lakness said.
In the meantime, she tells KSFY she really likes Hamlin and she's really going to miss it.
"Because we have a small school, you can really grow into good relationships with your teachers and classmates. All our teachers are looking out for us. Holding us to a higher standard so we can do better than everyone else," Lakness said. "I enjoy school and being involved with my school, I enjoy doing my homework and helping other people out. I think it's important for younger people to see that."
For being named our Scholar of the Week, Miranda receives a $100 scholarship from H-D Electric Cooperative which is a local Touchstone Energy Cooperative.