Tonight's Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is Benjamin Pond, a senior at Ipswich High School with a 4.24 grade point average.
Ben is involved in four different sports throughout the year, member of All-State Choir, and is also a member of the National Honor Society.
He tells us having supportive teachers and faculty members had made his high school career worthwhile. "The teachers and staff are all very helpful for you. If you have a question, they'll gladly help you with it or if you have a concern about a class, they'll gladly answer any questions you have and help you get over it."
Being involved with football, basketball, and track and field can be just as demanding as band, vocal and All-School Play. Juggling these activities plus a GPA that's above a 4.0 demands keeping up with grades - something Ben thinks all incoming freshmen should know.
"Keep on top of your grades, I mean, it's going to help you in the long run. Once you get behind, it's hard to get back ahead so don't be afraid to take your homework home and work on it for a while."
Social Studies teacher Angie Kulesa says Ben's balancing act between school and extracurricular activities shows great character. "He's hard working and has great character. He's involved in various activities such as oral interp, National Honor Society, and he's also involved in four sports throughout the school year. He also does tutoring after school and he finds all of that time which I think is a great example of his character."
Keeping track of due dates is one way Ben finds himself successful in school. "I try to get my work done in class, take homework home and get it done before the next so I have it ready to go."
After graduation, Ben plans on attending South Dakota State University to major in mathematics.
For being named our Scholar of the Week, Ben receives a $100 scholarship from FEM Electric Association which is a local Touchstone Energy Cooperative.