Tonight's Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is Jill Donnelly, a senior at Elk Point-Jefferson High School with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
She plays Basketball and competes in Rodeos in addition to serving on the Student Council. She's also been recognized for her academic success by the National Honor Society.
Jill Donnelly is pretty busy when it comes to her school work. "I'm in 3 dual credit classes. Composition, Speech and Government." And in addition to those classes she is also taking Anatomy, Sculpture and serves as a teaching assistant in a 3rd Grade class.
She tells us the four years she has spent at Elk Point-Jefferson have been so productive, in part, because of the support she has received in class. "The teachers want to help you do your best. They're always very supportive."
"She has always been successful in school as long as I have known her." Alyssa Challgren is Alyssa's english teacher. "She is always striving to be the best but also her best. I think she sets really high expectations for herself."
Challgren says Jill's drive to do well is one of the things that set her aparts from other students.
As for what happens after this school year she is undecided right now on where she wants to go to college. "I think just taking the general courses and figuring out what I want to do first so I don't end up pursuing something that I don't like is a good idea." She's also trying to narrow down what her career path should be which may be difficult because Jill has a lot of different interests. "I'm thinking either something Medical or possibly Business."
For being named our Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week, Jill receives a $100 scholarship from Union County Electric Cooperative, which is a local Touchstone Energy cooperative. And by the way Jill is the 4th member of her family to be named a Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week; her sisters Jenna, Kylee and Taylor have also been honored.