Tonight's Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is Mary Nold, a senior at Rutland High School.
Mary currently has a 3.93 grade point average and is involved in Student Council, 4-H, the National Honor Society and Future Farmers of America.
Mary Nold tells us the reason she has done so well in school is that she comes from a family that believes in doing things right the first time. "My family is always kind of had the mentality if you're going to take the time to do something make sure you do it right."
As far as what Mary's future plans are...where she wants to go to college and what she wants to study there.....those are details that she is still working out right now. "I have applied to SDSU and I've started an application to UNL but I don't really know what I want to major in or anything yet."
Throughout high school, Mary has consistently received high grades in her classes no matter how difficult they might be.
And her school counselor Sara Holmberg says mary is at the top of scholastic success for a reason. "The entire time she has gone to school at Rutland she's been an exceptional student. She really pushes herself. She's not necessarily motivated by outside things. She's motivated to do well and perform at her very best all the time."
Rutland is one of South Dakota's smaller school districts and Mary says that fact has been a real advantage to her through the years. "I like having a smaller school. I've kind of...for the most part...always been in a smaller school. You get to know people better."
For being named our Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week, Mary receives a $100 scholarship from Sioux Valley Energy, which is a local Touchstone Energy cooperative.