SISSETON, S.D. (KSFY) - Tonight's Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is Olivia Heinecke, a senior at Sisseton High School.
Olivia is not afraid of doing some extra work and as a result she has earned an 4.07 grade point average.
Her list of accomplishments is about as long as your arm: Honor Roll, Speech competitions, Future Business Leaders of America, One Act Plays....just a few of the activities she is involved in.
Olivia Heinecke tells us she was spurred on at an early age by her family to believe that education was important and so was the hard work necessary to do well. "My parents always told me just work hard now and then eventually it will pay off in the end so that's what I am trying to do now." Olivia says she has been able to do well as Sisseton High School because of teachers she says always backed her up when she was trying something different or when she was working on a project that was on the more difficult side of things. "If I'm always doing something new ill always have my teachers say hey good job when you do this, good job when you do that...it's really nice to have that kind of support system."
One of those supportive teachers is Sharon Prendergast who teachers both English and Speech and she says Olivia is one of the better students in the school. "She's a very involved young lady but she's definitely outstanding. You get every once in awhile a student who really is head and shoulders above the rest of her classmates."
As far as any advice Olivia might have for younger students just starting their high school careers...she says this: "Take the hard classes early and don't kind of wait til college to take them because then you don't get enough practice for the really hard homework you're going to have."
And given what Olivia has in mind for the future, it's a good thing that she is not afraid of taking harder classes. "I plan on going to Butler University in Indianapolis and I plan on majoring in Art and Design while doing Pre-Med and then having a minor in Neuroscience because I want to be a surgeon."
For being named our Scholar of the Week, Olivia receives a $100 scholarship from Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative which is a local Touchstone Energy cooperative.