Our latest Scholar of the Week is a high school senior at Wolsey Wessington School.
This student is involved in more activities than we can even mention and he's hoping it pays off as he prepares for an even more competitive college career.
Sitting with his ag teacher, senior Sawyer Langbehn says being at a smaller school has it's benefits. He says, "just because of the smaller class sizes and teacher student ratio, I get a lot of 1-on-1 time."
And that one-on-one time has allowed Sawyer to figure out what he wants to do after high school. He says, "I've been able to enjoy a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I kind of know what I like and don't like before I move on." That move might include the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland after he graduates, "I hope to get into the engineering program to do electrical or computer engineering," Sawyer says.
And ag teacher Blaine Casey sees the student's potential. He says, "Sawyer's always been a really good leader in class. One of the better students, always willing to help and really good about volunteerism and putting in extra hours."
Those extra hours aren't just volunteering, along with taking advanced placement English, calculus and government, he's also involved in band, the drama department and has a job at the local gas station and if that's not enough he plays four sports. "I run cross country, football in the fall, basketball and run track in the spring," Sawyer says.
And even with all that on his plate, his biggest accomplishment yet might be his 4-point-0 grade point average. Sawyer says, "I just enjoy learning and then hard work, it kind of came along and kind of helped me fill out applications for college."
Sawyer gets a one-hundred dollar scholarship from the local Touchstone Energy Cooperative for being Scholar of the Week.