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Touchstone Energy Scholar Of The Week: Michael Saffel

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 Tonight's Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is Michael Saffel of Iirene-Wakonda High School.

 Michael has a 3.85 grade point average and, as we found out, his success is no accident.

 Michael Saffel starts his school day at 7 AM and goes straight through the day with classes like Physics, Government, English and Math. Some of those are advanced placement classes that will take Michael into an advanced future, because what he wants to do isn't easy. "My plan is I have already been accepted to SDSU for electrical engineering. So I want to do that and then someday be able to like build robots and do robotics for NASA or the military....with drones."

 Michael says he likes robotics and likes working to understand complex ideas. so this would be right up his alley.

 And one of Michael's long time teachers, Brent Mutchelknaus tells us, Michael shows off aptitudes in class that not only help him...but end up helping others as well. "Michael has been a influence on his peers in class. He's very conscientious about the work he has done. Any project he is involved in I know he is going to give 100% on."

 And why has Michael done so well in school? One of the things he credits is the size of his school. Michael says learning in a smaller environment leads to a greater comfort level when you're at school..which makes learning a lot more comfortable. "Of course that means the class is small which is nice because we are all really close. so it nice you know everything about everyone."

 For being named our Scholar of the Week, Michael will receive a $100 scholarship from Clay-Union Electric Cooperative, which is a local Touchstone Energy cooperative.

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