Scholar of the Week: Jack Olson at Rutland High School

Our KSFY Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is Jack Olson, a senior at Rutland High School.

Jack is a member of the National Honor Society, he's a runner, basketball player, member of the band and chorus all while serving as Student Council President.

Olson tells KSFY he really enjoys the small school setting. He says, as a kid, he didn't think he would.

"I thought I'd be missing out. It's really valuable. Six kids in my class since kindergarten, it's fluctuated since and now I am back to nine," Jack Olson said.

On top of his high school coursework, Jack is enrolled in dual-credit courses, too. That has paid off in more ways than one.

"It's opened my eyes to college schedules," Olson said. "It's almost helped me pick colleges too because when you're working with different schools through this program, you can see how they handle your questions and if you need help."

That extra course work never goes unnoticed, teachers say. Rutland High School counselor Sara Holmberg said Jack is not only a good student, he's a good kid.

"He takes a tough schedule. Ever since he was a junior, he took dual credit classes. Strives to do his best, also helps his classmates," Rutland School Counselor Sara Holmberg said.

He tells KSFY why he wants to continue learning in a smaller setting.

"Being in a small school has leaned me toward a smaller college. I don't know where I want to go yet. I Really like math and science and I'd like to continue that into college with some sort of mechanical engineering after," Olson said.

Right now, he's looking into SDSU and the South Dakota School of Mines.

For being named a KSFY Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week, Jack receives a $100 scholarship from Sioux Valley Energy which is a local Touchstone Energy Cooperative.