Tonight's Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week is MIchael Sees, a senior at Irene-Wakonda with a 4.05 grade point average.
Michael is a busy guy. He volunteers his time. He runs cross country and track. He plays baseball. He sings in the choir and he's active in theater!
With gradution just a handful of months away now, Michael Sees tells us he can't believe how fast the time has gone. "When you look back on it it seems like it went pretty fast but at the time things seem like they really dragged on for certain periods."
Irene-Wakonda school counselor Cheryl Knudson says Michael is one of the most positive students she has even come across. "Very positive young man. High academic. Always willing to help out other kids. Very respectful as well."
As far as being ready for college, Cheryl says Michael is firing on all cylinders. "He takes multiple college level dual credit classes. So he's good there."
Michael is no stranger to hard work. He says he's been focused on getting good grades his entire high school career and doing that....is the one big piece of advice he has for his fellow students. "I hope that everyone realizes in their own time that its important to work hard at this. I mean this is going to have a big impact on your life later on."
Irene-Wakonda is a small school. Next year, Michael is going to SDSU in Brookings...which is the largest campus in the state.
He says he has benefitted from his time here because of it's small, tight knit nature. "That really helps with keeping away from being cruel to each other. We're all nice to each other."
And while Michael will miss Irene-Wakonda....they are going to miss him too. Cheryl Knudson tells us, "He definitely will be missed. Great role model."
For being named our Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week, Michael receives a $100 scholarshp from Bon Homme-Yankton Electric Association which is a local Touchstone Energy cooperative.