kate-and-sam.jpgLynnville-Sully Senior Katelyn Van Wyk of Sully and Pella Christian Senior Samuel De Nooy of Sully were honored at the Iowa Hall of Pride on Monday, May 3. Each year, Channel 5 WOI-TV honors seniors of central Iowa who are top of their class. Teachers, parents, and students attended the videotaping session and luncheon program with a keynote address from Paul Rhoads, head football coach of Iowa State University. Both students received a certificate for their excellent academic performance. The videos will be aired on Channel 5 from May 10 through June 13.

Van Wyk is the daughter of Marlin and Laureen Van Wyk and De Nooy is the son of Bonnie De Nooy and Ron De Nooy.  Both Van Wyk and De Nooy were also named to The Des Moines Register's Academic All-State in the May 2 edition of the  newspaper. The Register honored 285 of Iowa's best and brightest high school seniors, chosen for this honor by their schools.

Last month, Van Wyk and De Nooy were also honored at Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. More than 425 high school seniors from across Iowa were honored on Sunday, Apr. 25, at the Seventh Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony. The recognition program is presented by the Governor's Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

The Honorable Governor Chet Culver hosted the event and addressed the audience of 2,500-plus.  Iowa's 2010 Teacher of the Year Sarah Wessling, a teacher at Johnston High School, was the keynote speaker. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Lang and Richard Wulkow, Executive Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, also offered comments. The honored seniors were selected by their high schools as their highest academic achievers. Each student received a photo plaque and a certificate to commemorate their achievement. The selected teachers will also receive a certificate. A reception for the students, their parents, their most influential teachers, and other guests followed the ceremony.

In addition to being recognized as the state's brightest students, over 99 percent of the group participated in school activities, with over 85 percent participating in at least one athletic competition. To date, 61 percent plan to continue their education in Iowa.

Photo: Katelyn Van Wyk and Samuel De Nooy, shown in their caps and gowns, were named to WOI-Channel 5’s Best of the Class on Monday, May 3.

  Submitted by Margaret Vander Weerdt