Student of the Month is National Guard member

Arlington High School senior Damon Larsen spent this past summer a little differently than most kids his age. A member of the South Dakota National Guard, he was away from his family and friends attending basic training.

“He made a commitment to our country and we are proud of him,” said Arlington Principal Lisa Parry.

Larsen has been named Heartland and KJAM Radio’s Student of the Month for September.

Son of Lance and Erin Larsen, Damon participates in football and enjoys working on the farm and spending time with friends.

After high school, he plans to finish his guard training then attend Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD to pursue a career as a diesel mechanic.

“Damon is a respectful, hardworking young man and very deserving of this award,” Parry said.

The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Heartland and KJAM Radio in Madison, and recognizes exceptional students in one of five area school districts. Heartland provides wholesale power to the cities of Arlington, Colman, Howard, Madison and Volga, all of which are in the KJAM listening area.

Each month of the school year, Heartland presents an outstanding student from one of these schools with a recognition certificate and small token, and advertisements announcing the winning student air on KJAM Radio. Officials from each participating school nominate students for the award.

This is the eighth year Heartland and KJAM have teamed up to offer this program.