T&R Electric powers industry, community

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T&R Electric powers industry, community

Family, community, quality, and service. These are some of the core values driving the largest supplier of remanufactured transformers in the United States.

With roots dating back to 1961, T&R Electric Supply Company was founded in a small shop on Main Street of Colman, SD with two employees. Today, they deliver transformers and other high voltage equipment to customers in all 50 states—and around the world.

“We serve municipalities and other utilities as well as commercial and industrial customers,” said Sales Representative Keaton Westover. “As a family-owned company, we’ve found success because of our massive inventory and commitment to creating a great customer experience.”

From humble beginnings to a 61-acre campus and nearly 200 employees, T&R is powering the industry. They remain rooted in the community of just under 700 and committed to the values that helped them grow.

T&R Electric sign and building

Industry leaders

Jim Thompson and Ken Ross founded T&R in 1961. They started out recycling batteries and transformers. Today the company specializes in rewinding and reconditioning power and distribution transformers.

A fire in 1973 forced the small company to move to its present location along SD Highway 34. Sixty-six acres of land provided more opportunity to grow, and they did just that.

Today T&R’s headquarters includes 14 buildings and 221,000 square-feet of manufacturing space. It also includes office facilities, a mechanic shop, scrapping facility, lab, production space and ample storage.

Because they focus on quick delivery, T&R boasts an inventory of 42,000 transformers and hundreds of thousands of parts.

“We maintain the largest inventory in the nation,” Westover said. “We’re also centrally located in the U.S. and can easily ship coast to coast.”

Beyond supply, T&R is backed by an industry-leading warranty of up to 36 months on transformers.

“Our staff is highly trained and highly experienced when it comes to reconditioning and rewinding transformers. They are the best at what they do, and we have full confidence in their abilities. It allows us to offer one of the most extensive guarantees in the industry.”

Aerial shot of manufacturing facilities, cars, transformers

Industry challenges

Transformers are a critical power grid component, essential for the extension of electric service from one circuit to another. They consist of specialized, expensive and sometimes rare materials that are not often produced in the U.S.

In the wake of COVID-19, this reliance on imports has created a big problem. Supply chain disruptions are plaguing the electric industry, exacerbated by inflation.

“We are seeing a shortage in copper, tanks, bushing and other materials,” Westover said. “We’re fortunate with our stock that we can get product out, but it’s very difficult to get components in.”

Westover said the disruption is extending lead times and creating uncertainty. This is especially troubling for municipalities, who need to replace aging equipment or require transformers for growth.

Furthermore, utilities often budget annually, preparing for costs a year in advance. But new manufacturers are currently facing lead times of two to three years. A utility’s business may not be urgent enough to even render a quote.

“They won’t work with the city because the demand isn’t there,” Westover said.

As such, T&R is acquiring new customers who’ve historically purchased new.

“We’ve seen substantial growth in customers of small-to-medium sized towns who are out of options,” he said. “Our lead time is out as well, but it’s a fraction compared to new manufacturers.”

Although T&R can’t prevent the delay, Westover said his team is focused on getting customers answers.

“At minimum, we can provide a number for budget purposes. We can eliminate that unknown, which is something we strive to do,” he said. “We’re facing rising costs, inventory shortage and high demand. It’s a stressful time right now, but thankfully our customers understand it’s a global issue.”

Semi-truck exits T&R parking lot onto highway

Family-focused

Quality transformers and outstanding customer service are T&R’s objectives. Its cornerstone, however, is family.

Step-brothers Thompson and Ross set the tone when they founded the company. For a short period, they were the sole employees. But they found success in building and strengthening relationships—treating customers like family—and the business grew.

When it came time to retire, the co-owners found leaders who would operate under this same principle. Thompson’s son Chris was named CEO and Ross’s son-in-law Rich Westover was named president in 2006.

Under their helm, T&R grew to become Moody County’s largest employer. Presently its workforce consists of 185 full-time employees, including the third generation of executives.

Jim’s granddaughter, Kirsten Taggart, is vice president of compliance. Keaton is Rich’s son; his sister Kylie is also in sales.

Beyond the c-suite, other local families are sprinkled throughout the company. Siblings, cousins, grandchildren—relatives of all types can be found in various departments.

The kinship leads to longevity among employees and customers.

“We have dozens of employees who’ve been with us 20 years and beyond. Two of our sales staff are reaching 50 years,” said Taggart. “That longevity and experience create a specific comfort level and relationship with customers that can’t be matched.”

Westover credits the founders for choosing family-centric operations versus the corporate model.

“At T&R we emphasize community. We provide flexible schedules so employees can attend kids’ sporting events or extra-curriculars. We encourage staff to volunteer and be involved in the community. We take pride in being family-owned and family-focused.”

Sales Representative Keaton Westover

Vice President of Compliance Kirsten Taggart

Sales Representative Kylie Westover

Forward-thinking

Despite the industry challenges, the leaders at T&R are optimistic for the future.

“We’re always planning for growth—expansion is an active conversation,” Westover said.

The company could easily expand its workforce but competes with larger cities like Brookings and Sioux Falls.

“We are situated in a great community with a wealth of local support,” said Taggart. “But we are close enough to larger markets that it can be tough to find employees. We are doing our best to get people in here to learn the trade.”

This includes raising its starting wage and supporting local housing efforts. The business also partners with Colman-Egan High School to offer career and technical education credits.

All the while, the company will focus on what it does best: delivering a high-performing product with the best service in the industry.

“People may come to T&R for the inventory, but they stick with us for the customer service,” said Westover. “We’ve learned and firmly believe that sometimes the solution isn’t the bottom line—it’s about keeping your customer happy.”

Mackenzie Hemmer named Student of the Month

Colman-Egan standout Mackenzie Hemmer has been named Student of the Month by Heartland and KJAM Radio. She was nominated by officials at her school, who recognize her outstanding achievements in and out of the classroom.

headshot of student of the month- Mackenzie Hemmer

“Mackenzie is a hard-working girl who puts great effort into everything she does,” said Colman-Egan Student Advisor Ashley Milbrandt. “She is a terrific athlete, student and community member.”

Hemmer is a three-sport student athlete, participating in track and field, basketball and volleyball. She was a member of the Hawks’ state champion girls’ track team last spring as well as the state runner up volleyball team this fall. She even earned a spot on the Class B Volleyball All-State Second Team.

Her career includes many accolades, including multiple years on all-conference and academic all-conference teams. She also hit two major milestones her senior year: 1,000 career digs in volleyball and 1,000 career points in basketball.

Hemmer also excels in the classroom. She has been on Colman-Egan’s honor roll since seventh grade and is a member of National Honor Society.

In her free time Hemmer enjoys hunting and participating in church youth group. She also plays softball and AAU basketball.

Hemmer is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Hemmer. After high school she plans to attend a four-year university to study nursing and participate in track.

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 eleventh year Heartland and KJAM have teamed up to offer this program.

Dollar General opens for business in Colman

By Brenda Wade Schmidt; originally appeared in the Moody County Enterprise, 9/1/21; reprinted with permission.

Dollar General has opened its doors in Colman, SD, bringing a discount variety store to the community.

The store opened August 23 but has limited hours until additional help can be hired.

Dollar General, which is newly built, sells snacks, groceries, cleaning supplies, decorations, cards, shampoo, housewares, clothes, diapers and more. It is the second store in Moody County, the first being in Flandreau.

Colman, which has a convenience store and hardware store, hasn’t had a grocery store in many years. The store also serves people traveling on South Dakota Highway 34 to the lakes.

The store means a lot to Colman shoppers looking for convenience, said Mark Tuttle, a resident.

“It’s a nice store,” he said while shopping. “It helps people out a lot.”

William Herrera, assistant manager, said people are still finding out that the store is open and there are a few items yet to see on the shelves as the store ramps up its business.

“Some people don’t even know we’re open yet,” he said.

Dollar General is also hiring.

“We’re hoping we’ll be able to hire more people,” Herrera said.

In a press release from Dollar General headquarters in Goodlettsville, TN, senior vice president of real estate and store development, Dan Nieser, said, “At Dollar General, we believe the addition of each new store provides positive economic growth for the communities we proudly serve, and the addition of our new Colman store highlights our commitment to deliver a pleasant shopping experience that includes great prices on quality products in a convenient location. We look forward to welcoming customers to our new store and hope they will enjoy shopping at our new location.”

To commemorate the opening of DG’s new Colman location, Dollar General plans to donate 100 new books to a nearby elementary school to benefit students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Through the partnership with the Kellogg Company, the donation will be part of a planned donation of more than 100,000 books across the country to celebrate new DG store openings.

Furthermore, DG strives to be a good neighbor and is committed to the communities it proudly calls home, evidenced by unwavering support of literacy and education initiatives through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The addition of the Colman store opens the opportunity for schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of the store to apply for Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants.

Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $197 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 14 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

Weston Miles named Student of the Month

Colman-Egan senior earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

Colman-Egan senior Weston Miles has been named Student of the Month by Heartland and KJAM Radio. He is recognized for his integrity and leadership skills.

“Weston is a kind student who will give his all. He is a great motivator, helping others to succeed and rooting for everyone,” said CE Student Advisor Ashley Milbrandt. “He is an inspiration to younger students and the underclassmen speak highly of him.” 

Miles is a four-sport student athlete, participating in football, basketball, golf and track. He’s also a Champion of Character and was crowned Homecoming King this past fall.

Outside of school, Miles works in the Trans Rec department at T&R Electric. In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing.

Miles is the son of Tim and Traci Miles. After high school, he plans to attend Southeast Technical Institute to study computer programming.

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 tenth year Heartland and KJAM have teamed up to offer this program.

Grants help customers prepare for growth, boost local spending

Heartland awards nearly $25,000 to support five customer projects

In the face of adversity surrounding COVID-19, Heartland customer communities continue to persevere. Despite the odds, some are finding ways to thrive, welcoming new businesses and improving facilities and infrastructure.

As customers lay the groundwork for a bright future post-COVID, Heartland’s economic development grant program is a valuable tool to help bring projects to fruition. Awarded to Heartland customers and their local development corporations, grants bolster community improvement ventures.

Heartland has awarded $24,500 in economic development grants in recent months. The funding has helped five customers tackle projects that address housing needs, support local businesses and accommodate growth.

Akron welcomes new amenity

Officials in Akron, IA say a new local campground will provide the area with numerous benefits. Featuring 85 RV hookups and eight cabins, the Lazy H Campground can accommodate hundreds of guests. The influx of visitors could increase foot traffic in Akron businesses as well as provide a boost to the city’s electric system. The city utilized a $5,000 economic development grant to provide electric infrastructure to the campground.

Pictured: Akron City Administrator Dan Rolfes, center, accepts a grant from Heartland CFO Mike Malone, left, and Customer Relations Manager Kelly Dybdahl.

Colman looks to expand housing options

The Colman Economic Development Corporation’s latest project aims to build on the success from its housing development in Colman, SD. CEDC sold the last two available lots in Sunrise Ridge Estates in November of 2020. Now the organization wants to add two more lots to the area. To maximize available land, CEDC plans to move a fairway on nearby Sunrise Ridge Golf Course. Heartland awarded CEDC $5,000 to assist with costs associated with the project.

Pictured: Heartland Director of Economic Development, right, presents a grant to CEDC board members Bob Landis and Brooke Rollag.

Wessington Springs aims to boost local spending

A re-brand is underway in Wessington Springs, SD. Utilizing a new logo, community leaders want to develop new marketing material to show off local amenities and benefit area businesses. The Wessington Springs Area Development Corporation plans to create coupons and incentives to entice people to shop local. New maps featuring points of interest will also be developed to help visitors discover the community. Heartland awarded a $4,500 grant to help with the project.

Pictured: Heartland Customer Relations Manager Kelly Dybdahl presents a grant to WSADC Executive Director Loree Gaikowski.

Plankinton prepares for new housing development

Community leaders in Plankinton, SD hope new, affordable homes will entice young people and families to move to their community. The city was awarded $5,000 to help install infrastructure in a new 16-lot housing development. The money will pay for a lift station plus installment of electric, water, sewer and roads.

Pictured: Plankinton Finance Officer Eileen Sorsen, left, accepts a grant from Heartland Customer Relations Manager Kelly Dybdahl.

Howard upgrades facility for incoming business

A $5,000 economic development grant will help the city of Howard welcome a new business. Though details are still being finalized, the business plans to occupy an existing vacant facility in the community. To better meet the new tenant’s needs, the city is upgrading the facility by adding an additional transformer to the building.

Pictured: From left to right, Howard Assistant Finance Officer Donna Klinkhammer, Utility Superintendent Kody Dawson and Finance Officer Kate Calmus accept a grant from Heartland Director of Economic Development Casey Crabtree and Chief Communications Officer Ann Hyland.

Colman-Egan standout named Student of the Month

Senior Olivia Baumberger earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

Colman-Egan High School (CEHS) senior Olivia Baumberger has an impressive list of accomplishments throughout her high school career.

For her academic and athletic achievements, she has been named December Student of the Month by Heartland and KJAM Radio. Baumberger is recognized for her character, integrity and dedication.

Olivia Baumberger

“Olivia is an outstanding student athlete,” said CEHS Student Advisor Ashley Milbrandt. “Her drive and perseverance make her a great role model for underclassmen.”

This fall she played a vital role in helping the C-E Hawks make their inaugural trip to the state volleyball tournament and ultimately earn fourth place.

During the tournament, she collected 244 kills, 200 digs, 60 ½ blocks and 23 service aces. Her performance landed her on the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association All-State second team as well as the all-tournament team.

Baumberger also earned CEHS MVP, Dakota Valley Conference All-Conference and Co-MVP, and Brookings Register Volleyball Player of the Year titles.

Although she fielded offers to play collegiate volleyball, she ultimately chose to level up in a different activity.

This spring Baumberger will wrap up an impressive high school career in track and field. Specializing in sprints and long jump, she holds the school record for most career field points.

At the 2019 state tournament she placed first in the long jump and ran on the winning 4×100-meter relay. She also ran on the second place 4×200-meter relay and helped the girls team earn third place overall.

Earlier this month she signed with the University of Sioux Falls (USF) as a member of the 2021 track and field recruiting class.

Baumberger’s skill and expertise carry over into the classroom. She’s a member of National Honor Society and has earned Academic All-State honors in volleyball, track, and basketball.

She’s also a 2020-21 Champion of Character, selected by CEHS administration for exhibiting outstanding leadership and character.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, walking, riding bike, weightlifting, and spending time at the lake.

Baumberger plans to major in nursing at USF. She is the daughter of Mike and Kelli Baumberger.

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 tenth year Heartland and KJAM have teamed up to offer this program.

Small-town living attractive in Colman, SD

Spec home project proving successful

A housing development in Colman, SD is proving to be quite popular. The first two spec homes in Sunrise Ridge Estates have already been purchased, with construction expected to wrap up in early July.

“We had a lot of inquiries into the homes from people seeking a smaller community with a central location,” said Lori Hansen of Signature Realty Group.

Area developer filling a need

Josh Spilde purchased ten lots in Sunrise Ridge Estates with the intent to build affordable housing for families and first-time homebuyers. The lots are located only blocks from the school, swimming pool, golf course and city parks.

Construction began on the first two homes in March, with one selling before ground broke and the other not long after. With so much interest, two more home plans have been drawn up and building will begin soon.

Two styles available

One of the new homes is a 1,350 square foot, ranch-style with crawl space and no steps. It has three bedrooms, two baths and a 30×30 garage.

Rendering of a ranch-style spec home.

The other home is a split-level featuring two bedrooms, two baths, triple garage and an unfinished basement with room to grow.

Rendering of a split-level spec home.

Anyone interested in the homes in Sunrise Ridge Estates can contact Hansen at 605-553-4638.

Cole Tolley named Student of the Month

C-E senior earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

School officials describe Colman-Egan senior Cole Tolley as considerate, persevering and a young man of integrity.

“He works hard and is always willing to lend a helping hand,” said C-E School Counselor Megan Bundy. “He participates skillfully in many activities, excels in the classroom and more importantly, shows kindness to others.”

For his achievements and character, Tolley has been named Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio.

Cole Tolley

Tolley is the son of Tom and Amber Tolley. His extra-curricular activities include golf, football and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He’s also a member of the National Honor Society.

Outside of school, Tolley teaches Sunday school at his church and enjoys watching movies, playing games with his family and attending sporting events.

After high school, he plans to attend Southeast Technical Institute to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

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 ninth year Heartland and KJAM have teamed up to offer this program

Affordable housing taking shape in Colman

Spec homes under construction in Sunrise Ridge Estates

Low cost-of-living, ideal location, plus a sense of kinship and small-town appeal are just some of what makes Colman, South Dakota a great place to live.

There’s just one problem: a low inventory of homes for sale.

But an area developer hopes to change that.

Josh Spilde recently purchased ten lots in the community’s housing development, Sunrise Ridge Estates, with plans to build affordable homes perfect for families and first-time home buyers.

Proven track record

Spilde is the owner and operator of Spilde Electric in Arlington, SD, a business he’s run since 2003. He first ventured into housing development in 2015 in Aurora, SD.

After identifying a need for affordable housing opportunities in and around Brookings, SD, Spilde purchased fourteen acres in nearby Aurora and installed infrastructure.

Soon, the raw farm land had transformed into a 24-lot housing development complete with water, sewer and electrical services as well as roads. By March of 2017, half of the lots had sold, some with homes on them, and work had begun on an additional 18 lots.

Spilde’s development included 1,900 square-foot spec homes with price tags under $200,000. The new, move-in-ready homes were affordable, convenient, appealing options that led to a booming development.

Signs point to success

Spilde’s lots in Aurora have since sold out and officials from roughly half a dozen communities have contacted him about managing similar projects within their city limits.

The Colman Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) was among those inquiring. Spilde was familiar with the community and soon discovered it offered favorable conditions.

Sunrise Ridge Estates in Colman offers lots ready for development.

Colman is roughly the same size as Aurora and is also centrally located near major thoroughfares and larger cities.

CEDC already had shovel-ready lots available, located only blocks from the school, swimming pool, golf course and city park.

“It’s a great location and the initial legwork is already complete,” Spilde said. “Also, the development corporation is supportive and eager to work.”

Filling a need

Spilde signed a purchase agreement for ten lots in the development with plans to build spec homes on each lot. He broke ground on the first two in early March.

Both homes under construction feature open-concept floor plans with two bedrooms and a double garage. They each come equipped with cabinets, a kitchen island and a deck off the dining room. Unfinished basements will offer room to grow.

Although construction is underway, potential buyers still have time to pick out some finishes and options. They can also work with Spilde on custom features of future models.

Basements have been poured in Spilde’s first two spec homes .

According to Lori Hansen of Signature Realty Group, LLC. and a member of the CEDC board, response to the project has been positive.

In fact, one home sold before Spilde broke ground. The other is currently listed at $209,900.

“It’s peaked many buyers’ interest,” Hansen said. “This is very special to me as I have lived in Colman for over 40 years and I love this community. We are poised to grow but we need more housing opportunities. This project helps make it possible.”

Heartland is common denominator

Heartland Director of Economic Development and Governmental Affairs Casey Crabtree is anxious to see how the project plays out.

As wholesale power provider to both communities, Heartland has been a common thread woven into each city’s housing development project.

Heartland helped Colman get Sunrise Ridge Estates off the ground in 2009 by developing a graduated incentive program for three governor’s homes. The three homes were purchased by West River Foundation, a regional non-profit economic development corporation. The CEDC applied for a grant from Heartland to assist buyers with closing costs.

Then-Manager of Economic Development Russell Olson also helped coordinate marketing efforts for the development, helping the city conduct a housing fair and produce advertising material, including a billboard along Highway 34.

Spilde utilized low-interest financing from the Heartland Economic development Loan Program (HELP) Fund in both 2016 and 2019 to move forward with his development plans in Aurora.

“We have partnered with Josh a few times and it’s incredible what he was able to accomplish in Aurora,” Crabtree said. “Colman has been seeking a similar outcome for their development and we thought Josh would be an excellent fit. We expect great things to result from this partnership.”

Offering a solution

Spilde hopes to complete the first two homes in July and start another in the fall. Models of future homes will vary but all will be priced competitively.

“I think housing should be affordable and maintenance-free, especially when you’re a first-time buyer or a young family,” he said. “Lack of options presents a real problem. I’m looking forward to being a part of the solution.”

A buyer has committed to one of Spilde’s spec homes. The other continues to draw interest.

“Healthy Hawks” founder named Student of the Month

Jordan Wittrock earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

A program created by Colman-Egan senior Jordan Wittrock is helping elementary students learn and develop healthy habits.

Created as part of Wittrock’s senior project, “Healthy Hawks” teaches students in third through fifth grade about personal hygiene, fitness, nutrition and more. She presents lessons to the students on certain topics and conducts activities to reinforce positive habits.

Local educators say “Healthy Hawks” is a fun, informative program that students really enjoy and commend Wittrock for her creativity and initiative. It is just one of many reasons Wittrock has been named Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio.

“Jordan demonstrates excellence in the classroom and participates in every activity available to her,” said C-E School Counselor Megan Bundy. “She does her best to be a good teammate and friend and is well-deserving of this award.”

Jordan is the daughter of Kari Wittrock and Dean Wittrock. In addition to “Healthy Hawks,” she helps students through Empower Youth Leadership program and Teens Against Tobacco Use.

Wittrock is also a member of the National Honor Society, FCCLA, FBLA, FCA and attended Girls State. She participates in the spring and one act plays, is in band and choir, and competes in oral interp.

As a student-athlete, she participates in basketball, volleyball, track and cross-country, and is a cheerleader for the boys’ basketball and football teams. She was also named Homecoming Queen in 2019.

After high school, Wittrock plans to attend South Dakota State University to pursue a degree in nursing and a minor in Spanish.

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 ninth year Heartland and KJAM have teamed up to offer this program