Football standout named Student of the Month

Trey Smith earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

The Madison High School football team completed a perfect season in 2021, capping it off with a state title. Helping power the Bulldogs to a championship was senior standout Trey Smith.

In the title contest, Smith ran for 51 yards and two touchdowns while also kicking four extra-points and a field goal. He also recorded thirteen tackles on defense (seven unassisted, six assisted), including one sack.

football player holding a football on the field

For his efforts, Smith was named the Joe Robbie MVP of the game as well as Outstanding Back. The awards were a fitting end to a phenomenal senior football season and high school career.

Smith has been named Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio. He is recognized for his outstanding character and achievements as a multi-sport student athlete.

“Trey is a natural leader who strives to be the best he can be at everything he does, said MHS Principal Adam Shaw. “He will always go above and beyond the call of duty inside and out of the classroom. He’s well-liked among peers and school staff and will go out of his way to help others.”

Smith remained a dominant force on offense and defense his senior year of football. In the regular season he recorded fourteen touchdowns, 51 kicking points and 148 tackles, including 18 for loss. He also completed four sacks, two defensive interceptions and a fumble return.

Smith was named Midco Sports South Dakota 11A Player of the Year, Digital Z Sports South Dakota 11A Player of the Year, and South Dakota High School Coaches Association 11A All-American. He earned First Team All-Conference and All-State honors as well as Academic All-Conference.

Also in 2021 he broke his own school record for most tackles in a season and earned his second team MVP title.

Smith also participates in basketball, baseball and track. His basketball honors include Academic All-Conference, the Hustler Award and other leadership awards. He also served as captain for both basketball and football his senior year.

Outside of sports, Smith also participates in FFA and FBLA and is a member of the National Honor Society. In his free time he enjoys hunting, lifting and playing video games.

Smith is the son of Betsy and Paul Schamber and Ray and Trasi Smith. After high school he plans to attend the University of South Dakota to study exercise science.

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.

Multitalented SVHS senior named Student of the Month

Julia Steffensen earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

Sioux Valley High School senior Julia Steffenson is an all-around exceptional student.

“Julia is involved in so many school activities, excels at each of them, and still manages to be a top-tier student,” said SVHS Principal Tyler Bolstad. “She works hard every day, is kind to peers and staff, and is trustworthy and dependable. I predict great things for her future.”

Steffensen has been named Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio. She’s recognized for her accomplishments in athletics, the fine arts and student leadership programs.

headshot of student of the month- Julia Steffensen

A three-sport student athlete, Steffensen participates in volleyball, golf and softball. She also serves as a student manager for wrestling.

She’s also active in band, choir, theater and oral interp. She was selected for All-State Choir three times throughout high school and was named to both BEC Honor Choir and BEC Honor Band for four consecutive years.

Steffensen’s other extra-curriculars include FCCLA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and student council. She’s currently student body president and a champion of character in the Character on Track Program. In 2020, she participated in the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) program.

Outside of school, she teaches Sunday school and is active in her church youth group and praise band.

Steffensen is the daughter of Mike and Stacy Steffensen. After high school she plans to attend South Dakota State University to pursue a degree in architecture with a minor in music.

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.

Student of the Month interested in medicine

Josephine Brok earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

Howard High School senior Josephine Brok is preparing for her future.

With dreams of becoming a physician, Brok works at the local Good Samaritan Society as a certified nursing assistant, gaining valuable experience that will better equip her for medical school.

headshot of student of the month- Josephine Brok

It also reflects her determination and desire to help others.

Brok has been named Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio. She was nominated for the award by officials at her school.

“Josephine is a very conscientious student who enters the classroom with great seriousness of purpose,” said HHS Principal T.A. Aslesen. “We are very excited to see where her future leads, as the medical field offers rich opportunities in which to contribute to society.”

A hard-working leader, Brok is a member of student council and serves as president of National Honor Society. As captain of the girls’ basketball team, she is on track to earn her fourth varsity letter this spring.

She’s also earned awards in Spanish I and Spanish II her freshman and sophomore years, respectively.

Brok is the daughter of Riemke and Arjen Brok. After high school she plans to attend the University of South Dakota to study medical biology followed by medical school.

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.

Student of the Month is natural leader, mentor

Abigail Morse earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

Madison High School senior Abigail Morse has been named Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio. She was nominated by officials at her school, who say she is a well-rounded student who is passionate about leading from within.

headshot of student of the month- Abigail Morse

“Abigail is destined for a bright future,” said MHS Principal Adam Shaw. “She goes out of her way to make everyone feel important in every situation and excels at everything she does, day in and day out. She’s also a natural leader and spends countless hours mentoring younger students as a Senior Ambassador.”

Morse is a three-sport student athlete, participating in track and field, basketball and volleyball.  She’s lettered in each sport at least twice and has earned the Bulldog Award two years in both basketball and volleyball.

Morse is a member of student council, FCA and FFA. She’s also been named an MHS Champion of Character and is a member of National Honor Society.

Outside of school, Morse participates in her church’s bible study group. She’s also active in 4H, where she enjoys baking and showing beef cattle.

Morse is the daughter of John and Kristin Morse. After high school she plans to attend South Dakota State University to study animal science.

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.

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.

Arlington standout named Student of the Month

Grace Parry earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

Arlington High School senior Grace Parry is immersed in extracurricular activities. She’s a talented, hard-working individual, and often earns accolades for her efforts.

Parry has been named the November Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio. She was nominated by officials at her school.

Grace Parry Headshot

“Grace maintains an A-honor roll status while being involved in a variety of activities,” said AHS Counselor Kelsey Borchard. “She was nominated by her peers for homecoming queen and is recognized by her teachers for having outstanding character. She is a blessing to the halls of Arlington High School.”

Parry is a three-sport student athlete, participating in track and field, basketball and volleyball. She’s a multi-year letter winner in each sport and earned All-Conference and team captain honors in volleyball.

Parry also excels in the fine arts. Through six years of participating in Oral Interp, she’s qualified for state three times, including earning the highest rating of Superior Plus. She’s also a four-year participant in one-act play and has been named Outstanding Actress at both region and state competitions.

Parry is a prominent student leader. She has served as class president since seventh grade, was student council vice president her junior year, and president her senior year.

She’s also a member of A-Club, FCA and National Honor Society. This year she was named a Champion of Character and a delegate for Girls State, where she earned a Prosecuting Attorney scholarship for her performance.

In her free time Parry enjoys volunteering. She teaches Sunday School at her church and helps with the annual ham dinner. She also helps at the annual Arlington Days picnic and supports the local youth volleyball program.

Parry is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Parry. After high school she plans to attend South Dakota State University.

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.

Student of the Month seeks global perspective

Howard senior Ciana Schwader earns award from Heartland Power and KJAM Radio

Howard High School senior Ciana Schwader has been named Student of the Month by Heartland and KJAM Radio. She was nominated by officials at her school, who say she is a talented individual who aims to have a positive impact on others and the world around her.

headshot of student of the month- Ciana Schwader

“Ciana is a very conscientious student who repeatedly challenges herself in coursework, contribution and activity,” said Principal T.A. Aslesen. “She makes our school a better place because she cares.”

Schwader has a clear desire to lead and affect change. She currently serves as student council president, National Honor Society vice president and FCCLA secretary. She hopes to continue in leadership roles after high school and study business with a focus in global management at UC Berkeley.

Dedicated and driven, Schwader is also a three-sport student athlete, participating in both volleyball and cross country in the fall and track in the spring. She has been recognized for her hard work, earning titles Most Promising for varsity cross country in 2016 and Most Improved for varsity track in 2019.

She is also passionate about the arts, and enjoys painting, drawing and singing.

“Ciana is an outstanding artist, athlete and student. We are very proud of her and look forward to seeing her continue to grow and contribute,” Aslesen said.

Schwader is the daughter of Joseph and Tara Schwader.

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.

Student of the Month is outstanding role model

SVHS senior Jakob Ziegler earns award from Heartland and KJAM Radio

Sioux Valley High School (SVHS) senior Jakob Ziegler has been named Student of the Month by Heartland Consumers Power District and KJAM Radio. He was nominated by officials at his school, who say he is a smart, kind and thoughtful individual.

headshot of student of the month- Jakob Ziegler

“Jakob’s personality and demeanor are uplifting, and he treats teachers and classmates with respect and compassion. He holds himself to a high standard and his integrity is unmatched, making him a terrific role model for peers and underclassmen.”

Hard-working and well-rounded, Ziegler excels inside the classroom and out. He is a member of National Honor Society and currently serves as co-president. He is also passionate about sports and participates in football and baseball and lifts weights in his free time.

Ziegler is the son of Dan and Kay Ziegler. After high school he plans to attend South Dakota State University to study data science.

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.

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.

Student of the Month immersed in extracurriculars

Arlington senior TJ Liebsch earns award from Heartland Power and KJAM Radio

School officials describe Arlington High School senior TJ Liebsch as a servant-leader.

“TJ is someone who is always looking to make life a little better for another,” said Arlington Principal Lisa Parry. “He is a great kid and all of our staff thoroughly enjoy him. We will miss his many contributions to our district and are excited to see where his future takes him.”

Liebsch’s contributions include volunteering with the Books 4 Kids program as well as the after school program. He’s also the founder and manager of ALT Club—a group for kids with ‘alternative’ interests.

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

As a sophomore, Liebsch won the Northern State University Mathematics Contest and later earned fourth place in the 2019 Deubrook – DeSemet Geometry Contest.  He has received the Education Citizenship Award and President’s Education Award every year he has been eligible.

He was also named a Champion of Character by Character on Track. He is a member of National Honor Society and currently serves as vice president.

Liebsch is also active in Oral Interp, All-School Play, One Act Play, band, chorus, robotics and golf. He is a peer mentor and has served as videographer for the boys’ basketball team.

Outside of school, Liebsch is treasurer for his youth group. In his free time he enjoys computer programming, playing video games and listening to music.

Liebsch is the son of Coleen and Tom Liebsch. After high school, he plans to attend St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to study computer science and software engineering. Ultimately, he hopes to either start or join a video game creation company.

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.