Fritz recognized by Governor Reynolds for academic excellence
Morgan Fritz, a senior at LMHS, was recognized by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg for outstanding academic achievement at the 16th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony, April 29, at Hy-Vee Hall, Des Moines.
The state-wide program honored 430 high school seniors from across Iowa.
“Iowa Farm Bureau members kow that by investing in our youth and communities, we’re investing in the future of Iowa,” said IFBF president, Craig Hill. “We have been honored to be a title sponsor of the Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony for the past 16 years to celebrate Iowa’s exceptional high school students. Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to be a leading conributor to education programs and annual scholarship for our youth.” In fact, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of IFBF; the farm organization contributes nearly a half million dollars to scholarships each year to help support the organization’s vision of ensuring a growing and prosperous Iowa.
Each high school was invited to select a senior student with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite/most influential teacher, and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg.
“The principles learned through academic success, like those learned from participation in education-based activities, help develop outstanding leaders and citizens,” said Iowa High School Athletic Association executive director Alan Beste. “The partnership between IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau, along with the great cooperation of the Governor’s Office has made this prestigious event possible for many years.”
Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participate in extracurricular school activities with more than 85 percent in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.