Dylan Frey and Brandy Peterson presented the Senior Honor Presentations at the Langford Area graduation on Saturday and both grduates earned highest honors. A total of 16 seniors received diplomas.
20th All-Area Academic Team Named
Six area high school seniors have been named to the Britton Journal’s 20th Annual All-Area Academic Team.
Students from Britton-Hecla and Langford Area were selected for the squad which recognizes student-citizens from the county schools.
“Our goal is to honor our outstanding students who not only excel in the classroom but who are also good citizens of their communities,” said Journal Publisher Doug Card. “Area athletes are frequently named to All-Area, All-Conference, and All-State teams, and we’re pleased to bestow a similar type of recognition for academic achievement on area students.”
Members of this year’s All-Area Academic Team include Morgan Dahme, Andrew Hardina, Preston Jones, and Haley Ringkob of Britton-Hecla, and Dylan Frey and Brandy Peterson of Langford Area.
Dahme is the daughter of Troy and Lisa Dahme of Britton and compiled a 3.866 grade point average. She was a team captain in both volleyball and gymnastics and has been active in the JAWS youth group and volunteered for Bible School at her church, volunteered at the gymnastics summer rec program, and was active in Westberry Dance. The highlight of her high school career was competing at the state gymnastics meet three straight years. Dahme plans to attend Northern State University and major in elementary education. Ten years from now she would like to be teaching in Britton or the surrounding area.
Hardina compiled a 3.97 grade point average and is the son of Chad and Rhonda Hardina of Britton. The highlight of his prep career was being chosen by his class as a homecoming candidate. He also received a writing honor from the SD Reading Council, sang in choir for two years, and served as a T-ball coach. Hardina is also a member of the Marshall County Sportsman’s Club and was a member of the trap shooting team. He plans to attend Mitchell Technical Institute for electrical construction. Ten years from now he hopes to be working as an electrician in northeastern South Dakota where he will be close to family and the area where he can enjoy his hobbies of hunting and fishing.
Jones is the son of Sonny and Marissa Jones of Britton and compiled a 4.014 grade point average while being active in football, wrestling, track, student council, allschool play, band, and choir. He has also coached youth wrestling and worked at the food pantry. His honors include All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State football; All-Conference wrestling; Region 1B Sportsmanship Award for wrestling; Academic All-State for football and wrestling; and regional officer and representative for student council. Jones said that “holding up the 9A state football championship trophy in front of our town” was the highlight of his prep career. He plans to attend Presentation College to play football and obtain a degree in athletic training and then go on to get a degree in physical therapy. Future hopes are to become a physical therapist for either a college or professional football team.
Ringkob earned a 3.8 GPA and is the daughter of Chuck and Jennifer Ringkob of Lake City. Her school activities have included cheerleading, volleyball, oral interpretation, and yearbook editor. She has also been active in the community by serving as a student and teacher at Westberry Dance Studio, a Sunday School music teacher, volunteer at the Food Pantry, and president of her 4-H club. Ringkob was named the 2018 Britton Area Snow Queen, she was a legislative page, mayor of her Girls’ State city, an All-American cheerleader, earned a state superior in oral interp, and was named to the Aberdeen American News Scholastic Star Gold List. The highlight of her prep career has been working with youth through snow queen, 4-H, dance, and student-aiding and knowing she has left a mark on the next generation. She plans to attend South Dakota State University and will double major in elementary education and early childhood education with a minor in dance. Ten years from now she hopes to be working as a teacher during the school year and working/owning her own summer dance studio.
Frey is the son of Mike and Sara Frey of Claremont, and he sports a 4.0 grade point average. His school activities have included basketball, football, track, band, choir, two-act play, oral interp, the SDSU Character Education Program, and various class offices. Frey has also been active in the community through 4-H, Adopt-A-Highway, the Community Christmas Party, singing in the church choir and at nursing homes, serving as a volunteer umpire for youth baseball and referee for youth basketball, youth representative on the Langford Community Foundation Board, and cleaning and mowing the Detroit Cemetery in the summer. Honors have included the Principal’s Award, Best and Brightest, band president, North Area Honor Band, All-State Chorus, math, social studies, science and business Student of the Year, Brown County 4-H King, and Boys State. The highlights of his high school career were playing in the state football championship game twice, and competing in three State B basketball tournaments. He plans to attend South Dakota State University and major in agricultural business with a minor in accounting. His hopes are to find a career in financing either as an accountant or loan officer in South Dakota.
Peterson is the daughter of DeWayne and Andrea Peterson of Bristol and has compiled a 4.0 GPA during her prep career. She has been active in band, choir, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, yearbook, oral interp, pep club, student council, school play, and the Youth Choose Character Program. Her community activities have included 4-H, serving on the Langford Community Foundation, and being active in her church youth group. Honors include serving as junior and sophomore class president, choir president, and student council secretary. She has received the Principal’s Award, Best and Brightest Award, Academic All-State, Student of the Year in social sciences, and was a member of the cheerleading squad that received the Spirit of Six Award. Peterson has attended Girls State, HOBY, the governor’s Luncheon, All-State Chorus, and Northeast Area Honor Band. The highlights of her high school career were cheering at three state basketball tournaments and two state football championships and winning the Spirit of Six. Future plans include attending Presentation College to major in nursing and minor in health care administration. Ten years from now she hopes to be settled down in rural South Dakota working as a family nurse practitioner.