Parker Brandt Britton-Hecla
Weston Henschel Britton-Hecla
Jaidyn Roehr Britton-Hecla
Madeline Reints Langford Area
Madisyn Nelson Langford Area
Zackary Strong Britton-Hecla
21st All-Area Academic Team Named
Six area high school seniors have been named to the Britton Journal’s 21st 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 team, 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 Parker Brandt, Weston Henschel, Jaidyn Roehr, and Zackary Strong of Britton-Hecla, and Madisyn Nelson and Madeline Reints of Langford Area.
Brandt is the son of Brad and Stephanie Brandt of Britton and compiled a 4.0 grade point average. His school activities have included band, golf, track, and drumline, and he has been active in the community by volunteering at the food pantry, participating in the Presbyterian youth group, competing on the swim team, and has been employed at the Strand Theater. High school honors have included the A honor roll, winner of the American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest, South Dakota Academic Excellence Award, and Boys State. A Spanish class trip to Costa Rica was the highlight of Brandt’s high school career, and he plans to attend SDSU this fall and major in mechanical engineering with the goal of getting a job with an international company. Ten years from now he would like to be traveling around the world for his job and be the maker of a worldchanging invention.
Henschel has compiled a 3.988 grade point average and is the son of Tom Henschel and Vicki and Pat Renner of Britton. He has been active in band, football, golf, student council, all-school play, and robotics. His community activities have included working at the recycling truck, food pantry, city-wide cleanup, Harvest Days setup, and 4-H. During his high school career he has been on the A honor roll all four years, twice was named to the Academic All-State Football Team, received the Groton Robotics Sportsmanship Award, and was named a 4-H Danforth Leadership Award winner. Becoming a part of the school’s Engineering 2 robotics program, along with winning the 2017 state football championships were highlights of his prep career. Future plans include attending Dakota State University to obtain a Master’s Degree in cyber operations. Ten years from now he hopes to be working for the federal government protecting information and people.
Roehr is the daughter of Becky Roehr and Darin Roehr of Britton and compiled a 4.0 GPA during her prep career. Student council, volleyball, basketball, and golf were among her extracurricular activities, and she was also a member of St. John’s Youth Group, Westberry Dance, and worked at the Kree Mee. She has been on the A honor roll throughout school, served as class president, was a HOBY alternate, won the DAR Good Citizen Award, and was named to the Aberdeen American News Scholastic Stars Silver Team. With a small class size the highlight of her prep career has been getting to know her classmates well throughout the years and doing things together, like winning the homecoming contest three years in a row. She plans on attending SDSU and majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her goal is to become a pediatric dietician and she would love to work in a children’s hospital. Ten years from now she hopes to be living the good life and working somewhere not too far away from friends and family.
Strong compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA and is the son of Snapper and Anita Strong of Britton. His school activities have included all-school play, robotics, cross country, track, and wrestling. During his prep career he has been on the A honor roll, and was a state qualifier in cross country, wrestling, and robotics. He has been a volunteer at the Marshall County Food Pantry and volunteered for Student Council to help at football tailgating. His high school highlight was qualifying for state in cross country, and he plans to pursue mechanical engineering at SDSU. Ten years from now he would like to be working up the ranks at a big engineering company, specifically NASA.
Nelson, the daughter of Matt and Michelle Nelson of Langford, sports a 3.846 grade point average. She participated in basketball and volleyball and was also active in her community. She has been a Shrine Circus volunteer, student board member of the Langford Area Foundation, youth volunteer referee, Bible School helper, and assisted with Langford Santa Day and the Langford Lutheran Senior Citizen Dinner. Honors have included being named a Best and Brightest student for five years and a Principal’s Award winner one year, superiors at music contests, Lake Region Conference second team volleyball and honorable mention basketball, honor roll member, and second place at the Science Bowl. The highlight of her prep career was compiling 1,000 digs in her volleyball career. Future plans include attending the University of Sioux Falls to pursue a major in business administration and double minor in accounting and finance. Ten years from now she plans to be a positive asset in the local community by helping businesses and people succeed with financial assistance.
Reints compiled a 3.89 GPA during her prep career and is the daughter of Vaughn and Melinda Reints of Pierpont. During school she has been active in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, band, choir, school play, pep club, student council, and oral interpretation. She has also served as a senior delegate on the Langford Area Foundation Board. Honors include being elected homecoming queen, snow queen, selected for the Teen Teachers Program, HOBY Award, and winner of the South Dakota Academic Excellence Award. The highlight of her high school career was receiving the Spirit of Six Award with her cheer squad. Future plans include attending SDSU and majoring in architecture. Ten years from now she hopes to own her own architect business or to work for a large architect corporation.