21st All-Area Academic Team Named
Seven area high school seniors have been named to the Britton Journal’s 22nd 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 Levi Boyko, Jaden Jenkins, Chase Mundt, Nick Nelson, and Emma Storley of Britton-Hecla, and Ashley Gustafson and Chesney Olson of Langford Area.
Boyko is the son of Jim and Jennifer Boyko of Britton and compiled a 3.76 grade point average during his prep career. His school activities have included football, wrestling, track, student council, band, choir, all-school play, and yearbook. Community activities have include being president of the JAWS church youth group and competing on the swim team. His list of high school honors includes All-State Chorus, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) representative, homecoming king candidate, Aberdeen American News Scholastic Star, ‘A’ honor roll, and DAR nominee. The highlight of his high school career was “making it to the state football championship one last time with my team.” Future plans include attending SDSU for mechanical engineering, and 10 years from now he would like to own his own business.
Jenkins sports a 3.66 grade point average and is the son of Rebecca and Jeffrey Hedlund of Veblen. She has been active in volleyball, cheerleading, track, student council, band, and Color Guard. Community activities have included being crowned the 2020 Britton Area Senior Snow Queen, volunteering at the Food Pantry, helping deliver coats from local churches to the Community Center, and tracking times for the local Veblen Run. Prep honors include the Award for Educational Excellence, Voice of Democracy Certificate of Merit Award, ‘A’ and ‘B’ Honor Roll, and HOBY representative. The highlight of her high school career was being able to become a role model for her school as Britton Area Senior Snow Queen and a student council representative. Her future plans are to attend the University of Minnesota/Morris to major in marine biology to become a field marine biologist. Ten years from now she would “love nothing more than to make an impact on the environment’s health with my family and live near the ocean in Oregon.”
Mundt is the son of Dana and Ada Mundt of Britton and has a 3,72 grade point average. His high school activities have included football, wrestling, track, all-school play, and All-State Choir, and he has been active in his church youth group. He was captain of his wrestling team and was an honorable mention All-Conference pick. The highlight of his prep career was playing in the state football championship his senior year. Future plans include attending USD to major in business management, and 10 years from now he hopes to be running a business.
Nelson posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average for his prep career and is the son of Kerry and Laurie Nelson of Britton. His high school activities have included football, basketball, and track, and he has been active in the community by helping with Harvest Days setup and volunteering at the Spruce Court Assisted Living Center. He has been an ‘A’ Honor Roll student, earned Academic All-State honors, was recognized as an All-Conference football lineman. The highlight of his prep career was playing in two state championship football game and winning a state title in 2017. Future plans include attending Augustana University where he plans to major in nursing with the goal of remaining in South Dakota and working as an RN. Ten years from now he sees himself settling down in South Dakota with his own home and having a wife and kids.
Storley is the daughter of Shane and Vonda Storley of Britton. Her high school activities have included cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, student council, and all-school play, while her community activities include serving as a food pantry liai-son, working at the Strand Theatre, and being a part of her church youth group. She served as the 2017 South Dakota Junior Snow Queen, was elected B-H Homecoming Queen and Senior Class president. Was a volleyball and basketball team captain, and received the Bill Michal’s Student Leadership Award. The highlight of her prep career was begin a part of the volleyball and basketball teams, and she plans to attend NSU and major in English. In 10 years she plans to be working in a field where she can utilize her reading and writing skills.
Gustafson is the daughter of Joe and Jenn Gustafson of Claremont and has compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average during her prep career while being active in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, yearbook, pep club, band, choir, serving as a teen teacher, and competing in the LRC Math Competition and Science Bowl. Community activities have included Claremont UMC Sunday School teacher, United Youth Foundation, Junior Auxiliary member, and Claremont and Langford Vacation Bible School volunteer. She has been a HOBY and Girls State delegate, A SD Ambassador of Music European tour participating, band president and choir vice-president, Area Honors Band two years, yearbook editor, LAHS Best and Brightest, recipient of the Principals Award, Science, Math, English, and Business Student of the Year, graduating with highest honor, DAR Good Citizen Award, Drum Major Award, Regent Scholar, volleyball, basketball, and cheerleading co-captain, and part of the LA cheerleading squad that received the Spirit of Six Award. Her high school highlight was attending Girls State “that taught me the most about myself and about how much I am capable of accomplishing.” Future plans are to attend USD with a double major in political science and international studies and a minor in history. She has been accepted into the Law Honors program at USD and has a spot waiting for her in the USD School of Law following her undergrad courses with hopes of becoming a family lawyer. Her 10 year goal is to be a practicing attorney in South Dakota.
Olson also sports a perfect 4.0 GPA and is the daughter of Travis and Lisa Olson of Langford. High school activities have included band, choir, flag team, oral interpretation, high school play, volleyball, basketball, statistician for boys basketball and football, class officer, chorus president, teen teacher, All-State Chorus, senior buddy to a kindergarten student, HOBY representative, Teen Teacher, and served as a tutor for younger students. She is active in her church and youth group, a member of the Langford Community Foundation Board, served as a Bible School volunteer and a volunteer at volleyball and basketball youth camps, helped at local Veterans Day programs and Santa Days, organized a garage sale to raise money for children’s leukemia, and helped the community reduce a flooding threat last year. Honors have included All-Conference in volleyball and basketball, volleyball Lion Award, volleyball captain, state qualifier in oral interp, choir president, class officer, Best and Brightest Aard, ‘A’ Honor Roll, Business, Math, Science, English and Social Sciences Student of the Year Award, first place at Science Fair with partner Ady Dwight, HOBY representative, Future Leaders Luncheon Excellence Award, Academic All-State for football statistician, volleyball, basketball, Academic Excellence Award from Governor Kristi Noel, and 2020 South Dakota State Snow Queen. She cites being named SD Snow Queen and making it to the Sweet 16 in basketball as her prep highlights but notes that “being able to be involved in so many different activities throughout the school and community was an opportunity I am beyond grateful for.” Olson plans to attend SDSU and major in human biology through the pre-med program and then to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a doctor in pediatrics or orthopedics. Ten years from now she hopes to be finishing up her last year of residency and starting her dream job of being a doctor.