Mary Eide, a St. Edmond Catholic High School student, was recognized by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 11th annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 28 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, honored 439 Iowa high school seniors.
Each high school was invited to select its senior student or students 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 or most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with Branstad and Reynolds.
"Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participate in extracurricular school activities, with more than 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent plan to continue their education in Iowa.