Gabe Klein, a student at Union High School, was recognized by Governor Terry Branstad for outstanding academic achievement at the Thirteenth Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony held April 26, 2015, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
The statewide program, Sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 436 high school seniors from across Iowa.
“Iowa Farm Bureau members believe that by investing in our youth and communities, we’re investing in the future of Iowa,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “We are so proud to honor such exceptional students and proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs and annual scholarships for our youth.”
Each high school was invited to select their senior student with the highest academic ranking, based on grade ppoint 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 Governor Branstad.
Ninety-eight percent of those recognized also participate in extra-curricular school activities, with more than 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. Nearly 60 percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.