Shalie Weinheimer

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) has selected Sully Buttes senior Shalie Weinheimer as one of the best and brightest from the Class of 2020 being recognized for their academic achievements during their high school career.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the 30th Annual Academic Excellence Luncheon was canceled.

However, Governor Kristi Noem and the ASBSD set out to honor the nearly 200 students, who were identified as the top one percent of their senior class, from the state’s public, private and tribal schools, to celebrate their academic achievements.

Students designated as their district’s honoree received a certificate, letter signed by Governor Noem and a South Dakota pin.

In her letter to the honorees, Governor Noem noted she was “proud of you for your hard work and dedication to your academic career.”

“You are part of a special group of young people,” Noem wrote. “Your class will make the best of a tough situation and will strengthen our state with your talents and perseverance.”

ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany added that while it was disappointing to not be able to hold the luncheon, it was still an honor to commend the students for their excellence in academics.

“This is clearly a group of students that have excelled in the classroom and beyond,” Pogany said. “Each one of these future leaders deserves special recognition for their academic accomplishments.”