Local Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Honor Area Students

May 7, 2018

For the 16th year running, the Touchstone Energy® Scholar of the Week program awarded $100 scholarships to 33 eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota high school students.

These students were nominated and selected based on their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and community service. During the year, weekly segments on KSFY television featured these outstanding students.

On Saturday, April 28, Touchstone Energy recognized the students and their achievements at a special Scholar of the Year luncheon at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D.

The students, their parents, East River Electric representatives, Paulsen staff and others attended the luncheon. KSFY News anchor Brian Allen served as the master of ceremonies and Lake Area Technical Institute President Michael Cartney was the keynote speaker, inspiring the students to build on what they have begun as they move to the next phase of their education.

During the event, names were drawn for additional scholarships. Nathan Hulscher from Florence High School in Codington-Clark Electric’s service territory received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Trevor Case, from Webster Area High School in Lake Region Electric’s service territory, received a $500 scholarship.

And Alexander Palecek, from Yankton High School in Clay-Union Electric’s service territory, also received a $500 scholarship.

Paulsen congratulates all of the students who were honored this year!

L-R: Brian Andrews, Managing Editor, KSFY; Kristi Moss, Group Media Director, Paulsen; Shayla Ebsen, Communications and Marketing Manager, East River Electric Power Cooperative; Sara Steever, President, Paulsen; and Chris Studer, Chief Member and Public Relations Officer, East River Electric Power Cooperative.

L-R: Scholarship recipients Alexander Palecek, Nathan Hulsch and Trevor Case.

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