Spirit Lake All-Academic Students Announced

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The All-Academic Team is a feature in the Dickinson County News to showcase those students who have worked hard in the classroom over the past four years.

To begin the selection process, the DCN works with each area high school, and the principal or guidance counselor nominates two students based on academic performance and grade point average. In the event that more than two students have the same GPA, the nomination is based on balanced academic success, involvement in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, fine arts and academic groups.

In addition to their academic achievements, each of the eight students profiled have been role models for their school and communities. Many have volunteered their time to help with a variety of causes during any free hours they may have.

Each of the students on the All-Academic Team will attend a college or university next fall to pursue degrees – and all will likely make positive contributions in their chosen fields and to their communities in the future.

Congratulations to all of our outstanding honorees for 2017.


Hannah DeWild

Spirit Lake High School

GPA: 3.994

Parents: Dave and Sarah DeWild

Brothers and sisters: Faith DeWild

Future Plans: “Next year, I plan to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While at Augustana, I will major in nursing and minor in Spanish.”

Quotable: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

Hannah has been involved in a wide variety of organizations, including four years of participation in Key Club. She’s also been a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for four years and served on the leadership board her senior year.

“My junior and senior years of school, I served as our class vice president on the student council,” she said. “I also joined FFA my junior year and half of my senior year, where I acted as the secretary.”

Hannah’s other groups include academic decathlon, quiz bowl, National Honor Society, Pegasus (Talented and Gifted) and Youth Connect (tutoring services).

She has represented the Indians in volleyball, track and softball as well.

“I have been a part of National Honor Society both my junior and senior year,” she said. “Your acceptance into this club is based on essays written on the topics of scholarship, leadership, character and service. I also have been on the “A” honor roll every semester of school for maintaining a high grade-point average. This year, I was recognized by the Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District as one of four outstanding Key Club leaders. In addition to this honor, I have accrued over 500 volunteer hours in high school alone.”

Hannah attends CrossWinds Church, where she has served as a Wednesday night and Vacation Bible School pre-school leader, provided childcare during the service in the nursery and facilitated a Bible study in the summer for junior high girls. She has also served as a basketball coach at the Bedell Family YMCA for kindergarten and 1st and 2nd-grade basketball. She has participated in many volunteer projects, some of them including serving at Community Table, beginning a winter clothing drive: “Warm Hearts, Warm Hands,” and helping with Special Olympics.

“My dad, Dave DeWild, has been my greatest inspiration and motivator as I look toward the next chapter in my life,” she said. “He has a passion for helping others, especially kids, and has the opportunity to do this every day as a teacher. He goes to work and encourages his students to be not just smart or kind, but to holistically be the best they can be. He has shown me through not just words, but his actions that finding a career you are passionate about means you will never work a day in your life. A servant’s heart is at his core, and he has inspired me to pursue a career in service as well.”

Hannah’s advice to underclassmen is to live in the moment.

“High school years seem to pass in the blink of an eye, so don’t worry about the minute things,” she said. “Rather, focus on being a caring person, making friends regardless of social groups and creating lasting memories.”


Noelle Yost

Spirit Lake High School

GPA: 4.0

Parents: Basil and Kelly Roberts

Brothers and sisters: I have three step-brothers, Brody Roberts is a junior at Iowa State University, Gage Roberts is a freshman at Iowa Lakes Community College and Eagan Roberts is a sophomore at Spirit Lake High School.

Future Plans: “I will be attending the University of Iowa this coming fall and will be majoring in psychology and pre-law.”

Quotable: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest ’til your good is better and your better is best.” – St. Jerome

Noelle was involved in music, golf, mock trial and basketball cheerleading during her freshman year.

“After freshman year I decided cheerleading wasn’t my forte, but I continued golf and continued to be involved in concert band, marching band, chorus  and show choir all four years,” she said. “My junior and senior year I was in vocal jazz as well.”

She played flute and was accepted into the NWIBA Honor Band her junior and senior year. She was accepted into All-State Chorus as a soprano.

“I also received a perfect score on my vocal solo my junior year during Solo/Small Ensemble Contest,” she said. “I received a perfect score on my flute solo the following year. I have been a part of the National Honor Society the past two years as well.”

Noelle attends church at Celebrate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She enjoys playing golf with her family in the summer. For the past two years she has worked at Arnold’s Perk and, this summer, she will be working at Embellish.

She’s found inspiration from attorney Mike Johnson, who was her mock trial coach in ninth grade. She is also inspired by attorney John M. Sandy, who she interned under during her senior year.

“If I were to have any advice for underclassmen it would be to become involved and try as many activities in high school as possible,” she said. “Through my high school career I have found that the majority of the friends I have I met through extracurricular activities. Also, I feel like the activities I have become involved in in the past have helped me develop many different skills as well as help me decide what I want to do as a career later in life.”


The Honorees

2014 Jennifer Poncelet and Logan Sorensen

2015 Jenna McCoy and Josie Hoien

2016 Ben Wetzeler and Meghan Wickham

2017 Hannah DeWild and Noelle Yost

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