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Farmers Union Presents Awards

Farmers Union Presents Awards

Seventeen youths are recognized with Torchbearer Awards

South Dakota Farmers Union recognized youth and an educator with awards at its recent annual convention. Here’s a rundown:

Torchbearer awards
Seventeen rural youth received Torchbearer Awards. They are:

•Tyler Novak, son of Alvin and Rhonda Novak. He is from Yankton and plans to attend college and major in Education.

•Jackie Dethlefsen , daughter of Clyde and Cheryl Dethlefsen. She is from Stickney and currently attends the University of Sioux Falls where she is studying Psychology with plans to continue on to graduate school for Occupational Therapy.

•Dasia Tolsma, daughter of Shannon and Paula Tolsma. She is from Stickney and currently attends Mitchell Technical Institute.

South Dakota Farmers Union recognized 2013 and 2014 Torchbearers during the 2014 State Farmers Union Convention in Aberdeen recently. They are, back row, from left, Tyler Novak, Yankton; Alexandra Farber, Britton; Chris Nemec, Holabird; Jackie Dethlefsen, Stickney; Jonathan Linke, Woonsocket; Dayton Trujillo, De Smet; and Brooke Enright, Union Center; and in front, Dasia Tolsma, Stickney; Jason Hanson, Britton; Ashton Reedy, Philip; Tyana Gottsleben, Philip; Kiana Brockel, Shadehill; Alyson Hauck, De Smet; and Alexandra Waldner, Huron. Photo: SD Farmers Union

•Jonathan Linke, son of Henry and Paula Linke. He is from Woonsocket and plans to attend South Dakota State University considering a major of Agriculture Journalism.

•Alyson Hauck, daughter of Jason and Bobbi Hauck. She lives in De Smet and currently attends South Dakota State University majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
Dayton Trujillo, son of Steve Trujillo and Kathy McAdaragh. He lives in De Smet. He attends South Dakota State University and wants to become a clinical or industrial psychologist.

•Alexandra Farber, daughter of Tom and Lori Farber. She lives in Britton. She plans to attend South Dakota State University Honors College to major in Marketing and Theatre, with a minor in English.

•Jason Hanson, son of Lorrie Hanson. He is from Britton and plans to attend North Dakota State University.

•Chelsie Beyl, daughter of Mary Beyl. She lives in Rosholt and is majoring in Communication with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship at Minnesota State University - Moorhead.

•Tyana Gottsleben, daughter of Bill and Jayne Gottsleben. She lives in Philip and is undecided about her future plans.

•Ashton Reedy, daughter of Matt and Micky Reedy. She lives in Philip and plans to attend the University of South Dakota for Occupational Therapy. 

•Bailly Enright, daughter of Travis and Jone Enright. She grew up near Union Center and is currently attending Cosmetology School and wants to someday own her own salon

•Brooke Enright, daughter of Travis and Jone Enright. She grew up near Union Center and is currently majoring in Sociology at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

•Keely Thompson,daughter of Dana and Roxona Thompson. She grew up near New Underwood and currently attends South Dakota State University. After graduation, she would like to work on building her own bovine artificial insemination company.

•Kiana Brockel, daughter of Kelvin and Jean Brockel. She lives near Shadehill and is planning to attend college but undecided on her major.

•Alexandra Waldner, the daughter of Roger and Amy Waldner. She grew up in Huron and plans to attend Southwest Minnesota State University with a major in Culinary Arts.

•Chris Nemec, the son of Victor and Diane Nemec. He lives near Holabird and is currently attending the University of South Dakota, pursuing a degree in Business Management.

Esteemed educator
Denise Mushitz received the Esteemed Educator Award for her years of dedicated service to South Dakota Farmers Union Youth Programming  She is a middle-school teacher at Platte-Geddes School, Mushitz understands the value of adult involvement in the lives of young people. "Anytime a young person can have an adult advocate whom they can connect with, it is beneficial for them."

To learn more about South Dakota Farmers Union education programming, visit

Source: SDFU

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