Valedictorian Alison Thurn honored

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MFL MarMac valedictorian Alison Thurn was recognized for several honors over the past two months, including Gov. Terry Branstad at the 30th annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony. (Submitted photo)

Thurn was also honored by KWWL Television and Wartburg College in KWWL’s 31st annual “Best of Class” celebration and got to take a photo with KWWL chief meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg, news anchors Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman and sports director Rick Coleman. (Submitted photo)

MFL MarMac valedictorian Alison Thurn was recognized for several honors over the past two months.

On April 18, Thurn was honored by KWWL Television and Wartburg College in KWWL’s 31st annual “Best of Class” celebration. Best of Class students were videotaped on the Wartburg campus for a series of public service announcements, which can be found on KWWL.com. They also had the opportunity to be photographed with KWWL news anchors Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman, chief meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg and sports director Rick Coleman.

Thurn was also recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad for outstanding academic achievement at the 30th annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony on April 26 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau, honored 436 high school students from across Iowa.

Each high school was invited to select their senior student(s) with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point 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 Branstad. Thurn selected Lynn Jones as her favorite/most influential teacher.

Thurn is the daughter of Shawn and Crystal Thurn and will attend Viterbo University, where she plans to major in dietetics and also play softball.

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