Garret Tiarks, a student at Colo-Nesco, and Kaylee Kruschwitz, a student at Nevada, were recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 15th annual Governor’s Recognition Ceremony April 30 in Des Moines.

The statewide program is sponsored by the governor’s office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Each high school was invited to select a senior with the highest academic ranking for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite or most influential teacher.

Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participate in extracurricular school activities, with more than 75 percent participating in at least one sport.