Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, right, and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, left, congratulate Addie Craig of Maquoketa for her outstanding academic achievement during the April 28 recognition ceremony held in Des Moines.

Addie Craig of Maquoketa was recognized by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg for outstanding academic achievement at the 17th annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 28, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. 

Addie is a student at Maquoketa Community High School. She is the daughter of Alan and Jolene Craig of Maquoketa.

The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) honored more than 424 high school seniors from across Iowa.

“Iowa Farm Bureau members know that by investing in our youth and communities, we are investing in the future of Iowa,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “We have been honored to be a title sponsor of the Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony for the past 17 years to celebrate Iowa’s exceptional high school students. Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs that benefit our youth.”

Each high school was invited to select the senior student with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also recognized their favorite/most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Governor Gregg.

“The principles learned through academic success, like those learned from participation in education-based activities, help develop outstanding leaders and citizens,” said IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste. “The partnership between the IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau, along with the cooperation of the governor’s office has made this prestigious event possible for many years.”

Ninety-nine percent of those recognized also participate in extra-school activities with more than 80 percent participating in at least in one interscholastic sport. Nearly 60 percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.