Scholar of The Week - Chayse Shoemaker
When Chayse Shoemaker was asked what made him choose to take the high road and rise above so many his age, he contemplated; trying to find a way to answer a question that he didn’t really have an answer to. Chayse didn’t consider it as making a choice; he was just being himself. Webster Area Superintendent, Jim Block, said “I can answer that! Chayse doesn’t know any other way. He only knows how to take the high road and to be the best at everything he does.”
Chayse has always been dedicated to his studies; making the honor roll all semesters of his high school career, earning his academic letter. He also participates in many activities: he is the vice-president of Webster National Honor Society, president of the Robotics club and a member of FFA. Chayse can be seen and heard at most athletic events, operating the Bearcats TV system and announcing some games. Outside of school, he is involved in 4-H and the Day County Trailblazers Club. You would think with all of the activities Chayse is involved in that he wouldn’t have time for much else, but he’s a very busy young man! Chayse started making crafts at a young age to raise money for charity. He has elevated his crafting game to woodworking; most recently, he built three live-edge tables for a restaurant in Webster. If Chayse was to give advice to himself in 5th grade, he would tell young Chayse, “work hard in whatever you choose to pursue because you might be surprised where you'll end up.” After high school Chayse plans on attending Lake Area Technical College then returning to help raise cattle on his family’s farm west of Webster.
The Scholar of the Week program is a partnership between Dakota News Now and your local Touchstone Energy Cooperatives that honors the region’s accomplished high school students. Chayse received $250 from Lake Region Electric and was featured on Dakota News Now during the second week of November. As a weekly winner, he is eligible to receive one of three scholarships that are given away at the annual Scholar of the Year banquet.
Chayse is the son of Lake Region Electric member-owners Joel and Alyssa Shoemaker. He was nominated for this honor by Webster Area High School Counselor, Chelsea Larson.