What does it take to be a Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week? It's not just about grades or athletic ability. It takes a well-rounded individual that excels in the classroom and the community.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and KSFY Television have joined together to recognize the achievements of high school seniors throughout the region. "Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week" has been celebrating the achievements of high school seniors since 2002. Recipients are highly motivated high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community. This program was founded on the four pillars of Touchstone Energy: Integrity, Accountability, Innovation and a Commitment to Community. Faculty members nominate students based on their academic achievement as well as school and community involvement. Lake Region electric Association approves the nominations for review by KSFY and Touchstone Energy.

The selected Senior will receive a $250.00 check from Lake Region Electric Association and Touchstone Energy. Recipients are eligible to win additional scholarship at the Touchstone Energy Scholar Banquet.

For more information on the program please call Laura at Lake Region Electric Association: 605-345-3379 or 1-800-657-5869

Webster's Connor Bauer Chosen as Scholar of The Week

Connor Bauer, son of Scott & Pam Bauer,  is a student at Webster High School and was chosen as Scholar of the Week for the week of October 10, 2021. Connor participates in cross country, basketball, band, and robotics. Connor also excels academically; he has been on the honor roll every semester of his high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society. Webster Area High School Counselor, Chelsea Larson nominated Connor for this award. She often nominates seniors that are involved with NHS because they are strong students academically and are involved in with school and community activities. She says of Connor, “Connor is a genuinely nice young man.  He is supportive of his peers and is a role model to younger students.  He is a hard worker and strives to do his best.”

Connor received a check for $250 from lake Region Electric Association as part of the Scholar of the Week program. He was also featured on Dakota News Now during the 6:00PM news on Monday, October 11 and again on the Dakota News Now morning news on Tuesday, October 12 between 6:00AM and 7:00AM.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and Dakota News Now have joined together to recognize the achievements of high school seniors throughout the region. "Touchstone Energy Scholar of the Week" has been celebrating the achievements of high school seniors since 2002. Recipients are highly motivated high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community. This program was founded on the four pillars of Touchstone Energy: Integrity, Accountability, Innovation and a Commitment to Community. Larson appreciates the Scholar of the Week program, “I am really glad that KSFY/Touchstone Energy Scholar program is available because it highlights the achievements and successes of many of our South Dakota students. Connor is one of those students that deserves to be recognized for being a role model and hard worker.”

For more information on the program please contact Lake Region Electric Association, your local Touchstone Energy cooperative.

Paige Williams Recognized as Scholar of The Week

Lake Region Electric Association and Webster Area High School are pleased to announce Paige Williams was chosen as a Touchstone Energy® Scholar of the Week winner for the week of April 16, 2022 - April 22, 2022. The scholar of the week program is a partnership between Dakota News Now Television, Lake Region Electric Association and other local Touchstone Energy Cooperatives that honors accomplished high school students.

Nominations for the weekly awards are submitted by area school principals and faculty, whose selections were based on excellence in the classroom and service in the community. Paige is a member of National Honor Society and is active in school activities such as band and taking stats for football and basketball. Paige stays busy outside of school with work, softball, and Girl Scouts. She plans to attend Mitchell Technical Institute this fall. 

As a Scholar of the Week, Paige will be featured in a weekly segment on Dakota News Now and will receive a scholarship from Lake Region Electric Association. Paige is also now eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship or one of two $500 scholarships that will be given away this spring at the annual Scholar of the Year banquet.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are local, active members of their communities, dedicated to building our communities and improving our way of life. Since the Scholar of the Week program began, more than $80,000 in scholarships has been awarded to more than 530 students. The program is a great partnership between local Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and their members and truly captures the commitment that electric cooperatives have to the communities they serve.

For more information about Lake Region Electric Association or Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, please contact Laura London at 605-345-3379.

“Lake Region Electric Association salutes Paige and all students who set an example of hard work and high academic standards,” said Laura London with Lake Region Electric Association.