Piedmont Valley Elementary School end-of-year assembly held


The end-of-the-year awards assembly at Piedmont Valley Elementary School was held the last week of school. Principal Ethan Dschaak recognized numerous groups of students including those who are members of Teens Against Tobacco Use and the student council, science fair winners and those on the honor roll and those with perfect attendance.


Also honored were 14 sixth grade students who received the President’s Gold Award for Education Excellence, the purpose of which is to recognize academic success in the classroom. The students receiving this award also demonstrated high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities, exceptional judgment and outstanding attendance. The President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence went to Brock Adrian, Bailey Brengle, Joel Carpenter, Carley Christianson, Alexa Delbridge, Claire Hilton, Alexandria Kledzik, Connor Kraft, Skylar Larson, Cole Mettler, Grayson Nelson, Chelsea Powles, Isabel Schuster and Darrion Williamson.


Receiving the President’s Silver Award for Educational Achievement were sixth-graders Cameron Brinkman, Brandon Chayka, Thea Diaz, Taylor Eby, Faith Hedeen, Jonah Lienau, Max Lyle, Tevor Mason, Dylan Pederson, Clancy Phinney, Hannah Prince, Ethan Rosten, Jacob Sailer, Devi Schroeder, Vanessa Swallow, Gracey Shelly, Matt Willey, Courtney Williamson and Alex Wise.


Outstanding citizenship awards were presented by the American Legion to one sixth grade boy and one sixth grade girl possessing high qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service. Recipients of these awards were Grayson Nelson and Carley Christianson. Making the presentation was Jim Wranek of the Piedmont Valley American Legion Post 311 and Mary Wranek of the American Legion Auxiliary.


The Accelerated Reader Program point leaders were honored by library paraprofessional Nancy Tryon. The top three readers for the school were fourth-graders Trevor Keierleber, 474.8 points, Alexis Augustine, 405.4 points, and Gabe Nelson, 315.9 points. They received gift certificates from Books A Million. Point leaders for each class were as follows: Emmalyn Brant, 2B; Christopher Schuman, 2C; Kiara Rath, 3A; A’Leia Kaski, 3B; Samantha Kukla, 3C; Chaelyn Kaski, 5A; Wacey Brown, 5B; Allysa Mattson, 5C; Andrew Barnum, 6A; Grayson Nelson, 6B; and Alexandra Wise, 6C. The point leaders each received a book, bookmark and pencil.


The school’s community partners were recognized by Principal Dschaak and include Culver’s, gift certificates for perfect attendance recipients; Black Hills Federal Credit Union, school supplies; Haggar’s Grocery, money through the cash register receipt program; Windmill truck stop Subway, teacher discounts; Ramada/Stagestop Receptions, free use of the facility and donations of free night stays; Summerset Pizza Hut, free mini-pizza for the Book-It reading program; Elk Creek Valley Market Papa Johns, pizza for students of the month; Piedmont Valley PTA, sponsoring mom & dad breakfasts every month, art program, book fair/bingo night, talent show/chili feed, food and beverages for teacher and staff appreciation, movie night, white elephant store, rummage sale/bazaar, and stallion store; Our Lady of the Black Hills, money for milk/juice, lunch tickets, backpack program; Hills View E-Free Church, money for milk/juice, lunch tickets, backpack program; Foothills Baptist Church, money for milk/juice, lunch tickets, backpack program; Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church, money for milk/juice, lunch tickets, backpack program, teacher supplies; Grace United Methodist Church, money for milk/juice, lunch tickets, backpack program; Black Hawk Community Church, money for milk/juice, lunch tickets, backpack program; Kiwanis Club, school supplies and dictionaries for the third grade; Piedmont Valley American Legion and Piedmont Valley American Legion Auxiliary, citizenship awards, school supplies, clothes; Piedmont Valley Lions Club, Peace Poster Contest and donation of eye glasses for those in need.


Piedmont American Legion representative Jim Wranek, left, and American
Legion Auxiliary representative Mary Wranek, right, presented the citizenship
awards to sixth-graders Grayson Nelson and Carley Christianson for displaying
the qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service.


Piedmont sixth-graders Aisaac Schone, left, and
Kiern Ton were recognized for taking first in the
state in the Student Media Fair at the Technology
and Innovation in Education Conference held this
spring in Rapid City. Schone won for his animation
piece titled “The camping Trip” while Ton’s
audiovisual entry was “The Leak.”

The sixth grade members of the Teens Against Tobacco Use were recognized at the end-of-the-year
assembly for doing prevention activities throughout the year and for setting up a display in observance of
Breathe Easy/Clean Air Month. Pictured are, from the back row left, TATU Adviser Julie Nelson, Chelsea
Powles, Isabel Schuster, Faith Hedeen, Joel Halvorson and Aisaac Schone; middle row left, Megan Trescott,
Brock Adrian, Andrew Barnum, Ethan Rosten and Hannah Prince; front row left, Alex Kledzik, Alexa Delbridge,
Kaven Mantry, Skyler Larson, Lilly Vallandra and Grayson Nelson.

The top three readers at Piedmont Valley Elementary
were fourth-graders, from the left, Alexis Augustine,
Trevor Keierleber and Gabe Nelson.


Taking the top spots in the school science fair were fifth-graders, from the back left, Savannah Lukkes,
third place, Skyler Eisenbraun, second place, Gavin West, second place, and Alyssa Roberson, third place;
middle left, Lucas McKay, second place, Mikayla Schmitz, second place, and Caleb Werdel, honorable
mention; front, Madison Witt, first place.