Simeon Big Eagle – November 2022

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH

May 2022

Simeon Big Eagle

Yankton High School junior, Simeon Big Eagle, has been named November Student of the Month by Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1. He was nominated by teachers and a guidance counselor at Yankton High School, who say he is a model student both in the classroom and out.

“Simeon has had such a positive turn around the last couple of years and this year especially. He has been impressive this year to both the staff and student body. I have never been prouder of a student than I am of Simeon.”

– YHS Nominator

Simeon is involved in track at YHS and is on the Merit Honor Roll.

Other comments on Big Eagle’s nomination stated that he tackles any challenge and has the desire to succeed and that more students should be like Simeon. One nominator also said, “I can say unequivocally that I have never seen a more significant, positive change in a student as I have seen from him. I have never been impacted and prouder of a student than I am of Simeon Big Eagle.”

Big Eagle’s hobbies and interests include music, playing board games, participating in track, as well as dungeons and dragons.

Simeone’s parent is Mallory Wriedt of Tabor. After high school he plans to attend college to pursue a degree in music.

The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1 in Yankton, South Dakota and recognizes exceptional students in the Yankton School District. Horizon Health Care offers health care and dental services to the cities of Yankton, Elk Point, and Alcester in the Hot Country 93.1 listening area.

Beginning January of 2022 a student of the month is selected each month of the school year. Horizon Health Care selects an outstanding student and awards them with a recognition certificate and a small token, and is recognized on Hot Country 93.1 radio. Officials from Yankton High School nominate students for the award.

Cora Johnson – October 2022

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

October 2022

Cora Johnson

Yankton High School senior, Cora Johnson, has been named October Student of the Month by Horizon
Health Care and Hot Country 93.1. She was nominated by both a teacher and guidance counselor at
Yankton High School, who says she is a true leader and always has a positive vibe.

“Cora has been instrumental in the creation and the success of Yankton High School’s mental health club, Bring Change to Mind. Cora has taken a leadership role in the Club, serving as an Officer all four years of her high school career. She is passionate about wellness and is an advocate for sparking change and ending the stigma surrounding mental health.”

– YHS Nominator

Cora is involved in theatre including: Fall Play, One Act, and Musical, Bring Change to Mind, Oral-Interp,
Dance, National honor Society, Symphonic Band, and Acapella Choir. She currently has a 4.15 GPA and is
ranked second in her class. She received The American Legion Award, President’s Award for Educational
Excellence, Bausch and Lomb Science Award and is the recipient of the Chapter K PEO Star Scholarship.
Her hobbies and interests include reading, embroidery and taking care of plants.


Cora is the daughter of Dan and Kacie Johnson. After high school she plans to attend South Dakota State
University to pursue a degree in pharmacy.

The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Horizon Health Care and Hot Country
93.1 in Yankton, South Dakota and recognizes exceptional students in the Yankton School District.
Horizon Health Care offers health care and dental services to the cities of Yankton, Elk Point, and
Alcester in the Hot Country 93.1 listening area.


Beginning January of 2022 a student of the month is selected each month of the school year. Horizon
Health Care selects an outstanding student and awards them with a recognition certificate and a small
token, and is recognized on Hot Country 93.1 radio. Officials from Yankton High School nominate
students for the award.

Anabelle Taylor – May 2022

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH

May 2022

Anabelle Taylor

Yankton High School junior, Anabelle Taylor, has been named May Student of the Month by Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1. She was nominated by a teacher at Yankton High School, who said she is a high achieving student, not only because of her intelligence but also because of her effort.

“Taylor’s nominator also said, “She goes above and beyond (as the cliché goes) what is necessary, and she does it with a smile and positive attitude.”

– YHS Nominator

Anabelle is involved in theatre tech crew, Science Olympiad, Math Counts and National Honor Society. She is listed on the honor roll at YHS and a part of the 30 Plus Club for ACT. She received 3rd place in state Math Counts and for Science Olympiad State Competition she won 1st place Forensics, 2nd place Wi-Fi Lab, 2nd place Chemistry Lab, and 2nd place Disease Detective.

Her hobbies and interests include art, video games, and playing the violin.

Taylor is the daughter of Kristie and Robert Taylor. After high school she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in chemistry.

The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1 in Yankton, South Dakota and recognizes exceptional students in the Yankton School District. Horizon Health Care offers health care and dental services to the cities of Yankton, Elk Point, and Alcester in the Hot Country 93.1 listening area.

Beginning January of 2022 a student of the month is selected each month of the school year. Horizon Health Care selects an outstanding student and awards them with a recognition certificate and a small token, and is recognized on Hot Country 93.1 radio. Officials from Yankton High School nominate students for the award.

Madison Gutzman – April 2022

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Madison Gutzmann

Yankton High School junior, Madison Gutzmann, has been named Student of the Month by Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1. She was nominated by a teacher at Yankton High School, who said her kind persona brings comfort and security to any student who sits near her.

“She’s an absolute joy to have in class. She should be the student of the month for her work ethic, her ability to ask questions, her pure kindness that will fill you up enough to last an entire month, and her leadership skills she secretly, and unknowingly, uses. Maddie works hard to understand and to learn; students see the tenacity and eagerness she possesses – even with missing class one day a week every week. She is just a pleasure to have.”

– YHS Nominator

Gutzmann is involved in theatre, music and National Honor Society. She was a part of the honor roll and roll of excellence during her time at YHS. Maddie also received the Excellence of Music Award and Academic Excellence Award.

Her Hobbies and interests include traveling, being outside, hiking, playing the piano, and painting.

Gutzmann is the daughter of Michelle Peterson and Jonathan Gutzmann. After high school she plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in psychology with a minor in Spanish.

The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1 in Yankton, South Dakota and recognizes exceptional students in the Yankton School District. Horizon Health Care offers health care and dental services to the cities of Yankton, Elk Point, and Alcester in the Hot Country 93.1 listening area.

Beginning January of 2022 a student of the month is selected each month of the school year. Horizon Health Care selects an outstanding student and awards them with a recognition certificate and a small token, and is recognized on Hot Country 93.1 radio. Officials from Yankton High School nominate students for the award.

Maggie Schaefer – March 2022

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH

March 2022

Maggie Schaefer

Yankton High School senior, Maggie Schaefer, has been named March Student of the Month by Horizon
Health Care and Hot Country 93.1. She was nominated by a teacher at Yankton High School, who said
that despite odds going against her, she is the hardest working student the instructor knows.

““She left (school) for almost two weeks for extreme medical reasons, and, when she came back, she had all her work completed, notes taken, questions written on sticky notes, and a smile on her face.”

– YHS Nominator

Schaefer is a four year, 4.0 GPA student. She is also member of the National Honor Society, Science
Olympiad, oral interpretation, student council, and HOSA (Future Health Professionals) at YHS. As a
sophomore Schaefer was the lone attendee to the HOBY leadership camp and published a poem in a
student written book. Outside of the classroom, Schaefer was a successful member of the Gazelles Girls
Tennis team finishing as state runner-up in flight one singles and doubles in 2021.


Hobbies and interests of Schaefer include walking, playing with her dog, playing piano, and reading.
Schaefer is the son of Jaime and Chris Schaefer of Yankton. After high school she plans to attend
Creighton University and major in biochemistry.


The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Horizon Health Care and Hot Country
93.1 in Yankton, South Dakota and recognizes exceptional students in the Yankton School District.
Horizon Health Care offers health care and dental services to the cities of Yankton, Elk Point, and
Alcester in the Hot Country 93.1 listening area.


Beginning January of 2022 a student of the month is selected each month of the school year. Horizon
Health Care selects an outstanding student and awards them with a recognition certificate and a small
token, and is recognized on Hot Country 93.1 radio. Officials from Yankton High School nominate
students for the award.

Elijah Upton – February 2022

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

February 2022

Elijah Upton

Yankton High School senior, Elijah Upton, has been named February Student of the Month by Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1. He was nominated by officials at his school, who say he has led the student body at Yankton High School with maturity, respect, and kindness.

“He has organized teacher appreciation activities, written thank you/appreciation cards to staff and students, listened and conversed with superior maturity, and spread kindness like it’s the only possible action to perform.”

– YHS Nominator

Upton is the former student council president, current senior class president, and National Honor Society President.

He also finds time to volunteer at New Life Church and VFW Post 791 and is a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Hobbies and interests of Upton include cooking, running, biking, longboarding, ice skating and hanging out with his friends.

Upton is the son of Doug and Pam Upton. After high school he plans to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and major in civil engineering.

The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1 in Yankton, South Dakota and recognizes exceptional students in the Yankton School District. Horizon Health Care offers health care and dental services to the cities of Yankton, Elk Point, and Alcester in the Hot Country 93.1 listening area.

Addison Sedlack- January 2022

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

January 2022

Addison Sedlacek

Yankton High School junior, Addison Sedlacek, has been named January Student of the Month by Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1. She was nominated by officials at her school, who say she is the type of person that the world needs more of.

“Addison carries herself with such poise, confidence, and integrity and is beyond kind and generous”

KAITI LADWIG (YHS TEACHER)

Sedlacek participates in track and field, is a member of student council, and is the secretary of extracurricular activities at YHS. She was also elected to emcee the Gong Show at YHS and has been listed on the role of excellence.

Outside of school, Sedlacek works at River City Relics and enjoys hanging out with classmates and spending time outside and at the lake.

Sedlacek is the daughter of Tom and Jennifer Sedlacek. After high school she plans to attend the University of South Dakota and major is business administration.

The “Student of the Month” is awarded through a partnership of Horizon Health Care and Hot Country 93.1 in Yankton, South Dakota and recognizes exceptional students in the Yankton School District. Horizon Health Care offers health care and dental services to the cities of Yankton, Elk Point, and Alcester in the Hot Country 93.1 listening area.

Beginning January of 2022 a student of the month is selected each month of the school year.  Horizon Health Care selects an outstanding student and awards them with a recognition certificate and a small token, and is recognized on Hot Country 93.1 radio. Officials from Yankton High School nominate students for the award.

Crack The Vault

On the first Monday of the month, listeners call in to the morning show to try to guess a randomly chosen 3 digit code.

Dave Lee will let the callers know if their guess is too high or too low. Contest will be played a minimum of 1 time each weekday until the vault is cracked. First to crack the code wins $93.

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