As the class of 2016 graduated Friday, June 3rd, those in attendance for the ceremony were able to witness a rare occurrence. Not one, but three valedictorians made their way to the podium giving their individual words of wisdom to their fellow classmates. Jordan Hinz, Madison Hagert, and Maggie Scheffler have honorably completed high school with a cumulative 4.0 gpa. These three ladies have achieved academic perfection.

As the class of 2016 graduated Friday, June 3rd, those in attendance for the ceremony were able to witness a rare occurrence. Not one, but three valedictorians made their way to the podium giving their individual words of wisdom to their fellow classmates. Jordan Hinz, Madison Hagert, and Maggie Scheffler have honorably completed high school with a cumulative 4.0 gpa. These three ladies have achieved academic perfection.

Interestingly enough, this has happened before. In the graduating class of 2012, Kylie Jans, Rosina Halverson Studer, and BeaAnn Hagert also all earned the title of valedictorian. Nonetheless, it is still a very notable event.

Jordan, Madison, and Maggie have been in school together since kindergarten. Growing up they have been active participants in several extracurricular activities. All three have taken PSEO (Postsecondary Enrollment Options) classes making maintaining that 4.0 gpa even more of a challenge. "We took a lot of the same classes together, so it was really rewarding to see us get it together", Hagert said about sharing the spot.

Madison Hagert  is the daughter of Tony and Jane Hagert. She has been involved in volleyball and basketball from freshman to senior year. She was also a part of National Honor Society, the Sting Mentorship Program, as well as being student council president, the coordinator for Red Cross Youth, and editor for the yearbook.

Madison shared about keeping her 4.0 that "the most difficult part was probably time management and learning how to get things done while being busy with sports and other activities".

Hagert said it was exciting to see how all her hard work has paid off . One of her favorite parts of being valedictorian was sharing the experience with Maggie and Jordan.

Madison plans to attend St. Ben's in the fall for her pre-chiropractic studies.
Jordan Hinz is the daughter of David and Stacy Hinz. She was involved in basketball and volleyball with Maggie and Madison as her teammates. Jordan was also involved in track and field as well as choir, student council, Red Cross Youth, Nation Honor Society, and prom committee.

Like Madison, Jordan says balancing all of her activities was a challenge when attempting to maintain a 4.0. It took incredible effort to keep academics first.
Jordan also shared that she felt honored to represent the class of 2016 with two girls she has known since kindergarten. “Being a valedictorian made me feel proud that I achieved a goal I had for myself as well as represent my school and class”, Hinz said.
Jordan plans to attend Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Maggie Scheffler is the daughter of Pete and Wendy Scheffler. She was a part of the volleyball, basketball, and golf teams at YME. Scheffler also busied herself by participating in FFA, Red Cross Youth, National Honor Society, and prom committee.
Maggie shared that it was difficult to do well in school while challenging herself with PSEO classes.

“I was honored that I was able to represent my class, and I was proud that I could accomplish this goal for myself with the help of the good instructors we have at YME”, Scheffler said.

Maggie plans to take on pre-pharmacy at South Dakota State University.

All three of the girls enjoyed sharing the honor of valedictorian with each other. It proved to be the highlight of the experience. If you did not catch it before there is another fun twist to the event of these three ladies maintaining a 4.0 gpa. The last time three students at YME were named valedictorian there was another Hagert in the bunch. “It was also really cool that the last time it had been shared with three people was when my sister got it”, Madison said of her sister BeaAnn. It will be fun to see if having multiple valedictorians will become a more regular occurrence at Yellow Medicine East.