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The college honorees were Augustana's Katie Hurd and Noah Huisman and USF's Brigitte Gross Red Human Race Nmd On Feet
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hold for future FCA luncheons. "As we worked through that discussion we came to the conclusion of let's not try to choose an overall winner out of a great group of young student athletes. Let's honor them all."
"It's such an amazing honor," said Washington libero and point guard Ellie Benson, who spoke on behalf of the female athletes. "You can be good at sports, but this is something that's inside. It's not just your talent. It's what you choose to believe in. I'm so glad everyone could win and there wasn't just one winner."
"As a competitor you're initially thinking, 'OK, they're not going to have a winner? We're all athletes here,'" said Dooyema. "But it's cool because they list off all the accomplishments and everyone is super deserving. It would be hard to decide."
Other high school honorees were Washington's Austin Heins; Brandon Valley's Adam Presler and Becca Long; Lincoln's Carly Adidas Men's Energy Boost 2
"It's really humbling," said Dooyema, an offensive lineman for the Cougars. "I don't do these things just because I like to put them down. I actually like doing them. I love serving my teammates and I love serving my school in whatever kind of capacity."
Hohman and Taylor Salava; O'Gorman's Claire Howes and Tommy Entwistle; and Roosevelt's Maggie DeJong and Kirby Hora.
For high school students, eligibility requires that the athlete be a senior earning no less than a 3.0 GPA and participate in at least one sport officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Athletics. College athletes must be in their final undergraduate year with at least a 3.0 GPA and participation in one sport officially sanctioned by the NCAA.
Wednesday's honorees also were a collection of athletes with extensive community service, including volunteer work at the Banquet, Children's Care Hospital and Kids Against Hunger. Sioux Falls Christian representatives Luke Hurley and Kiley Olson were not in attendance because of a service project in Haiti.
The event, which recognizes the academic and community service of local athletes, stepped away from the traditional awarding of two high school athletes (one male, one female) and two college athletes, instead honoring all 16 representatives for their achievements.
FCA state director Keith Moore speaker during the 43rd annual Honor Athlete Luncheon in the Elmen Center at Augustana on Wednesday.(Photo: Jay Pickthorn / Argus Leader)
South Dakota FCA state director Keith Moore, who also served as the keynote speaker, said the question was raised last year (his first as state director) about the process of selecting winners.
Area athletes recognized at FCA Honor Luncheon
"I was new last year and my question was, 'How do you choose a winner? How do you decipher who the best student athlete is on the stage?'" said Moore, adding that the change will likely Adidas Mi Duramo 6 Review
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