Rachel DeCook, daughter of Mary Beth and the late Bruce DeCook, was selected by the Moulton-Udell administration and teachers to represent Moulton-Udell High School for the 2014 Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program. This program is a joint effort between the Office of the Governor, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Farm Bureau, its title sponsor.
The Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program recognizes DeCook’s record of consistent academic excellence during her high school career. Few students achieve this level of impressive academic achievements and success. The Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony was held Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center Hy-Vee Hall. The state of Iowa was proud to recognize DeCook for her hard work and dedication. The ceremony consisted of several speaker, including Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Jane Schmidt, the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year from Maquoketa. She will receive a plaque with a mounted picture of her and the governor. At the ceremony, she got a certificate of achievement and a certificate of appreciation for her favorite/most influential teacher, Mrs. Geri Harnisch.
On April 28 at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines, DeCook was selected Best of Class for ABC5. The Best of Class students’ names and their schools will be featured on the website www.weareiowa.com. Individual and group taping sessions were done as promotional spots that will run at various times on ABC5 from May 6 through June 13. DeCook received a Salute to Excellence Best of Class 2014 certificate for her demonstrated commitment to academic achievement and leadership.