A young man from Watertown just showed the entire country we have some very smart cookies here in South Dakota.

His name is Jeremy Stout. Jeremy is the son of Jeff and Gisele Stout of Watertown and a senior at Watertown High School.

Jeremy recently took his ACT test and ended up getting the highest composite score a student can possibly obtain a 36.

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The ACT college admissions test covers four different academic skill areas, English, math, reading, and scientific reasoning. A student's composite score is the average of all four of those categories.

As Dakota News Now reports, Jeremy is now a proud member of a very select few students here in the country. Only one-fourth of one percent (.25%) of students who take the ACT earn this prestigious top score.

According to Dakota News Now, of the entire graduating class of 2022 nationwide that took the ACT test, only 3,376 of 1.34 million students received a perfect composite score of 36.

Needless to say, Jeremy should be extremely proud of his achievement, to say the least!

What's Jeremy planning next?

He's off to South Dakota State University in the fall to study physics. He hopes to become a nuclear physicist once he graduates from college.

Yeah, I'm thinking that shouldn't be too much of a problem given his current trajectory.

Way to go Jeremy! Congrats on being the latest South Dakotan to do the state proud!

Source: Dakota News Now

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Know Your South Dakota College and University Mascots

The college football experience is an ultimate high for football fans and it takes several other teams to make that happen week after week during the season.
Just think about what goes into gameday? First and foremost, the players and coaching staff who put in hours and hours of practice and training to play in front of their fans. Then there's field prep, game officials, live broadcasts, concessions, and on-the-field entertainment. Yep, entertainment.

Second to the game, who do you watch? The cheerleaders? The band at halftime? What about the mascot? That's a job not many people can do.
I asked Sioux Falls native and former Cagey mascot for the Sioux Falls Canaries and Little Red & Herbie for the Nebraska Huskers Nate Welch about being a mascot:

  • What does it take to be a mascot?
  • "Losing a bet or filling an opportunity!" Welch says, "An internal energized desire to love life. After meeting great performers who are introverts out of costume, they become the center of attention when they take the stage. And also feeding off the performance of others."
  • Why does the mascot never talk?
  • "Know your role and shut your mouth. You are there to entertain. Tell the story with your actions and not your voice."
  • Advice to someone putting on that costume for the first time?
  • "Remember you are now in a costume. Have fun. Otherwise, you're just a dork in tights. If the fur ain't flying you ain't trying."

Nate Welch has moved on from his days as a mascot to Executive Director of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company in Vermillion, South Dakota.

So, can you name the mascots at our South Dakota Colleges and Universities? Check out the gallery below:

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