Twelve seniors from Dickinson High and Trinity High finished the Leadership Dickinson Program on Friday afternoon with a social distancing ceremony to celebrate the year.

The seniors applied and interviewed in the fall and were selected to the prestigious group.

They met once a month and the students were excused from school to do a program and tour local businesses in the area.

“Every month we have a different theme from health and human services to energy or government,” Zach Keller, one of the coordinators of the program said. “Basically we want to expose students to a lot of different industries in the area. We have an agriculture day and that is big to give the students a chance to visit and talk to people in the community in the agriculture industry.”

Ten students from Trinity participated in the program, while there were two from Dickinson High.

McKayla Janzan, Brinklyn Schumacher and Adelyn Emter will be going to the University of North Dakota for school this fall, while Seth Herner, Bryant Merry, Kylen Kubas and Phobe Diem will attend North Dakota State University.

Eve Heupel, Morgan Ehlis and Amanda Brusseau will go to the University of Mary, while Sophia Jilek will go to Bismarck State College and Carissa Dalen will attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Heupel and Emter were awarded scholarships for their work in the program as Ebeltoft Sickler Lawyers awarded Heupel with a $500 dollar scholarship and Emter won a $1,000 scholarship from Sax Motor Company.

All 12 participants in the Leadership Dickinson Program socially distance for a picture at their end of the year graduation. (Jake Wright / The Dickinson Press)
All 12 participants in the Leadership Dickinson Program socially distance for a picture at their end of the year graduation. (Jake Wright / The Dickinson Press)

All 12 students built relationships and connections with community leaders and businesses leaders with their visits to various sites throughout the year.

“The mission and goals of the program are we do a lot of work outside these visits where we work with students to build their leadership skills and we do a book study and leadership development,” Keller said. “Another big part of the program is students work on a service project to incorporate that servant leadership aspect to give back to the community. It is run by the students and we provide guidance but it is run by them and it is cool to see what they come up with each year. Aside from them getting that exposure, it is nice to see them make connections in the community for after college if they come back.”

Herner believes that this program helped him learn how to be more professional and connect with people throughout Dickinson. He also was thankful for the chance to interact with and become closer to some of his classmates that he didn’t know as well.

His favorite place they visited was Baker Boy.

“I didn’t realize how big they are and the kind of outreach they have in our community,” he said.