A Scholarly Legacy: Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

March 28, 2018

Reilly Biel — Yankton Press and Dakotan

Elianna ClarkGAYVILLE — Sometimes, a difficult childhood can yield great results. Elianna Clark is proof of that…again.

A student at Gayville-Volin High School, Clark is one of 615 students in the country to receive the 2018 Horatio Alger State Scholarship in the amount of $10,000. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students who, in the face of great adversity, have exhibited an admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities.

A high school senior, Clark plans on attending Mount Marty College (MMC) this fall to pursue a nursing degree. She has already taken more than 10 credit hours for general courses such as speech and history.

Interestingly, her older sister, Genevieve, is also attending MMC and majoring in the same profession.

"I thought Mount Marty was a great school and has a good nursing program," Clark told the Press & Dakotan. "Plus, it has a good Christian background, which will help me strengthen my relationship with God. My sister also goes there, so it will be nice to have her around."

Both sisters have received Horatio Alger scholarships. Genevieve was awarded her scholarship in 2016 at the national level in the amount of $22,000.

Both sisters grew up in the same household and as such, endured the same challenges of having an alcoholic mother and a deceased father.

Elianna has been residing with her cousins in Yankton since she was in the eighth grade.

To cope with her unconventional life, she threw herself into her academics and school activities. Throughout her high school career, she has been involved with track, cross country, volleyball, basketball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and acting as president of the Gayville-Volin student council.

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