De Smet High School Senior Athletes
Katelynn's parents are Lynell Tande and Thomas Gehm. Throughout Katelynn's high school career she has participated in 3 years of basketball sideline cheer and 3 years of football sideline cheer. Katelynn's high school honors include being one of the girls chosen to attend Girl's State. Her most memorial experience was traveling to the away games for both basketball and football. She has also participated in 4 years of choir, 4 years as a member of the FCCLA chapter, and 3 years of NHS. After graduation Katelynn plans on attending LATI to study Medical Assising.
Cade Birkel is the son of Mark and Jerri Birkel. Cade competed in Football 4 years, Basketball 4 years, Track freshman and sophomore year, and Golf junior and senior year. Cade was awarded All-Conference and Academic All-State for football. He was also awarded Academic All-State for Basketball. His most memorable moment in his high school athletic career was making it to the Sweet 16 in Basketball his senior year. He is also involved in FFA, National Honor Society, Choir, Show Choir, and is apart of the Champions on Track group. Cade plans to attend South Dakota State University.
Kami's parents are Dan and Kathy Buchholz. She has participated in four years of cross country, three years of track, two years of basketball and one year of cheer. Kami received Academic All-State for her years in Cross Country. Her most memorable moments in high school are traveling with the cheer squad. She especially remembers when all the girls whined until Coach Allison turned the van around to get ice cream. Kami was involved in show choir, band, and Bob Ross Painting Club. During her high school career, she was also a member of National Honor Society. After graduation, Kami plans to attend South Dakota State University. She is currently undecided on her major.
Of her many years active in the De Smet High School community, Trinity most remembers the entertaining bus rides and time spent on trips for school activities. Whether it be an oral interp meet or state wrestling, she has made many memories along the way that will stick with her for the rest of her life. National Honor Society, Concert and Show Choir, Band, Theater, and Bob Ross Club were all activities that she has participated in throughout the years. Trinity plans to attend SDSU and she will major in Exploratory Arts and Design.
Lyric Gruenhagen is the daughter of Jason and Tristin Gruenhagen. She has participated in both basketball and volleyball. She was involved in basketball through her freshman and sophomore years. She participated in volleyball all four years of high school. She was voted volleyball team captain in her junior and senior seasons. Her most memorable moment in high school was the 2015 state girls’ basketball tournament in Huron, SD, where she spent time with her friends, and experienced emotions involving the pressures of winning and losing. Lyric is involved in show choir, triple trio, and mixed octet, and also got to attend All State Chorus in Sioux Falls as an alto. She also attended math contest in De Smet and Aberdeen all four years of high school. In the fall she plans to attend South Dakota State University to major in hospitality management.
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