De Smet High School Senior Athletes


Jayden Woodcock

Jayden Woodcock is the son of Becky Currier, Jeffrey Woodcock, and Heidi Woodcock. Jayden participated in golf for three years and football for four years while at De Smet High School. While in high school, he has been awarded academic all-state football and honorable mention in the DVC football conference. Jayden's most memorable high school moment was the playoff game vs Canistota-Freeman. He is a member of choir and National Honor Society. He has received perfect attendance and been on the superior honor roll throughout his high school career. Jayden plans to attend Lake Area Technical Institute to study Precision Machining, and become a CNC machinist.

Katelynn Gehm

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.

Madisyn Miller

Madisyn is the daughter of Mike and Chalsea Kerkvliet. Madisyn has participated in volleyball for 4 years. She also participated in cheer for 3 years, and basketball for 1 year. In all 4 years of volleyball Madisyn has achieved academic excellence. Her most memorable moment in her high school career is when the volleyball team beat Colman Egan in 5 sets. She has also participated in FFA for 5 years, chorus for 4 years, and National Honor Society for 3 years. Madisyn's post graduation plans are to attend the University of Sioux Falls and study criminal justice and minor in exercise science.

Jared Hoefert

Jared is the son of Wade and Amy Hoefert. He has participated in football for four years, basketball for four years, and track for one year. His most memorable moment in high school is beating Arlington in basketball his senior year. Jared plans to attend Lake Area Technical Institute to study Agri-Business

Cade Birkel

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.

Chance Weigum

Chance's parents are Greg and Tina Weigum. Chance played football from Seventh grade through Junior year. He was also in wresting Freshman Year. His most memorable moment was winning first round playoffs against Dell Rapids St Mary's. Chance plans on attending Lake Area Tech and plans to study Diesel Technology.

Gianna Janssen

Gianna is the daughter of Doug and Juliana Janssen. She has participated in volleyball, basketball, and track for 4 years and golf for 1 year. Gianna has received the Hanson Basketball Classic Sportsmanship award, All-Conference LCC, Academic All-State and the Hanson Basketball Classic Scholarship. Her most memorable moment in high school was making it to the Girls State Basketball Tournament her Freshman year. Gianna has been involved in choir and band all 4 years of high school and show choir for 3 years. She has received Superior Honor Roll, Junior National Honor Society, and National Honor Society. She has also received the 1st place American Legion Veteran's Day essay and 2nd & 3rd place in the Region FFA Land Judging competition. Gianna plans to attend South Dakota State University to study Pre-Physical Therapy.

Gage Gruenhagen

Gage's parents are Jeff and Stacie Gruenhagen. He has participated in 4 years of football and basketball. Some of his honors include 3 time all DVC conference football player, 2 time all DVC/LCC conference basketball player, academic all state in both football and basketball, all state football selection, and all state 2nd team basketball selection. His favorite high school memory was advancing to the round of 16 during his senior year. Other activities Gage is involved in are Chorus, FFA, National Honor Society, and Math Contest. After high school Gage plans to attend Dakota Wesleyan University to study business.

Nicole Berg

Nicole is the daughter of John and Mena Berg. She ran cross country for all four years of high school and joined basketball cheerleading her senior year. She received Academic All-State for cross country running. Most prominently, Nikki recalls her very first practices which she can still look back on fondly as some of her favorite high school memories. Aside from sports, Nikki also participated in oral interpretation, one-act play, all-school play, Bob Ross Painting Club, show choir, and band. Nicole plans to attend South Dakota State University to study mortuary science.

Kamila Buchholz

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.

Trinity Barnard

Trinity Barnard is the daughter of Jennifer Barnard and the late SSG Shane S. Barnard. She participated in Volleyball and Wrestling management for all four of her high school years. Trinity participated on the varsity volleyball team her senior year, and she was the varsity wrestling manager all four years.

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.

Tate Perry

Tate is the son of Vin and Melody Perry. Tate has participated in high school football for 4 years and high school wrestling for 3 years. He has earned Football DVC Honorable Mention, lettered in football 4 years and wrestling 3 years, and received defensive player of the game at Elkton in 2016. His most most memorable moment in his high school is going to the playoffs his senior year. Tate plans to attend Lake Area Tech to study Automotive Technology.

Jordynn Gehm

Jordynn Gehm is a daughter of Tom Gehm and Lynell Tande. Jordynn has participated in football cheer for four years, volleyball stats for three years, basketball cheer for four years, and track stats for three years. A honor for her was cheering the boys and girls in winning their ball games. Cheering on the boys at State is one of Jordynn's memorable moment. She is also a member of FCCLA, National Honor Society, Choir, Student Council Member, and Senior Class Vice President. Jordynn is going to attend Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City in the Fall for Dental Assisting.

Zach Wolkow

Zach Wolkow is the son of Shawn and Candy Wolkow. Zach participated in football for 4 years, basketball for 4 years, and track for 3 years. He has received honors in football which include, 2x All-Conference DVC, All-State Honorable Mention, and Academic All-State. In basketball he received 2x All-Conference DVC Honorable Mention, Academic All-State, and 2016-2017 Entringer Classic MVP. His most memorable moment in his high school career was making it to the sweet 16 during his final year of basketball. Other extracurricular activities he is involved with are, National Honor Society, FFA, Choir, and Champions On Track. Zach plans to attend South Dakota State University.

Callie Martens

Callie's parents are Mike Martens and Jenny Martens. She has participated in Cross Country for four year, Volleyball for four years, Football Cheer for four years, Basketball cheer for four years, and Track for four years. Callie has received Academic all-state and all conference in Cross country. Her most memorable moment is placing at regions this year making it so she qualified herself for state. She has participated in choir, show choir, and triple trio. After graduation, Callie plans to attend DSU to study Early Childhood Education.

Lyric Gruenhagen

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.

Kenzie Blue

Her parents are Steve and Shari Blue. Kenzie has participated in volleyball for four years, basketball for four years, and track for three years. She has received the LCC and DVC awards for volleyball and honorable mention for basketball. Her most memorable moment was making it to the sweet 16 in basketball her senior year. Kenzie has participated in choir and show choir. She is also a member of the national honor society. Kenzie plans to attend LATI to study PTA.

Taylor Eichacker

His parents are Curt and Kim Eichacker. He has participated in basketball for 4 years and golf for 4 years. Taylor's most memorable moment is when the bulldogs made it to the game of 16. He has been involved in FFA for 2 years. After school Taylor plans to go to Minnesota to the workforce and do online schooling.

Taylor Halverson

Taylor is the daughter of Brianne Martens and Josh Halverson. She has competed in volleyball all 4 years of high school. The most memorable moment in her high school career was being a part of the volleyball team. She was a part of the National Honor Society and Superior Honor Roll all 4 years of high school. Taylor plans to attend South Dakota State University to study nursing.

Sydnee Winter

Sydnee is the daughter of Tracy Halperin and Jay Winter. She has participated in Basketball Cheer for 3 years, Football Cheers for 3 years, and Track for 3 years. Her most memorable memory in high school was riding in the van with the other cheerleaders to football games. Sydnee is involved in Show Choir, Choir, Band, Pep- Band, National Honor Society, One- Act Play, Oral Interpretation, Math Contest, Student Council, Girls State, and 2018 Legislative Paging. She plans to attend South Dakota State University to study Pharmacy.

Kristina Amundson

Kristina is the daughter of RaeLynn Amundson. She participated in volleyball for 4 years & cheer-leading for 2 years. Her most memorable moment in high school was taking the bus with the volleyball team and making memories on the court and bench. Also cheering with the cheerleaders on the side lines. She was involved in FFA and Show Choir. Kristina plans to attend Lake Area Tech to study Cosmetology.

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