School: South High School

Student name: Stephanie Benedict        

Grade level: 12

Parents’ names: Tim and Yvette Benedict


Student biographical information: Stephanie is a senior at South. She is very involved with Speech and Debate and has a challenging course load with several AP classes. Once she graduates from South, she plans on studying music therapy in college.


Why did you choose this student?

South wanted to choose a student that truly embodied all of the HERD values of being Honorable, Enthusiastic, Responsible and Determined.

Staff quotes:

 “Stephanie presents all of the values listed above, but her determination stands out the most.  Stephanie is determined to succeed, and her perseverance in learning new ideas shines when confronted with new and difficult challenges.”

“Stephanie rounds out the whole HERD picture, but her responsibility and accountability to all of the groups she works with made me pick the R.  She is involved in many things including GSA, orchestra, and speech & debate. She represents South on a national level with her orchestra performances. She is known on the state level for her competitive speech pieces. She is a stellar student, who balances school, extra curricular activities, and family life.”

“Stephanie is involved in multiple AP courses and excels in all of them. She has a high GPA and is ranked 3rd in her class. She does this high level work while also being the co-president of GSA, a member of Cheyenne Youth Symphany, Orchestra, Speech and debate, and volunteering at church. She is determined to be a successful and enthuiastic learner, a leader who leads by example, and a generous and kind spirit. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

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Kristine Galloway is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s education reporter. She can be reached at or 307-633-3184. Follow her on Twitter @KGalloway_WTE.

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