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Sidney High School valedictorian and salutatorian announced


Amanda Tafolla-Sutton / Sun-Telegraph

Sidney High School valedictorian Analise Lecher (left) and salutatorian Samee Kaus (right) were awarded their academic honors on Tuesday.

Sidney High School's (SHS) class of 2017 had two students that spent their high school year's striving for the honor of valedictorian.

This year SHS Valedictorian went to Annalise Lecher, with Samee Kaus coming a very close second with the honor of Salutatorian.

"It was really close, within 1000th of a point," Lecher said.

Lecher said she has had a lot of success her senior year, making it to state in the three varsity sports she played on.

"It was kind of like the cherry on top of the sundae," Lecher said.

However, Lecher had to put in countless hours of work to accomplish all she has this year. Balancing sports and academics in a rigorous schedule.

When she finds free time Lecher says she enjoys playing club vollyball and hanging out with friends.

Lecher lives in Sidney with her parents Timothy and Alisa Lecher and two younger brothers, Christian and Deitrich.

"I have always been a Red Raider," Lecher said.

Lecher will be attending the University of Nebraska-Kearney for two years of general studies before attending a college in the southern states for hospitality and tourism. She hopes the travel and tourism field will give her the freedom to "spread her wings" and use her creativity.

SHS Salutatorian Samee Kaus hails from family of educators that helped push her focus in academia and education.

In the strive for valedictorian Kaus said she held the valedictorian spot for seven semesters.

"I had hoped for valedictorian, however salutatorian is an honor," Kaus said.

Kaus holds many titles in her career as a competitive power lifter. Holding the state record in Nebraska and Colorado for her division.

When she is not working on her education, Kaus said she can be found in the gym and likes to spend her free time reading and spending time with family.

"I also enjoy baking, and finding ways to prepare protein infused foods," Kaus said.

Because of her hard work, Kaus will be starting college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a sophomore.

Kaus plans to major in business administration with a minor in exercise science.

Both Kaus and Lecher are active in the community and enjoy volunteering to help others.

They will give their valedictorian and salutatorian speeches this Sunday at the SHS graduation ceremonies in Sidney.


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