- Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

OAKES, N.D. (AP) - An Oakes student is being honored nationally for academic excellence.

Eighteen-year-old Brittany Roney is among four national student semifinalists in ACT’s College and Career Readiness campaign. The other three semifinalists are students from California, Hawaii and Virginia. The four will be honored at a gala in Washington, D.C., on June 3.

Roney is an honor student and active in the FFA, student council and National Honor Society. She plays volleyball and basketball. She does extensive volunteer work in her community and holds down part-time jobs during the school year - all while battling thyroid cancer.

She plans to attend Valley City State University to study business administration.

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says Roney “really exemplifies the type of student that we have in North Dakota.”

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