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Olivia Janss from Benton Community High School was honored as a member of the 2023 Best of the Class. KWWL and the University of Northern Iowa recognized valedictorians or top graduating seniors from across eastern Iowa at a celebration on Saturday, April 29th at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

KWWL Vice President and General Manager John Huff noted "KWWL is proud to be associated with an event that shines a light on these outstanding students, their families, and schools." Best of the Class students had the opportunity to be photographed with KWWL news anchors Ron Steele and Collin Dorsey, Chief Meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg, and Sports Director Rick Coleman. Additionally, the students were recorded for a series of promotional announcements that will air on KWWL, and will also be available for viewing at

In its 39 years of recognizing academic excellence, KWWL's Best of the Class has honored over 4800 hundred top graduating seniors. Best of the Class is a joint public service/ community relations effort that encourages academic excellence among high school students by recognizing students who serve as role models in their communities.


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