Dakota Valley seniors Alex Messersmith and Brandon Wagner were named by the South Dakota Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association to the 2020 High School Academic All-State team.

Five Panther football players were named to the Academic All-State. These were Owen Hede, Ryan Dodds, Aidan Moran, Zach Rosenkrans and Christian Merchant.

In order to gain this honor, students must be seniors, take part in the sport for three years and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.