NDHSAA/Farmer's Union Insurance Distinguished Students
2015/16 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student and Runner-up: (From left) Runner-up Madelyn, Hankinson High School; Mark Anderson, North Dakota Farmer's Union Insurance General Manager; 2015-16 Distinguished Student Jordyn Hetland, Wyndmere High School.
2015/16 NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Distinguished Student
Jordyn Hetland, a junior at Wyndmere High School, was named the 2015-2016 North Dakota High School Activities Association/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student. Interviews were held for the finalists in Valley City on the morning of May 1.
Madelyn Jean of Hankinson High School, was chosen runner-up. The other finalists are Keaton Erickson-Carrington High School, Ben Hanson-Jamestown High School, Abby Randall-Kidder County – Steele High School, and James Schmidt-Bismarck St. Mary’s High School.
The six finalists were selected from the original sixty-two applications sent in by high school principals around the state.
The NDHSAA Distinguished Student program was developed to recognize deserving young people who are the “backbone” of interscholastic activities, not necessarily the leader, but the individual whose participation in high school activities strengthens the program for participants, the school and the community. Applicants are students entering their senior year. The student must be a participant as a player, manager, statistician or other role in at least one NDHSAA sponsored activity. The student must be a good citizen and role model to his/her peers as well as a contributor to his/her school and community.
The NDHSAA Distinguished Student recipient receives a medallion and a Farmers Union Insurance sponsored $2,000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice. He/she is invited to be the Grand Marshall of the NDHSAA “Parade of Champions” as well as participating in other activities such as serving as the NDHSAA spokesperson for High School Activities Month, promoting the values of activity programs and participating in awarding of trophies at major NDHSAA state contests. The runner-up will receive a medallion and a $1,000 scholarship. The other four finalists receive a medallion, a $500 scholarship to the college of his/her choice, publication in the Bulletin and other recognition in connection with NDHSAA events.
The following students were honored as their school’s 2015-2016 Distinguished Student and submitted to the NDHSAA for consideration as the State Distinguished Student:
|Quinn Alo||LaMoure High School|
|Autumn Alt||Grant County High School|
|Lauren Anderson||Lakota High School|
|Bailey Baesler||Hillsboro High School|
|Taya Bandle||Glen Ullin High School|
|Aric Berg||North Border High School|
|Heidi Bertsch||Fargo Davies High School|
|Jacob Bilden||Northwood High School|
|Marc Bluestone Jr.||New Town High School|
|Elizabeth Bohn||Richardton Taylor High School|
|Heather Brown||Rolette High School|
|Casey Christianson||Cavalier High School|
|Colton Christmann||Kindred High School|
|Peyton Cole||Park River High School|
|Keaton Erickson||Carrington High School|
|Kate Fox||Wing High School|
|Megan Fix||Bottineau High School|
|Ali Gellner||Langdon High School|
|Kyla Grandy||Des Lacs Burlington High School|
|Joseph Greenmyer||North Sargent High School|
|Mykin Gunning||West Fargo High School|
|John Halgrimson||Valley City High School|
|Emilee Hansen||Lisbon High School|
|Ben Hanson||Jamestown High School|
|Shea Heidlebaugh||Rugby High School|
|Jon Heth||Westhope High School|
|Jordyn Hetland||Wyndmere High School|
|Graham Hurlburt||Enderlin High School|
|Sarah Jacobson||Fargo Shanley High School|
|Willy Jahner||Dickinson Trinity High School|
|Madelyn Jean||Hankinson High School|
|Reece Johnson||Larimore High School|
|Leah Kibbel||Underwood High School|
|Kaitlyn Kuntz||West Fargo Sheyenne High School|
|Jalyn Larson||Drayton High School|
|Brenna Logie||Starkweather High School|
|Jacob Loing||Rolla High School|
|Katelyn Long||Napoleon High School|
|Antonio Malnourie||Parshall High School|
|Shaice Marx||Thompson High School|
|Isaiah Merrill||Harvey High School|
|Jack Morris||Central Cass High School|
|Kyle O’Brien||May-Port CG High School|
|Jade Olson||Fordville-Lankin High School|
|Bethany Oster||Lidgerwood High School|
|Hanna Pesek||Devils Lake High School|
|Hunter Pinke||Wishek High School|
|Abby Randall||Kidder County - Steele High School|
|Lee Reinowski||Drake-Anamoose High School|
|Grace Roehl||Grand Forks Central High School|
|Mari Rustebakke||Grand Forks Red River High School|
|Bradyn Sand||Dakota Prairie High School|
|Jade Schmidt||St. Mary’s Central High School|
|Paige Schmidt||Kidder County - Tappen High School|
|Sheyenne Schmidt||Minot Bishop Ryan High School|
|Taylor Simons||Lewis and Clark High School - Berthold|
|Lizzy Thompson||Hettinger High School|
|Alexis Vannett||Fargo North High School|
|Allison Voigt||MLS Mohall High School|
|Joseph Vollmer||Midkota High School|
|Whitney Welder||Wahpeton High School|
|David Youngs||Fargo South High School|
|Jonah Zimmerman||Hazen High School|
NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Insurance Distinguished Student Information and Application
Nominations: NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Insurance Distinguished Student Information packets were mailed to NDHSAA Member School Principals in January. Each principal is encouraged to nominate a Distinguished Student in their school and submit their application to NDHSAA by April 1st for consideration in becoming the 2013/14 Distinguished Student.
Objectives & Goals: To recognize deserving young people who are the ”backbone” of interscholastic activities, not necessarily the leader, but the individual whose participation in high school activities strengthens the program for participants, the school and the community.
Criteria: Applicant must be a junior the year the application is submitted. Student must be a participant as a player, manager, statistician or other role in at least one NDHSAA sponsored activity in the current year. Note: Participation does not necessarily mean excellence, honors or even active play. Student must be a good citizen and role model to his/her peers as well as a contributor to the community. The committee will evaluate applicants’ essays on their demonstration of sportsmanship and citizenship and how the applicant feels these values derived from activities will provide them lifelong benefits.
Selection Process: One applicant per school is allowed. A pre-screening committee will narrow the applicants to six semi-finalists. The final selection will be based upon an interview conducted by a Selection Committee. Immediately following the interviews, the results will be announced at an NDHSAA sponsored luncheon for semi-finalists and their families.
Deadlines: Completed application forms must be postmarked no later than April 1. Applications postmarked after April 1 will not be considered. Semi-finalists will be notified by mid-April. Interviews and the luncheon announcing the results will be held the first part of May.
Awards: All applicants of the NDHSAA Distinguished Student Program will receive a certificate suitable for framing. A press release naming all applicants will be sent statewide. Semi-finalists will receive a medallion, a Distinguished Student polo shirt and will be featured in the September issue of the NDHSAA publication, the Bulletin. They will also be invited to participate in other functions connected with NDHSAA events. US Bank has graciously funded scholarships for the finalists. The NDHSAA Distinguished Student recipient will receive a gold medallion and a $2,000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice. The runner-up will receive a silver medallion and a $1,000 scholarship. The other four semi-finalists will receive a silver medallion and a $500 scholarship to the college of his/her choice. The Distinguished Student will be invited to be the Grand Marshall of the NDHSAA Parade of Champions and, along with the other semi-finalists, participate in other activities such as serving as the NDHSAA spokesperson for High School Activities Week, promoting the values of activity programs and participating in awarding of trophies at NDHSAA state contests. (Expenses for the finalists will be paid by the NDHSAA for such assignments.)