NDHSAA/Farmer's Union Insurance Distinguished Students
2013/14 Distinguished Students: (From left) Mark Anderson, North Dakota Farmer's Union Insurance General Manager; Kenady Hansen-Washburn High School; Mikayla Aluise, Richardton-Taylor High School (2014-2015 Runner Up); Gavin Muscha, Richland High School (2014-2015 Distinguished Student); Rachel Hall-Kindred High School; Ryan Thompson-Lakota High School. Missing is Clarissa Ann Olson-Valley City High School.
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2014/15 NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Distinguished Student
Gavin Muscha, a junior at Richland High School, was named the 2014-2015 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 2.
Mikayla Aluise of Richardton-Taylor High School, was chosen runner-up. The other finalists are Rachel Hall-Kindred High School, Kenady Hansen-Washburn High School, Clarissa Ann Olson-Valley City High School, and Ryan Thompson-Lakota High School.
The six finalists were selected from the original sixty 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 2014-2015 Distinguished Student and submitted to the NDHSAA for consideration as the State Distinguished Student:
Calvin Aichele-Beulah High School
Ashley Becker-New Salem-Almont High School
Abbie Bertsch-Starkweather High School
Ashley Blazek-North High School
Samantha Blixt-Park River High School
Stephanie Brenden-Bottineau High School
Lacey Dickerman-Hankinson High School
Connor Doll-Hazen High School
Haley Duchsherer-Drake-Anamoose High School
Ashley Egeland-Red River High School
Claire Endres-Carrington High School
Fallyn Freije-Edmore High School
Samantha Goerger-Wyndmere High School
Brendan Gregoire-Larimore High School
Ben Hanson-North Sargent High School
Brad Heidlebaugh-Rugby High School
Andrea Heier-Edgeley High School
Shantel Herner-Mott-Regent High School
Emily Hertz-Harvey High School
Alexandra Hill-Oakes High School
Kari Hillesland-Northwood High School
Ashley Honl-South High School
Brenna Jacobsen-Rolla High School
Holly Johnson-Hope-Page High School
Andrea Jorgenson-Leeds High School
Aaron Kabanuk-Des Lacs-Burlington High School
Kacey Koester-Kidder County High School
Gabriel Lassila-Garrison High School
Malena Lennon-Minot High School
Lauren Mach-Westhope High School
Katherine Mastel-St. Mary's High School
Lucas Mikkelsen-Langdon High School
Erin Misialek-Minto High School
Sidnee Nelson-Ray High School
Brady Nygaard-May-Port CG High School
Myles Odermann-Parshall High School
Katelyn Oland-Lisbon High School
Mackenzie Olson-GF Central High School
Addison Olson-South Heart High School
Casondra Rutschke-Zeeland High School
Kali Schwartzenberger-Napoleon High School
Cade Shypkoski-Belfield High School
Jeff Stith-Cavalier High School
Brooke Tayer-Milnor High School
Abby Undem-Barnes County North High School
Rochelle Van Bruggen-Litchville-Marion High School
Aubree Vendsel-MLS High School
Beca Wallstrum-Kenmare High School
Paige Weisenberger-Underwood High School
Katie Wolff-Hettinger High School
2013/14 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.)