NDHSAA/Farmer's Union Insurance Distinguished Students
2013/14 Distinguished Students: (From left) Mark Anderson, North Dakota Farmer's Union Insurance General Manager; Meredith Mutch, Larimore High School; Rachel Loehr, Grand Forks Red River High School; Mary Haman, Lakota High School (2013-2014 Runner Up); Tyler Toepke-Floyd, Wishek High School (2013-2014 Distinguished Student); Mark Nyhus, Harvey High School; Kaci Levorsen, Grant County High School.
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2013/14 NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Distinguished Student
Tyler Toepke-Floyd, a junior at Wishek High School, was named the 2013-2014 North Dakota High School Activities Association/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student. Interviews were held for the six finalists in Valley City on the morning of May 3rd.
Mary Haman of Lakota High School, was chosen runner-up. The other finalists are Kaci Levorsen-Grant County High School, Rachel Loehr-Grand Forks Red River High School, Meredith Mutch-Larimore High School, and Mark Nyhus-Harvey 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 2013-2014 Distinguished Student and submitted to the NDHSAA for consideration as the State Distinguished Student:
John G. Yale Bowman County High School
Bailey Schumann Carrington High School
Ryan Chrest Cavalier High School
Mariah Kinneberg Dakota Prairie High School
Courtney Vogel Des Lacs-Burlington High School
Hannah Steffen Devils Lake High School
Mariah Jorda Dickinson High School
Alyssa Schlosser Edgeley High School
Nicole Bartholomay Enderlin High School
Paige Meyer Fairmount High School
Cole Staigle Fargo South High School
Megan Jones Fessenden-Bowdon High School
Taylor Krenz Flasher High School
Arianna Larson Garrison High School
Camron Roehl Grand Forks Central High School
Kaci Levorsen Grant County High School
Brady Theede Hankinson High School
Mark Nyhus Harvey High School
Nathan Leintz Hazen High School
Denby Lueck Hettinger High School
Mariah Fossum Hillsboro High School
Camille Meyer Hope-Page High School
Braydon Love Jamestown High School
Jamie Blotter Kidder County High School - Steele
William Moffet Kindred High School
Mary Haman Lakota High School
Andria Hart Langdon High School
Meredith Mutch Larimore High School
Wyatt Limke Lewis & Clark High School - Berthold
Lance Haase Lidgerwood High School
Joseph Nelson Lisbon High School
Christina Krieger May-Port CG High School
Benjamin Fossum Midway High School
Kolton J. Larson Minot High School
Karlie Schroeder New Salem-Almont High School
Gabrielle Wilkinson New Town High School
Karissa Kempel North Sargent High School
Hannah Alto North Star High School
Jerricoh Hansen Northern Cass High School
Jordan Johnson Northwood High School
Rachel Osmundson Oak Grove Lutheran High School
Zachary Nelson Park River High School
Rachel Loehr Red River High School
Lane Voltz Richartdon-Taylor High School
Nigel Hageness Rugby High School
Brandan Wyum Sargent Central High School
Cole Thibert St. John High School
Rachel Goettle St. Mary’s High School
Sabrina Skarsgard Stanley High School
Kari Loehr Starkweather High School
Averi Olson Thompson High School
Sarah Telehey Trinity Christian School
Austin Oltmanns Trinity High School
Bethany Berntson Valley City High School
Hayley Fingarson Valley-Edinburg High School
Cassidy Peterson Velva High School
Hunter Braaten Westhope High School
Emily Lysne Williston High School
Tyler Toepke-Floyd Wishek High School
Abby Braaten Wyndmere 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.)