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.

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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.)

2013-14 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students

2012-13 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students

2011-12 NDHSAA/US Bank Distinguished Students

2010-11 NDHSAA/US Bank Distinguished Students

2009-10 NDHSAA/US Bank Distinguished Students

2008-09 NDHSAA/US Bank Distinguished Students

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Updated 05/01/2015