NDHSAA/Farmer's Union Insurance Distinguished Students
2016/17 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student and Runner-up: (From left) Mark Anderson, North Dakota Farmer's Union Insurance General Manager, Kailer Riedman, May-Port CG High School; Runner-up Alyx Schmitz, Oakes High School; 2016-17 Distinguished Student Mya Steinwehr, Hankinson High School; Brooke Schulte, Bismarck Century High School; Martin Altenburg, Fargo North High School; Justin Olien, West Fargo Sheyenne High School.
2016/17 NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Distinguished Student
Mya Steinwehr, a junior at Hankinson High School, was named the 2016-2017 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 4.
Alyx Schmitz of Oakes High School, was chosen runner-up. The other finalists are Martin Altenburg - Fargo North High School, Justin Olien - West Fargo Sheyenne High School, Kailer Riedman - May-Port CG High School, and Brooke Schulte - Bismarck Century High School. The six finalists were selected from the original sixty-seven 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 top two finalists will also be awarded a trip to Indianapolis in late July for a leadership conference.
The following students were honored as their school’s 2016-2017 Distinguished Student and submitted to the NDHSAA for consideration as the State Distinguished Student:
Ray Wegner - Beach High School
Anjali Kumar - Bottineau High School
Alexus Mahlum - Bowbells High School
Mikayla Bartholomay - Bowman County High School
Britney Erlendson - Cavalier High School
Sage Friedt - Carrington High School
Kyle Henningsgard - Central Valley High School
Brooke Schulte - Century High School
Emma Poehls - Dakota Prairie High School
Rachel Nemer - Davies High School
Erica Moen - Des Lacs-Burlington High School
Shelby Johnson - Devils Lake High School
Alyssa Oltmanns - Dickinson Trinity High School
Kenzie Volochenko - Drake-Anamoose High School
Allison Giesler - Edgeley High School
Chloe Thurber - Ellendale High School
Jacquelyn McCleary - Enderlin High School
Allison Grefsrud - Fairmount High School
Martin Altenburg - Fargo North High School
Natalie Schalow - Fargo South High School
Brooke Froelich - Flasher High School
John Lee - Finley-Sharon High School
Francine Dong - Grand Forks Central High School
Gabrielle Mangan - Grand Forks Red River High School
Dakota Schaefer - Grant County High School
Mya Steinwehr - Hankinson High School
Lucas Mohn - Hatton Eielson High School
Quentin Corcoran - Hazen High School
Benjamin Dryburgh - Hillsboro High School
Kylee Nelson - Kenmare High School
Allison Galbreath - Kidder County High School - Steele
Mikayla Reinke - Kindred High School
Rachel Cheatley - Langdon Area High School
Jacob Tupa - Larimore High School
Nathan Steffan - Lakota High School
Erin Jorgenson - Leeds High School
Ethan Elijah - Lisbon High School
Nichole Brookhouser - Lewis and Clark Berthold High School
Macy Feland - MLS Mohall High School
Kailer Riedman - May-Port CG High School
LaDora Schmidt - Napoleon High School
Emily Ehlis - New England High School
Mackenzie Holkesvig - Northwood High School
Drew Asche - North Sargent High School
Jayden Komrosky - North Star High School
Alyx Schmitz - Oakes High School
Morgan Olson - Our Redeemer’s High School
Jackson Hankey - Park River Area High School
Justin Hart - Parshall High School
Kelsey Perdue - Ray High School
Megan Richard - Rolette High School
John Munro - Rolla High School
Breanna Thompson - Rugby High School
Hannah Manz - Shanley High School
Margie Silbernagel - South Heart High School
Christian Warcken - Thompson High School
Parker Heger - Underwood High School
Mikey Meester - Valley City High School
Justin Olien - West Fargo Sheyenne High School
McKenna Weisenburger - Wilton High School
Allie Mauch - Wyndmere High School
NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Insurance Distinguished Student Information and Application
Nominations: NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Insurance Distinguished Student Information packets are 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 a NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student the following year.
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.)