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.)

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 05/02/2014