2010-11 NDHSAA/US Bank Distinguished Student


Elizabeth Ryan, a Junior at Ray High School, was named the 2010-2011 North Dakota High School Activities Association/US Bank Distinguished Student at interviews held for the six finalists in Valley City on the morning of May 7th.

Julia Scherbenske of Kidder County High School (Steele) was chosen first runner-up. The other finalists are David Lunde of Griggs County Central High School (Cooperstown), Adam Boe of Fargo South High School, Janna Johnson of Northwood High School and Kayla Haugen of North Star High School (Cando). The six finalists were selected from the original fifty-nine applications sent in by high school principals around the state.

US Bank is the supporting partner in this program and funds $5000 worth of scholarships provided  the six finalists.  Elizabeth Ryan received a $2000 scholarship for being named the NDHSAA/US Bank Distinguished Student and the first runner-up, Julia Scherbenske, received a $1000 scholarship.  The other four finalists each received a $500 scholarship. 

The goal for the Distinguished Student Award program is to recognize deserving high school juniors who are the "backbone" of interscholastic activities. Each nominee may not be the "super star" in any specific activity, but they have demonstrated their leadership.

The Distinguished Student Award program recognizes outstanding high school juniors for their activity participation and leadership within their schools and communities. These students were chosen because they are in many school activities and have been positive role models and peer motivators. These students are willing to share their gifts by tutoring, leading, or by just rolling up their sleeves and helping get things done!

These finalists were the top six of fifty-eight juniors statewide that were nominated by their schools in March.

All six Distinguished Students received an all-expense paid trip to Indianapolis to attend the 2010 National Federation Student Leadership Conference at the Indianapolis Hilton in July.

The six finalists were also student ambassadors for the NDHSAA this spring and during the next school year. They will be invited to help present awards at various events as well as lead the “Parade of Champions” held in March of each year. They will also help promote High School Activities Week, and the values of high school activities participation.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association and US Bank are proud to announce the finalists for the 2010-2011 Distinguished Student Award. These students have been selected from an outstanding group of juniors from across the state.  The following students were honored as their school's 2010-2011 Distinguished Student and submitted to the NDHSAA for consideration as the State Distinguished Student:

Danni Askew, Bismarck High School
Kayla Graber, Bottineau High School
Noelle Braaten, Carrington High School
Wendlin Berger, Center-Stanton High School
Taylor Kraft, Central Cass High School
Jessica Henningsgard, Central Valley High School
Jessica Steinwand, Century High School
Braydon Gourneau, Dakota Prairie High School
Matthew Davy, Des Lacs-Burlington High School
Lacey Harper, Devils Lake High School
Clare Geinert, Edgeley High School
McKenzie Betting, Ellendale High School
Justin Bartholomay, Enderlin High School
Taylor Palmer, Finley-Sharon High School
Jennifer Erickson, Grand Forks Central High School
Ryan  Christianson, Grand Forks Red River High School
David Lunde, Griggs County High School
Kelsey Fike, Harvey High School
Lindsey Voller, Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock High School
Sarah Grimm, Hazen High School
Brady Stallman, Hillsboro High School
Erin Bjerke, Hope-Page High School
Julia Scherbenske, Kidder County High School
Ben Pelton, Killdeer High School
Justine Simonson, Lakota High School
Dylan Crockett, Langdon High School
Jake Abel, Larimore High School
Clancy Hennessy, Lewis & Clark High School
Moriah Skroch, Lidgerwood High School
Lyndsey Person, Litchville-Marion High School
Tyler  Ust, May-Port CG High School
Aaron Moser, Medina High School
Philip Schanilec, Midway High School
Paige Tompkins, Milnor High School
DeLayna Bueligen, New Salem High School
Larissa Reck, North Border High School
Kayla Haugen, North Star High School
Hope Erickson, Northern Cass High School
Janna Johnson, Northwood High School
Katelyn Webster, Our Redeemer's High School
Taylor Schlenk, Park River High School
Regan Christenson, Parshall High School
Samantha Jorgenson, Powers Lake High School
Elizabeth Ryan, Ray High School
Zachary Rummel, Richardton-Taylor High School
Nathan Joraanstad, Rolla High School
John Breker, Sargent Central High School
Adam Boe, South High School
Amanda Wentz, St. Mary's High School
Geena Leschisin, Stanley High School
BriAnna Menge, Thompson High School
Amy Lee, Turtle Lake-Mercer High School
Tamara Heidelberger, Underwood High School
Alison Anderson, Valley City High School
Josh Sandy, Velva High Schoo
Tyler R. Flatland, Watford City High School
Cambria Slaubaugh, Wolford High School
Dani Buskohl, Wyndmere High School

Past Distinguished Student Recipients

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Updated 04/11/2019