NDHSAA/Farmer's Union Insurance Distinguished Students
2018/19 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student - Michael Hall (Kindred)
Runner-up: Annah Greenmyer (North Sargent)
Top Row (L to R): Keaton Nelsen (Leeds), Alexis Roehl (Grand Forks Central) and Michael Hall (Kindred) Brad Nold (Farmers Union Insurance).
Front Row (L to R): Annah Greenmyer (North Sargent), Kyanne Derr (Glenburn) and Sophie Lind (Mandan).
2018/19 NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Distinguished Student
Michael Hall, a junior at Kindred High School was named the North Dakota High School Activities Association and Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student. Interviews were held for the finalists at Valley City State University on Wednesday, May 2.
Annah Greenmyer of North Sargent High School was chosen runner up. The other finalists are:
Sophie Lind, Mandan High School
Alexis Roehl, Grand Forks Central
Keaton Nelsen, Leeds High School
Kyanne Derr, Glenburn High School
The six finalists were selected from applications sent in by high school principals from across 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 2018-2019 Distinguished Student and submitted applications to the NDHSAA for consideration as the NDHSAA/Farmers Union Distinguished Student.
Payton Heger - Underwood
Elizabeth Kaufman - New England
Shya Haak - Zeeland
Brenden Berquist - Turtle Lake-Mercer
Cody Ruscheinsky - Flasher
Ashlei Stanczyk - Grant County
Sophie Lind - Mandan
Brynn Honeyman - Hettinger
Braxton Rolle - Hebron
Morgan Dutton - Kidder County
Charles Reichert - Bismarck St. Mary’s
Canaan Fagerland - Shiloh Christian
Annah Greenmyer - North Sargent
Livia Dick - Lisbon
Amanda Allen - Pingree-Buchanan
Payton Smith - Carrington
Coy Awender - Oakes
Ana Mart - LaMoure
Breanna Olson - Ellendale
Lucas Nitschke - Edgeley
Collin Martz - Ashley
Alexa Young - Napoleon
Drew Brown - Fargo South
Alaina Gleason - Milnor
Emily Gilsrud - Wahpeton
Annie Manstrom - Wyndmere
Jessica Koerselman - West Fargo Sheyenne
Michael Hall - Kindred
Emma Steffens - Fairmount
Jaden Mairs - Fargo Davies
Braden Prochnow - Hankinson
Martha Denton - Fargo North
Faith Aasen - Northern Cass
Kaleigh DeGeldere - Grafton
Alyssa Kemp - Cavalier
Samantha Overend - Midway
Caleb Claxton - Northwood
Morgan Hovde - Minto
Kennedy Foss - Hatton Eielson
Mykaela Zola - Grand Forks Red River
Julia Kohls - May-Port CG
Conner Aanderud - Hillsboro
Carrie Nistler - Thompson
Alexis Roehl - Grand Forks Central
Paige Haakenson - Dakota Prairie
Keaton Nelsen - Leeds
Jennifer Neidlinger - Lakota
Theodore Allmaras - New Rockford-Sheyenne
Adam Zavalney - Park River Area
Luke Tupa - Larimore
Gina Ostmo - Finley-Sharon
Gavin Miller - North Star
Brianna Bakke - Langdon Area
Emily Eback - Devils Lake
Shadlynn Severance - Parshall
Corina Pabian - Lewis and Clark Berthold
Abigail Hickel - Ray
Trent Hunskor - Newburg
Emma Arstein - Rolette
London Andel - Bottineau
Kyanne Derr - Glenburn
Caitlyn Davis - Dunseith
Maria Blessum - Rugby
Kyley Lauf - Des Lacs-Burlington
Mindee Boyce - Nedrose
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.)