NDHSAA/Farmer's Union Insurance Distinguished Students
Pictured above : Top Row (l-r): Elizabeth Schanilec, Midway High School, 2020/21 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student: Camden Larsen - Grand Forks Red River High School. Runner up, Kearyn Nelsen - Leeds High School, Sydney Mosset - Hazen High School.
Bottom Row (l-r): Emma Thorsgard - Northwood High School, Kasey Stegman - Drayton High School
2020/21 NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Distinguished Student Finalists
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Camden Larsen, a junior at Grand Forks Red River High School was named the 2020-2021 North Dakota High School Activities Association and Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student. Interviews were held via video conference on April 29.
Kearyn Nelsen of Leeds High School was chosen runner up. The other finalists interviewed were:
Kasey Stegman, Drayton High School Emma Thorsgard, Northwood High School Elizabeth Schanilec, Midway High School Sydney Mosset, Hazen 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 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 $1,000 scholarship of his/her choice, publication in the
Bulletin and other recognition in connection with NDHSAA events. The other four finalists receive 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 2020-2021 Distinguished Student and submitted applications to the NDHSAA for consideration as the NDHSAA/Farmers Union Distinguished Student:
Megan Rising - Beach
Brooklyn Benno - Des Lacs Burlington
Sydney Mosset - Hazen
Tymber Boldt - Flasher
Laura Muggli - Grant County
Elizabeth Dean - South Heart
Stetson Urlacher - New England
Alexa St. Pierre - Trenton
Gabriela Oberg - Washburn
Grace Vetter - Bismarck St. Mary’s
Gracie Tjernlund - Kulm
Patrick Wrigley - Shiloh
Madelyn Schmidt - Kidder County
Kearyn Nelsen - Leeds
Kinzley Knutson - North Star
Jacob Vaagen - Devils Lake
Elizabeth Schanilec - Midway
Alex Huber - Edgeley
Ann Estvold - Lakota
Miriam Carignan - Walhalla
Grant Meehl - Oakes}
Olivia Tuhy - Lisbon
Ty Stromberg - Larimore
Jake Doll - Finley Sharon
Natalie Hunter - Cavalier
Julia Dusek - Grafton
Emma Thorsgard - Northwood
Skya Brandon - Hatton
Jenna Maker - Northern Cass
Josh Dixon - Central Cass
Sierra Strenge - Wyndmere
Madison Steffens - Fairmount
Abigail Post - Hankinson
Sawyer Satrom - May-Port CG
Karl Swenson - Kindred
Hanna Magnuson - Hillsboro
Kasey Stegman - Drayton
Jazmine Hill - Wahpeton
Clara Hanson - Grand Forks Central
Camden Larsen - Grand Forks Red River
Lydia Mattern - Fargo Shanley
Isabelle Puhl - Fargo North
Alice Carlson - Fargo South
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 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 $2,000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice. The runner-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The other four semi-finalists will receive 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.)