NDHSAA/Farmer's Union Insurance Distinguished Students


2017-18 NDHSAA-Farmers Unioin 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).

Past Distinguished Student Recipients

NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Insurance Distinguished Student Information and Application

2019/20 NDHSAA/Farmers' Union Distinguished Student

The North Dakota High School Activities Association and Farmers Union Insurance are proud to announce the finalists for the 2019-2020 Distinguished Student Award.

The six interviewing for the NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student Award are:
Emily Dinius, New England High School
Philip Dowdell, Fargo North High School
Macy Jordheim, Thompson High School
Cassandra Rostvet, Northwood High School
Lauren McLean, Minot High School
Addison Hoornaert, Carrington High School

These students have been selected from an outstanding group of juniors from across the state. These six will be interviewed on May 1. The final results will be announced at a noon luncheon that day.

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.

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.)

2018-19 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance DIstinguished Students

2017-18 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance DIstinguished Students

2016-17 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students

2015-16 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students

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 04/11/2019