NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students


2022/23 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Distinguished Students

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Bayley Scott, a junior at Fargo Davies High School was named the 2022-2023 North Dakota High School Activities Association and Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student. Interviews were held April 27 at Valley City State University.

Jaci Praska, of Oakes High School was chosen runner up. The other finalists interviewed were:

Katelynn Albers, Center-Stanton High School
Brenna Stroklund, Kenmare High School
Rylan Parsley, Dakota Prairie High School
Avery Goll, Park River Area 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 Marshal 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 NDHSAA 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 NDHSAA Bulletin and other recognition in connection with NDHSAA events.

The following students were honored as their school’s 2022-2023 Distinguished Student and submitted applications to the NDHSAA for consideration as the NDHSAA/Farmers Union Distinguished Student:

Austin Wanner, Bowman County
Katelynn Albers, Center-Stanton
Kylie Zeller, Dickinson Trinity
Courtnee Soupir, Glen Ullin
Kayedenn Rivinius, Grant County
Corinne Quillin, North Shore Plaza
Hannah Westin, Shiloh Christian
Reagan Krump, South Heart
Daisy Sparrow, Turtle Lake Mercer
Gabe Glasner, Bottineau
Kaelyn Bachmeier, Des-Lacs Burlington
Auston Lemer, Drake Anamoose
Brenna Stroklund, Kenmare
Jaylen Anderson, Leeds
Dylan Bartsch, Rugby
Gage Olson, South Prairie
Ellie Braaten, Westhope
Zach St. Aubin, Ashley
Isabella Sletteland, St. Mary's Central
Norah Entzi, Edgeley
Avery Rath, Kidder County
Aurora Jones, LaMoure
Jaci Praska, Oakes
Loren Wolf, Zeeland
Jessica Neidviecky, Central Cass
Rachael Bergstedt, Enderlin
Bayley Scott, Fargo Davies
Mia Aarestad, Fargo South
Cruz Hernandez, Hankinson
Jack Stoppleworth, Kindred
Wyatt Webb, Lisbon
Halle Crockett, Northern Cass
Elise Picken, Wahpeton
Lauren Haugen, Wyndmere
Rylan Parsley, Dakota Prairie
Theodore Peterick, Hatton Eielson
Jora Leeseberg, Hillsboro
Eric Hoffmann, Larimore
Lucas Fugleberg, May-Port CG
Hallie Brown, New Rockford-Sheyenne
Hunter Frederick, Northwood
Eric Isaacson, Thompson
Hallie Fritel, Devils Lake
Kiara Aasand, Drayton
Aiden McLain, Grafton
Gavin Pihlgren, Grand Forks Central
Sudiksha Singhal, Grand Forks Red River
Daniel Dummer, North Border Pembina
Avery Goll, Park River Area
Wyatt Brusseau, Walhalla

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.)

2021-22 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students

2020-21 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students

2019-20 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Students

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

CLICK HERE for Past Distinguished Student Recipients

You may find the Distinguished Student Application in on our Forms page.

Updated 04/28/2022