Hazen's Sloane McCray named 2021-2022 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student


April 28, 2021 12:30 pm

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Sloane McCray, a junior at Hazen High School was named the 2021-2022 North Dakota High School Activities Association and Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student. Interviews were held April 28 at Valley City State University.

Marit Ellingson of Dakota Prairie High School was chosen runner up. The other finalists interviewed were:

Brooke Anderson, Rugby High School
Mason Lemer, Drake-Anamoose High School
Jacob DeVries, Wahpeton High School
Skylar Uglem, Northwood 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 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 2021-2022 Distinguished Student and submitted applications to the NDHSAA for consideration as the NDHSAA/Farmers Union Distinguished Student:

 Josh Will, Bishop Ryan

Rachel Bleth, Bismarck St. Mary's

Kaleb Wintermute, Bottineau

Jacob Rexin, Carrington

Trevor Hinkle, Cavalier

Aidan Sears, Central Cass

Marit Ellingson, Dakota Prairie

Jack Schaefer, Des Lacs-Burlington

Bridgette Harkness, Devils Lake

Brooklyn Berger, Dickinson Trinity

Mason Lemer, Drake-Anamoose

Keyahna Musland, Edgeley

Gustave Hulbert, Enderlin

Hailey Bjerke, Fargo Davies

Daniel Boutain, Fargo North

Anna Bernhardt, Fargo Shanley

Katherine Iverson, Fargo South

Jace Friesz, Flasher

Alejandro Balderas, Grafton

Dongyu Jin, Grand Forks Central

Campbell Dorsey, GF Red River

Halle Rivinius, Grant County

Jaxon Gronneberg, Griggs County

Kya Mauch, Hankinson

Paige Handly, Hatton

Sloane McCray, Hazen

Sophia Oster, Kidder County

Faith Norby, Killdeer

Emily Kinzler, Kulm

Jack Steffan, Lakota

Makayla Jones, LaMoure

JayCee Richter, Linton

Sheyenne Waletzko, Lisbon

Alexis Morowski, May-Port CG

Kinsey Kaylor, Minot High

Elizabeth Nice, Minto

Emily Morman, New Salem-Almont

Danielle Hagler, North Star

Skylar Uglem, Northwood

Jonah Zikmund, Park River Area

Sierra Heinz, Rolette

Brooke Anderson, Rugby

Kennady Walth, Shiloh Christian

Lelani Privatsk, South Heart

Jordan Senger, Thompson

Jacob DeVries, Wahpeton

Blake Bernhardt, Wing

Anna Braun, Wyndmere