NDHSAA Administrative Assistant Sue Carlsrud receives NFHS Citation


July 1, 2019 1:45 pm

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Sue Carlsrud, an Administrative Assistant at the North Dakota High School Activities Association, was among 12 individuals to receive an National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citation on Monday, July 1 in Indianapolis during the 100th annual NFHS Summer Meeting held at the JW Marriott.

An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs, the NFHS Citation is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing arts.

Carlsrud began working at the NDHSAA on June 6, 1976. Her first duties at the NDHSAA were in the association’s Accident Benefit Department processing insurance claims submitted by member schools.

Her duties at the NDHSAA gradually changed shifting to an administrative assistant role in the office plus additional responsibilities working with swimming and diving as well as track and field. Before the days of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets and HyTek Meet Manager Software programs, Carlsrud was tasked with organizing state meet qualifiers for swimming and diving as well as track and field. To this day, Carlsrud’s “behind the scenes” work in both sports continues to make state meets run smoothly. The same can be said for Carlsrud’s work within the NDHSAA office.

Carlsrud compiles and edits the NDHSAA Yearbook. She also tracks membership dues and participation fees for the NDHSAA. Her standout contributions to North Dakota high school activities were recognized in 2001 when she received the NDHSAA Distinguished Service Award.

Carlsrud’s tenure at the NDHSAA has spanned five Executive Directors (Frank Smith, Bruce Anderson, Bob King, Sherm Sylling and current Executive Director Matt Fetsch).

Outside of her work at the NDHSAA, Carlsrud is an active member of the Valley City Optimist Club and belongs to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Valley City. She is married to Dave Carlsrud, a former Assistant Director at the NDHSAA.

Carlsrud’s 43-year career at the NDHSAA will come to a close later this year when she retires from her post.