2024-2025 NDHSAA Distinguished Student Award Finalists Named


VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota High School Activities Association and Farmers Union Insurance are proud to announce the finalists for the 2024-2025 Distinguished Student Award.

The six interviewing for the NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student Award are:

Laela Jensen, Hettinger High School
Brooklyn Hager, Rugby High School
Zack Volson, Drake-Anamoose High School
Scout Woods, Wahpeton High School
Martin Bergstedt, Enderlin High School
Sadie Aamodt, Larimore High School

These students have been selected from an outstanding group of juniors from across the state. These six finalists will be interviewed in Jamestown on Wednesday, May 1. The final results will be announced in a news release on www.ndhsaanow.com after all of the interviews have concluded on May 1.

A full list of students who submitted applications as their school’s 2024-25 Distinguished Student can be found at https://ndhsaa.com/awards/distinguished-students

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. 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.