United Dairymen of Idaho & Local News 8 are proud to announce the Distinguished Student Award. This program recognizes excellence in academics, citizenship and the role of education in Idaho.

Each week, Local News 8 gathers student nominees of high school seniors in the area from principals and counselors, looking for those who have displayed outstanding qualities.

The station’s selection committee reviews the nominees and a winner is announced every Thursday on Local News 8 at 6:00 and 10:00.


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This Week's United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student

Hailey Lewis Distinguished Student

Family-loving student wins award

Teachers get a lot of credit when students are successful, but what role does the family play?

Taylor Barrett Distinguished Student

Ballroom dancer win Distinguished Student Award

Distinguished Student of the week winner Taylor Barrett has a passion for ballroom dancing.

Marching band drum major wins Distinguished Student Award

Marching band drum major wins Distinguished Student Award

Music, speech, debate and academics are all areas in which United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award winner Bridget Garner excels.

Charlie Jensen Distinguished Student

Charlie Jensen Wins Distinguished Student Award

High school students involved in sports say the lessons they learn on the field or on the court make them more successful people. Distinguished Student of the Week, Madison…

Angela Forhan Distinguished Student

Angela Forhan honored with Distinguished Student Award

People who focus on service to others say it's one of the most rewarding things they do. You don't have to convince Century High School senior Angela Forhan of that

Jake Wilson Distinguished Student

Ririe High School leader wins Distinguished Student Award

School spirit is part of the high school experience. School administrators say at Ririe High School say no one has more school spirit than Jake Wilson.

Distinguished Student Emily Burden

Distinguished Student: Emily Burden

United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award winner Emily Burden has tried to make the most of her high school years by including fun activities.

Distinguished Student

Distinguished Student Kickoff

It's time to kick off the United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award for a new school year.

Mikaela  Jensen: Distinguished Student

Mikaela Jensen wins Distinguished Student of the Year Award

The United Dairymen of Idaho award recent Firth High School graduate, Mikaela Jensen the Distinguished Student of the Year Award.

Devarae Saxton Distinguished Student

Devarae Saxton: Distinguished Student

If you walked down the halls of Discovery Elementary right after lunch this past semester, you probably saw Devarae Saxton tutoring some of the kindergarten students.

Mersadies Fisher

Mersaidies Fisher wins Distinguished Student Award


Cheerleading for the Ririe Bulldogs is one of the things Mersadies Fisher will miss most about high school.

Matthew King wins Distinguished Student Award

The Sugar-Salem High School student continues the tradition of uniquely talented recipients.

Andrew Pulispher Distinguished Student

Andrew Pulsiper wins Distinguished Student Award

Good grades and involvement in school activities go hand in hand for United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award winner Andrew Pulsipher.

Braxton Cox Distinguished Student

Braxton Cox wins Distinguished Student Award

Braxton Cox feels right at home under the hood of a car.

Dexton Lake Distinguished Student

Dexton Lake wins Distinguished Student Award

 Snake River High School senior Dexton Lake is honored for his accomplishments.

Emma Thackray Distinguished Student

Emma Thackray wins Distinguished Student Award

 Century High School senior Emma Thackray has set a high academic standard.

Mikaela Jensen Distinguished Student

Mikaela Jensen earns gratitude of senior citizens

Distinguished Student Award winner planned a prom for senior citizens

Natallia Dummar Distinguished Student

Natallia Dummar wins Distinguished Student Award

The Madison High School  senior was nominated for outstanding achievements.

Jocelyn Jackson Distinguished Student

Jocelyn Jackson Honored With Award

Snake River senior wins Distinguished Student Award

Jacob Seamons Distinguished Student

Adam Seamons Wins Award

The talented Snake River High School senior is given the United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award.

Jana Cherrington Distinguished Student

Jana Cherrington Wins Award

A talented student recognized with United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award.

Kitanna Belnap Distinguished Student

Kitanna Belnap recognized as outstanding student

Debater and dancer gets Distinguished Student Award

Sandi McLain

Sandi McLain: Distinguished Student

Ballet dancer wins United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award

Laura Waters Distinguished Student

Laura Waters: Distinguished Student

Champion Fiddler wins Distinguished Student Award

Todd Tucker Distinguished Student

Todd Tucker: Distinguished Student

South Fremont Student wins Distinguished Student Award

About Distinguished Student Award

United Dairymen of Idaho and Local News 8 are proud to announce the Distinguished Student Award. This program recognizes excellence in academics, citizenship and the role of education in Idaho.

Each week, Local News 8 gathers nominations of high school seniors in the area from principals and counselors. The station’s selection committee reviews the nominees and a winner is announced every Thursday on Local News 8 at 6:00 and 10:00.

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