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

Brandon Hamilton Distinguished Student

Star athlete wins Distinguished Student Award

Challis High School senior Brandon Hamilton won not because of his athletic accomplishments, but because of his humble attitude about those accomplishments.

Hillcrest performer wins distinguished student award

Kiera Marrott plays the witch in Hillcrest High School's production of “Wizard of Oz.”

Challis volleyball star wins academic award

It may be a small high school but what Challis lacks in numbers it makes up for in school spirit with students like Brielle Sheppeard.

Calculus enthusiast wins Distinguished Student Award

This distinguished student is so well-liked, she was nominated by two teachers and one counselor.

Basektball star wins Distinguished Student Award

Sicilee Williams will graduate with 30 college credits. She was the high scorer on the basketball team.

Chemist and athlete wins Distinguished Student Award

Skyline High School's Parker Stenersen has the talents for an academic or athletic scholarship.

Student director wins Distinguished Student Award

Play director, singer, actress and business owner all describe Distinguished Student of the Week Award winner, Snake River High School senior Aubrey Williams.

Highland High debate expert wins Distinguished Student Award

Josh Mansfield is ranked number one in his class in academics and is a national award winner in debate.

Valedictorian wins Distinguished Student Award

Valedictorian, actress, musician, leader, volunteer all describe this week's award winner.

Ririe basketball player wins Distinguished Student Award

Service, academics and leadership are all areas where Ririe High School senior Brooke Griffith shines.

Wrestling champ also wins distinguished student award

Steve Boone was recently crowned district champion in wrestling. But there are many more qualities that earned him the award.

Ballroom dancer wins Distinguished Student Award

Dancer, musician, athlete and scholar are just some of the accomplishments of this week's Distinguished Student Award winner.

Hillcrest saxophone player wins award

High school is a time when many young people discover their passion in life. That's been the case with Hillcrest High School senior James Ballinger - Idaho Dairy Farm…

Madison High School debater and volunteer wins Distinguished Student Award

Volunteering for good causes is not uncommon among high school students, but Emily Conrad takes it to new levels.

Actor and cook win Distinguished Student Award

Cooking and acting are two very different skills, but both are passions of this week's distinguished student.

Award winning mathmetician wins Distinguished Student Award

Sugar-Salem High School senior Ben Goff is passionate about learning and about playing the piano.

South Fremont performer wins award

Idaho Dairy Farm Families Distinguished Student Award Winner Carlie Webster, from South Fremont High School, is a young woman of many talents.

Hillcrest High animal lover wins Distinguished Student Award

Serving others is a big part of MaKenna Adamson's life. It's not only people she serves, but animals as well.

Shelley High musician named Distinguished Student

This time of year high schools are filled with Christmas music. Contributing to that musical holiday spirit is Shelley High School senior Alexis Banks.

Graphic artist wins Distinguished Student Award

Artist, journalist, athlete and actress all describe Teton High School senior Scout Invie.

Kylee Bolinder Distinguished Student

Firth High School athlete, singer wins award

Valedictorian, tutor, athlete and singer are all words that describe United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award winner.

Scott Peterson Distinguished Student

Scott Peterson honored with award

Athlete, musician and outdoorsman are three words that describe United Dairymen of Idaho Distinguished Student Award winner Scott Peterson.

Lucy Oliva: Distinguished Student

Firth High School senior Lucy Oliva has a drive to succeed. She's the Idaho Dairy Farm Families Distinguished Student of the Week.

Kimball Russell Distinguished Student

Kimball Russel wins Distinguished Student Award

The Idaho Dairy Farm Families Distinguished Student of the Week has  a unique talent – playing the bagpipes.The Idaho Dairy Farm Families Distinguished Student of the Week…

Tyler Marlowe Distinguished Student

Tyler Marlowe: Distinguished Student

Hillcrest High School ourstanding student Tyler Marlowe wins the United Dairymen of Idaho 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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