Awards

OUTSTANDING OFFICER AWARD
Taylor Toso, University of North Dakota

The Outstanding Officer Award is given to an officer on the NDSA Executive Team that the General Assembly believes has gone above and beyond expectations in service to the NDSA and the students of North Dakota.

Taylor Toso is a senior majoring in Political Science and Public Affairs at the University of North Dakota. During his time serving as the Vice President of Governmental Affairs, he proposed the creation of the Civic Engagement Task Force and oversaw its work on developing strategies for getting students more involved with student government, politics, their own communities, and other student organization initiatives. Toso also chaired the State Legislative Affairs Committee where he and other students worked with the North Dakota University System and the Attorney General’s Office to craft clear State Board of Higher Education policy outlining and protecting students’ political rights.

Past Recipients: Casey Orvedal (UND, 2017-2018), Sovi Herring (DSU, 2018-2019)

OUTSTANDING HEAD DELEGATE AWARD
Dawson Dutchak, University of North Dakota

The Outstanding Head Delegate Award is given to the NDSA Head Delegate that has best represented their institution through their commitment to the NDSA and who has worked diligently to foster a strong delegation throughout the academic year.

Past Recipients: Madison Nelson-Gira (NDSCS, 2017-2018), Miranda Petrich (UND, 2018-2019)

MOST DEDICATED DELEGATE AWARD
Mason Rademacher, North Dakota State University

The Most Dedicated Delegate Award is given to the NDSA Delegate that the General Assembly believes has been the most committed to the organization throughout the academic year.

Past Recipients: Kevin Gilgallon (MiSU, 2016-2017), Gracie Lian (UND, 2017-2018), Taylor Toso (UND, 2018-2019)

STUDENT ADVOCATE AWARD
Eric D. Olson, Assistant Attorney General

The Student Advocate Award is given to any individual – student or non-student – that the General Assembly believes has made a significant, positive improvement to higher education in North Dakota during the academic year.

Past Recipients: Jared Melville (NDSU, 2016-2017), Lisa Johnson (NDUS, 2017-2018), Kaleb Dschaak (UND, 2018-2019)

NDSA LEGACY AWARD
Michael Moen, Mayville State University

The NDSA Legacy Award is given to a student graduating from the North Dakota University System who will not be able to vote in future meetings. The General Assembly must believe that this delegate has made a powerful, positive, and reoccurring contribution to the students of North Dakota and higher education throughout their time at the NDSA.

Mike Moen graduated from Mayville State with a Bachelors degree in Social Science in 2020. Moen was a delegate of NDSA from 2015 to 2020 and worked with smaller schools to ensure that delegations had a voice in all conversations. He also worked with NDSA executive team to discuss potential changes with the State Board of Higher Education. Moen showed his dedication to NDSA by attending almost every NDSA meeting throughout his time as a student. He also served as the head delegate for Mayville State and consistently brought a full and engaged delegation. His hard work and passion throughout this time as a student showed in his leadership on campus and within the NDSA.

Past Recipients: Ayaka Ohi (MiSu, 2017-2018), Jared Melville (NDSU, 2018-2019)