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Executive Team

President: Carter Gill
Vice President: Chloe Anderson
Secretary: Clare Ebsen
Treasurer: Jaden McNeily
Public Relations Manager: Hope Ishizaka
NDSA Head Delegate: Kiara Radke



Viking Pilot Award

Viking Pilots are those who conduct or set the course of student life on campus. The Viking Pilot Award was founded in 1931 by the staff of the Blizzard, then the name of the college yearbook. At that time, the subscribers to the yearbook elected the ten most prominent students on campus. The purpose of the award was to honor those individuals that were engaged in a multitude of campus activities and were acclaimed for their participation in the social and extracurricular life of the college. At that time, the recipients were known as “Propellers.”

In 1936, the students expressed a desire for a more meaningful name, and the name “Viking Pilot” emerged as more representative of the leadership function.

Today, the Viking Pilot Award remains a prestigious student honor, recognizing those campus leaders who have made substantial contributions to the quality of life on campus.

Viking Pilots are elected each year by a committee of students, faculty, and administrators.

2023 Viking Pilot Award Winners

  • Madison Yoder
  • Saige Forseth
  • Hope Ishizaka
  • Dahlia Diegel

Senator of the Semester

The Spring 2023 Senator of the Semester is Madi Klabo! Madi is a Freshman Representative for Student Senate. Madi has shown passion for student senate, generosity, and a caring attitude this semester. Madi also was a Spring Blast co-chair that brought events and club participation to campus. Congrats on the great semester, Madi!

Teacher of the Year

The 2022-2023  Teacher of the Year is Assistant Professor Taylor Mounts in the Business Department! In her nomination, students spoke about Taylor’s passion for feedback within her classroom and her visibility around campus. Her willingness to alter her instructional style for the betterment of her students makes them feel cared for and ensures optimal understanding. The high energy Taylor brings to her lectures, the consistent value she crafts into her assignments, and the deliberate pacing has not gone unnoticed.

Student Advocate of the Year

The 2022-2023 Student Advocate of the Year is Janna Kohler in Career Services! In her nomination, students spoke about the major changes Janna has made to her office’s functionality and visibility around campus. Her outreach through email and social media has helped shed light on community needs and student opportunities. Students feel empowered to visit her and use her as a valuable resource while they prepare themselves for professional opportunities. With stellar response times and a genuine concern for students’ success, students felt she deserved the SAOY award.