Local students honored as Presidential Scholar candidates - Burgum tells students to "be legendary"

Photo by WDAY Senior News Reporter Tom Tucker
Photo by WDAY Senior News Reporter Tom Tucker

(Fargo, ND) -- Metro area high school seniors nominated as U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates were honored tonight at a celebration dinner at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo.

"It's big, it really is. It feels good and it's really rewarding know that this is something, all my hard work and what not has come to this. It feels really good. It's a good feeling," said West Fargo Sheyenne student Deelan Hamdi.

She is among the 29 local seniors nominated for the award. 

They are among 60 nominees from schools across the state. 

Eventually the list will be whittled down to two students in the state who will be named as Presidential Scholars. 

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum delivered remarks, commending the students for their achievements, and encouraged them to "build something amazing here, be legendary in North Dakota."

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler also attended. 

The event was presented by Fieldstone Group, the parent company for WDAY Radio and AM 1100 The Flag. 

"I wanted to say way to go to those kids who are just phenomenal students in the classroom," said Steve Hallstrom, Fieldstone President and Managing Partner.