Grand Forks students selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar semifinalists

Angelica Knudsen and Madeline Stangl are among nine North Dakota high school seniors selected for the honor

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The Mark Sanford Education Center, headquarters of Grand Forks Public Schools. (Grand Forks Herald photo)
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GRAND FORKS — Two Grand Forks high school students — seniors at Red River and Grand Forks Central — have been selected as semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They are among nine North Dakota students who’ve been selected for the honor.

Angelica Knudsen, a Red River High School student, and Madeline Stangl, who attends Grand Forks Central High School, have been selected as semifinalists for the scholarship program that recognizes and honors distinguished graduating seniors across the nation.

They were among a field of 76 North Dakota Presidential Scholar candidates.

“Angelica and Madeline shine a spotlight on themselves, the support of their families, and the abundance of academic and student leadership opportunities provided by Grand Forks Public Schools,” said Superintendent Terry Brenner in a news release. “I, along with my colleagues, celebrate Angelica and Madeline on their accomplishments.”

The other North Dakota semifinalists are: Chance Bowlinger, Bismarck; Quoc Bui, Amy Hong and Yaoyi Ma, Fargo; Alyssa Haider and Lukas McEachern-Mavity, Dickinson; and Samuel Ruona, West Fargo.


Each year, up to 161 students, including two from North Dakota, are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Established in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program was extended in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was extended again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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