Vikings of Distinction

The annual Vikings of Distinction program supports North High Magnet School in their mission: “to prepare all students for success in lifelong studies and careers.”

The Vikings of Distinction event was created in 1983 by faculty members Ellen and Carol Gast, to honor deserving Omaha North High alumni who are accomplished in their chosen careers and their communities. As the program is designed to inspire students, the Vikings of Distinction Committee also awards five $2,000 scholarships to graduating North High seniors.

About the Vikings of Distinction

Each year our honorees return to North High, participate in the school’s scholarship convocation, and are introduced to the student body in an all-school assembly where their videos are shown and their portraits are unveiled. They also meet in small informal group sessions with students and serve as role models. During the evening, the honorees are again presented at the Vikings of Distinction banquet, where their videos are shown during the program to their families, friends, alumni, faculty and former honorees.

Following the banquet, their portraits are hung in a permanent place of honor at Omaha North High Magnet School.

View 2017 Honorees

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Nominate a Viking of Distinction

To be named a Viking of Distinction, a graduate, former faculty member, or friend of North High must first be nominated. The Vikings of Distinction Committee maintains a permanent record of all nominations that they continue to update, and each year chooses those to be honored by a vote of the full committee. Any North High graduate, faculty member, or former faculty member may nominate candidates for the award. To be eligible, alumni must have been graduated for at least 20 years, and faculty members must be retired. Online or printed nomination forms must be submitted by September 1st to be considered for the upcoming May event.

Nominate a Viking of Distinction

Nominations can be also be submitted in writing.

Download Nomination Form as PDF


Vikings of Distinction Scholarships

In conjunction with this event, the Vikings of Distinction Committee presents five $2000 scholarships at North’s Senior Scholarship Night.The accomplishments of these Viking of Distinction honorees bring honor and respect to their alma mater, and their personal stories inspire students to aim high as they complete their education at North and beyond.

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Today, North High is a Magnet School with a special curriculum and expanded resources for students choosing to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. For the past two decades, the Foundation has contributed funds and resources to support students who have chosen these pathways of learning, and the teachers who light their way. In total, the Foundation has contributed almost $500,000 to these efforts.

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