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 six $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.

NORTH STARS...Their Light Shines On
In 2017, the Vikings of Distinction Committee announced the creation of a new designation, the North Star. Deceased former Vikings, who have distinguished themselves and brought honor and recognition to Omaha North High Magnet School, would be honored for their outstanding accomplishments. Holding these former North students in high regard, it was determined that their accomplishments should be shared with students, faculty and alumni. Developed by the Vikings of Distinction Committee, "Their Light Shines On" in the halls of Omaha North High Magnet School on a plaque displayed in their honor in the VOD showcase. Nominations for the NORTH STAR can be made similarly to the VOD nominations.
The very first NORTH STAR was awarded to LCpl Miguel Keith, USMC, Class of 1970, who was killed in Vietnam and received the Medal of Honor posthumously. A Naval ship, the USNS Miguel Keith, will be christened in 2019 in San Diego, CA to honor his memory.

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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 six $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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