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Leadership Conference & Banquet


Every Fall, Special Olympics hosts a Leadership Conference & Banquet in North Dakota. This two-day conference offers various programming tracks, including one for Athletes, Coaches and General. Saturday evening provides an opportunity to honor those committed to our mission with an Annual Awards Ceremony & Banquet.

This year's Leadership Conference and Banquet will not be hosted in-person, but members of the SOND community who have gone above and beyond will still be recognized. 

2019 Award Winners

Not pictured above: Heith Janke, Rachel Buss

2019 Award Winners

  • Female Athlete of the Year
    • Melissa Moran, Wahpeton
  • Male Athlete of the Year
    • Trevor Bratvold, Grand Forks
  • Coach of the Year
    • Chantel Keller, Dickinson
  • Youth Service
    • Trista Crimmins, Valley City
  • Outstanding Area Volunteer
    • Yvonne Hummel, West Fargo
  • Outstanding State Volunteer
    • Rachel Buss, Bottineau
  • Family of the Year
    • Curt and Janell Duppong Family, Dickinson
  • Outstanding Area Organization
    • Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks
  • Outstanding State Organization
    • Microsoft, Fargo
  • Outstanding School
    • West Fargo High School, West Fargo
  • Continuous Service
    • Marisa Misek, Bismarck
    • Nick Meagher, Fargo
    • Jordan Lorenzen, Fargo
  • LETR Flame of Hope        
    • Heith Janke, West Fargo
  • Daryl Bjelde Momorial Award        
    • Dan Bower, Minot
  • Roger Kerns Character Award    
    • Kenny Fowler, Fargo
  • Hall of Fame Inductees            
    • Julie Blehm, Fargo    
    • Tim Bachmeier, Wahpeton   

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