Potato Bowl USA Ambassadors
Potato Bowl Ambassadors participate in Potato Bowl USA activities such as the French Fry Feed, the Potato Bowl Parade and game day activities. Each receives a $1000 scholarship for their college education. Sons and daughters or grandchildren of Northern Plains Potato Growers Association growers and associates, they are selected by an independent committee based on academic performance and school and community involvement.
Olivia Taylor – Olivia is a 2019 graduate of Red River High School in Grand Forks where she maintained a 4.025 GPA and was an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. She is now attending the University of North Dakota pursuing a degree in Audiology, majoring in Communications Sciences and Disorders. Having a hearing impairment herself, Olivia’s goal is to become an audiologist and help and mentor others. Olivia has been active in choir, theatre, dance, track and field and Student Council. Olivia has also been very active and successful in the Minnesota Job’s Daughters organization. Olivia excels at volunteering and fundraising for her community. Some of the organizations benefitting from Olivia’s hard work include the Special Olymics, the Hearing Improvement Kids Endowment, the Shriners Hospital and the Dorothy Day Food Pantry. Her parents are Darrin and DeNae Haagenson of Grand Forks.
Nicholas Thompson – Nicholas is a 2019 graduate of Park River (ND) High School. Nicholas graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was involved in band, choir, FHA, Student Council, North Dakota Boys State and baseball at PRHS. Nicholas is now attending Mayville State University on a baseball scholarship where he is pursuing a Business Administration degree. After graduation he plans to return to the family farm near Park River. Nicholas has been active in his church, the Feed My Starving Children program, the Northland Rescue Mission and the Walsh County Food Pantry. His parents are Ron and Jennifer Thompson of Park River.