Sam Rogers named 2015 Northman in honor given by senior class at SM North

2015 Northman Sam Rogers (C) is flanked by runners-up Isaiah Shields (L) and Michael Schley.
2015 Northman Sam Rogers (C) is flanked by runners-up Isaiah Shields (L) and Michael Schley.

Sam Rogers is the 2015 Northman. Sam was chosen by the senior class at SM North from among 20 finalists for the award. Northman is the highest award that seniors can grant to one of their own.

Rogers is a Special Olympics athlete and has been the varsity football manager varsity boys basketball manager for two years. “I won. I won Northman,” Rogers was quoted as saying when he walked into the classroom today. “Best night ever. I love North.”

“Sam is honestly one of a kind,” said SM North teacher Lindsey Nelson. “Sam is just a fun kid to be around, he always has something funny to say and one of the most considerate people I know. Sam loves to help others  at work (he works at Down Syndrome Guild) and in the classroom. He is a leader among his peers and everyone just loves him. Sam can just make everyones heart smile.”

Isaiah Shields and Michael Schley were runners-up for the award. The Northman tradition goes back more than 60 years. Northman candidates are seniors who show scholarship, leadership, character, service, honor, and embody the school tenets:  trust, respect, integrity, belief, and excellence.

Rogers is the son of Mike and Kelly Rogers. The announcement was made at halftime of the girls basketball game this weekend.