The career development program at Sheyenne High School received the Director’s Award of Excellence for its superior career and technical education programs during the North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education's annual conference, held virtually during the second week of August.

The Sheyenne High School program was selected for providing and promoting service-learning experiences, offering timely occupational information to students concerning employment and labor market data, promoting gender equity and supporting nontraditional students

The Sheyenne High School program is under the leadership of career adviser Penny Aipperspach; counselors Jessica Steiner, Mitchell Grunig, Krystal Haugen, Jessica Raile; and Denise Jonas, director of the Cass County Career and Technical Education Center.

Holly Strand-Rysgaard, health sciences teacher at Sheyenne High School, was appointed president during the conference.

Strand-Rysgaard began her career with West Fargo Public Schools in 2013, when she started the career and technical education program at Sheyenne High School

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Denise Jonas was presented the Administrator of the Year Award.

Jonas has been an educator in the state for more than 25 years. A graduate of Minot State University and the University of North Dakota, she has held career and technical education positions at Devils Lake High School, Lake Region State College, and Lake Area Career and Technical Education School.

Jonas is currently the director of the Cass County Career and Technical Education Center, where she works to strengthen career and technical education options for high school students in the region by coordinating programs for the four‐member school districts of Central Cass, Fargo, Northern Cass and West Fargo.