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Interscholastic Stars | IHSAA - Idaho High School Activities Association

Interscholastic Star Award

The Interscholastic Star scholarship program is sponsored by the Idaho High School Activities Association and was established in 1992 to recognize and reward outstanding students who participate in high school athletic and non-athletic activities.

Nominees for the scholarships are exemplary students who:

  • Through their participation, strengthen interscholastic sports and activities programs.
  • Are active contributors to school and community organizations and programs.
  • Are good citizens and positive role models for their peers.
  • Promote the ideals of good sportsmanship and citizenship.

2019-20 Scholarship Recipient


Sarah Cole, Junior from Mountain View High School has been selected as the “Idaho Star” for 2019-20 and will grace the back covers of the 2020-21 state tournament programs.



All five 2020 Interscholastic Stars are leaders in their schools and communities

  1A Star: Martha Smith - Clearwater Valley High School

A captain and 3 sport athlete at Clearwater Valley HS, Martha is also active in Student Government, National Honor Society, BPA and the Kooskia community.

  2A Star: Johnathon Simmons - Salmon High School

Johnathon is involved in music, drama, student government and multiple school clubs while participating in Cross Country and Track at Salmon High School.

  3A Star: Ryder Paslay - Timberlake High School

Ryder is a student participant in Sources of Strength, a student lead program assisting students with mental health, while participating in 3 sports and music.

  4A Star: Nicholas Swensen - Twin Falls High School

A three-year letterman and captain of the Twin Falls HS Football, Basketball and Track teams, Nicholas has been selected to All-State Orchestra while becoming an Eagle Scout.

  5A Star: Sarah Cole - Mountain View High School

The Jr. Class President at Mt. View HS, Sarah has also participated in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and is the captain of Lincoln-Douglas team.  She is a national debate qualifier and holds a 4.174 GPA.

Interscholastic Stars receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. A $500 check is also given to each Star’s school.  Runner’s up at each level receive a $500 scholarship.  The Overall "Idaho Star" is awarded an addition $1500



Hall of Fame Speech

Jackson Headley

"The many lessons I've learned during my ventures into interscholastic sports and activities have truly shaped the person I am today.  I am confident these experiences have helped prepare me for success in any future endeavor.  I will be forever grateful for these life-changing opportunities."


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