Rising Stars: Kelly Bauer, Taurean Small, John Puterbaugh, John Biesk
Alumni who show outstanding promise in their field are recognized with this award.
Star Innovators: Adam Bain, James Huguelet
The Star Innovators Award recognizes alumni who make a difference in their career though innovations such as creating improvements or a new way of conducting their work to the betterment of the profession or industry.
Alumni with five to fifteen years of professional experience who show outstanding promise in their field are recognized with this award.
Making A+ Difference: John Arenas
The Making A+ Difference Award was designed to recognize alumni who have made a difference through charitable work, inventions or social programs. This award recognizes outstanding work outside or related to the recipients career.
Hall of Fame: Keith Peterson, Linda Klein Means, Kevin Sheldon
This award honors former students, former advisers, and friends of the Northern Star who have made significant impacts on the Northern Star, journalism and related fields, or who have otherwise achieved notoriety based in part on experience gained at the Northern Star.
Left to right: Kelly Bauer (Rising Stars), Adam Bain (Star (Innovators), Keith Peterson (Hall of Fame), Kevin Sheldon (Hall of Fame), Linda Klein Means (Hall of Fame), John Arenas (Making A+ Difference), James Huguelet (Star Innovators), Taurean Small (Rising Stars)