Isaak McDonald is in 8th grade and has been a BMS Cross Country Runner for the past three years. He is a hard worker on and off the course. He has shown leadership qualities throughout the season which helped the team succeed at many meets. His coaches consider him their top male runner.  He currently holds the record for the 2nd fastest two mile time in the last 14 years.

Isaak is always positive and puts in 110% effort, is well respected by his team members and strives to be an outstanding runner. He has a good attitude and never complains about the work needed to be done. Isaak encourages other runners to strive to be their best and is a great role model for incoming Cross Country runners.   

He has a bright future as a cross-country runner and participants in many 5K road races to support community organizations. He recently ran the Blue Ox 5K and placed 2nd overall with a time of 18:44. He will be an asset for the BHS CC team next year. Bemidji Middle School is proud to honor this deserving athlete!

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all BMS student athletes grades 7-8. Student must be an active participant in any extra curricular activity that competes at Bemidji Middle School. Student must be in academic good standing (C average or better). Student should be a good role model both on and off the field of play.

WHO CAN NOMINATE: All BMS coaches in their season of play

HOW ARE STUDENT’S NOMINATED: Nominations are made by coach  recommendations to the Dean of Students/Activities Director and must be received by the last day of the month for which the student is being nominated. Nominations from one month are not carried forward to the next month, but there is no limit to the number of times non-winning students may be re-nominated. Nominations  include:


Student’s name


Grade level

Why you feel this student is qualified to be the student athlete of the month


SELECTION PROCESS: All certified staff and coaches are e-mailed the list of nominees at the end of the month. Votes must be returned to the Dean of Student/Activities Director no later than 3:30 on the 4th of each month. One boy and one girl will be selected based upon the nominees’ excellence in athletics, citizenship, accomplishments, and current GPA. Winners will be notified via their activities director and will receive a certificate and their picture on the school website as well as by the gym.