Students to walk in the Parade of Champions

By COLE BENZRecord Editor |

Elizabeth Thompson (L) and Kyle Burwick (R) will walk in this year’s Parade of Champions. (Photo by Cole Benz)
Elizabeth Thompson (L) and Kyle Burwick (R) will walk in this year’s Parade of Champions. (Photo by Cole Benz)

What a great honor.

Two Hettinger High School students—Kyle Burwick and Elizabeth Thompson—will walk in the Parade of Champions during the Class B Boys Basketball Tournament this weekend.

The Parade of Champions is an opportunity to recognize all of the top artistic and athletic achievers of the school year. Between the fifth place and third place game of the tournament, all those recognized walk the court, the parade is large and they are afforded hospitality at the tournament, including admission to the games. This year’s tournament, and parade, will take place in Minot. The tournament goes from March 17-19 with the parade on the final day.

Burwick, a freshman, gets his place in the parade as an individual state wrestling champion. Burwick was a state champ in the 113 pound with a win over Gavin Wright of Hillsboro/C. Valley. Burwick is a two-time state champion, and will be walking in the parade for a second consecutive year.

“It was really fun, last time,” Burwick said. “Going back it will be fun, you look forward to going there as much as you can.”

Thompson, a senior, will be attending the event for the first time. Thompson earned an Outstanding Performance as a Soprano Soloist. Earning an Outstanding Performance is being named a state champion for music and arts.

“It was just such a surprise,” Thompson said. “A really happy surprise, so I’m excited to go.”

Both Thompson and Burwick said they were notified via a letter from the activities association, though Thompson said Mrs. Joyce, the music teacher at Hettinger, told her she would be invited to the event when she won her award.

For those wanting to see the parade, but are unable to attend the basketball tournament, can watch it from the comfort of their homes. It will be on television at 7:30 p.m. CST (6 p.m. MT), and streamed on the North Dakota High School Activity Association’s website.