Congratulations to Ogden’s 2019 Top Dogs!

We are happy to announce the 2019 Top Dogs Hall of Fame Inductees! 

Dr. Bonnie Beer

John Emerson

Wade Sundell

Steve Tonsfeldt

Jodi Tymeson

Look for more information about these inductees in the fall. Come honor these Hall of Fame inductees during Homecoming on September 20, 2019. They will be in the Homecoming parade, and then announced and awarded during the pep assembly. Following the assembly, there will be a reception and dessert social in the new atrium of the school. This will be a time to mingle with the inductees and congratulate them personally. 

2016 Inductees: Gaile Carlson, Lillian Kruse, Bob Morgan, Gary Paulsen, Larry Tryon, and Jesse Sundell
2017 Inductees: Gary Alban, Stan Friesen, Annika Gustafson Parker, and the 1992 State Runner-Up Football Team
2018 Inductees: Mike Banks, Dr. Ben Paulson, Claudia Paulson Shepherd, and the 2000 State Champion Shuttle Hurdle Team (Annie Blyth Wearmouth, Lindsay Clark Tucker, Kristin Peterson Wilson, and Karen Swanson Olson)


Who do you know that could join these Top Dogs?

     To be a Top Dog, a candidate must be nominated by the public and chosen by an anonymous committee. Anyone in the community will be able to nominate an applicant for the committee to choose from. Applicants must be Ogden Alumni or former staff, and 5 years removed. A full list of criteria is under the link: Criteria. Once the submission window opens, you can fill out a nomination form. Nominate anytime between October and March, and then another group of excellent Top Dogs will be selected and inducted!


More information about the 2018 Top Dogs:


Mike Banks
written by Kyle Free

Mike Banks moved to Ogden his freshman year of high school. He found he had an interest in football and put in extra effort to improve his game. By senior year, Mike led the Bulldogs to finish with a record of 7-3. After he graduated in 1998, Mike was invited to play in the Shrine Bowl. He was the first Ogden football player to receive a Division I scholarship. He played for Iowa State from 1998 to 2001, went to two bowl games, and proudly never lost to the University of Iowa. Mike was drafted into the National Football League in the 7th round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002. He played for two years with Arizona and one year with the New Orleans Saints. Mike left the NFL and moved back to Iowa with his wife and family. His accomplishment of reaching the NFL is proof that with hard work, anybody can live out their dream.


Dr. Ben Paulson
written by Keegan Tews

Ben Paulson had always dreamed of grand things. During his years at OHS, he participated in a variety of activities to find his passion. He ran cross-country and track, but also placed first in Physics Olympics. He graduated from Ogden in 1996. Ben pursued a degree in physics at Washington University in St. Louis. He then went to the University of Duke and earned his medical degree in 2004. He had a five year residency/internship at the University of Texas in Houston, where he studied general surgery. Dr. Paulson moved back to Des Moines where he lives currently with his wife, Christa, and two daughters. He works at Iowa Ortho as an orthopedic surgeon, and specializes in the hand and upper extremities. Dr. Ben Paulson is described as hard working, creative, and an excellent example of what it means to be a Top Dog.


Claudia Paulson Shepherd
written by Sam Arnold

Claudia Paulson attended Ogden from 1966-1970. She participated in softball and track, but where Claudia really shined was six-on-six basketball. She earned her place in the Ogden record books as the all-time leading scorer - 2,708 points, highest points in one game - 64, all-time best percentage shooter in one season - 62%, and all-time high career average - 31.63 points per game. She also earned All-State, All-Regional, and All-District honors. Ogden High School even retired her jersey #34 after she graduated. Claudia continued to play basketball at Wayne State College in Nebraska. After college, she married Everett Shepherd in 1973, and had two children, Sara and Greg. They moved to Stuart, Iowa where Claudia taught and coached. Sadly, Claudia passed away in 1999 of a brain tumor, at the young age of 47. In Ogden, we remember Claudia as the best basketball player our town has seen, and we attribute that to her hard work and determination.  


2000 State Champion Shuttle Hurdle Team
written by Holly Melchert

The 2000 State Champion Shuttle Hurdle Team, comprised of Karen Swanson, Lindsay Clark, Kristin Peterson, and Annie Blyth, raced their way into Ogden history. They are the only relay team to have won a state title for Ogden Girls’ Track, winning the 1A Shuttle Hurdle race in a time of 1:04.61. The girls’ coach, Kara Kruse, described them as “self-disciplined, hard working, and very goal-oriented. The girls were continually working toward improving their time.  They spent countless hours working on techniques, drills, and endurance to become their best!” Despite only having a cinder track in Ogden, these girls went above and beyond to prepare for the highest level of competition. Hoping to place in the top eight at the state level, they surpassed their goal. They set the school record with their championship run, and that record still stands today. All four ladies have looked back on that moment in May of 2000 as a highlight of their high school careers.



  • Why are we doing this?

    • Our goal is to recognize high achieving Ogden alumni and former staff who have excelled in their various fields either during school or after. We want to celebrate the successes at Ogden and increase pride in OHS.

  • How many people can be inducted?

    • There could be anywhere from 1 to 5 inductees in the current and subsequent years.

  • When will inductees be announced?

    • Once the committee selects the inductees, the inductees will be notified. This will occur during the month of May, allowing inductees, and friends and family, to make arrangements to attend the ceremony at Homecoming later in September.

  • How will this be funded?

    • The Ogden Alumni Association has offered financial support, as well as other community groups, to help us with this project.

  • How is the committee selected?

    • The committee is comprised of teachers, students, and community members who are of high integrity and will remain anonymous. They are assembled by Mrs. Boyd.

  • What criteria must an applicant meet?

    • To be nominated, an applicant must be 5 years removed from the school. S/he must be a positive role model and have shown outstanding achievement in his/her area (academics, arts, athletics, sciences, military service, humanitarianism, etc.). The applicant and all inductees must maintain a clean criminal record as well.

    • A complete list of criteria is accessible under the link: Criteria.

  • What happens at the induction ceremony?

    • Inductees, family, and friends, are all invited to celebrate and recognize the inductees. Dessert will be served, and a brief program will be presented, which will include the history and achievements of the inductees.

  • What if the applicant I submit is not chosen?

    • All applications are encouraged to be resubmitted in the following years to be reconsidered. One individual can submit more than one application. Multiple submissions does not guarantee induction as a “Top Dog”.