Who will be Ogden’s 2019 Top Dogs?
2016 Inductees: Gaile Carlson, Lillian Kruse, Bob Morgan, Gary Paulsen, Larry Tryon, and Jesse Sundell
Who do you know that could join these Top Dogs?
More information about the 2018 Top Dogs:
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
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
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
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.