Dakota State’s Jessi Giles was selected as a 2021 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics annual award nominee. Giles was selected to the A.O. Duer award nominee by the NSAA. The A.O. Duer scholarship award presented by Daktronics is named in honor of the NAIA’s former executive secretary who served the association for 26 years. This award has been annually presented since 1967 to a male and female junior student-athlete in any sport who has excelled in scholarship, character, and citizenship. Giles competes in women’s basketball and track & field for the Trojans. She was named the NSAA Women’s Basketball Player-of-the-Year in 2020-21, a three-time NSAA All-Conference recipient for basketball and a six-time All-Conference recipient for track and field.