A presentation Sorensen did on the dangers of added sugar spurred the project.
"Whenever he wants to get concrete solid nutrition information, he asks me about it," she said. "He just keeps pushing forward and pushing forward and shown a lot of leadership skills."
The policy was adopted this at the beginning of the school year. Some students weren't pleased at first, but they have since come around, Ortmeier said.
Ortmeier works as a dietary aide in the Faulkton Area Medical Center in Sorensen's department, but has also been rotating through different departments as part of an internship.
"Staff in each department have said ‘That kid's going somewhere and he's going to do well with whatever he chooses to do,’ ” Sorensen said. "We all have really high hopes for him."
Ortmeier is looking for a junior high student in Faulkton who can take over his role as an ambassador of health and continue his work with the wellness committee.
"It's kind of a tough job sometimes because you have to do what's best for everybody," he said. "I'm not trying to be a Debbie Downer when I take the sugar away."
He said he has applied to some colleges out of state and is waiting to hear back. Sorensen said his presence will be missed in Faulkton.
"We hope to find the next Kyle," Sorensen said. "We are lucky to have somebody that's willing to stand up and fight for what he thinks is right and even go against the norm."
Ortmeier is in the process of finishing his senior year.
He will be throwing shotput and discus again this spring as a member of the track and field team and will finish his tenure as FCCLA state president in April.
Though he's very busy, he makes time for family, too.
"Sometimes I want to take it a little bit slower with being a senior and all," he said. "I'll be leaving the school next year, though, and I really want my project to keep going and expanding."