Powerade Athletes of the Year Voting

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company is proud to present the Powerade Athlete of the Year Award. The award, along with $1000, will be given to 10 student finalist who have been recognized within their schools for their community and extracurricular involvement.

We appreciate you taking the time to vote, please keep in mind you will only be allowed to vote once per 24 hour period.


Andrew Steele
Andrew Steele
Pine City High School
12
Football, Baseball, Concert Choir, National Honor Society, and Pine City Tourney Boyz Podcast.
Volunteered at the local youth hockey tournament, pick up trash with Honor Society and Baseball team, Work at the Pine County License Center
I should win the honor of Powerade athlete of the year because I believe I represent Powerade well. I know that my team is only as good as our weakest link and I tried all season to help give power to the younger and weaker guys on our team. Sometimes it only takes a kind word or gesture to inspire them to do better. In our first playoff game I was named a captain and I helped inspire our team that was a huge underdog (we had only won 1 game all regular season) win that playoff game. We stunned the other team, our fans and even our coaches.
Remington Meagher
Remington Meagher
Long Prairie/Grey Eagle High School
12
Wrestling, Football, Track and Field, American Legion Baseball, MN Storm Greco and Freestyle Wrestling, Choir, Teens Standing Strong, Link Crew, Prom Committee, and Class Officer.
Volunteer with the youth wrestling program, mentor elementary kids, promoting a clean lifestyle in my community, mission trips, and wrestling/football fundraisers.
Athletes are often looked at as self-centered and looking for individual glory. That’s not my style. I’ve tried hard to be a role model for younger students and my peers. By working hard on building myself academically, athletically, and as a singer, I’m showing that determination and balance pay off. Through my efforts in sports, I’m trying to show that dedication and a positive attitude are critical to success. Beyond that, I want to show that being a good teammate is more important that gaining individual recognition. In my work in the community, I’m hoping that others will see the importance of giving back to those who have given so much to me. I believe I should “win” because I do my best every day to become a better version of myself in order to give more to others.
Jaren Roste
Jaren Roste
Alexandria Area High School
12
Football, Basketball, Track and Field, DECA Vice President, Mock Trial Team President, Pep Band, National Honor Society, Math League, Student Council, and A Club President.
I volunteer as a Donation Operator for the Jingle Bells Telethon, Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Hospital Volunteer, Food Shelf volunteer, Elderly Technology Trainer, and participate and Youth Bible Study and the Passion Drama Event at my church.
School and education is very important to me. That is why I have chosen to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities this next year; to attain a top level education that will benefit me during my career. I plan to major in business administration with an emphasis on business law. I then plan on attending law school to become a business attorney. Why is this scholarship so important to me? With my football career being so successful, I have been blessed with the opportunity to receive many scholarships to play at the Division II level, however, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities provided me a chance to play football as a Preferred Walk-on (no scholarship) as well as the opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the Midwest, if not the nation. This scholarship will help me financially afford college and will assist me as I have already begun investing in my education and will continue that throughout my collegiate career.
Nicholas Abraham
Nicholas Abraham
Long Prairie/Grey Eagle High School
12
Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Band, Drumline, Student Council, Teens Standing Strong (TSS), Snow Days Attendant, and Homecoming Candidate
Youth Basketball, youth bible school, post prom committee, mass server, youth religious conferences, blood donor, and Feed My Starving children Volunteer.
I feel I am deserving of this scholarship because I am very involved in my school and my community, and I am a hard worker. In addition to the school and community activities listed above, I have also had a local part time job since the age of 15. I did this, while still keeping up my grades, and being active in school. What sets me apart, I feel, is that I have accomplished this in spite of being diagnosed with Dyslexia in the seventh grade. Dyslexia is a misunderstood disability which affects around 32% of the world population. Many people think Dyslexia only affects the way we read, but it also affects how we write, spell, deal with numbers, and how we receive speech, and speak to others. Almost all Dyslexics have an average or above average IQ. Our setback comes from the length of time it takes us to do schoolwork, read etc. Our brains process things different, in a way that is more time intensive. Despite this challenge, I have worked hard to stay in all my extracurricular activities and stay involved with the community. I have already been accepted into the Mechatronics program at Alexandria Technical Institute, and I think that shows my dedication to continuing my education. Struggling with Dyslexia, being in three sports, keeping a job, and staying involved in my community shows that I am able and willing to work hard and would put this scholarship to good use.
Michael Sylla
Michael Sylla
River Falls
12
Hockey
Youth hockey Coach and Veteran Services
I believe that I should win this honor because I show great leadership in and out of the class room as well as in athletics as well as my drive to accomplishing my goals. I think I should be awarded this because of my extensive leadership skills, and how I can lead many groups of people. I think that I am very fitting for this honor because of what I have accomplished and what I strive to accomplish in the coming years. As well as being successful in sports and athletics throughout my years of growing years I have been able to succeed in the classroom as well. I hope to be considered and achieve this honor due to my leadership, athletics, and academics.
Jaden Prechel
Jaden Prechel
Red Rock Central High School
12
Basketball, Golf, and Luther League
I have been involved with my church Luther League since 7th grade where we meet each month and plan activities for the year. The activities include church suppers, collecting food for the food shelf, helping other community members with lawn care/leaf care and also spend time singing for elderly residents in the local nursing home.
I believe I should win because I am a hardworking, quick learning individual. I've worked hard at attaining the b honor roll each semester since 7th grade. My strong classes are science and math and I am very interested in becoming a mechanical engineer. I am enrolled to attend the University of Minnesota, Duluth the fall of 2017 and am short of funds at this time. My parents divorced when I was seven years old and have since each remarried. I love taking things apart and putting them back together. When I was 17 years old, I built my own personal computer by watching YouTube videos. In my senior year, I have been a teacher's assistant in the technical education classes in my high school. I am excited about my future as a mechanical engineer.
Justin Goossen
Justin Goossen
Benson High School
12
Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Trap Shooting
I volunteer at the local food shelf, prepare meals for Meals on Wheels, coach little kids, read to the community, and actively work with the VFW and area Veterans. Throughout high school I have spent many hours working in the Benson community.
As stated above, I truly find that I am a well-rounded senior. I have been involved in a number of activities, sports, and volunteer work throughout my years in high school. Not only have I been involved all of this, but I have won a number of awards throughout my high school career. As a junior, I won the EXCEL Award at my high school. This is given to one boy and one girl in the junior class for sports, academics, and activities. This year, I received the Triple A award. This is basically similar requirements, but it also involves the fine arts. I have been in band since 5th grade and have participated in marching band and jazz band throughout the years. In addition, I have gone to State in BPA (Business Professionals of America) each years since the 9th grade. I also have a GPA of 4.127 and work hard to maintain good grades and good status with my teachers. I get along with mostly everyone, and that is probably why I was voted as one of the Homecoming candidates. I have a friendly, honest, and approachable attitude. I want people to remember me as a leader, and I want to be a good influence and role model to the younger generation. I plan on attending SDSU for Civil Engineering.
Edward Johnson
Edward Johnson
Rush City High School
12
Golf and Bowling
I help with the local fire department and with the local Lions club. I also help with the local snowmobile trail club.
I should win because i work my hardest in all my sports and with my schoolwork. I always try my best in everything I do!
Mitchell Goettl
Mitchell Goettl
Rice Lake High School
12
Baseball, Basketball, Future Business Leaders of America, Young Republicans, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Math Team.
Rice Lake Food Pantry, Clean Boats Clean Waters, Coordinator for FBLA Homeless Shelters Fundraiser and Brain Cancer Fundraiser, Math Tutor, Youth Basketball Volunteer, St. Joseph Church Alter Server, Usher, and Children’s Liturgy, and Warriors 4 Christ Youth Group.
I play high school varsity basketball and baseball. This requires year round dedication for our team to be competitive against our opponents. I have a passion for the games of basketball and baseball and through them, I have learned team work, hard work, and perseverance through injuries and disappointments. I have dedicated countless hours to sports throughout my entire life. Although I may not have always been the best player on the team, I was always the hardest working. I grew into a leader and became the young man I am today because of the lessons sports have taught me. I have learned how to truly be mentally tough, how to bring joy, compassion, and energy to every practice, workout, and game. But the most important thing that sports has given me throughout my life is the bond between the players of my team. I have went to battle with them each and every day for the past 5+ years. When there was highs, we were all there together, and when we hit lows, we were still all right there reminding each other what we built. What did we build? A FAMILY. And that is why I will forever be grateful to athletics and the teams I have been a part of. I have given so much of my life to athletics and it has blessed me in return ten-fold.
Miles Kattevold
Miles Kattevold
Yellow Medicine East
12
Football, Wrestling, Baseball, and FFA
I have been a part of the local elementary wrestling program, football field erosion construction, and promote the importance of pollination in my community.
I should win the scholarship because I have put an enormous amount of time into making the best out of my high school athletic career. Whether it be going to summer wrestling camps, getting up a 6 A.M. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to go lift weights with the football team, or Going for extra runs after practice. I have spent many hours planning and writing down goals to work towards and achieve each and every week. All of these efforts have combined to teach me how hard you have to work for something you want. It has taught me how to be a better person and give back to those who have helped me. To reiterate why I should be awarded this scholarship, it’s because I've put in the time. You can't expect to get anything you want without working for it.
Brady Hansen
Brady Hansen
Lakeview High School
12
Football, Track and Field, Math League, FTC Robotics, Concert Band and Concert Choir.
I regularly help out with local blood drives and local community service projects. Those projects include cleaning up the parks in town and cleaning the beach of litter. I also help run hygiene drives and the items we collect go to a local homeless shelter.
I am a great student who is trying to succeed in all of my classes and improve my community. I am also not a typical student athlete because I compete in the non-athletic sports. These non-athletic sports have shown me what I am good at. Through FTC, I have learned how to design and build working prototypes. This is what I hope to study in college. I plan on achieving a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. This scholarship could help me make college more affordable. This could help pay for books and tuition. I plan on attending the University of Minnesota Duluth next year and plan to stay in Minnesota after graduation of college. This scholarship will help me become a better student next year and then I can pass my knowledge onto future Minnesota student-athletes.
Spencer Smith
Spencer Smith
Tracy Area Public Schools
12
Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track, Trap Shooting, FFA, National Honors Society, Big Buddies
Volunteer with youth football and basketball, confirmation class leader, community clean-up and the sportsman’s club fundraisers.
I think I am deserving of this award because of all the different things I have taken part of in the past few years. I have worked very hard in everything I do and most of that has to do with sports. I know what it takes to be the best and that without hard work and dedication you cannot succeed at these things. I plan on continuing my basketball career at Dakota Wesleyan and going into college I know that I will have to force myself to work even harder. I have been very successful in all of my sports letting for four years in all of them and being a four year starter in all of them. I am also a very well rounded academic student, without good grades you are not able to participate in sports and that is something I have always followed. I have learned that school comes first and do not need someone to tell me to get to work or stay busy it is just something I already know and like to do. Lastly is that I have done many things to help out my local community, they have done many things for me so in return I do the same for them. I have helped with camps and different activities and many people around the community know who I am exactly and my life story. This is why I believe I am deserving of this award.
Taylor Forsberg
Taylor Forsberg
Rice Lake High School
12
Hockey, Football, Golf, National Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Student Council Leader.
Volunteer at youth football, hockey, and golf events, service projects with NHS, FBLA Forest Fun raising money for Brain Cancer, and community environmental clean-up.
Over the course of high school I made it a priority of mine to get involved in the community as much as I could. Looking back now I’m so glad I made that commitment to my area. It has helped me become a better person because of it. Now with college approaching I have to make another commitment approaching and I’m hoping I can make an even greater impact somewhere else. With the money I would get from this contest I could put it toward my tuition cost to put me closer to making a difference in a new place
Alex Pohlen
Alex Pohlen
Minneota High School
11
Football, Baseball, National Honor Society, Student Council, Prom Committee, Prom Clean-up, Concert Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, High School Musical, Homecoming Committee, Homecoming Attendant.
Church Baking, Church Alter Server, Food For Kids volunteer, Youth Baseball Coach, Youth T-Ball Coach, Youth Football Referee, Kiddie Carnival volunteer, Camp read-a-lot volunteer, Community Baking, Town Celebration volunteer, Vietnam Memorial Center Fundraiser volunteer.
I believe I should win this award because not only do I work hard to be exceptional in athletics, but also in the classroom and my community. I have recently been given the honor of the Minnesota State High School League ExCEL Award. This award recognizes 36 juniors from across the entire state of Minnesota that are dedicated to their academics, athletics, and community. My 4.0 GPA shows my dedication to my school work. My four varsity football letters, 2 state football championships, and three varsity baseball letters as a Junior shows how committed I am to my athletics. While staying busy in the classroom and on the field, I still know the importance of volunteering in my community. Growing up I remember looking up to the older kids, and I strive to be that same positive presence in the community. My volunteer efforts also benefit those who have been in the community for many years as well as those who want to stay here for a long time. It would be an honor to represent myself, my school and my community with this award.
Stone DeLeon
Stone DeLeon
Esko
12
Football and Basketball
Youth basketball official, volunteer with the flag football program and Flaming Pine Youth Bible Camp member.
I don't like saying that I "should" win, because there are many deserving of this award. However, here are some reasons I would like to share on why I'm applying. I have been a starter and a role player on the sports in which I participate in. My enthusiasm and positive attitude towards my teammates, sport, school and coaches have never waiver. Winning or losing does not define me as a player or a person. I love to win and hate losing, but being with the guys is the best part of sports. I know what my career choice is and that's being like my Dad, a teacher and coach. I would use the award towards my goal of receiving my degree and beginning my dream job. I've seen how he has impacted hundreds of people, both male and female in his career, including my own. My mom is a successful coach herself, so I guess coaching is in my blood. Having role models like my parents and unfortunately playing for coaches that I would never imitate as a coach, will help me one day in my career.
Maxwell Peterson
Maxwell Peterson
Benson High School
12
Football, Basketball, Golf, Track, and student representative for the Extracurricular Advisory Committee.
I volunteer at the Local Food Shelf/Prairie 5, St. Francis Church, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross Blood Drive, as student leader in our local DARE program, and I am a youth football and basketball coach.
I feel that I am deserving of the Powerade Athlete of the Year Award because I am not only an athlete, but a well-rounded one. Sports, academics, and community involvement are three of the most important elements of my high school experience. I have been chosen by my peers to lead and captain teams in multiple sports. These leadership opportunities have pushed me to become a good mentor to teammates as well as the youth who look up to me. Youth coaching has shown me that my experiences can help and guide younger athletes. My successes, as well as my failures, can show young athletes that perseverance and hard work pay off. I am also a leader in the classroom. I am a two year member of the National Honor Society and am an honor roll student. I have received the IDEA award twice, which showcases students who excel in the classroom. I have been awarded the Excellence Scholarship at Concordia College. I am very active in my community and I volunteer in multiple organizations. These experiences have made me appreciate the roles of active community members and I strive to continue to be one myself in the future. Overall, athletics, academics, and community involvement all have played large role in my high school career. They have helped me grow and learn lessons that apply on the field/court, in the classroom, and in my community
Nathan Ruda
Nathan Ruda
Long Prairie Grey Eagle
11
Football, Baseball, Trap Shooting, Knowledge Bowl, Teens Standing Strong Member, Link Crew Member, and We Day Participant.
Youth basketball, LPGE Community Education Volunteer, church food stand, and vacation bible school.
I would like to state the reasons why I should receive this honor. I have had the desire to be an athlete since I was a little kid. I had basketball hoops in every doorway that could have one. When I was outside, I always had a ball of some kind in my hand. As I got older, my love for sports continued to grow. By being an athlete, I have also learned that I am a positive role model. I have especially witnessed this helping out at youth basketball. The kids look up to me and I can see they want to play basketball "just like me." I really enjoy the spark the youth display when they feel good about themselves and to see the look of happiness on their face. The second reason is that I just enjoy playing sports. Playing sports gives me the chance to unwind from my academics. It makes me feel proud when that three- pointer goes in, that orange clay gets busted in the air, or I block the opponent. The last reason I should receive this honor that I find volunteering in my community is a worthwhile experience. I have gotten to watch myself grow by helping others, serving my community, and watching the future sports players grow. It gives me a sense of pride and will help me grow into a positive citizen.
Johanna Merten
Johanna Merten
Holidingford
12
Cross Country, Track, Basketball, Band, Peer Helpers, NHS, and Leadership Council
I help with young girls basketball programs. For NHS, I’ve helped with the food drive and cleaning composites.
I'm a very dedicated athlete and have always worked hard to achieve my goals. I would love to do a college sport and would do anything to make it there.
Sadie Stelter
Sadie Stelter
Lakeview High School
12
Student council, choir, Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball
I am involved in my church choir, I sing solos for the church, carol to local nursing homes and help serve meals with my youth group. I am very involved with 4-H, through 4-H I do community pride projects which usually involves beautifying local parks. I also help out with basketball and softball clinics held at my school.
I should win because I am the epitome of a PowerAde Athlete. I work hard and excel in every sport I participate in. I have been named to the all-conference team in each sport since I was a freshman. My junior year I was named all area offensive player of the year (southwest Minnesota) in basketball, all state first team in basketball and all state second team in softball. I am a leader and do my best to bring out the best in my teammates. There is a lot of pressure in sports. I try to maintain my composer and set a good example for younger players. In many instances whether my team wins or loses depends on how well I perform. I am well known in surrounding communities because of my athletic ability. I have been a part of the A or B honor rolls all 4 years of my high school career. I have a 3.5 GPA and work hard in school. I am taking PSEO and college now classes through Minnesota West and SMSU. I am also a hard worker outside of school and sports. I help out on my dad’s 300 cow dairy farm before and after school and activities throughout the week.
Rylee Klocow
Rylee Klocow
Lakeview High School
12
Cross Country, Dance Team, Track and Field, Student Council, National Honors Society, and Class President.
I am involved in my community with my involvement in NHS.
I should receive this award because I am a committed athlete and student. I enjoy participating in my athletics and love to push myself and others. I think of myself has a leader in my high school. Also I enjoy being involved in athletics it has taught me to stand up for myself and set achievable goals. I am also a very committed student. I push myself to get the best grade possible for each test, assignment, and or quiz. I am in the National Honor Society for my grades and also my leadership role in the community.
Ashley Benes
Ashley Benes
Grand Rapids High School
12
Football Manager, Gymnastics, Student Council, Math Team, and Yearbook
Annual Football Victory Day, Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund – The Bash Volunteer, Get Fit Itasca, and Grand Rapids Gymnastics Academy Coach.
I believe that I should be selected for this award because I truly care about my academics and pursuing my academic goals. I spend a lot of my time outside of school doing and coaching gymnastics, 23 hours a week actually. I also have to fit in all of my extracurricular activities like Math Team, Student Council, and in the fall managing football. I’m a very busy person, but I never let that affect my grades. Despite trying to juggle all of those things, I still manage to keep my grades up. My freshman and sophomore year I had a 4.0 GPA. My junior year when I started to take IB and CITS classes, it dropped slightly to a 3.94 and so far my senior year I have a 4.05. That just goes to show how much I value my academics and grades. I want to continue this academic excellence throughout college, and then onto a professional program in the medical field. Getting a award would help me be able to apply more focus to my academics and athletics in college, and not worry about how I’m going to be able to afford it. I believe I should be selected for this award because of the value I have for my schooling and my drive for excellence in high school and maintain that in college.
Brooklin Peltier
Brooklin Peltier
Lakeview High School
12
Basketball, Softball, Football Manager, Student Council, National Honor Society, School Buddies, and Huddle Leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
I volunteer at Red Cross Blood Drives and food/hygiene drives for local food shelves through NHS, and at church fundraising dinners, the annual fall festival, and Sunday Social Hour.
I should win because I am an honor roll student athlete who uses my athletic background to persevere in everything that I do. Whether it is school, sports, or faith, I am always striving to exceed the expectations of not only others, but myself as well. As I move forward into the next chapter of my life, I aspire to drive passion into student athletes to be successful in all they do. I hope to accomplish this by pursuing a career as a physical therapist with an emphasis on athletic training. My goal would be to become a physical therapist and assist athletes to overcome injuries and reach peak performance levels. To achieve this, my first step is to obtain my degree in exercise science at Southwest Minnesota State University where I am committed to attend starting the fall of 2017.
Mikayla Salfer
Mikayla Salfer
Wabasso
12
Cross Country, Students Against Destructive Decisions, We Act, Church Youth Council, Catholic Heart Work Camp, Track and Field, and Wrestling Stats
I am involved in my community by volunteering time to those in need and raising money for many things through We Act like; The Children's Cancer Foundation, Feed My Starving Children, and other pantry's or food shelves in our town or other towns. I have also traveled to other states in the US helping those in need for a week each trip.
I believe I should win because, I have a great passion for everything I do, even if I may not want to do that thing right then, I still put an effort into it and get the job done. Also, I believe in order to excel through your community you need to do things for your community and others around you to make an impact, if others notice you making an impact, they'll want to join you also. I believe everyone should have the same rights as those everywhere around this world. Throughout my High School career I have excelled in sports, I have competed in state Track and Field my junior year of High School. I then also helped get a Cross Country program up and running my junior year. My ninth grade year, second year participating in Track and Field, I was ranked first in the section and I thought it was going to be so easy, long story short, I ended up getting third and not advancing, I then started working harder than ever, I now don't stop working till I get the outcome that I want to have. I now plan to attend UWEC for four years, majoring in Business Administration, and will be participating in college level Track and Field this next coming fall and spring.
Melinda Rydberg
Melinda Rydberg
Pine City High School
12
Tennis, Track and Field, Band, and Small Group Leader.
I am a member of the National Honor Society in our school; we pride ourselves on good grades, great character, and helping the community. We often go out in the community and do service work such as road clean up, serving at bingo dinners, and tutoring. I also do volunteering through my church. I have helped clean buildings, wash cars, and serve food.
I believe that I should win this award because I am both actively involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, and I volunteer in my community. I pride myself in the hard work I put into the sports as I have received awards such as most improved. I also enjoy spending my time volunteering in my community because I get to meet new people and help my community at the same time. When I am not participating in sports or volunteering in my community, you can almost always find me studying. I spend the majority of my time buried in my books learning new things. I strive for good grades and my 4.0 GPA; however, I always make time to get out in my community or play sports with friends. Thank you for your time and consideration as you read through my submission. If I am chosen for this award, I will use the money towards college next year as I am attending The College of St. Scholastica.
Kendra Ludeman
Kendra Ludeman
Tracy Area High School
12
Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Student Council Secretary, Peer Helpers, National Honor Society President, and 2016 Homecoming Queen.
I am very active in my local church, was a contestant for Miss Tracy and won the Presence and Composure Award, am a member of big buddies and the Food for Kids program, and I volunteer as a youth volleyball coach in the fall.
I should win this award because I believe that I have worked hard to be a well-rounded student-athlete. I believe strongly in family, faith, community, and academics Family time consists of horse shows, time at the lake, and working with my sisters on our family farm. My faith has given me the guidance and morals to deal with the challenges that we teenagers face today. My community is more than service, it gives me a sense of belonging and a network of people that I know care about me. Academically, I strive to be the best student I can to open up opportunities for my future. I have many interests but am yet undecided on a specific college career choice. I do know however, I will be attending Augustana University next fall and will be a student-athlete on the track team.
Madalynn Fenske
Madalynn Fenske
Lakeview High School
12
Basketball, Track & Field, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Lakeview School Buddies,
I have been involved in my local community by assisting during community service days, leading children groups at vacation bible school during the summer, leading day camp for FCA sports camp, mentoring elementary students at school, and also working in the nursery at church.
My goal is to become an elementary teacher and coach. I view this as an opportunity to give back just like my teachers, coaches, and community have given me. With this award I would use it toward tuition when I attend Valley City State University next fall and begin my journey to becoming a teacher. I also believe that I would be a good representative of your organization as a Powerade Athlete of Year. I have always prided myself on helping others, acting with integrity, and doing what is right. I have worked hard in the classroom over my high school career and have an overall GPA of around 3.4. I have challenged myself by taking college level classes during my high school years. I have also worked hard on excelling in sports as I have been an all-conference basketball player the past two seasons and have also set the school record in the 800 m run which allowed me to be a subsection champion this past year. I believe my experiences, work ethic, and willingness to help others will make be a worthy person to receive this award.
Katherine Rike
Katherine Rike
Pine City High School
12
Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball.
I coach at basketball and volleyball camps, work for the local Summer Rec program, assist in the youth soccer program, and am part of the Pine City Ambassadors Program. I have also gone on a mission trip to Guatemala with my church group.
I believe winning would assist greatly in helping pay my way through college because I come from a very large family of 7 and I am the middle child of 5 kids and having only one working parent makes it hard to find money to pay for college so winning would help relieve a lot of stress off my parents shoulders. I would be the second child in my family to attend college. Winning would also be a big help for me because I have started the path to overcoming learning disabilities that I was not diagnosed with until the end of my sophomore year of high-school so now that I have started to learn ways to work with my disabilities my hopes of going to college are now more of a reality than what they were back in my sophomore year of high-school.
Erika Feigum
Erika Feigum
Paynesville Area High School
12
Basketball, Yearbook, Students against Destructive Decisions, National Honor Society, Thinking Learning and Communication Tea, Symphonic Band, Pep-Band, and Jazz Band.
I am a Youth Worship Team Leader, musician for my Sunday Worship Team, Sunday School Teacher, On Call – Youth for Christ member, and Student Representative for Paynesville Chamber of Commerce. I have also worked at the Spicer Dairy Queen and am currently a CAN at Koronis Manor.
Being a CNA has helped me learn what it is like to struggle. Since the Koronis Manor is a small facility, we have a multitude of residences, personalities, and behaviors. Watching what the residences, their families, and my coworkers go through I have come to appreciate the life I have been given. I grew up in a house with loving and supportive parents. I used to think it was the worst when I had to pay my own but working at Koronis Manor has humbled me. I am grateful to have parents that are willing to try their best to support me through college, who want to send me to college, who want me to follow my dreams and passions. Thinking about going to college next year, I get a bit of anxiety about everything. Sometimes I think, maybe I should just stay a CNA, I mean I enjoy it immensely. Although, I then think to myself how much more I could do as a nurse, a dream I have always had. As stressful as deciding which program to apply for is, I know it will all be worth it. Along with each program comes the price, which is even more stressful. My parents want to help me as much as they can, but I do not want to be a burden on them. This award would help me greatly in paying for my education on my own.
Kimberly Pachan
Kimberly Pachan
Long Prairie Grey Eagle Secondary School
12
I am involved in Softball, Basketball, Teens Standing Strong (TSS) and the National Honor Society (NHS).
I do community projects through NHS and TSS. I am also involved in community service, such as adopt a highway through the church that I go to.
I believe that I should win because, I am a hard worker and I am involved in my community. I manage work, school and sports among other things that life throws at me. I have kept a GPA of 3.5 or over for as long as I can remember and I love to help people.
Taylor Schmidt
Taylor Schmidt
Tracy Area High School
12
Volleyball, Cross Country, Track & Field, Wrestling Manager, Spanish Club, FFA, Science Club, Big Buddies, and Blood Mobile
CNA (certified nursing aid), Box car day 5k, General Mills Fundraiser, State Wrestling tournament, Mental aerobics, nationals wrestling tournament, Mary’s Place, Warrior Dash St. Jude's Hospital, Culver's Trip, Lyon's Club Stand, Teacher's Assistant, Service Day, Food Shelf, Farm Fest, Children’s Barn, Fall Carnival, Corn Drive, and Ag. Ed. Council Breakfast
In addition to harnessing my energy into sports, I'm also very involved with other school activities where I hold officer positions as well as being a captain on many sports teams. I also love getting involved with the community and helping wherever I can. On top of all of this I have taken on a CNA job at the local nursing home where I put in a little over 20 hours a week. Needless to say, I have a very busy schedule that I manage which is why I would be a recipient of this award.
Gabbie Gervais
Gabbie Gervais
Tracy Area High School
12
Volleyball, Basketball, Marching band, concert band, pep band, concert choir, chamber choir, big buddies, peer helpers, student council, peer tutoring, and National Honor Society.
I am involved in my community by volunteering at youth volleyball, basketball, and wrestling tournaments where I help coach or assist where I am needed. I am very involved in my church, singing in the choir, being an altar server, and teaching our kindergarten and 1st grade religious education classes once a week. I am also a huddle leader for our school Fellowship of Christian Athletes group, where we talk about competing in sports while still maintaining a relationship with God.
I believe that I should be selected because I am more than just an athlete. I am enrolled in vigorous college and AP courses, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being ranked #1 in my class, while at the same time I am able to excel in arts and athletics. Though sports are a very important part in my life, I think it is important to stay well rounded. I plan to pursue a career in medicine; I'd like to become a pediatrician, anesthesiologist, or an ER surgeon. I know I am capable of this because my participation in high school athletics have taught me hard work, dedication, responsibility, time management, how to perform under pressure, and many more skills I will be able to utilize for the rest of my life. As far as my athletic success goes, volleyball is the sport I excel the most in. I believe every individual award I have received is an amazing reflection of how talented my team is. Since third grade, my team and I have worked towards the goal of winning a State Championship. Unfortunately we never achieved that goal, but we came very close. In the pursuit of our dream, we made many memories, a lot of which included our bus driver, janitors, and many other people who are often underappreciated. This, to me, is more important than any awards that can be given. Having good character goes much further than being a good athlete.
Haley Johnson
Haley Johnson
Grand Rapids High School
12
Rapid Fitness Bodybuilding Team, Football Manager.
I am Gymnastics Coach and have been a Referee for 3rd – 8th Grade Basketball. I also work at Zorbaz, a local chain restaurant.
A couple of reasons as to why I should win are that I'm very hard-working, I'm driven and determined, and I'm very set on what I want to do and will spend the time and energy with homework and studying when I am in college. Since I was little I've been very hard-working. I've been in 2-3 sports year around, and if not sports, it was jobs. After getting hurt multiple times, I had to quit sports and since then I've been working as much as I possibly can to save up for college. Since I've been 15 and able to have a job, I've minimally had two jobs. If I'm not at school or the gym, I'm working. I'm very driven and determined with what I've accomplished and will accomplish. I said I wanted to compete in bodybuilding when I began working out and I did. I also ended up qualifying for Nationals at the age of 17. I also have met so many amazing and inspirational people since I began this journey that have impacted my life so positively. I've always been someone who gets what they want and doesn't stop until they reach their goals. I know I want to be a nurse anesthetist. It's quite a few years of school, and a lot of money. I know it will be hard and time consuming, but it will benefit my future significantly.
Alexandra Miller
Alexandra Miller
Yellow Medicine East
12
Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling Stats, Softball, Golf, Class President, National Honor Society, FFA, Student Council, Yearbook, Science Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Red Cross Youth, Prom Committee, Homecoming Queen, and Choir.
Therapeutic Riding Guide, Beautify Sacred- plant flowers/ pull weeds, OSLC- clean ditches. Parks & community, Fagan Fighters Show Clean Up, Rodeo grounds volunteer, Petting Zoo Assistant, Ditch Clean up, Farm Fest Monsanto booth, Corn Test Plots, Table Setting Fundraiser for NHS, and Veteran’s Day Program Assistant at Fagan Fighter Museum Work Experience. I have also worked at Kilowatt Community Center as a Lifeguard, City of Granite Falls Community Ed as a Summer Rec Instructor, and at Miller Painting.
As a high school student I have been actively involved in many activities. I am currently the FFA President, Student Council President, Class President, and Science Club President. I am also a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Youth, PLANT, Yearbook and Prom Committee. I was a captain on our varsity volleyball team and also participate in softball and take stats for wrestling. In softball I was awarded the MVP award this past year. I enjoy volunteering and have had the honor through FFA and NHS to be a part of many worthwhile volunteer experiences. I am interested in pursuing a degree in Ag Education at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, Wisconsin. I feel like I would be a good recipient of this award because I have been very involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. I have learned a lot from my participation in these sports and activities. They have taught me how to be a leader and a team player. My participation in extracurricular activities has taught me that hard work and perseverance pays off. I will use all of the valuable skills I learned to make a difference in the lives of other people. I cannot wait to become a teacher and help others better their lives. If selected for this award I will make you proud. Thank you for considering me for the Powerade Athlete of the Year award
Anna Miller
Anna Miller
Pine City High School
12
I am involved in NHS, the girls tennis team, USTA, the girls golf team, concert band, pep band, band contest, volunteer throughout my community on a weekly basis, and senior board.
I volunteer on a weekly basis for my school, church, and community. I am also an active participant in the community going to all of the events that I can in the community.
I should win because I am an active part of my community. I play multiple sports, and I go to multiple community events. I also should win because I can use the money towards college next year. I am planning on attending The College of Saint Benedict, and I will use the money towards books.
Emily Weidner
Emily Weidner
Paynesville Area High School
12
Gymnastics, Track and Field, National Honor society, Students against Destructive Decisions, Peer Mentoring, Choir, Pops Choir, and Youth Service Task Force of Sterns County.
Almost all the groups listed in my extracurricular activities go out and help with events around the town and allow me to take part in many things in Paynesville. On top of those groups, I am a religious education teacher, lector, and altar/mass server for my church. I have also had a lot of job experience, including a grocery store cashier, a lifeguard for the city of Paynesville, a lifeguard and camp counsellor for a summer Bible camp, and a swimming lessons instructor. Finally, one of the most rewarding programs I’ve been in is the Ambassador program, where I was awarded Miss Paynesville.
I believe I should win this award because I have worked extremely hard to be where I’m at now. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, which proves that even though I am busy with so many different things going on, education does not get pushed aside. I did not take easy classes either. I took every single college course class offered in my school besides one, and I have still kept up my grades. Also, being involved has taught me how to balance an active schedule, take responsibility, work even harder for the things I want to achieve, and how to cooperate with people of many different personalities. These characteristics make me a flexible and easy-to-work with individual. Not only am I a good candidate for the award for these reasons, but also because I am paying for college entirely on my own. My parents taught me effort and determination at a young age; I had an official paying job when I was only 13 years old. Knowing what it is like to pay bills on my own, such as a car, phone, and college classes, it would make me that much more grateful to receive a award like this one.
Elsie Lundquist
Elsie Lundquist
Pine City High School
12
Volleyball, Gymnastics, Track, Band, Choir, and Pine City Singers, National Honor Society and Student Council Secretary, and Vice President of the Senior Board.
I am involved in my local community through my school’s chapter of National Honors Society. Over the past three years I have completed over one hundred hours of community service and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I have done things such as handing out posters for a local church's thanksgiving dinner, cleaned electronics, sorted mail in the elementary school office, and helped teachers prepare for a new school year among many other things. I have tried my best to continuously be involved in my community while still being involved in all of my activities.
I believe I should receive this award because I am a hardworking and a dedicated individual. This can be seen through my arts, athletics, and academics as well as my involvement in the community. I have been able to do great things for my athletic teams and musical groups. Last year I had a very successful athletic career. In the winter, I nearly broke two school records in gymnastics. While in the spring, I broke five school records: the high jump record, the long jump record which was set back in 1991, the 100 hurdle record which was set in 1994, and the triple jump record. I broke the triple jump record multiple times before the end of the season increasing that distance by almost two feet. Additionally, I was part of the record breaking 4X200 team. I also made it to the Minnesota State Track and Field meet where I was able to place nineteenth. Although I did not place the best it was definitely a rewarding experience that I hope, with more continuous hard work, I can have again. I have also had a successful academic career. During these past few years, I have taken many College in the Schools classes through the University of Minnesota and Lake Superior College. Because I have taken these classes, I will have less general credits to earn when I am in college. To conclude, I would like to thank you for considering me for this award.
Meghan Listerud
Meghan Listerud
MACCRAY High School
11
Volleyball, Basketball, Track, National Honors Society, Buddies, Business Professionals of America, JO Volleyball, Math League, Students against Destructive Decisions, and FFA.
I have worked hard for 80 service hours which included painting a mural of our mascot in the MACCRAY girl’s locker room, church confirmation, National Catholic Youth Convention, and being crowned the 2016-2017 Raymond Harvest Festival ambassador.
I have worked very hard throughout my high school being a student athlete. I participate in year-round activities while maintaining good grades. I am very kind to my fellow athletes and students because I believe that being a respecting person is very important. This award will help very much next year when following my passion of majoring in architecture.
Alexis Tauer
Alexis Tauer
Tracey Area High Schools
12
Volleyball, softball, basketball, band, big buddies, National Honor Society, Spanish club, student council president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader, teacher's assistant, a member of the High School Yearbook, and student representative for the Wellness Committee.
I am a mass server, Vacation Bible School instructor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader, a teacher's assistant, the treasurer for National Honor Society, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic Heart Work Camp participant, and Miss Tracy First Runner-Up.
I should win this award because I believe that being involved in your local community is very important. I have been involved in many activities my whole life and have strived to be more active throughout the community. I volunteer for different fundraisers and activities that our community has. Being involved in all of these activities has taught me many different life skills I will use in the future and I believe that they have changed how I look at life and have made me the way I am.
Maddie Raverty
Maddie Raverty
River Falls High School
12
Gymnastics and Track and Field
I have volunteered a lot in my community, including a Mission Trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in St. Louis, MO, Relay for Life Committee, After School Training Room Volunteer, Mother/Son Fun Day, Sunday School Teacher, Homecoming Food Drive, NHS Bake Sale, Prom Committee, Faith Formation and other events in the River Falls area.
I think that I should win because I have been given opportunities to exemplify a student athlete. Sports have always been a large part of my life. I grew up being involved in so many activities, and it carried over into high school. Not just sports like gymnastics and track, but clubs, volunteering, and other community events have filled my high school experience. Being in a sport makes you an athlete, but student athletes are involved in so much more. I wouldn't trade my high school experience for anything. My sports have taught me so much more than how to improve athletically. I have grown with strength, perseverance, confidence in myself, and especially in my final year, leadership. I have learned how to use my time wisely and how to stay organized. I had to learn to get my school work done, and I did it while maintaining good grades. I have been able to grow in my community as well. The town of River Falls supports high school athletics, and cares about the successes of the athletes. When our gymnastics team got second at state last year, and one of our athletes got two state championship medals individually, we were able to ride the fire truck. We rode it downtown and the number of people from the town there to watch and support made the experience amazing. I am so thankful for my high school athletic experiences, and cannot wait to continue growing at Viterbo University in the fall where I continue to participate in Track and Field on NAIA Division 2 Award.
Brooklyn Downing
Brooklyn Downing
Minneota
11
Golf, Basketball Manager, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, and Pep Band
I am involved in my local community through the Minneota High School Chapter of the National Honor Society and my church. Volunteer projects that I have participated in include the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, the Chocolate Affair Dinner the Red Cross Community Blood Drive, the Christmas Angels Program. I have participated as a group leader at the Youth Frontiers Respect Retreat, the Barbeque fundraiser and Christmas appreciation dinner, and decorating and cleaning at my church for special events.
I feel that I should win the PowerAde Athlete of the Year because of how hard that I strive to excel in all aspects of my life. I work hard to be a leader in the classroom and in the gym/on the golf course. I aim to be an organized and dependable person that is always willing to help others, including fellow students with coursework and community members with fundraising and volunteer projects as well as a helping hand in a time of need. People know that I am reliable and a friendly face that will treat them fairly and not be judgmental, as I always treat others with kindness and respect. I also seek to be a positive role model to all those around me, such as mentoring young golfers that I am involved with throughout the spring season by leading them toward success on the golf course as well as success in skills necessary to become a strong young adult to enhance our community. For these reasons, I feel that I am worthy of receiving the PowerAde Athlete of the Year award.
Sydney Cernohous
Sydney Cernohous
River Falls High School
12
Diving, Gymnastics, Track, Peer Ministry, and YMCA’s Youth in Government: Model Assembly.
I have volunteered a lot within my community. Every year I have volunteered at our local fire department's open house. I went on a mission trip in Colorado Springs and Boulder Colorado, where my church and I worked on flood relief for families affected by the flooding. I hope to continue mission work throughout college and the rest of my life, as well as just helping and volunteering in my community. I also work at the River Falls Gymnastic Club.
I work very hard as an athlete. Diving my senior year was especially difficult. Diving is a sport that has taught me so many lessons. I began diving my sophomore year and quickly fell in love with it. I qualified for state all three years. Before the season even started my senior year, I found out my amazing coach was resigning, it was devastating. We began the season with a coach that we knew would only be able to coach us for a couple of weeks. The school finally found another person to coach. He was a great coach, but he never showed up. In the amount of about five weeks of practice with him he only showed up for approximately five practices and only made it to two meets, forcing us to either not practice or to practice and coach ourselves. I was the dive captain and was expected to carry certain responsibilities of the dive coach. Eventually the assistant swim coach stepped in. Even though we loved her she couldn’t actually give us the feedback we needed. So my senior year in diving consisted of my teammates and I working together and coaching ourselves in turn teaching us all an extraordinary amount of leadership and teamwork. I did end up qualifying for state and placing eleventh. Even though it was a very tough season I do not regret it because it taught me not only to have faith in myself but to also realize my strength.
Erin Stevens
Erin Stevens
Lakeview High Schools
12
Swim Team, Basketball, Golf, Pep Band, Marching Band, Drum Line, Choice, 4-H, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Sports Camp, Modern Woodmen Youth Service Club, Marshall Evangelical Free Church Youth Group Leader.
I have been a Christmas Pageant Director, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School director, Vacation Bible School Teacher, youth leader, and nursery helper at my church. Threes Preschool volunteer assistant -Lakeview schools Third grade volunteer assistant -Lakeview Schools Modern woodmen Service club -adult chapter vice president -youth chapter president -active member Special Olympics: -basketball coach -cheerleading coach Reed Stevens memorial Award committee and legacy program: -board member
My perspective is probably vastly different from most of my peers. I have endured things which have changed my viewpoint - like a school bus crash that left me with lifelong physical injuries, multiple surgeries, and the loss of a sibling. I realize that my ability to be a student-athlete has not been a right, but definitely a gift. I understand that many children around the world and even in my own community do not have the luxury of doing the things that I have been able to do – like play sports while getting an education. My participation in activities has not been just something to do, but rather to help me develop into the best person I can be now and in the future. I think I would be an excellent candidate for the Powerade award, because I have learned to persevere when the going gets tough, to work hard to achieve set goals, to develop lasting relationships, and to use my activities as a platform for making a difference. I volunteered over 200 hours each year of high school, including my favorite – Special Olympics basketball. Being a coach for Special Olympics has dramatically changed the way I see the world as I have watched my athletes be brave in the attempt. I have been able to use the sport I love to encourage others to form a love of the game all their own.
Kaitlyn Mathiowetz
Kaitlyn Mathiowetz
Yellow Medicine East
11
Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, HS Musicals, One Act Plays, Student Council, and Prom Committee.
I have served as an Alter Server for the past 8 years, helping out at funerals & weddings. I sing in our choir at church, have helped with fundraisers for the food shelf and feeding My Starving Children program. I have helped entertain children at work events my parents have helped put on at their work and have worked at Dairy Queen and Warner's Manufacturing.
I'm very competitive and work hard at everything I do. My older brother calls me an over achiever. It is not worth doing if you don't give it your all. I am constantly learning from other athletes on the court as I work to improve and help teach others when they need some direction. My goal is to become Valedictorian in my class, right now I am on track to accomplish that. College will be my next step that I look forward to and this program will help with that. I'm planning to major in Theater and costume design but would love to continue to play Basketball and/or Volleyball. During the summer I love to go tubing behind a boat and 4-wheeling, I'm not afraid to try new things and love the rush of adrenaline from competition.
Molly Jeppesen
Molly Jeppesen
KMS
12
I am involved in FFA, Marching Band, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Pop Group, Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball
I have done landscaping projects around Kerkhoven and have helped rebuild the playground at my church. I have also helped serve meals with FFA to the community and helped ring bells for the Salvation Army with my youth group.
I have worked on sports my entire high school career. I keep up with my grades and always strive to do better. I have pushed myself to become a great athlete and a great student. I have put so much time and effort into sports, and academics that giving up on any circumstance is not an option for me. Winning would prove that all of my hard work meant something to me and to everyone else. Sports has been my life and I want to show that I am great enough to win this. I am actively involved in many things and I want to let everyone know that you can do anything you put your mind to. You just have to work hard and strive to be better than the day before.
Alexis Lamecker
Alexis Lamecker
KMS
12
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and BPA
I am involved in my youth group at my church. I am employed at our local general store.
I am a well-rounded student that is very involved in my studies and extracurricular activities.
Amber Engels
Amber Engels
Minneota
12
Volleyball, Basketball, and National Honor Society
I am involved in National Honor Society which is through my school, but I do services for anyone in the community who needs help. Last month, I helped with a pancake breakfast, and last fall I raked leaves for citizens in the community who were not able to pick up their leaves. I am very involved in the church. I participate in youth choir every month. Also, this summer I will be volunteering on a mission trip to San Diego to help those who are less fortunate than I am.
Through my involvement in the community, I have grown as a person. The volunteering that I have done has taught me how to be responsible and how to manage time. There is no question that I am a busy student athlete, but the experiences I have had on and off the court have taught me to handle adversity and be a good leader and that is why I believe I deserve the Athlete of the Year Award. Being an athlete has taught me how to be a leader as both a captain and teammate. I have learned to cooperate with others even when we do not see eye to eye. Sports have also taught me how to keep my head on straight. Even when we would be down by twenty points, or would lose a match, I have learned as I have gotten older that there is more to me than just being a successful athlete. I strive to be the best version of myself by being influences other people's lives for the greater good. I am a hard worker. I work hard to achieve success through sports, my schoolwork, and pleasing others. With this award, I would receive a sense of accomplishment that what I do for myself and others matters. Not only that, but I would be able to use the award towards my education that I plan to pursue next fall in college, and I could continue to grow as a person.
Ellie Schiller
Ellie Schiller
Benson High School
11
Volleyball, Gymnastics, Track - Shot Put and Discus, Dance - Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Point, 4-H, We-Day, Clay Pigeon Team, and Business Professionals of America.
In BPA and We-Day we go out into the community and go from door to door and ask for money or food donations for our local food shelf
I believe that I should win because money has always been an issue in both of my families and I believe that any sort of money will be very beneficial for going towards my college funds. I am a very hard worker in my sports, school work, and jobs. I am a very determined person. I am in many after school activities and having a job is a very difficult thing for me to do because of all the time it takes out of my day with practice and keeping up with my school work, therefore, it is very hard for me to save money for college. I hope that you take this into consideration while you make your decision.
Morgan Staloch
Morgan Staloch
Osakis Public School
12
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Concert Choir, Student Council, Leadership Group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Project for Teens
I have been a volunteer Sunday school teacher for two years, teaching, and children from ages four to eleven every other weekend for an hour. During my senior year, I have been a volunteer tutor to seventh grades, and am currently. Tutoring first grade students after school. In the fall, I volunteer at the camp called Little Spikers, teaching elementary students volleyball, as well as teaching basketball at Basketball Buddies in the winter. Lastly, twice a year, I help with the cleanup of my Church Group’s Adopted Highway.
It is very generous of the Viking Coca Cola Bottling Company to offer such an award. I believe that I am worthy of this award because I have set my goals high in furthering my education. As my time is almost complete at Osakis High School, I have had to make decisions for my future. I am not set on a single career, academic or personal goal; I have an image of what I want my life to be. I see myself with a loving husband, respectful children, and a job that I truly can enjoy every day. The biggest factor I believe for me to achieve this “picture” is my education after high school. I will be attending the University of Minnesota Duluth for a bachelor’s degree in business. I have never wavered from a challenge as I have been very involved in my school and community. I have learned the importance of being a well-rounded student and I believe I have gained the ability to be efficient, self-reliant, and able to adapt to adversity over the course of my high school career. These three characteristics will help me to succeed in my goal of not just graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth, but achieving greatness during my education. This award could go to anyone in the tristate area, but I can guarantee if I were to be granted this award it would help me successfully graduate from college and aid me in achieving my “picture.”
Alexandra Lee
Alexandra Lee
St. John’s Preparatory
12
Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field, Mu Alpha Theta, Math League, National Honor Society, She’s the First, Yearbook, Peer Mentoring, Student Council, Writing Center Tutor, Concert Band
Since freshman year, I have been volunteering at the St. Cloud Hospital. While volunteering, I find myself doing a variety of tasks, such as washing blood pressure cuffs and offering snacks to new mothers. However, the one thing all of the tasks have in common is that they are helping people. Whether it is a “thank you” from a nurse or a smile from a patient, it is easy to see that the work I am doing is making a difference. Since beginning volunteering, I have completed over 700 hours. I am also currently serving my second term as Junior Volunteer Advisory Council President and part of the National Honor Society. As a member of NHS, I am required to complete 50 hours of service a year, but last year I completed many more than that. One of the service activities that I really enjoy and have spent hours doing is called “Parents’ Night Out.” While volunteering at this event, I watch kids so that their parents are able to have a night to themselves. I have also spent two winters as a volunteer Nordic Ski coach for the Minnesota Youth Ski League, teaching kids ages 4-14.
Maintaining over a 4.0 GPA, as well as being an International Baccalaureate Candidate, I spend hours doing homework every night. This is one thing for students who are not involved in sports, but arriving home from practice at 6 PM transforms this into a whole other story. However, sports are what bring high school to life, and I don’t think anyone should ever cease to be involved. During the fall, I spend much of my time training for cross country. I earned All-Conference Second Team as a freshman and have earned All-Conference every year since. I also qualified for the state meet as a junior, won the leadership award as a senior, and have been the “Most Valuable Runner” on my team for four years straight, winning five varsity letters. In the winter, basketball begins. I was a captain of the team this year and have won two varsity letters, also winning one in Nordic Skiing, where I was “Rookie of the Year” before joining basketball. When spring rolls around, track season begins. I have won four varsity letters in track, earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention, and competed at the state meet as an eighth-grader. Outside of sports, I am involved in many other extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Math League, and Yearbook, of which I am a senior editor. I am also the president of the Junior Volunteer Program at the St. Cloud Hospital and am a writing tutor at my school.