Powerade Athletes of the Year Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the Viking Coca-Cola Powerade Athlete of the Year Award

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”