Powerade Athletes of the Year Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Viking Coca-Cola Powerade Athlete of the Year Award

Konnor Zick
Konnor Zick
Tracy Area High School
12
National Honor Society; 11, 12 Tracy Area High School Academic - High School letter winner; 11; Peer Tutor; 11; Choir; 9, 10, 11, 12; Football; 9,10,11,12; High School letter winner (9,10,11,12); Leadership Team (10), Co-Captain (12), Southwest All District Award - Football (11, 12), Southwest District All East Sub District team - Football (12) Southwest All District Academic Team Award - Football; 11, 12 Basketball; 9,10,11,12; High School letter winner (10,11) Baseball; 9,10,11,12; High School letter winner (9,10,11,12), Camden Conference Baseball team member (11) Tracy MN VFW Post 871 Baseball Team Member; 9,10; VFW All Star baseball Tracy MN Legion Post 173 Baseball Team Member; 10,11 Honor Roll; 9,10,11,12 Outstanding Student Achiever Award; 10
Big Buddies; 10,11,12 Southwest Slam AAU (Amateur Athletic Association) Member; 10 Milroy Irish Amateur Baseball Team Member; 10,11; Vacation Bible School Youth Leader; 10 Youth Football Practice assistant; 9,10,11,12 Youth Basketball Practice assistant; 9,10,11 Youth Baseball Practice assistant; 9,10,11 Community Service Cleanup Day; 9,10,11 Food Shelter server (The Banquet in Sioux Falls, SD); 9,10,11 Church related service hours - participated in church cleaning, mass coffee/roll server, stations of the cross leader, food stand worker; 9,10,11,12
I am pleased to be able to write a nomination letter for Konnor Zick. It has been my fortune to have been his High School Baseball Coach for the past 4 years. Please consider the following information regarding Konnor: • He comes from a very supportive and nurturing family that has high expectations, but unconditional support. • He has well-established values and goals that he does not compromise, a reflection of his strong family background. • Konnor is a delightful person, consistently pleasant, cheerful, fun, organized, and motivated. His optimism and positive approach to life is very contagious. • Konnor gets along well with all kinds of students and adults. He is unbiased and non-judgmental in his dealings with others. • One of the traits a coach and teacher is most appreciative and respectful for, is his student’s dedication and drive, of which Konnor possess in Football, Basketball and Baseball. Konnor will put forth his best effort in every practice and every event, something a coach cannot teach and he is very much respected for that. I am confident Konnor will be very successful at whatever he attempts in life. I would encourage you to consider Konnor Zick for the Powerade Athlete of the Year.
Jordan Sagedahl
Jordan Sagedahl
BOLD
12
Football, Basketball, & Baseball
Jordan is involved in his church, National Honor Society, and helps with various youth camps for football and basketball. He is a great role model for kids in our community that is always willing to take time for younger kids or fans after events.
Football: 5X letter-winner, 4-Year starter, 2X Captain, 4X All-District Player, 3X District QB of the Year, 2X KNUJ Offensive Player of the Year, MN Vikings All-State Team, Mr. Football Finalist, career record as a starting QB = 46-4 Basketball: 4-Year Starter, Captain, 1,000-point scorer, 3X All-Conference, Baseball: 5X Letter winner, 5-Year Starter, 3X All-Conference, Team State Champions in 2019 Jordan is an outstanding athlete for many reasons. He has a lot of natural ability, he studies and prepares for games mentally better than almost any athlete I have ever scene, and his drive to be successful is outstanding. He has been in leadership positions on many teams since he was a sophomore in high school, and many of those teams have been very successful. He is a great leader who lifts up those around him, rather than leaving them behind.
Nick Oak
Nick Oak
Buffalo High School
12
Boys Cross Country and Boys Track and Field.
Nick has been involved in his local community as a confirmation student at Zion Lutheran where he participated in many hours of community service that included volunteering at Zion's Vacation Bible School, Feed My Starving Children and Zion's annual spring Serve Weekend. During his junior year, Nick participated in BHS National Honor Society where he completed community service projects as well as 30 hours of community service. Nick has also been involved in his local community by working part-time throughout high school at local grocery store Coborn's, Papa Murphy's Pizza and most recently the Three Rivers Park District - Baker Park where he worked the summer of 2019 and has plans to return the summer of 2020.
My nomination for Powerade Athlete of the Year goes to distance runner Nick Oak of Buffalo High School A soft spoken, lead by example type athlete, Nick might not be the typical athlete nominated for this award. His junior year Nick ran very well advancing to state in Cross Country and Track but basically running in the shadow of Senior State Champion and HS All American runner Isaac Basten who is now running at Drake University. Nick worked harder and with a soft yet, determined approach, he challenged and led a young Bison Cross Country team right back to the state meet, and he himself finished 6th overall in the large school class- highest finish for a Cross Country runner in our school history. You didn't notice any difference in NIck's demeanor and approach his junior year to his senior year. Everyday he would come to practice with a smile and the expectation for himself and everyone around to reach for success and get better.
Daltin Ackerman
Daltin Ackerman
Pequot Lakes High School
12
Daltin is active in football, basketball, baseball and leadership council, where he has earned numerous awards.
Daltin is very active in our community. He participates in Relay for Life, Day of Caring and bell ringing for the Salvation Army. He also volunteers setting up chairs for the Memorial Day Service at the Nisswa American Legion and selling concessions for the Pequot Activities Club.
Daltin Ackerman is the kindest student athlete we have at Pequot Lakes High School. Our student body obviously agrees, as he was selected 2020 Sno Daze King. Daltin challenges himself by taking a rigorous schedule of classes while staying involved in extra-curricular activities. Daltin's long-term goal is to become a math or PE teacher. He believes it is important to give back to the community, and he thinks there is no better way than teaching and coaching today's youth. Daltin Ackerman would be an excellent recipient of this award.
Craig Orlando
Craig Orlando
Verndale High School
12
Craig is involved in football, wrestling, Verndale Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council, unified partner for Special Olympics, and a Big Buddy for the school mentorship program.
Craig is active in the community by helping with blood drives, ushering at church, assisting youth during religion classes, cutting wood and mowing for his elderly neighbors, mentoring young students in school, serving as a unified partner for Special Olympics, assisting with youth football and wrestling camps, and volunteering at a resort.
Craig is an excellent student, athlete, and leader at Verndale High School. His work ethic and dedication to be the best help him to reach his highest potential every day. He is committed to working at a high level in every aspect of his life. As a student, Craig works hard to excel in the classroom. He is respectful, hardworking, and willing to accept a leadership role in the classroom. His teachers appreciate having him as a learner in their classrooms. Craig is a dominant athlete on the football field and wrestling mat. He has been a two-time participant in the state football tournament, two-time state wrestling champion, national wrestling champion, and recipient of many other athletic awards because of his work on the field and mat. His athletic abilities have brought him a great deal of recognition and success. Most importantly, Craig is a leader in his high school. He always makes sure he leads his teammates in a positive way. His teammates see Craig as a role model and leader of the team. His actions always speak louder than his words, and he is always willing to help his team compete at the highest level. Craig's leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability make him an great candidate for Powerade's Athlete of the Year. He has had an big impact on his teams, school, and community.
Brooke Christian
Brooke Christian
Tracy Area High School
12
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)A leader of Tracy Area FCA huddles and lead bible studies and share testimonies to grades 4-12, National Honor Society (NHS) Vice-President of the National Honor Society,In NHS, students have to volunteer for a certain amount of required time. Peer helpers do certain school projects to help with students that have a rough time during high school. A part of peer helpers is big buddies, big buddies is a program where high school students are assigned a grade schooler. The high school student then joins the younger student for lunch and recess once a month. I was blessed to get a student from Tracys private school, St. Marys, where I attended grade school. I participate in Cross-Country, Basketball, Track and Field.
Brooke is very involved in her community and does multiple community service projects. She is involved in Tracy Lutheran Youth Group and has gone on multiple mission trips that involve helping the local community that they are in. She has has volunteered in Tracys community as well by gathering food for the food shelf, helping the Tracy Lions Club fill food boxers for the community and helping and waffle feeds to raise money for NHS. Being apart of NHS has also given Brooke many opportunists to help out at school and around the community. Brooke is also a part of 4-H and is a member of the Currie Poco-a-Poco's(which stands for little by little), and has played Bingo with the residents at the Slayton Nursing Home. Brooke has also helped on Community service days at school and has walked with residents at Tracy Nursing home and has cleaned up a Cemetery in Tracy as well.
Brooke Christian deserves to win this award for a plethora of reasons, her incredibly hard work ethic,passion, and care for her teammates is easy to see because she demonstrates them on a daily basis. Brooke applies her diligent work ethic in most everything she does: athletics, fine arts, or her academics. Always one of the last girls to leave following a practice, Brooke has shown great improvement over the past couple of years. Despite being involved in somany different extracurricular activities she is still able to put in extra time to perfect her craft. Brooke's passion for the game and her teammates can be seen in her daily interactions with their teammates and coaches. Constantly asking for ways to improve and to aid her teammates with different thoughts/ideas. Always energized to try different moves to help herself out, Brooke is constantly demonstrating in practice what it's like to be a leader by never taking a play off. Her excellent encouragement and reinforcement of her teammates has benefited everyone on the team greatly and been welcomed site by her coaches as well.
Savannah Rausch
Savannah Rausch
Lakeview High School
12
Volleyball, Basketball, Track, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, VP of Student Council, Band (Percussion leader)
Volunteers with blood drives, helps with youth sporting events, active in her church community. Works at a nursing home and loves to visit with the residents and bring her smile and energy to them.
Savannah is a natural leader. She is an amazing girl and kids love to be around her. She was voted Homecoming Queen and that was a perfect fit for her. She has gone through so much her senior year with being diagnosed late December with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma after taking a fall on the basketball court. She now spends time in Sanford Children's Hospital for treatment and she has grown to love the pediatrics department and strives to work in that type of unit one day as she is going on to pursue a Nursing degree. She has handled her journey with such grace, it is truly remarkable to see in a seventeen year old young lady. She is facing the obstacle head on and not letting it stop her from having the best senior year she can. She is taking the approach of appreciating each new day with a postive attitude and thankful heart. Savannah is without a doubt a very worthy recipient of this award.
Holly Carlson
Holly Carlson
Ellsworth High School
12
Holly is a 3 Sport Athlete and competes in Golf, Basketball and Softball. Holly is a Team Captain in Golf and Basketball and is a 10 Time Letter Winner. Holly was also selected as the Ellsworth - WIAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. In golf, she placed 6th in the State Golf Tournament, was a 4 Time All Conference Winner, Regional Champion, 4 Time Sectional Qualifier, State Place Winner and had the lowest score on day 2 in the state tournament. Holly also got a Hole in 1 on her home course. In softball, their team was Regional and Sectional Champions and a State Qualifier. She is on the Trap Shooting Team and placed 2nd at state while also working as a summer school aid in archery. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a Mentor to high school students and a Tutor for elementary school and middle school students. She is a 2 year student council member and holds the Vice President position for 1 year. Holly also had a part in the school play as a salt shaker.
Holly continues to support the youth by giving back in the sports of golf and basketball by helping with their clinics and programs while also umping youth softball. Through her church she went on a mission trip to Rhode Island to paint houses and has been to Feed My Starving Children 5 times.
Holly is goal orientated and is dedicated to what she does, she has an outstanding work ethic and goes all out in whatever it is she is focusing on. Holly is at her best, when the best is needed. She rises to the occasion and thrives under pressure, she takes the challenge and stands to conquer it. Holly is a good leader by example. She works hard at overcoming her weaknesses which gives her great ability to improve and shows great discipline. She goes above and beyond what is required of her. This makes her teammates and those that surround her rise to the occasion, making stronger team dedication, strength and cohesion. She doesn’t care about the degree of work that has to be done or how the position is viewed, whether prestigious or not, she will work until the job is complete. Holly is courteous, responsible and reliable. She volunteers her time in the community to help others from youth groups to those in need. She is willing to step outside of her comfort zone for the betterment of the overall goal. She is respected by her peers and her opinion and friendship carries meaning . When she commits to something, you know you can depend on her and it will be done correctly and to the utmost quality. She is thoughtful and embraces the future challenges to come. For these reasons, I believe Holly is an excellent candidate to win this award.
Carly George
Carly George
Eveleth-Gilbert
12
Swimming and Diving, Softball, Poms, Student Council, Minnesota Honors Society, Class Officer, Yearbook, Volunteers in Education, Tutoring, Knowledge Bowl, Youth in Action, Student School Board Representative
Tutoring with Volunteers in Education, tutoring other students, Highway Clean up with Minnesota Honors Society (MHS), new member initiation (MHS), memorial day program (MHS)
First reason why is because what I listed is probably not even half of all the things that she has been involved in while in high school. Carly has put herself in everything and anything that she can and unfortunately I did not have time to get a full list from her and have had to provide what I know and another teacher knew. Second reason for me is because she has consistently done what she needed to do in every single part of her life, academically, athletically, personally, socially, etc. to put her at the top of my list. There is no other student in her grade level that can compare.
Carley Kremer
Carley Kremer
ROCORI High School
12
Carley participated in Cross Country, Jazz and Kick Dance, Track and Field, NHS and R-Club
Carley is very involved in the community through her family, church and school. She is part of ROCORI NHS and has done many volunteer hours collecting food for the food shelf and raising money for Dollars for Scholars. She is also part of the ROCORI Leadership Team (R-Club) and has helped promote good sportsmanship and spirit at events such as the ROCORI Coaches Carnival.
Carley is one of the most successful student athletes in ROCORI history! She has lettered 12 times in the past four years including 4 in Cross Country, 4 in Dance and 4 in Track and Field. She has been to state 2 times in Cross Country, 4 times in Dance and 4 times in Track and Field. The girls were the State True Team Champions during 2 of those years. Carley has also been chosen to be Captain 2 times in Cross Country, once in Dance and 2 times in Track and Field. She was also chosen for many all-conference and all-area awards and is part of school and conference records. Carley has not only been successful in activities, she is a great student athlete near the top of her class with over a 4.0GPA in a weighted system. To achieve this, she has taken many tough classes in our College in the High School Program. Even though Carley is extremely smart and successful she is also a great person with high ethical standards that help to make her a natural leader. Carley is confident and yet very humble and respectful as a student, athlete and friend. She often goes out of her way to be inclusive with these very social and close teams. Carley has committed to attend the University of Minnesota to run Cross Country and Track and Field. We are very proud of Carley and wish her much continued success. Please consider Carley Kremer for this award.