Mick, Sorenson advance in Triple "A" program
WORTHINGTON -- High school seniors Hannah Mick and Matt Sorenson were not expecting to be selected for this year's Triple "A" award, but the pair is extremely pleased with their achievements.
As part of the Minnesota High School League, the Triple "A" award recognizes high school seniors who excel in academics, arts and athletics.
Both Mick and Sorenson have been actively involved in various activities throughout their years in school.
"I don't want to say I was expecting it, but I was really hoping that I would get it," Mick said.
Mick, the daughter of Larye and Diane Mick, has an avid interest in the arts -- especially apparent by her participation in band, orchestra and choir. In addition, Mick earned superior ratings for the Minnesota High School League Solo/Ensemble Contest.
"I'm the section leader in band where I play the flute," she explained. "I play the piccolo for marching band and the viola for orchestra," she said.
In choir, Mick is a soprano for the ensemble. Her singing ability, coupled with her passion for dance, has translated into her chorus part for the upcoming WHS all-school musical "Grease".
Apart from music, Mick has been a member of the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions and FCCLA.
As her time in high school draws to an end, Mick wants to pursue a business major in hopes of some day, opening her own dance studio.
Sorenson, son of Grant and Maureen Sorenson, has been involved in tennis, baseball, swimming and band throughout his four years of high school.
A music enthusiast like Mick, Sorenson will be a part of the pit orchestra for "Grease."
"I've been in the musical all four years but I've never been an actor," he said. "I did the lights one year and was in the pit band for three years. It's nice to be off-stage."
In between juggling his time for band and sports, Sorenson has been a member of the National Honor Society, Jazz Band, WHS Science Club and the WHS tutoring program.
"I'm hoping to major in something science-related in college," he said, adding that he is considering between Gustavus Adolphus College or the University of Minnesota after graduation.
Sorenson's advice to his peers is to "take good classes."
"Focus on what you want to do in college during high school," Mick added. "Don't slack off on your last year."
Sorenson and Mick are now eligible for the Region 2AA Triple "A" Award that will be presented Feb. 19 at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Daily Globe Reporter Ana Anthony at 376-7321