REGIONAL — One Worthington High School senior and two Windom High School seniors have earned the right to represent their respective regions as they vie for statewide Triple “A” awards.
The Minnesota State High School League annually coordinates the Triple “A” award, which honors students throughout the state who excel in the triple threat of academics, athletics and arts, with special consideration given to MSHSL sports and fine arts activities.
Triple “A” award recipients are selected by a multi-level process involving the Leagues’ member schools and administrative regions. League officials will announce the four state award recipients (a girl and a boy from a class “A” and Class “AA” school) at a banquet and an on-court recognition ceremony during the state boys basketball tournament March 21 Each of the four state award recipients will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.
WHS — Adam Koller
Adam Koller, the male winner of the Region 2AA Triple “A” award, ranks near the very top of his class, is treasurer of the National Honor Society and has been involved with the WHS student council during his high school career. He also serves this year as a student representative to the District 518 school board.
Koller has taken a number of advanced placement classes (including human geography, world history, U.S. history, literature, psychology and calculus). The son of Tammy and John Koller, he’s also made a significant athletic mark in running. He’s a six-year varsity competitor in both track and cross country, and a three-time state qualifier and competitor in cross country.
On the fine arts page, Koller has been a four-year member of both band and orchestra. He is a trombonist in band and a violinist in orchestra. He participated in MSHSL solo/ensemble contests with grade-level orchestral ensembles over the past few years, and additionally played in an honors ensemble as a sophomore that performed with the Minnesota Sinfonia.
Windom Area — Shelby Erickson and Patrick Green
Shelby Erickson and Patrick Green were both selected Region 3A Triple “A” award winners.
Erickson’s activities include band, choir, speech, volleyball, basketball and softball. She placed second last year in the Section 3A Speech Contest and participated in the State Speech Contest, where she tied for 12th place in Original Oratory. She was a captain of all three sports teams and was a key member of this year’s successful basketball team.
She has also represented her school in both honor band and choir. Additionally, Erickson has won regional and state piano playing contests and participated in the MSTA State Honors concert four times.
Green has been involved in cross country, track, speech, band, choir and robotics. In both sports, he was captain and all-conference in addition to a state participant in cross country. He qualified for the Worlds Robotics Tournament as an eighth-grader and again as a senior in Louisville, Kentucky.
He has been a section leader in both band and choir, a member of Mixed Pop Group (choreographer), a member of the Knowledge Bowl Team, and a member of the Big South Conference Honor Choir. He is also very involved in the school’s drama department, and has had a lead or major role in numerous musicals.