Rising to the top

WORTHINGTON -- Two new Worthington seniors have risen through the ranks to be named the Triple A award winners for their achievements in academics, athletics and the arts. Worthington High School's 2016 Triple "A" award recipients Meredith Moore ...

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Cameron Jenson and Meredith Moore have been selected as Worthington High School’s recipients of the Triple A Award that recognizes student achievement in academics, athletics and the arts. Robin Baumgarn/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON - Two new Worthington seniors have risen through the ranks to be named the Triple A award winners for their achievements in academics, athletics and the arts. Worthington High School’s 2016 Triple “A” award recipients Meredith Moore and Cameron Jenson will represent WHS at the Region 2AA Triple “A” banquet Jan. 31. 

Both students said they are pleased to represent their school in the next levels of competition.
“Being really active and engaged in high school is something I’ve enjoyed, and it’s just nice to be recognized for your accomplishments,” Jenson shared.

District 518 Activities Director Josh Dale commented on the award.
“The award is probably the most prestigious award a kid can get,” Dale said. “... They’ve got to be involved in athletics. They’ve got to be involved in fine arts, and obviously their GPA and some of the school pieces come into play as well.”
Moore and Jenson have been involved in a number of school activities and athletic programs in addition to a rigorous schedule of coursework. The result is frequent 12-hour days with hectic schedules and little time for relaxation. However, both say that’s the way they like it.
“For me, it’s just not being able to choose, really - I like doing everything,” Moore said. “I like being a really busy person.
“Even though sometimes it gets really stressful, I don’t like sitting at home and not having anything to do. It’s really nice to be able to have a break in your school day to go to the music activities and then after school do sports or other activities and then have time - maybe, sometimes - to do homework and relax a little bit at home.”
Jenson echoed Moore’s sentiments, adding that the large variety of activities and athletics he and Moore participate in can offer insight into what they really enjoy. In addition, their coaches and teachers have been helpful in accommodating the busy pair’s schedules - even when it means missing a rehearsal to attend another activity.
“Fortunately, people are generally understanding that you’re busy and have other things, and it is not like you like one better than the other and that’s why you aren’t going - you’re trying to make everything work,” Jenson noted.
There is a small amount of pressure placed on the two to carry on Worthington’s streak of award winners moving on to the regional level. Past WHS regional winners include Chad Vaske in 2006, Quentin Dudley in 2007, Gordy Moore in 2013, Will Dudley in 2014, and Oliver Wolyniec and Betsy Thompson in 2015. State AA Triple “A” award recipients from WHS to date have been Quentin Dudley, Will Dudley and Wolyniec. Gordy Moore happens to be Meredith’s older brother.

“My parents are always really good about telling me just to be my own person,” Moore said. “... There’s always a little pressure with an older sibling, but it’s not too much.” 

“Both of them represent Worthington extremely well,” Dale said. “They are just two examples of the quality of kids we have at our school. Every year we have great representation for this award.”
To be eligible for the Triple A award, students must be high school seniors with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher; participate in Minnesota State High School League sponsored athletics and fine arts activities; and comply with the MSHSL’s Student Code of Conduct.

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