Sleepy Eye Public and St. Mary’s Schools announced that Brandon Polesky, Carly Jensen, Bryant Mages and Nikki Carr, are recipients of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) ExCEL award.
The award, which stands for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership, is a recognition program for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities and who are model citizens.
Brandon Polesky, son of Brian and Carol, is a multi-sport athlete at Sleepy Eye Public School, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. He has held the title of class vice president for the pasthree years and is vice president of his church’s youth group. In addition he has volunteered his time in numerous community activities including road ditch cleaning, Food for the Hungry, the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf (SEAFS) and is a Sunday school teacher. When not at a sporting event or volunteering, Brandon finds time to work on the family farm, at Christensen Farms and serves as a youth umpire.
Bryant Mages, son of Michael and Amy Mages, is a two-year team member of the golf team and was named to the 2012 All-Conference Academic team. He is also involved in a variety of fine arts and academic programs offered at St. Mary’s including being a member of the National Honor Society. In the Community Bryant has volunteered his time at Food for Kidz, the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf and is part of the Sleepy Eye Yes! Team. Bryant is employed at the Mark Thomas company.
Nikki Carr, daughter of Mike and Tammy Carr, is a multi-sport athlete that placed third at state track this past year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is vice president of the St. Mary’s Student Council. When she isn’t working at the Sleepy Eye Family Aquatic Center as a lifeguard or at Schwartz Farms, Nikki can be found singing in the church choir and volunteering her time at Food for Kidz and playing the bugle for Honor Guards.
Carly Jensen, daughter of Thomas and Suzanne Jensen, is involved in a number of athletic and fine arts activities at Sleepy Eye Public High School, including receiving academic All-Conference for softball, and a member of National Honor Society and FFA. When not involved in school activities Carly volunteers her time collecting food for SEAFS, Food for Kidz and acting as a Courage Retreat leader. Currently she works at Divine Providence as a dietary aid and serves as a lifeguard and water safety instructor at the Sleepy Eye Family Aquatic Center.
Page 2 of 2 - An independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota will select ExCEL award recipients in January. Those winners will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the broadcast of the 2013 winter tournaments.