The Triple A award from the Minnesota State High School League recognizes and honors high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts.
This year’s nominees include Maddy Helget and Jordan Anderson of St. Mary’s and Tia Cselovszki and Brandon Roiger of Sleepy Eye High School.
The state Triple A winners will be announced at a banquet which will be held in conjunction with the Boys’ State Basketball Tournament in March.
St. Mary’s student Maddy Helget has been a four year band student, volleyball, basketball and softball player. Maddy has played varsity level athletics in all sports since her sophomore year. She has been named All Conference in basketball and softball since her sophomore year and named All Conference in volleyball since her junior year.
“Maddy leads by example and works hard without complaining,” said Angela Novotny of her experience coaching Maddy in volleyball and teaching her in the classroom. “In the classroom Maddy is insightful, respectful, studious and energetic, sparking lively classroom discussion from which everyone benefits. Her peers often look to her leadership to guide them through assigned tasks.”
Maddy said that hard work and dedication is what it takes to achieve success.
“I take great pride in my academics and, along with my arts and athletics, I strive to always be my best.”
Maddy will attend college to study business and participate in basketball.
Jordan Anderson is a three year band student while playing varsity level football, basketball and baseball since his sophomore year. In addition, Jordan has been named All Conference in those sports since his junior year as well as being named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Southern Minnesota Conference and most recently being named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Football team.
St. Mary’s Guidance Counselor Amber Dell-Green said Jordan illustrates the work ethic and character of an exceptional high school student.
“He is an exceptional student who demonstrates excellence both in the classroom and in the athletic arena,” she said. “He is the exemplary candidate to receive this award and he will continue to be successful in life because of his strong work ethic and solid faith.”
Jordan said he has succeeded through the help and dedication of others.
“I have been surrounded with great people throughout high school from band to sports, and great teachers in the classrooms,” he said.
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Jordan will be attending South Dakota State University to study civil engineering.
Sleepy Eye High School student Tia Cselovszki is a four-year band and choir student, has participated in One Act play performances and been involved with Speech. She has also played volleyball, basketball and golf, earning varsity level participation in those activities.
High school principal Shane Laffen said her commitment to excel in academics, arts and athletics has been impressive during her years in high school.
“Tia is truly a well-rounded student who has excelled when it comes to academics, arts and athletics,” he said. “Sleepy Eye High School has been fortunate to have her as one of its academic, arts and athletics representatives.”
Tia said that her accomplishments are through dedication and hard work.
“I am active and have achieved many things in high school,” she said. “One of my most notable achievements was being named an ExCEL award winner at the local and state level. That award was representative of my commitment in my school and community.”
Tia will be attending Southwest Minnesota State University to study social work where she will participate in choir and play productions.
Brandon Roiger is a four-year band, choir, One Act Play and Speech student. He is involved in cross country and track and field where he achieved varsity level during his eighth grade year. High school teacher Gloria Nachreiner said Brandon has shown leadership in positive school and social activities.
“Brandon possesses a highly developed interest in social responsibilities and issues” she said. “He is a leader as demonstrated by volunteering to help others through his coursework and church involvement.”
Brandon said mixing fine arts with athletics has allowed him to broaden his horizons on extracurricular activities.
“Athletics have taught me that I am able to choose a healthy lifestyle not only in high school, but also in college and throughout the rest of my life,” he said.
Brandon will attend the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities to study agricultural education and political science while being involved in speech and the theatre and drama clubs.