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EHS students named Triple 'A' and ExCEL Awards recipients

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EHS students named Triple 'A' and ExCEL Awards recipients

Each year, the Minnesota State High School League and local schools partner to recognize students in two distinguished categories: the Triple ‘A’ Award and the ExCEL Award. Congratulations to this year’s Triple ‘A’ Award recipients, Andrew DeFor and Sami Hankinson, and this year’s ExCEL Award recipients, Andrew Gump and Sophie Sannes-Eckhoff.

The Triple ‘A’ program was created to recognize one male and one female high school senior who excel in the arts, athletics and academics. To be eligible for the Triple ‘A’ Award, seniors must: have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in a League-sponsored athletic program and one arts/activity program, and comply with the MSHSL’s Student Code of Conduct. Recipients will be invited and recognized at a banquet in March and League officials will announce the four statewide Triple ‘A’ Award winners.

The ExCEL Award – Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership – is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, leaders in their schools, and who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service. Every League member school is invited to nominate one girl and one boy for the ExCEL Award. To be eligible for the ExCEL Award, students must: be a junior in high school, make satisfactory progress towards graduation, participate in a MSHSL fine arts and/or athletic activity, hold a leadership position in their school, volunteer in their community, and meet MSHSL General Eligibility Requirements.