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District 833 high schools announce 2018 Triple A Award nominees

The Academics, Arts and Athletics (Triple A) Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). The award goes to high school seniors who have a B or higher grade point average, and who participate in League-sponsored athletics and fine arts activities. MSHSL officials will announce the four award recipients (a girl and a boy from both a Class A and Class AA school) at an on-court recognition ceremony held in March. Each award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship. Below are the male and female nominees for each high school in our district.

East Ridge High School:

Sailaja Bommareddy is this year’s female nominee from East Ridge High School. She is on the tennis team, participates in orchestra and is All-Conference in band. Sailaja takes Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), and has a GPA of 4.5. She plans to attend Northwestern University for a degree in chemical or biomedical engineering with minor in computer science.

"Sailaja is the epitome of a student-athlete because of her leadership, responsibility and academics,” said Tennis Coach Jon Rydberg.  

East Ridge High School’s male nominee is Carter Slette. Carter is a varsity letter winner on the football and basketball teams and received All-Conference Honorable Mention for football. Additionally, he is a trombone player and has earned All-Conference and All-State recognition. Carter is involved in Project Lead the Way, has taken many AP courses and Spanish courses through College-in-School. Carter maintains a 4.07 GPA and plans to attend either Concordia College in Moorhead or the University of Minnesota where he will study biology and Spanish, while continuing to perform.

Brent Comeau, Band Director said, "Carter is an outstanding musician, strong athlete and bright academic student. He is an excellent representative of our band program and a terrific choice for the AAA award.”

Park High School:

Park High School’s female nominee this year is Julia Quinn. Julia is a five-time varsity letter winner for the swim team, has earned All-Conference honors and was a team captain her senior year. She is very involved in the choir program at Park, earning both All-Conference and All-State honors in that area. Julia also manages the boys swim team and is involved in theater at Park. She has taken many AP and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and has a GPA of 3.9. Julia plans to study sport management at the University of Minnesota and hopes to participate in choir as well.

Nathan Larson is Park’s male nominee. Nathan is a member of Park’s baseball and trap shooting teams.  He earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in baseball and has been named captain of the trap team. He is involved in band, participating in numerous curricular and co-curricular groups, as well as Region ensemble contests. He has taken AP and IB courses, is a member of the National Honor Society and has 4.1 GPA. Nathan plans to attend Bethel University to study mathematics and data science and participate in baseball and band.

“I wish we had more students in our building like Julia and Nathan,” said Phil Kuemmel, Activities Director at Park High School. “They are the epitome of a Park student-athlete: excelling in academics, athletics and the arts. I know how much time and dedication it takes for these students to be involved in all three areas and we appreciate all that they do for Park High School.”

Woodbury High School:

Elise Roubinek is the female nominee from Woodbury High School. She plays the bass clarinet and received All-Conference honors for band. She is also one of the captains for the girls swim and dive team and is a member of the girls track and field team. Elise, who also speaks Spanish fluently, carries a 3.9 GPA and plans to study molecular biology in college.

Spencer Nelson is the male nominee from Woodbury High School. Spencer is a member of the WHS’s orchestra where he has received All-Conference honors. He’s also captain of the boys hockey team where he has lettered for three years. His teachers say he is willing to challenge himself academically and always has high expectations. Spencer carries a 4.2 GPA and will study engineering at the University of Minnesota.

“I had the opportunity to meet with Elise and Spencer and I’ve observed their involvement in our extracurricular activities. They truly embody the characteristics that this award was created to recognize,” said Marvin Wooten, Activities Director at Woodbury High School. “Both students have a bright future ahead of them and I’m excited to see them finish out their high school journeys.”

Additional information about the Triple A Award is available on the Minnesota State High School League’s website