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Triple A Award recipients announced

      Four Minnesota high school students were honored with the Minnesota State High School League Academics, Arts and Athletics Award — Triple A Award — during an on-court ceremony at the 2013 State Boys’ Basketball Tournament on March 23.

      The four students who received this year’s award were Katianne Brockpahler of Sebeka, Ted Deitz of Alexandria, Allison Reichl of St. Cloud Apollo, and Steffan Stroh of Underwood. Each student will receive a four-year, $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota State High School League.

      Established in 1988, the award, popularly known as the Triple A Award, recognizes and rewards high school seniors from across the state for their achievements in the classroom, the arts and athletics. To qualify for the award, students must have a “B” or better grade point average and participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities. League member schools are invited to nominate two students,one boy and one girl, for the award. Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process involving the League’s administrative regions and a committee of athletic, fine arts and educational leaders.

      “The Triple A Award is one of the most coveted awards presented to students in Minnesota,” explained Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League. “Since its inception in 1988, more than 12,000 students have represented their school as nominees in the Triple A program.”

      Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, the Institute for Athletic Medicine, and AAA Minnesota sponsor the Triple A Awards program, which is now in its 25th year. For more information about the program, visit the League website ( or call the League office at 763-560-2262.

      Here are the 32 Academics, Arts and Athletics Award finalists:

      Class A

      1A -- Jillian Krier, Byron

      1A -- Jacob Johnson, Cotter

      2A -- Hannah Goemann, United South Central

      2A -- Grant Becker, Fairmont Area

      3A -- Rachel Cheadle, Fulda

      3A -- Maxwell Whitehead, Murray County Central

      4A -- Melanie Luikart, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

      4A -- Francesco Di Caprio, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

      5A -- Noelle Elvehjem, Mora

      5A -- Adam Martin, Pine City

      6A -- Katianne Brockpahler, Sebeka

      6A -- Steffan Stroh, Underwood

      7A -- Amy Bianco, Ely

      7A -- Isaac Coil, Moose Lake

      8A -- Courtney Kirkeide, Greenbush-Middle River

      8A -- Tyler Bentow, Greenbush-Middle River

      Class AA

      1AA -- Christina Monson, Albert Lea

      1AA -- Nick Brehmer, Austin

      2AA -- Carolyn Osdoba, Mankato East

      2AA -- Gordon Moore, Worthington

      3AA -- Sonja Hedblom, Eagan

      3AA -- Daniel Spika, Eastview

      4AA -- Allison Cordes, Roseville Area

      4AA -- Calvin Carlson, St. Paul Central

      5AA -- Kaley Shagen, Osseo

      5AA -- Matthew Fruzyna, Spring Lake Park

      6AA -- Allison Domingues, Robbinsdale Armstrong

      6AA -- Lucas Ray, Robbinsdale Cooper

      7AA -- Rebekah Meyer, Chisago Lakes Area

      7AA -- Luke Heine, Cloquet

      8AA -- Allison Reichl, St. Cloud Apollo

      8AA -- Ted Deitz, Alexandria