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Woodbury Students Among Triple A Award Nominees

Award recipients will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.

Several Woodbury students have been nominated for the Academics, Arts, and Athletics (Triple A) Award, according to a press release from the district.

Established in 1988, the Triple A Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and the American Automobile Association Club of Minnesota. This award is designed to recognize those senior students who are excelling in the academics, arts, and athletics.

Woodbury High School nominated seniors Michael Chu and Rose Peterson for Region 4AA. 

"Chu has taken numerous AP classes at Woodbury High School and has a GPA of 4.2," according to the press release. "He participates in band, marching band, National Honor Society and Science Olympiad."

Chu also has been on the varsity tennis team since his sophomore year, when he had an undefeated season, and was named an all-conference player. He plans to study mathematics next year at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, Northwestern University or the University of Michigan.

Peterson has taken "several AP classes at Woodbury High School, has a GPA of 4.2, and participates in National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars, and band," the press release stated. "She participates on the varsity diving team, the softball team, and has been a varsity member of the gymnastics team since eighth grade." 

Peterson plans to study international relations in college.

East Ridge High School nominated Kelsey Ihns and Matt Kelly for Region 4AA. 

Ihns is a three-year member of the East Ridge High School top-level band. "She was selected to perform in the SEC all-conference Honor Band, which is composed of the finest musicians in the Suburban East Conference," according to the press release. "Not only has she shown excellence in the arts, she is also a member of numerous activities at East Ridge."

Ihns plays on the softball team and volunteers through her church.

Kelly was nominated because of "his excellence on the field and in the classroom," the press release stated. "He was named first team all-conference, offensive lineman of the year and co-offensive lineman of the year." 

In addition to his success on the football field, Kelly carries one of the highest GPAs in the school, according to the press release.

These Triple A Award nominees will be reviewed by the MSHSL's administrative region, and the two top finishers in each region will advance for state competition. MSHSL officials will announce the four award recipients (a girl and a boy from both a Class “A” and Class “AA” school) at a recognition ceremony held in March. 

Each award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.

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