Kiera Olson of Fillmore Central High School and Bryant Gernes of Winona Cotter High School have been named the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award (AAA) winners for Region One A for 2017.
Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award (AAA) is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award goes to high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher grade point average who participate in MSHSL sponsored athletic programs, and fine arts activities such as theater, speech, music, and debate.
These two students were selected by their individual high schools and then were selected to represent their Sub-Regions and then Region One A. They will receive their awards at the Section Girls Basketball Finals at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Friday, March 10. Both students will be invited to the Triple A Banquet in Minneapolis Saturday, March 25 where MSHSL officials will announce the state award winners and present the Triple A awards. Award recipients – a girl and a boy from both a Class A and Class AA school – will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship. Following the banquet all of the award nominees will take part in an on-court awards ceremony at the State Boys Basketball Finals at the Target Center.
Kiera’s activities include: Band Grades 9-12, Choir Grades 9-12, One Act Play Grades 11-12, Speech Grades 10-12, Visual Arts Grades 9-12, Cross Country Grades 9-12, Basketball Grades 10-11, Track and Field Grades 7-12, Honor Student, National Honor Society.
Kiera plans to attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to major in Chemical Engineering and participate in cross country, track and field, and theater.