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KAHS nominates students for ExCEL Award

Kimball Area Schools has nominated Hannah Zipoy and Austyn Schlueter for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award.

Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, ExCEL is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors. Students who are active in fine arts and/or athletic activities, who show leadership qualities, and who are model citizens in their community are eligible for the award.

ExCEL Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves League member schools and an independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota. Award recipients will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the winter tournaments.

"The ExCEL Award program is an excellent opportunity for high school juniors who have excelled to receive statewide recognition for their leadership and community service.

Hannah is the daughter of Tim and Susan Zipoy. The ExCEL award recognizes students who excel in academics, activities, fine arts and community service. Hannah is a member of National Honor Society and student government. She also has helped with the Community Playhouse, taught Bible School, worked at the Food Shelf, and at a nursing home. She has also been a member of the volleyball, basketball, golf and cross country teams. She also was a member of the speech team and jazz band, In band she plays in the percussion quintet and also has played the piano for the past

11 years.

Austyn is the son of Mike and Vanessa Schlueter. Austyn has participated in football, basketball, wrestling and baseball. He was CMC All Conference in track and Lineman of the Year in football. He was also on the CMC All Conference Academic team. As a volunteer he has helped at church, town cleanup, elementary basketball tournaments and has been a mentor for the pound squad. In fine arts he has been a member of the Visual Arts class.