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EV-W selects Triple ‘A’ award winnners


Class of 2013 members Kirby Knutson and Mikael Lies-Thielen have been selected as this year’s Triple A Award winners, recognizing seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in fine arts.

Knutson, son of Gale and Julie Knuston, Watkins, is a recognized leader among his peers. He currently serves as president of the senior class; president, National Honor Society, choir and drama club. Academically, Kirby ranks second in his class while taking numerous honors and college-credit courses.

In choir, Kirby has been recognized as a best-of-site vocalist and has appeared in numerous solo and group performances. He is also a presence on the stage with a number of roles in EV-W drama productions and is a key player on the boys’ basketball team.

Outside of school, Kirby is also an active volunteer for his church. From Christmas caroling to assisting the elderly with yard work, this senior is known for lending a helping hand.

Lies-Thielen, meanwhile, is a well-rounded student with a strong academic record. She has maintained a 3.8 grade-point average while earning 38 college-in-the-schools credits at EV-W as well as an Honor’s Diploma. Athletically, she was a member of the state tournament Eagle softball team, as well as a member of the volleyball team.

Lies-Thielen also serves as secretary of the band, drama, German Club, and student council and is an officer in the carbon cutters club.

The daughter of Dave and Mary Thielen, Eden Valley, Mikael plays clarinet and percussion in the EV-W band and is a veteran stage performer appearing in numerous one-act and spring play productions. Outside of school, she is a singer and reader at church.

Both Thielen and Knutson were part of an exchange program that spent four weeks in Germany last summer.

The District 20 AAA award dinner will be Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Paynesville Legion Club. One male and one female from the District level will be selected to advance to the regions.
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