Every member school of the Minnesota State High School League is invited to nominate one girl and one boy for the ExCEL Award.
ExCEL winners will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the broadcast of the 2014 winter tournaments.
This is the 18th year that the Minnesota State High School League has sponsored the ExCEL Award. Award winners will be announced via the League website on Feb. 3, 2014.
Kimball Area High School students Madelyn O’Brien and Ted Zipoy have been selected the 2013-2014 Excel Award winners.
The Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Excel) award is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualitites and who volunteer in their communities.
The criteria for the award is that nominees must
• Be a junior in high school
• Make satisfactory progress toward graduation
• Participate in a MSHSHL fine arts and/or athletic activity
• Hold a leadership position in their school
• Work voluntarily in their community
Maddie is in volleyball, basketball and golf. She has been selected to the CMC Academic All Conference team
in all three and was a varsity volleyball captain as a sophomore. She has also lettered in band and choir where she earned state superiors in both. She has also been on the A Honor Roll as a 9th and 10th grader. Other organizations that Maddie is part of include: National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Spanish Club, and Building Leadership Together (BLT). Maddie has also volunteered for: Adopt a Highway, Feed My Starving Children, Youth Frontiers, Leaf Raking, Youth Basketball Tournament Volunteer, Youth Dance Volunteer, Youth Carnival Volunteer, Food Shelf Volunteer and H20 For Life.
Ted is in football, wrestling, track and baseball. He has lettered in football and wrestling. He has also lettered in band and Knowledge Bowl. Ted has also been on the A Honor Roll as a 9th and 10th grader. Other activities that Ted has been part of include: National Honor Society, CMC Leadership Conference, Section Wide Conference and Robotics. He has volunteered at the VFW, nursing home, youth wrestling, youth football, St. Anne Church VBS, St. Anne Church Festival and the Kimball Area Food Shelf.
By Bruce Holmseth,