Park seniors Elena Christensen, Chris Isely and Kevin Isely have been selected to represent the school in the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award program for Region 3AA.
Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts and Athletics (Triple A) Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award goes to high school seniors who have a "B" or better grade point average and who participate in league-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.
Christensen has been involved in many activities at Park. She has been a member of the tennis team since ninth grade and has been very involved with music, participating in both band and choir throughout her high school career. She has participated in the MSHSL solo contest and received a superior rating her junior year. She is a National Merit Scholarship contender, and is a member of the speech team as well as National Honor Society and the Park News Network and has also participated in many of Park's theatrical productions.
Despite all of these commitments, Christensen also finds time to study. Her grade point average is 3.6. She plans on attending college in the fall to study psychology, education, or possibly theater. A quote from Elena's application essay says it all, "'Triple A' is not just an award for me, it is my lifestyle."
This year, Park was not able to select just one male recipient: twin brothers Chris and Kevin Isely have both equally excelled in many activities and have been selected as co-winners. Both are busy student-athletes, earning multiple varsity letters in cross-country, swimming and diving, and track and field. The Isely brothers have both been involved in band all four years of high school and participate in the concert, pep, jazz and marching bands. Both Chris and Kevin Isely participate on the math team, theater productions and many other clubs and activities at Park. Both brothers maintain a 3.9 grade point average and hope to attend the University of Minnesota. Chris plans on studying biomedical engineering, while Kevin will study mechanical engineering.
Triple A Award recipients are selected by a multi-level process involving the league's member schools and administrative regions. MSHSL officials will announce the four award recipients (a girl and a boy from both a Class A and Class AA school) at an on-court recognition ceremony held in March. Each award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.
Additional information about the Triple A Award may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota State High School League at (763) 560-2262 or by visiting www.mshsl.org.