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Adison Steinke, Jake Kuemmel represent Park in ExCEL award

Park juniors Adison Steinke and Jake Kuemmel have been nominated to represent the school in the MSHSL ExCEL award. ExCEL — Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership — is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities, volunteer in their communities, and are model citizens.

Park's female recipient this year is Steinke. Steinke is captain of the hockey team and also plays lacrosse for the Wolfpack, earning All-State Academic honors in both sports. In school, she is involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Student Advisory Council, Leaders of the Pack, and is a Link Crew leader.

Steinke is also very involved in the community, volunteering for Special Olympics, Feed My Starving Children, and middle school retreats. She is also a "big sister" for youth hockey players. She has taken many IB courses and has a GPA of 4.3.

Kuemmel is Park's male recipient. Kuemmel plays football, basketball, and is captain of the tennis team, where he earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. He is involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Youth Advisory Council, Leaders of the Pack, and is a Link Crew leader.

Outside of school, Kuemmel has participated on a mission trip with his church and has attended leadership camps. He also volunteers with the Animal Humane Society, Feed My Starving Children, and with numerous youth sports camps. Kuemmel has also taken many IB courses and has a 3.9 GPA.

This is the 23rd year that the MSHSL has sponsored the ExCEL award. An independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota will select ExCEL Award recipients in January. Award winners (sixteen males and sixteen females) will be announced via the League website in February and will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the broadcast of the 2019 winter tournaments.

Park graduates Meghan Kuemmel and Ethan Berube were both selected as state winners of this award when they were juniors. Additional information about the ExCEL Award may be obtained by visiting the Minnesota State High School League's web site at www.mshsl.org. Congratulations to these two students for demonstrating excellence in community, education, and leadership.