Jordan Meskill and Melinda Woods received the Kingsland Triple “A” Award.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Jordan Meskill and Melinda Woods received the Kingsland Triple “A” Award. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Melinda Woods and Jordan Meskill, Kingsland High School seniors, have been selected to represent Kingsland in the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award program, activities director Tom Speltz announced last week.

Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award (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.

Woods is an active member of choir, cross-country and basketball. In addition, she is currently co-president of student council and co-treasurer of FFA, where she has also been past president and secretary. Woods is also a member of the National Honor Society and 4-H, for which she currently serves as county president. She carries an impressive 3.95 GPA on a 4.0 scale and has taken seven to eight College in the School courses over her high school career.

"What is most impressive about Melinda is that she puts the same extraordinary amount of effort into everything she does. She takes on leadership roles and is constantly striving to make herself better. That quality is what sets her apart from her peers," said Mollie McMahon, Kingsland Spanish teacher, student council advisor, and co-cross-country coach. "As impressive as all of her accomplishments are, what I believe are her greatest accomplishments are her confidence, ambition and sense of self. Her smile, positivity and goofy sense of humor make her the type of person everyone loves."

Woods plans to attend Drake University or South Dakota State University to study pharmacy.

During his high school career, Meskill compiled a 3.86 GPA, and enrolled in three to four College in the Schools courses. He was a standout athlete, excelling in three sports. He was a two-year captain in football and boys basketball, and earned all-conference honors in football.

"Jordan is dependable, hard-working and dedicated to the activities that he takes on. Jordan has many positive qualities that are evident outside the classroom," said Jennifer Orth, science teacher at Kingsland. "He is pleasant, personable, and helpful. Jordan also does not hesitate to help others whenever he sees a need."

Meskill plans to attend the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities to study biomedical engineering. He also wants to participate in intramural basketball there.

"I believe the Triple 'A' Award is the most presitigious award given by the League," said Speltz. "These two individuals are truly well-rounded people with a bright future. They are the best and brightest Kingsland has to offer."

Triple "A" Award recipients are selected by a Kingsland High School committee. Woods and Meskill are now eligible to advance to the region level where they will compete to advance to the state level. League 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 during the state boys basketball tournament. 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 the League's website at