Morgan Henry, at left, and Justin Friedrich have been selected as Chatfield’s AAA Award recipients.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Morgan Henry, at left, and Justin Friedrich have been selected as Chatfield’s AAA Award recipients. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
The Chatfield High School has announced its local selections for the Minnesota State High School League's AAA Award.

The "Triple A" Award honors students who excel academically, athletically and in the fine arts. The two students at Chatfield, fitting those criteria, are Morgan Henry and Justin Friedrich.

"I was honored to find out I was selected," said Morgan. "There are many smart and involved kids in my class who could have been chosen for the award."

Morgan is the daughter of Ron and Julie Henry. The Chatfield senior is manager of the volleyball team, plays basketball and golf and participates in Knowledge Bowl, band and National Honor Society. She has been a part of all those activities throughout high school, with the exception of volleyball and golf.

"It's hard to keep up, because when you have all those things, you're busy a lot, but I make it work. I like being involved and with my friends, and basketball and golf are my favorites. Math is also my favorite subject," she stated.

Morgan also works at the Chatfield swimming pool as a lifeguard. "I like the people that I work with," she added.

The 17-year-old has plans to attend the University of St. Thomas or the University of Minnesota after she graduates from high school.

Justin, son of Al and Tammy Friedrich, participates in cross-country, track, basketball and Knowledge Bowl.

He remarked, "I like being competitive, so Knowledge Bowl is something I look forward to."

He added that his other outlet for his competitive nature is on the ice as part of Chatfield's local hockey team, and that his favorite subjects are "anything science- or history-related."

The 18-year-old senior, who also works at the Chatfield pool during the summer, described himself as someone who's not easily concerned, who enjoys other people and remaining a part of the community's activities.

"I'm a laid-back person who likes hanging out with my friends and just staying active and involved," he said. "I'm a big hockey fan, and my favorite food is onion rings."

Justin aspires to have one of two occupations after he graduates - either "a Zamboni driver or a cardiovascular physician...those are two ideal jobs."

He plans on attending college at Gustavus Adolphus, the University of Minnesota Honors Program or Minnesota State University-Moorhead, but hasn't quite decided yet which one will best suit his Zamboni-driving needs.

Regarding his nomination as an AAA recipient, he commented, "I feel honored."

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) AAA Award has the possibility of granting each a four-year, $1,000 scholarship should they be chosen during the recognition ceremony in two months.

According to the MSHSL website, the "purpose of the program is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts, to elevate academic standards and create greater awareness of League-sponsored activities and their values, and to provide member schools of the League with the opportunity to participate in a statewide program that supports, promotes and recognizes academic and extracurricular activities."

Nominees must be a high school senior at the time of their nomination and nominations are limited to two qualifying students per school, one male and one female. Those students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the date of nomination, and participate in League-sponsored athletics and fine arts activities as well as comply with the MSHSL's Student Code of Conduct.

Winners are selected through a multi-level process involving member schools of the League, the League's administrative regions and a special committee of educators, business leaders and members from the fine arts and athletic communities.

The Chatfield pair will be entered into regional and state competition with other high schools' AAA Award recipients, and the final award will be made this spring.