Two Stillwater Area High School students have been chosen as this year’s school nominees for the Triple “A” Award.
This year’s SAHS nominees are Sam Lagus and Maria Morley.
The award is given annually by the Minnesota State High School League to a senior boy and girl who have achieved outstanding success in the fields of academics, athletics and the arts. Each school in the MSHSL picks two candidates.
Lagus was point guard on the varsity basketball team for four years. He plays piano and is a member of the Stillwater High School Concert Orchestra.
“I was pleased and surprised to be nominated because Stillwater has a lot of students that are gifted in academics, arts and athletics,” Lagus said. “Having music, basketball and other athletics I’ve learned to manage my time well when it comes to school. I stay busy but it’s good for me and I never feel like I’m wasting time.
Morley is involved in track and cross-country. She is also in the orchestra and performed in the winter musicals these last two years.
“It was a surprise and I was flattered when I was nominated, especially because of all the students who are involved in activities at the school,” Morley said. “My involvement has definitely personally exposed me to so many different opportunities. And I’ve met so many people and made so many really good friends. I just feel lucky because not everyone gets to do that and the possibilities I have for the future are different too.”
When it comes to their future, Lagus is looking at continuing with violin or basketball in college. He’s considering attending his parent’s alma mater St. Olaf College.
While Morley is deciding between University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and another Utah university.
The winner of the award will be announced during the Boys State Basketball Tournament