From Left to Right – Martin Luther Athletic Director Tom Taylor, MLHS seniors Isaac Johnson and Sierra Geistfeld, GHEC senior Rachel Stauter, GHEC Athletic Director Erin Danner, TPS Athletic Director Kayla Anderson, and TPS seniors Lydia Studer and Clay Gieske.
The AAA award is used to recognize and honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in fine arts. Each high school is allowed to select one male and one female student to receive the AAA award. This year there were five recipients from our three schools.
MLHS recipients are Sierra Geistfeld and Isaac Johnson.
Isaac Johnson, son of Brent and Heidi Johnson, has participated in choir where he was a section leader, as well as solo ensemble and drama. He is in his church’s praise band, basketball in which he is a captain, golf, baseball, and trap. He was a participant in the “Top 100 basketball camp” this past summer which is a coach’s only invitation camp. He carries a 3.0 grade point average which includes a construction class that meets before school. Next year he plans to attend Alexandria Technical School and pursue a degree in carpentry.
Sierra has participated in band, pep band, choir, drama, volleyball, and basketball, student government, as well as singing in her church choir. She has a 3.94 GPA while taking over five AP, PSEO, and college level courses. Next year, she intends to go to college and is considering a career as a veterinarian technician. Her parents are Bruce and Chris Geistfeld.
Rachel Stauter is the daughter of Rob and Lynda Stauter. Rachel has been on both the GHEC high honor roll, and regular honor roll. She has participated in Band and Choir, been a member of the Theatre Arts productions the last three years, and has played volleyball, basketball, track, and been a cheerleader. Rachel has a been a member of National Honor Society and a Student Council Representative for her class since she was a 7th grader. Next year, Rachel plans to attend the University of Northwestern in St. Paul where she plans to play basketball, and will pursue a degree in Elementary Education.
Lydia Studer, daughter of Chris and Courtney Studer, has shown positive qualities in all three aspects of academics, fine arts, and athletics. She stands out among her peers due to her dedication and pride she puts into everything she does for our school and community. Lydia has been involved in Knowledge Bowl, student council, Youth in Government, math contests, band, FFA and school plays, as well as her participation in volleyball, basketball and softball. She is looked up to as a leader by the student body, as demonstrated by her hard work and dedication for maintaining high honors all the way through high school. She was inducted into the National Honor Society her junior year, and servers as TPS’s FFA President, Student Council Secretary and Class Vice President since 7th grade. Lydia plans on attending Iowa State next fall and majoring in Animal Science.
Clay Gieseke shows positive qualities in academics, athletics and in the social life within high school. He is part of our National Honor Society and shows his leadership qualities by being the Class President since 7th grade. Clay volunteers his time with many activities in the school and community. Some of these examples are FFA, church groups, 4-H, band, Knowledge Bowl, school plays and his participation in football, basketball, baseball and trap. He also helps raise money for organizations within our community. Clay plans to attend Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown and majoring in Agriculture Production this coming fall. He is the son of Peter and Amy Gieseke.
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