K-W Honors Triple A Award Winners

Mitchell Boyum and Mara Quam, K-W High School seniors, have been selected to represent their school in the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award program, Matt Ryan, KWHS Principal announced.

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. Both Mitchell and Mara are active students at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School.

Mitchell Boyum, son of Joel and Nicole Boyum of rural Wanamingo, has been involved in the following activities: Basketball, Baseball, Band, and Student Council. Mitchell has taken multiple AP classes during his high school years and has challenged himself academically with a rigorous course load! He has a 3.573 weighted GPA. Mitchell plans to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth and major in Psychology. He also intends to participate in Jazz Band and Symphonic Band at the college level.

Mara Quam, daughter of Jason and Stacy Quam of Kenyon, has been involved in the following activities: Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Band, Choir, FCCLA, and National Honor Society. Mara has taken multiple AP courses. She has challenged herself academically with a rigorous course load and has a 3.972 weighted GPA. Mara plans to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is undecided on a major, but will be playing volleyball for the Mavericks.

Matt Ryan, KWHS Principal stated, “Mitchell and Mara are two students that K-W Schools and the Kenyon and Wanamingo communities should be proud of! Mitchell is a student who seems to get along with everyone. He’s personable, easy to talk to, and someone people enjoy being around! He also has a special talent for music. Many people are not fully aware of quite how talented Mitchell is in this area! Mitchell’s people skills and calm demeanor will serve him well in his future years!

Mara Quam is a name the KW community has been hearing about for many years. She has been an ultra-successful three sport athlete setting school records, qualifying for state tournaments, winning state medals, capturing a state title in long jump, and earning many different honors and awards over the years. While accumulating all her athletic accomplishments Mara has been involved in other school activities and has been a respectful, focused, committed student athlete!

Mitchell and Mara are two respectful young adults who have been successfully involved in many parts of high school life at K-W and have a bright future ahead of them!

As part of the Triple “A” Award application process students were asked to share how their involvement in the arts, athletics, and academics has developed them as a person. Mitchell and Mara wrote the following in response.

Mitchell Boyum: “Being involved in arts, athletics, and academics has had a really positive impact on my life. Taking part in activities such as band, basketball, and baseball on top of my academic work has taught me to be a good leader, to focus on what is important, and to manage my time well.
In addition to arts and sports, I am the president of my school's student council. These programs have given me a great deal of responsibility, and I would say I am a much better person because of this. Being an active member of the student body allows me to express myself and to speak on behalf of my peers. From this I have learned how to present myself in a positive way, and also to satisfy the desires of the majority of my class to the best of my ability.
Overall, all the things I’ve done has made the path to a successful life clear and direct. I know the qualities that are necessary to thrive in college, and in the rest of my life.

Mara Quam: “Years from now, I will still remember memories of involvement at Kenyon-Wanamingo, whether it be in a classroom, in a concert or on the court. Involvement in academics, fine arts and athletics has helped me to develop socially, intellectually and physically. The person I am today, is a direct outcome of many hours of hard-work and dedication towards these activities.

In the future, the experiences I have gained will help me to solve problems, work with others and keep a smile on my face. I have had the opportunity to see many things that other students have either chosen or they have not had the opportunity to see. I don’t take these things for granted as I realize that I am talented and fortunate. Many individuals would love to be in my shoes.

There were several days when I felt tired, mentally exhausted and almost burnt out from everything I tried put my time towards. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. All of these things have helped me to become a better person, inside and out. I would not be where I am today, without these opportunities.

Kenyon-Wanamingo has been an incredible place for me. I plan to give back to my community through working with younger students whenever I can. This is the best way I can contribute towards a community that gave me so much to be thankful for. I certainly couldn’t have done it without the incredible teachers, coaches and individuals who influenced me.

Triple "A" Award recipients are selected by a multi-level process involving the League's member schools and administrative regions. Congratulations to Mitchell and Mara and best of luck to them in their bright futures!

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