White Hawks News · Pair of Busy Seniors Earn Triple ‘A’ Awards


By Lorrie Ham

Seniors Scott Harrison and Katie Linder will represent Mound Westonka High School at the regional Triple “A” Award banquet at Gustavus Adolphus College on Feb. 9, 2014. Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), the Triple “A” Award—Academics, Arts and Athletics—is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts.

Scott Harrison is a multi-sport athlete who participates in cross-country, Nordic skiing, track and field, and trap shooting. He ran cross-country from seventh to 11th-grade, when he placed at the state tournament. He was named All Conference two years. A four-year member of the Nordic ski team, Harrison was All Conference twice, captain twice, named to All State and participated in the state tournament. Harrison competed in track for three years and was named All Conference one year. He has also participated in trap shooting for two years.

Harrison trains year round with the Loppet Nordic Racing Team. He qualified for the Junior National Skiing Championships for the Midwest team in Fairbanks, AK in 2013. While he competes with the high school Nordic ski team, he is also doing a series of races to try to qualify for Junior Nationals again this year.

Harrison has found a passion for ceramics and has taken classes in that medium for two years. He was also a member of the Pop Singers as a freshman. He carries a 3.76 GPA and has taken several AP classes.
He is undecided about his college choice, but he plans to study geology, ski and take more ceramics classes.

“I feel that I strengthen the classes I am in by being a willing and interested participant in class discussions and contributing to the learning environment,” said Harrison.

Scott is the son of Susan and Ralph Harrison of Minnetrista.

Katie Linder has challenged herself throughout her high school career by taking a rigorous course load each quarter. She has consistently been on the “A “ Honor Roll and carries a 3.93 GPA. She has taken several AP classes and received an AP Scholar with Honor award. She also participates in College in School concurrent enrollment. She is a member of NHS and Link Crew, and participated in the Westonka Summer Institute.

Linder is a three sport athlete, participating in soccer, Nordic skiing and track and field. She is a four-year member of both the soccer and Nordic ski teams. She has participated in track and field for three years. She has also played on a summer club soccer team every year since fifth-grade.

Linder used the skills she acquired in three ceramics courses at MWHS to explore new techniques at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts during the summer.

“As a three sport athlete, I have developed a genuine love for competition and learned how to effectively balance my time between school and sports,” said Linder. “I have constantly challenged myself in academics and extracurriculars to prepare for my endeavors after graduation.”

Linder is undecided about her college choice but hopes to join a club or intramural soccer team while she goes to school.

Katie is the daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Linder of Mound.

About the Triple ‘A’ Award
Triple “A” Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves member schools of the MSHSL, the League’s administrative regions, and a special committee of educators, business leaders and members of the fine arts and athletics communities. Every member school of the League is invited to nominate one girl and one boy for the Triple “A” Award. Nominees must be seniors in high school, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in MSHSL fine arts and/or athletic activities, and comply with the MSHSL Student Code of Conduct.