By Lorrie Ham
Mound Westonka High School has chosen seniors Ryann Beyer and Adam Fish to represent the school at the regional Triple “A” Award banquet. 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. An on-court recognition ceremony for the state-wide winners will be held in conjunction with the boys state basketball tournament in March.
A very talented group of seniors was nominated to represent MWHS this year. In addition to Beyer, the female nominees included Abbie Dierbeck, Lauren Miller, Sarah Neve, Lauren Meier and Quinn Tice. The male nominees were Fish, Charlie Treat, Jordan Taran and Zach Gahl. “We had a really strong group of seniors this year,” said Westonka Activities Director Jeff Peterson.
Ryann Beyer is a three-sport athlete who competes in swimming, basketball and golf. A varsity swimmer since seventh grade, Beyer served as captain in her junior and senior years. She holds a school record for the 400-yard freestyle relay and set school records last year for the 50- and 100-freestyle races and the 200-freestyle relay. She has received Rookie of the Year, Most Improved and Most Valuable awards in swimming.
In basketball, Beyer received the White Hawk Award, which measures a person’s holistic contributions as a player and teammate. She also received All-Conference Honorable Mention in golf and served as captain last year. She holds a total of 13 varsity letters.
As a four-year member of the auditioned Wind Ensemble, Beyer has received two superior ratings at the large group contest, has participated in pep band and marching band and was selected to travel on a pair of band trips.
With a GPA of 3.952, Beyer has been on the “A” honor roll throughout high school. She serves as a Link Crew leader and is a five-year member of Student Senate, currently serving as president. She is a three-year member of DECA, including two years as an officer. Beyer traveled with the Westonka Summer Institute to China, where she earned academic credits while learning about business.
“Balancing my band and athletic activities while being challenged academically has given me the confidence to take on many other leadership roles within my school and community,” said Beyer. “To me, it’s not always about getting a good grade but developing a growth mindset and a love for learning.”
MWHS Assistant Principal Marty Fischer wrote a letter of recommendation for Beyer. “Ryann is involved in many activities, but involvement alone does not make one a role model,” Fischer wrote. “Ryann has shown her ability and passion for being a role model each and every day. Her actions speak for themselves as she continually represents MWHS through positive leadership positions and actions.”
Beyer plans to pursue a nursing degree at South Dakota State University. Ryann is the daughter of Robert and Kristen Beyer.
Adam Fish is an accomplished musician and a four-year member of the auditioned Wind Ensemble. He has received three superior ratings at solo and ensemble contests and is a member of the Jazz Band and the musical pit orchestra. He was selected for the University of Minnesota High School Honor Band three times and is a three-year member of the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands, an auditioned group that plays advanced level music throughout the Twin Cities. He was also selected for All-State Orchestra.
Fish has a GPA of 3.914 and takes a rigorous course load, including multiple AP classes. He is a five-year member of Student Senate and a member of National Honor Society, Link Crew and Science Olympiad.
On the athletic field, Fish is a three-year varsity football player, a one-year member of the basketball team and a three-year participant in baseball.
“My involvement in all aspects of arts, athletics and academics has positively shaped me as a person, but my specific involvement in music has shaped me to be a more detail-oriented individual who sets high expectations and works to achieve them,” said Fish. “Meticulous work ethic is important to me because it has a wide range of applications in life.”
Math teacher Lisa Paul nominated Fish for the award. “Adam’s talents are numerous and deep, and he is one of the most industrious students I’ve ever worked with,” Paul wrote in her nomination. “He seeks the highest level of achievement and understanding in every aspect of student and community life here. His continual pursuit of greatness is paired with a fun and charming personality, which make leadership a natural fit. He sets a great example for others to follow, and they do.”
Fish plans to major in chemical engineering but is undecided on the college. He also plans to participate in orchestra and jazz ensembles at the college level. Adam is the son of Jeff and Julie Fish.
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.