By Becca Neuger
Mound Westonka High School’s Sam Dufault was one of six senior athletes in the Upper Midwest to be named a 2018 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winner by Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota. He was honored at the Impact Awards Event Nov. 26 at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis.
Over 500 senior student-athletes from around the region applied for Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarships this year. Scholarships were awarded based on responses to questions pertaining to how the students meet the standard defined in “Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor” by PCA Founder Jim Thompson. A Triple-Impact Competitor® makes positive contributions on three levels:
- Makes oneself better (Personal Mastery);
- Makes teammates better (Leadership); and
- Makes the sport better (Honoring the Game).
All six winners were awarded $1,000 college scholarships. The other five winners were from Columbia Heights, Stillwater, Duluth East, Fargo North and Marshall high schools.
Dufault was part of a panel discussion in front of over 125 guest and dignitaries at the Impact Awards Event. As a three-sport White Hawks athlete in football, basketball and baseball, Dufault answered questions regarding his participation in sports, the influence of his parents, and the ups and downs of his athletic career. “Sam represented MWHS in an excellent fashion with his responses,” said White Hawks head baseball coach Bob Kuehl.
The Impact Awards Event was emceed by Kelcey Carlson of Fox 9 TV News. Former University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi and Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter were also part of the event, along with former Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Corey Koskie. Supporting Dufault at the awards banquet were his parents, Stan and Rachel, White Hawks football head coach Nick David and Kuehl.
Next year, Dufault plans to attend either Gustavus Adolphus College or St. John’s University and continue his baseball career while majoring in business economics with a minor or double major in Spanish.