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2016- 2017 ExCEL Award Winners
ExCEL Award
We had an amazing group of juniors that applied for this year’s MSHSL ExCEL award.  In fact, we had the most female representatives that can be remembered. 
The ExCEL Award stands for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership and is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community.  Every member school of the MSHSL is invited to nominate one girl and one boy for the ExCEL Award.
Nominees must:
a. be a junior in high school
b. make satisfactory progress toward graduation
c. participate in a MSHSL fine arts and/or athletic activity
d. hold a leadership position(s) in their school
e. work voluntarily in their community.
We are proud to announce that this year’s ExCEL award winners for the Wabasha-Kellogg School District are Paul Cushman and Ashley Haxton.  Congratulations Paul and Ashley and best of luck at the next level of competition.  Also, thank you to all of those that applied. 
The ExCEL award is a very unique award that is meant to recognize juniors that excel in a variety of different activities, show leadership skills, and actively involve themselves in the community.  Every day, I strive to do my absolute best in and out of the classroom.  Throughout the year, I try to involve myself in various extracurricular activities, and I also partake in many of the volunteer opportunities that my community offers.  To the best of my ability, I make an effort to act as a leader, as well.  Overall, I love everything that I do, and I am honored to have been chosen as the 2016-2017 Wabasha-Kellogg female ExCEL award winner.
Ashley Haxton

I am very honored to have been selected as one of two finalists from our school to be the recipient of the Wabasha-Kellogg ExCEL award.  The award is meant to recognize students who have gone above and beyond in their school and communities.  I like to think that those are words I could use to describe myself.  I participate in as many activities as I possibly can (admittedly sometimes it's a bit overwhelming) and I try to set an example for other students to be active citizens.  I wouldn't have it any other way and I can honestly say I love what I do.
Paul Cushman

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