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Hastings student-athletes receive MSHSL awards

Junior Megan Mattson is a four-sport athlete and MSHSL ExCel Award winner. Mattson is a captain for the cross-country and softball teams. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Junior Noah Kullman, a recipient of the MSHSL ExCel award, came on at the end of the Raiders' football season as a deadly outside running threat. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Hastings High School recently released its recipients of the Minnesota State High School League Triple "A" Awards and ExCel Awards. According to the release sent out by HHS, the Triple "A" Award stands for "academics, athletics, and arts" and "is a program designed to honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts." The ExCel Award stands for "Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership" and "is a unique program designed exclusively for high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community."

Triple "A" Award

The winners of the Triple "A" Awards are Grace Griffith and Sam Poncelet. Griffith currently has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked first in her class. She was a captain and all-conference soccer player last fall, takes several advanced placement and honors classes, and also participates in band and ceramics. She plans on attending Miami University.

Poncelet is ranked in the top-25 of his class and has a 3.96 GPA. He is also taking several advanced placement and honors classes as well as taking part in tennis, band, orchestra and is an all-state vocalist in choir. He plans on studying either computer science or music after high school.

ExCel Award

Noah Kullman and Megan Mattson are the winners of the ExCel Awards. Kullman is a letterwinner in football, basketball and track and field. He has a 4.0 GPA, is ranked in the top-10 of the junior class and is part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth Ambassadors. He volunteers with St. John's Church, Younglife and the Little Raiders youth football program.

Mattson is the rare four-sport athlete. She has lettered in cross-country, basketball, and then both softball and track and field in the spring, on top of being a captain for cross-country and softball. Mattson has a 4.0 GPA, is ranked in the top-10, and is part of Link Crew and Youth Impact Council on top of volunteering with Hastings Family Service, the Senior Center and her church.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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