Anderson earns ExCEL Award

By Per Peterson

In some ways, Cobey Anderson is your typical high school junior. He knows what he wants to be when he grows up — sort of — and to an outsider, he probably seems unorganized.
But he’s not exactly typical.
Anderson was recently named one of 38 juniors in Minnesota to receive the Minnesota State High School League and Wells Fargo 2019 ExCEL Award, which recognizes Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership. Nominated students must be juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their respective community. 
“I’m thinking medical or business-related,” Anderson said about the road he wants to travel after high school. “I don’t really know what I want to go for yet. I haven’t decided.”
Anderson said his favorite subject is human anatomy.
“I like learning about the human body,” he said.
Anderson is active in football and track and field, and has earned numerous letters in those sports. He is also a member of the school’s marching band, concert band and pep band and received an Excellence in Art award his freshman year. Anderson’s has been on the A honor roll for the last three years, and he has also earned an academic letter and academic star. He is a member of the Tracy Area FCA and is a member of Peer Helpers, Big Buddies, FFA and the Spanish Club. His volunteering includes service as youth vice president/president-elect and teacher/helper for his church’s Sunday School. He is also in the church choir and praise team choir and is a youth Wednesday teacher and scripture reader. He has worked with the food shelf, has taken two mission trips and helps youth football players and has amassed more than 640 hours of community service.
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