By Per Peterson
This year’s Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Triple ‘A’ nominees are Nathan Fultz and Lauren Verlinde.
The program is designed to recognize and honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field/court, and in the fine arts. To be eligible for the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award a student must be a high school senior at the time of nomination; have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the date of nomination; participate in Minnesota State High School League-sponsored athletics and fine arts activities; comply with the MSHSL’s Student Code of Conduct; and complete the application form.
Triple “A” Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process involving member schools of the League, the League’s administrative regions, and a special committee of educators, business leaders, and members from the fine arts and athletic communities.
Fultz is a four-year member of the Tracy Area High School band, and is a two-time section leader. He also has performed in large group competitions. He also is a three-year section leader for the school choir and four-year member of large group. He has three times received a superior rating in solo/ensemble choir.
In athletics, Fultz played football for four years, and was named to two all-conference teams. He also is in his fourth year on the TMB basketball team, and has been a member of the baseball team since his freshmen year.
In his essay about his involvement in the arts, athletics and academics, Fultz, who plans on majoring in engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth after high school, said being a four-sport athlete and being involved in fine arts and excelling in academics has molded him into the person he is today.
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