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ExCEL - Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership – 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 League 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.

The ExCEL nomination form is posted on this website and will be accepted through December 11, 2015. The ExCEL Award recipients will be selected by an independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota. Each recipient will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the broadcasts of the 2016 winter tournaments.

This is the 20th year that the Minnesota State High School League has sponsored the ExCEL Award. Wells Fargo is the program’s new sponsor. We’re counting on YOU to help us to recognize student leaders in your school who are making a difference. Please take the time to complete the nomination form posted on this website. Award winners will be announced via the League website on February 1, 2016.

Please contact the Minnesota State High School League at 763-560-2262 if you have additional questions.

Please Note:

General Public: If you know a student that qualifies for this award, please contact the student's school administration.

School Personnel: To access the nomination form and program support materials, click on the "Administration" tab and enter your school's password.

Nomination Form (Word) / (PDF)
2015 Award Winners Announced

Kennadie Anderson, Mora Lucas Arndt, Owatonna
Zachary Behnke, St. Paul Humboldt Laura Bestul, Eastview, Apple Valley
Matthew Biegler, Underwood Ben Borash, Royalton
Rose Bruns, Edina Erin Budin, Tri-City United
Emmy Buntrock, Dover-Eyota Alyssa Dalen, B-B-E
Anna Fasen, Monticello Adam Fenlason, Brandon-Evansville
Mariel Ferragamo, St. Peter Thomas Fischer, Marshall
Rishabh Gupta, Eastview, Apple Valley Dan James, Edina
Alexis King, Nevis Zachary Lutz, Crookston
Kiefer Miller, Nevis Katie Moynihan, Apple Valley
Bjorn Pearson, Cannon Falls Juliana Pederson, Westbrook-WG
Ella Perrault, Marshall School Josie Schieffert, Sleepy Eye
Emma Smith, Owatonna Sara Stoneberg, Tracy Area
Keith Sullivan, Elk River Kunal Thakur, East Ridge, Woodbury
Patrick Thofson, LC-WM Natalie Timm, Springfield
Payton Vold, Red Rock Central Klarissa Walvatne, Battle Lake

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