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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 16, 2016. 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 2017 winter tournaments.

This is the 21st 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 6, 2017.

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)
2016 Award Winners Announced

Jesse Bissen, Orono Emma Bliss, Nevis
Cecelia Boyle, Tartan Caleb Curtiss, Aitkin
Rachel Dahl, Chisago Lakes Ethan DeKam, Owatonna
Ethan Elumba, Apple Valley Kellen Erpenbach, Norwood-YA
Britta Gantert, Owatonna Shania Glenz, Verndale
Amy Groskreutz, St. Clair Anna Grove, Morris Area
Madeline Hillman, Virginia Samuel Hunt, Mesabi East
Christopher Jelken, Luverne Riley Johnson, Foley
Preston Kopel, Foley Connor Kropp, Wabasha-Kellogg
Carlton Lindow, Cannon Falls Olivia Matzke, Lake City
Lilia Olsen, St. Cloud Christian Kiera Olson, Fillmore Central
Sophia Peterson, Orono Staciajohna Randle, St. Paul Humboldt
Josephine Ross, Benilde-St. Margaret's Grant Ryerse, East Ridge, Woodbury
Nathan Schmitz, J-W-P Brandon Schulze, St. Cloud Christian
Allison Schwarz, LeSueur-Henderson Hannah Stevenson, Red Rock Central
Michael Sullivan, Hibbing Daniel Ukkelberg, Battle Lake
Fletcher Vilt, Hutchinson Callie Wersal, Springfield
Tyler Wheeler, Wadena-Deer Creek Anna Wise, Rosemount


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