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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 15, 2017. 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 2018 winter tournaments.

This is the 22nd 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 5, 2018.

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)
2017 Award Winners Announced

Kjerstin Anderson, Owatonna Aiden Begnaud, LC-WM
Matthew Benson, Park Rapids Area Leighton Buhr, Lester Prairie
McKenzie Cselovszki, Sleepy Eye Reese Eichner, Norwood-YA
Jackson Grove, Alexandria Area Teresa Grunklee, Rosemount
Ashley Haxton, Wabasha-Kellogg Lisa Hoffer, West Lutheran
Sarita Hook, Tracy Area William Keute, Virginia
Taylor Kimman, Pierz Bryce Knutson, Owatonna
Brianna Kreft, West Central Area Markayla Kujath, Kasson-Mantorville
Brianna Larson, Litchfield Judy Larson, Norwood-Young America
Elizabeth McDonald, Fisher Lauren Miller, Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Emma Nelson, Hancock Grace Penke, Hutchinson
Alex Pohlen, Minneota Allison Prestby, Alexandria Area
Spencer Quast, Redwood Valley Adam Revoir, Tartan
Andrew Rippy, St. Croix Prep Academy Brady Ristau, Fillmore Central
Mason Schmidgall, Hancock Briana Schmidt, Springfield
Brock Snyder, Royalton Nick Thielsen, Mankato East
Aye Aye Thin, St. Paul Humboldt Mai Xee Vang, St. Paul Harding
KaSondra Wiederich, LS-H Austin Windsperger, Watertown-Mayer


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