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.
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)
2018 Award Winners Announced
|2018 ExCEL AWARD RECIPIENTS
|Anna Braun, Jordan
||Annica Carr, Elk River|
|Jordan Case, Orono
||Elizabeth Christian, Tri-City United|
|Carson Dock, Waconia
||Drew Elvehjem, Mora|
|Sophie Epps, Cannon Falls
||Camryn Franke, Washington Tech|
|Hailey Handevidt, JCC
||Carter Hansen, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton|
|Matthew Harfmann, Kasson-Mantorville
||Samuel Hauser, Eagan|
|Kristin Haveri, Two Harbors
||Addison Hawkins, Mora|
|Dylan Heggedal, Greenbush-MR
||Gabriella Helget, Sleepy Eye-SM|
|Trevor Hendrix, Robbinsdale Cooper
||Dakota John, Adrian|
|Jared Josephson, Minneota
||Lauren Karnitz, Redwood Valley|
|Kerryn Lund, Brandon-Evansville
||John Luu Mathiowetz, Sleepy Eye-SM|
|Sanjana Molleti, Eastview, Apple Valley
||Kathleen Nordstrom, Annandale|
|Gigi Otten, Albert Lea
||Jarod Pavek, Waterville-E-M|
|Graham Pearson, Cannon Falls
||Nathan Popp, Royalton|
|Faith Robinson, Minnetonka
||Peyton Rohloff, Hancock|
|Stuart Scamehorn, St. Anthony Village
||Scout Strickland, Staples-Motley|
|Ysanat Tway, St. Paul Humboldt
||Leah Vraspir, Watertown-Mayer|
|Kennedi Wright, Wheaton
||Brandon Young, Upsala Area|