Area juniors nominated for MSHSL ExCEL awards

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Nominations for the ExCEL award have been made by Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman high schools.

The Minnesota State High School League chooses section and state recipients for this award that recognizes juniors for academics, sports and other extracurricular actives, leadership and volunteerism.



Grant Tesdahl and Jessica Langbeyn
Grant Tesdahl and Jessica Langbehn

Grant Tesdahl and Jessica Langbehn are the Elk River picks, announced Mike Cunningham, activities director.

Tesdahl is a soccer player, has a 4.057 GPA, and is active in Link, math team, Youth in Government, student council and NHS. He’s a Sunday school teacher at  Elk River Lutheran, has made mission trips to Pine Ridge Reservation and homeless shelters, and participates in Feed My Starving Children.

Langbehn is a basketball and softball athlete, holds a 3.97 GPA, plays flute in the pep and concert bands and wind symphony, and is active in National Honor Society, LINK and Spanish Club. She’s a longtime Girl Scout, participates in that group’s community services, and helps her dad coach youth basketball and softball.


Reed Parent
Reed Parent

Reed Parent and Brittney Dorn are nominated by Rogers, announced activities director Dan Ohlgren.

Brittney Dorn
Brittney Dorn

Parent is a two-time state qualifier in cross country while also in hockey and track. He’s in National Honor Society, leadership groups (Impact, Captains Council), a church volunteer (mission to North Carolina, the helping hand group Super Summer Serve, Bible school group leader) and participates in Feed My Starving Children. He has a B-plus to A-minus average.

Dorn is a soccer and Nordic ski athlete, also active in Impact and National Honor Society. Through Lord of Life Church she helps with Sunday school and Bible school. She’s a Feed My Starving Children volunteer, and makes the “A” honor roll.




Brooke Borchardt
Brooke Borchardt

Brooke Borchardt and Hunter Smith are Zimmerman’s choices, announced Jaime Hilyar, activities director.

Smith has been a wrestling starter since seventh grade. He’s also in football and track, along with National Honor Society and DECA, and serves as a school board representative.

Hunter Smith
Hunter Smith

He’s a community services volunteer through church. He helps with his family’s burger stand at football games that contributes to school causes.

Borchardt is a volleyball, basketball and track athlete. She’s in DECA, Impact, LINK, and Art Club, and has a 3.945 GPA. She helps with volleyball and basketball youth camps, elementary school activities such as the carnival, Adopt A Highway, and Feed My Starving Children.