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Kevin Cornelius and Gabrielle Germanson are the recipients of this year’s Triple A Award at Orono High School. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, honors high school seniors who have excelled in academics, arts and athletics.
Cornelius was additionally recognized as the Section 2A male winner. He and other section winners will be honored at an on-court ceremony during the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. From those students, four state Triple “A” Award winners will be selected: a girl and a boy from Class A schools and from Class AA schools. Each will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.
Academically, both Cornelius and Germanson have top grade point averages, are taking multiple Advanced Placement courses and are members of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.
In fine arts, Cornelius has been a member of the band all four years of high school, participating in solo and ensemble contests and receiving three “superior” ratings to date. He also was a member of the All-State Band as a junior. He is a member of Tri-M, the high school’s music honor society open to students in grades 10-12.
Cornelius played soccer all four years, the past two on the varsity team, and served as a team captain for three years. Cornelius received All-Conference honors in 2017 as a member of the team that took third place at state.
He has also participated on the varsity Nordic ski team as a seventh- and eighth-grader, as well as all four years of high school. The past three years he has received All-Conference honors.
Cornelius, son of Richard and Linda Cornelius, Minnetonka Beach, plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and hopes to continue playing both soccer and tenor saxophone.
Germanson has played the clarinet in the band all four years of high school, participating in solo and ensemble contests and receiving a “superior” rating last year. She was a member of the All-State Band last year and this year. She serves on the band’s leadership team and as an elected executive board member of Tri-M.
Germanson has lettered in both basketball and track and field. She has been a member of the school’s basketball team all four years, the past two on the varsity squad. The 2017 team won the school’s first-ever state championship. In the spring, she plays AAU basketball. She has been on the track and field team for the past two years, throwing shot and discus.
Germanson, daughter of Don and Twila Germanson, Minnetonka Beach, intends to study computer science but has not yet decided where she will do so. She plans to join a wind ensemble and continue playing basketball – if not at the collegiate level, then at the club or intramural level.