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Orono High School students Jordan Case and Daniel Walker are this year’s recipients of the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award recognizes juniors who participate in league-sponsored fine arts and/or athletic activities, hold leadership positions in their school and volunteer in their community.
From all of the ExCEL winners throughout Minnesota, Case was also among the 36 finalists recognized at the state level. Each recipient will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the broadcasts of the 2018 winter tournaments.
Case is an “A” honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. She has been a member of the varsity basketball and varsity softball teams since her freshman year. The basketball team won its first state championship last year.
She is a member of the band, playing in the marching band and serving as an elected band leader. She is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Case has served as president for her class as a freshman and a sophomore, and continues to serve as a member of the Student Senate this year. She is chairing the prom committee and serving on the blood drive and service committees, as well as being a member of the Unified Club, Women in Leadership Club and Women in STEM Club.
She is very active in her church, Holy Name of Jesus in Plymouth, as a lector, with Feed My Starving Children and the charity Pay It Forward Fund.
Walker is also an “A” honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society who has played baseball, hockey and ran cross country. As a sophomore, he was named the cross country team’s most improved runner. As a freshman, he participated in choir.
He has served in the school’s Student Senate all three of his years at OHS, this year as class president. He is the student coordinator for the senate’s blood drive, and is also on the prom committee. Walker is also very involved in the school’s highly-honored Unified Club, serving as the vice chair of Unified Juniors this year and vice chair of the club.
In addition to serving in his school, Walker’s volunteer activities in the community include ushering at church and mentoring students.