Stroh’s Triple ‘A’ award an individual, community effort [UPDATED]Published 10:43am Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Updated 10:51am Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Call him a stand out, a jack of all trades or prodigy, but know one thing: It’s been four years of hard work for Underwood student Steffan Stroh.
Stroh was awarded the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple “A” Award in March for excellence in academics, athletics and art. While the award came as a surprise to Stroh and his family, the number of Underwood students who have received the award in the past had always made it seem like something he could achieve.
“There have been a lot of kids who have won it here, so seeing that I always knew it was obtainable,” said Stroh. “I always had the mindset that there was a possibility, so until I found out I was hoping for the best but prepared for the worst.”
The evaluation for the award grants students points for their GPA and each high school activity they participate in. Stroh’s resume is certainly full, including football, basketball, track, one act play, band, choir and knowledge bowl. Stroh is also a PSEO student, an Eagle Scout and has performed in the Prairie Fire Theatre since he was young. To top it all off, Stroh is an avid wakeboarder, hunter, fisherman and self-proclaimed computer geek.
Despite balancing the weight of such a busy schedule on his shoulders, Stroh humbly credits the work of his family and teachers for laying the groundwork of his success.
“You certainly can’t do all of it on your own,” said Stroh. “That’s the beauty of going to a small school. Coaches, teachers and directors help make sure student schedules are open and work together.”
The Underwood School District has had success as of late with its multi-focused students, with several students winning the Triple “A” Award in the last 10 years. Principal John Hamann said that allowing students to participate in any number of activities is a priority for the district.
“Our focus is always to have students involved in as many activities as they can be, both in and out of the classroom,” said Hamann. “Supporting these students is a responsibility our school takes very seriously.”
But for Hamann, the success of each student always comes down to the effort they put forward, and Stroh is no exception tothat rule.
“Because of the beliefs he has, the work ethic, family and values he’s been taught, Steffan is going to be successful at whatever he wants to do five to seven years from now,” said Hamann. “He is going to be a leader in whatever community he ends up in.”
For Stroh, the future will start in Fargo, where he will attend North Dakota State University and participate as a thrower on the track team. Stroh plans to major in Biology and is considering graduate school. Whatever he decides in the future, his time at Underwood and his experience winning the Triple “A” Award has prepared him for success.
“It’s not really the award, just everything that I’ve done that’s gone into the award,” said Stroh. “Being in so many activities, you learn some real life lessons and all of it goes into preparing for the real world.”