Triple “A” winners at Pierz Healy High School

Ben Durheim and Nicolette Weber participated in the sub-section 18 Academics, Arts and Athletics Award (Triple “A”) program Jan. 22 at Holiday Inn in St. Cloud. The two Healy High School seniors were selected recently to represent the Pierz School District in the annual event sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League.

Established in 1988, the award goes to seniors who have maintained a “B” or better grade point average academically, and participate in athletic and fine arts activities. League officials will announce the four state winners March 22 in Minneapolis.

The daughter of Frank and Brenda Weber, Nicolette ranks first academically in her class at Healy High School. A natural leader, she serves as student council president and class officer. Activities this year include National Honor Society, German Club and Letter Club. Musically talented, she’s a member of pop band, concert band, the section 5 honor band and has received superior ratings on flute.

Athletically, she lettered in tennis, basketball and track. Other interests include drama club, Peer Helpers, SADD and volunteering as a leader for her church’s youth group. Her list of community involvement includes the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and daffodil drive.

At school, she is a student instructor for ENABL, an acronym for Education Now and Babies Later. She coordinated Operation Christmas Child and worked on the American Red Cross blood drive, Teens Supporting Teens, highway cleanup and collecting food for the local food shelf round out her volunteer commitments.

A recent Student of the Month, Ben Durheim maintains high scholastic standards as a member of the National Honor Society. The son of Kari and Mo Durheim is involved in Knowledge Bowl, Letter Club, Mock Trial, German Club and is a Peer Helper. Athletically, he is a letterman in cross country and track. Also a talented musician, he plays in pep, jazz and honor bands, including the Morris Jazz Festival.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys the martial arts. He holds a black belt in Taekwando and is a student of Hopkido. His leadership ability is apparent as a volunteer for his church’s youth group. Castaway trips and the Fall Challenge rank among his favorite youth leadership opportunities.

Upon graduation, Nicolette plans on attending the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph and is leaning toward psychology. Ben is going to St. John’s University in pre-med.

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