Congratulations to Katelyn Siebert and Carson Dock on being chosen the 2019 Waconia High School MSHSL Triple “A” Award Winners! Katelyn and Carson are very deserving candidates and model on a daily basis what the Triple “A” Award is all about – Excellence in the classroom, Excellence in Athletics & Excellence in the Arts.
Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award (Triple “A”) is a unique recognition program sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award goes to high school seniors who have a “B” or better grade point average and who are active in fine arts and athletic activities. The purpose of this program is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in fine arts, as well as to elevate academic standards and create greater awareness of the value of high school activities.
WHS Triple “A” Award winner Katelyn Siebert, daughter of Kurt and Lisa Siebert, has been a leader in athletics, fine arts, academics and community service throughout her high school career. Athletically, Katelyn has been active in our Cross Country Running program and was also as a member of our Wildcat Track and Field team. Katelyn, a five-year varsity letter winner in Cross Country also enjoys competing in triathlons in the off season. WHS Fine Arts programs have benefitted greatly from Katelyn’s participation. In her 6th year as a contributing member of the Show Choir program, Katelyn served as a vocal section leader, leading rehearsals and providing assistance to her peers. Katelyn’s leadership skills shined through when she volunteered to organize and bring together a talented group of singers to form a caroling group that performed throughout our community during the holiday season. Katelyn is also a dedicated member of the WHS Marching Band program as a flute/piccolo player and served two years as the section leader. In addition, Katelyn has participated in numerous section solo/ensemble and large group competitions in both band and choir and earned Superior ratings and All State Choir honors.
Katelyn maintains an impressive 3.95 GPA while challenging herself by taking many AP courses and College in the School courses such as French, which she hopes will assist in her future employment options. Katelyn shared that her involvement in academics, athletics and the arts has taught her “to work hard, time management skills and good leadership qualities”. Mr. Pohland, Katelyn’s Music Teacher agrees, stating that, “Katelyn fully commits to every activity that she is involved in and her hard work ethic is vital to team morale and the attitude that she brings to all activities is what makes her so special”. Katelyn is planning on attending Luther College and double majoring in Music Education and French.
WHS Triple “A” Award winner, Carson Dock, son of Christine and Jayson Dock, has played a valuable role in a variety of athletic and fine arts programs while at Waconia High School. Athletically, Carson has earned varsity letters as a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams and the true competitor in him was evident as he set a personal record in the 5k of 18:00 minutes during his senior season, an improvement of over 12 minutes on his best time as a 9th grader! Carson is a four-year participant, letter winner and award winner in both Band and Choir. In addition to earning Excellent and Superior honors in section instrumental and vocal contests, Carson has earned a lead tenor saxophone position and soloist honors in the highly competitive Jazz I Band, for three years running. Carson’s solid resume of honors continues as a member of the Marching Band and Show Choir programs. In Marching Band, Carson earned the leadership role of serving as the Drum Major/Commander and Marching Captain. In Show Choir, he served as the Bass Vocal leader for Power Company his senior year and as a Dance Captain his 9th grader year. Leadership roles abound for Carson as a contributing member of a variety of school groups including Wind Ensemble Band, Chamber Choir, Pep Band, Peer Mentors, Student Council and National Honor Society.
Throughout high school, Carson has been on the “A” honor roll, maintained a 3.98 GPA and has earned four Academic Letters. Constantly challenging himself by taking numerous Advanced Placement and College in the Schools courses since the 10th grade, Carson’s high class rank is something to be proud of! Carson has also succeeded in American Mathematics Competitions and has achieved the Spotlight on Scholarship Gold Standard award all four years while a member of our Wildcat athletic program. Carson stated, “Through my intense involvement in the arts, athletics and academics I have learned to persevere. I have learned to never give up… to keep pushing until you achieve your goal.” WHS staff members concur, Carson’s unique ability to lead by example and serve as a dedicated member of our student body, is second to none. Carson is planning on attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and majoring in Computer Engineering while participating in Jazz Band and continuing to run as a member of their intramural cross country and track programs.
Congratulations and Best Wishes, Katelyn and Carson!