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Jefferson High School nominates students for ExCEL Award

Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria has nominated Bria Schueler and Max Jacobson for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Award.

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Bria Schueler, award nomineeMax Jacobson, award nomineeExCEL is a recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors. Students who are active in fine arts and/or athletic activities, who show leadership qualities and who are model citizens in their community are eligible.

Award recipients will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the winter tournaments.

Schueler is the daughter of Rick and Melissa Schueler. She is involved in tennis, gymnastics and softball. She is captain of the gymnastics team and will serve as captain of the tennis team next year. Her teammates voted her Hardest Worker and Most Positive player.

Fine arts involvement includes marching band, pep band and concert band, where she received a superior rating in her snare drum solo and as a member of the percussion ensemble last year.

Schueler is an “A” honor roll member and a Spotlight on Scholarship athlete. She is active in community service at school through WE ACT, and she chaired the communications for the JHS Service Learning Class Senior Citizen Dance held recently.

Outside of the school day, Schueler volunteers at her church as a Sunday school teacher and took part in a Mission trip to Chicago, Illinois, this past summer.

Chad Duwenhoegger, JHS principal, shared the following remarks about her: “Bria is an outstanding leader who has a tremendous work ethic, a contagious positive attitude, and an ability to motivate all those around her. Her involvement and service to the community and school are always with a positive attitude and without reserve.”

Jacobson is the son of Tom and Joni Jacobson. He is active in tennis and swimming. He participated in the state swim tournament last year.

Fine arts involvement includes orchestra, jazz band and rainbow strings. Jacobson is an “A” honor roll member, a Spotlight on Scholarship athlete, a member of the Student Council, and served on the new high school advisory committee.

Outside of the school day, Jacobson is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, his church and Alexandria Fire Fighter Explorers.

Chad Duwenhoegger, JHS principal, had this to say: “Max is a humble and respectful leader who encourages others and brings intensity and determination to be the best on a consistent basis. Max is highly respected by his peers and is a great role model for individuals of all ages.”

The ExCEL Award program, now in its 18th year, is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. For more information about the program, contact the league at (763) 560-2262 or