Osakis senior Taylor Kraemer joined a select group of students this year by being named the state Class A female recipient of the Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHSL) Academics, Arts and Athletics Award.
Kraemer was honored with the award during a ceremony at the boys’ state basketball tournament on March 15 at the Target Center. In winning, she became the third student from Osakis to earn the honor in the 26-year history of the award. Previous winners included Jill Temple in 1993 and Lisa Hilde in 2007.
“She’s very deserving,” Osakis athletic director Brad Hoffarth said. “Very committed to her school and community, and she has accomplished a lot over her high school career. It’s always a surprise once you advance because you find there are many very qualified student athletes out there.”
Each school can nominate one senior male and female student who stands out in the athletic, arts and academic fields and send their applications on to a region subsection committee. Kraemer advanced out of the 6A Subsection and then was chosen as the female recipient from Region 6A.
That sent her on to the state competition, where she was chosen amongst a field of eight regional winners on March 15.
“It’s very humbling,” Hoffarth said of having a student from Osakis win the statewide award. “I came to the banquet with her and listened to the accomplishments of all the students who were still in the running and any one was very deserving. I can only imagine how difficult it was for the selection committee to come up with just one male and one female from each class.”
Kraemer has a 3.97 GPA in the classroom and is active in tennis and track, while also being a member of band, choir and visual arts. She anchored the Silverstreaks’ tennis team from the first singles spot for three straight seasons. Kraemer also made the Class A individual state tournament all three of those years, while helping Osakis to the team tournament all three years.
The MSHSL established the AAA Award in 1988 as a way to honor students who prove to be well-versed in all three of the core areas of athletics, arts and academics.
“She’s always displayed those characteristics,” Hoffarth said. “She’s a student that’s sort of under the radar. She’s not a vocal leader, but she leads by example.”
For winning the award, Kraemer will receive a four-year, $1,000 scholarship from the MSHSL. Dillon John of Adrian was the male recipient of the Class A award. The Class AA female winner was Shaelyn Sorensen of Tartan, while William Dudley of Worthington was the male Class AA award winner.