Seniors Emma Reineke and Jacob Partington will represent Alexandria Area High School in the AAA (Academics, Arts and Athletics) program in Section 8AA competition.

AAA winners participate in Minnesota State High School League athletic programs and fine arts activities, and carry a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

“The Triple A Award is one of the most coveted awards presented to students in Minnesota,” said Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League.

Emma, daughter of Mark and Amy Reineke, carries a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 out of 36 on her ACT exam. Emma is a member of National Honor Society and is an AAHS Ambassador. A three-sport athlete, she has participated in soccer, Nordic Ski, and track and field, and has served as Nordic Ski team captain and soccer team captain. She was named All Conference in Nordic Ski and soccer.

She is an “A” honor roll student, a Spotlight on Scholarship Athlete, and a Central Lakes Conference Scholar Athlete. Emma plays the violin and piano in the AAHS orchestra program and Rainbow Strings, and has been an orchestra section leader for four years. She received a superior rating for her performances in the Section 8AA orchestra contest for two years and has been named an All Central Lakes Conference musician.

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The son of Tom and Jill Partington, Jacob is a three-sport athlete, playing soccer, tennis and hockey. Jacob was named captain of the boys’ hockey team this year, and captain of both the soccer and tennis teams in both his junior and senior years. He was named a Central Lakes Conference All Conference athlete in tennis. Jacob is a Spotlight on Scholarship Athlete, a Central Lakes Conference Scholar Athlete, and is an “A” honor roll student at AAHS. Jacob carries a 3.96 GPA while carrying a rigorous schedule at AAHS where he has taken eight college classes and Advanced Placement classes.

Emma and Jacob advance to the section competition; section winners will advance to the state competition.

League officials will announce the four award recipients (a girl and a boy from both a Class "A" and Class "AA" school) at an on-court recognition ceremony held during the Boys Basketball State Tournament in March. Each award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.