By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN On the court, in a concert, or at class, Rachel Heuer is equally at ease.
A senior at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, Heuer was recently selected as a Triple “A” region 5A subsection award winner for her achievements in academics, athletics, and the arts.
“I was really surprised,” said Heuer, the daughter of Richard and Sarah Heuer. “There were a lot of good candidates.”
The process began when Holy Trinity nominated one boy (Joe Otto) and one girl (Heuer) to represent at the region 5A subsection competition Jan. 16.
In addition to Holy Trinity, one male and one female representative from each of the following schools also participated: Annandale, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Lester Prairie, Maple Lake, Mayer Lutheran, New Century Academy, PACT Charter, Rockford, Spectrum (in Elk River), and Watertown-Mayer.
From those students, Heuer and Rockford High School senior Karsten Poulsen were chosen to advance to the Region 5 competition Jan. 30.
Although neither of them will continue to the state level, the opportunity to be a Triple “A” winner in subsections is a prestigious honor.
According to the Minnesota State High School League, the ideal Triple “A” student has achieved academic excellence, in addition to participating in athletics and a fine arts activity.
With a long list of extracurriculars basketball, volleyball, softball, student council, and National Honor Society Heuer was a natural choice. She also plays trumpet and piano, and takes advanced biology and calculus.
“I like science and math classes,” Heuer said, explaining that she plans to study biology at the University of Minnesota next fall.
Someday, she hopes to become a doctor.
“I’ve always looked up to my mom, and I like helping others,” Heuer said.
Heuer’s mother is a dentist in Lester Prairie, and her father operates a farm west of town. Her siblings include 25-year-old Alexandra, 22-year-old Peter, 19-year-old Celeste, Sophie (seventh grade), and Paul (third grade).
During the Triple “A” competition, part of Heuer’s speech addressed how extracurricular activities have enhanced her high school career.
Time management (learning to balance homework and sports) is one benefit Heuer mentioned.
“You learn to get everything done,” she said. “Usually weekends are my busiest time.”
Heuer’s involvement in sports and activities have enabled her to make new friends and gain interpersonal skills. As captain of all three of her sports, Heuer also enjoys learning to lead effectively.
The Triple “A” award is sponsored by AAA, a company known primarily for emergency roadside assistance, maps, and travel publications.
To learn more about the award, go to click here.