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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Ellingworth earns Triple 'A' Award nomination

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  • To say Katie Ellingworth has made the most of her high school career would be an understatement.
    The talented senior – daughter of Rick and Jan Ellingworth – was recently selected to represent Region 3A in the Academics, Arts and Athletics (or Triple?“A”) Award Program.
    Established in 1988, the Triple “A” Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High?School League.  Nominees must be a high school senior with at least a “B” or better grade point average who participate in league-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.
    Ellingworth has put together an eye-opening high school resume.
    In athletics, she has been a member of the Cardinal tennis, basketball, track and dance teams.
    She was the number one singles player in tennis this fall and has earned past All-SWC honors.
    One year ago she was a member of the girls 4x400 relay team that advanced to the state track meet and is a multi All-SWC winner.
    “I think I get a lot of my competitive drive athletically from my family,”?she said. “I really looked up to my brothers growing up, and I always wanted to do my best.”
    The youngest of three siblings, Ellingworth’s  older brothers Tommy and Eric were both three sport standouts in football, basketball and track, and both would go on to play football at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.
    Fine arts is probably where Elling-worth has shined the most– participating in band, choir, speech and as a cast member in the school’s musical.
    She’s earned numerous distinctions in choir including a ‘superior’ rating at MSHSL solo and ensemble contests.
    As a junior she received the best of site participant award at the solo and ensemble event, and this year was a member of the prestigious Dorian Select Choir at Luther College.
    “I honestly didn’t know when I was younger that I was going to like singing so much,” she said. “I really enjoy it.”
    Ellingworth – an honor student and member of the National Honor Society at Redwood Valley – hopes to pursue a business related degree at either the University of Minnesota or Augustana in the fall and is going to continue to develop her music skills.
    “I really want to encourage kids to get out and try everything you can,” she said. “I’ve always had the mind set to try a little bit of everything and I think that’s paid off in the end.”
    League officials are going to announce the four state award winners (two each from Class ‘A’ and ‘AA’) at a banquet and an on court recognition ceremony held at the state boys basketball tournament Saturday. 
    The award winners all receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.
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