Redwood Valley High School is pleased to announce the 2017-18 ExCEL Award winners. They are Lauren Karnitz and Deon Estebo.

The ExCEL award – excellence in community, education and leadership – is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community.

Estebo has been involved in cross country, track and field, robotics, one act, band, jazz band, student council (vice president) and NHS.

He has been on the A honor roll all semesters in high school.

Estebo volunteers at church, Boy Scouts, Celebrate Redwood Falls and in various roles at school.

Karnitz is involved in cross country, track and field, hockey statistics, musical (pit band), robotics, student council, NHS, band, jazz band, drumline, honor band and dance.

She has been on the A honor roll all semesters of her high school career.

She volunteers with Meals on Wheels, Ruby’s Pantry, Big Buddies, church, shoe drive, NHS events, Celebrate Redwood Falls, Adopt a Highway, Urban Plunge and a weekend backpack helper.

She has competed at the state cross country meet three times.

Karnitz was also selected as one of 36 ExCEL award winners in the state and will be honored during a state girls basketball game.