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Academics, arts, athletics; two BEA?students have it all

By Staff | Feb 9, 2014

Some high school students could already have a resume longer than a few college graduates. Blue Earth Area seniors Calvin Sanders and Audrey McDonald would be the examples.

McDonald and Sanders were chosen as this year’s recipients of the Academics, Arts and Athletics award (Triple A).

To be eligible for the award, which is given by the Minnesota State High School League, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and participate in League-sponsored athletics and fine art activities. The Triple A recipients receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.

The two will head to Sub Section competition in February, trying to advance to Sections in March. There will only be one boy and one girl selected to advance to Sections out of the eight schools participating in Sub Sections.

McDonald is the daughter of John and Deb McDonald and is involved in many activities at BEA.

The senior holds a 4.0 grade point average and is undecided about her future plans.

“I know I want to major in engineering or business management,” she says. “But, I’m not sure where yet. My top two choices are University of Wisconsin-Madison and West Point in New York.”

McDonald has participated in volleyball and softball and also is the girls basketball stat keeper.

Her best memory was last year when the girls volleyball team went 9-1 and were the South Central Conference Champions. She was named All-Conference that same season.

She is also the president of National Honor Society (NHS) and made this year’s volleyball All-State Academics team.

McDonald found time to be part of band, choir, percussion ensemble, the Madrigals and the Buccanaires group the last two years.

The NHS president admits her senior year has gone by fast so far, but is really looking forward to college.

“I am anxious and excited about the new adventures in college; I will probably be doing a lot of intramural activities,” McDonald says. “I will certainly miss my friends and the amazing BEA teachers.”

Sanders is the son of Krista and Shane Dulac, and Joe and Crystal Sanders.

He will also leave an impressive track record with BEA.

The senior holds a 4.018 grade point average and will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in the fall.

“I am going to play football for Gustavus,” he explains. “I really don’t know what to expect from this new experience that is going to be coming up so quickly. All I know is that I’m excited.”

Sanders admits he’s tried it all when it comes to his time at BEA. He has participated in football, basketball, baseball and track.

He says last year’s State Title with the football team was his best team accomplishment.

“The experience was unreal,” Sanders says.

Sanders was also named to the All-State Academics football team, which was given to only 16 players who participated in the State Tournament.

The future ‘Golden Gustie’ has also been involved in choir, the Madrigals, the Golden Stripe glee club and the Green Giant acappella group for the last two years.

Sanders chose Gustavus Adolphus because he liked the small class sizes and it is pretty close to home and the Twin Cities.

“I also checked out the University of Minnesota to see the differences between a smaller school and a bigger one,” he says. “It’s hard to say what I will miss most, but it would have to be all my teammates. We are like a family.”

Buccaneer football coach Randy Kuechenmeister has nothing but good things to say about Sanders.

“Calvin is a hard worker who puts the team above himself. He battled injuries in football throughout the season, but still made solid contributions to our team. He is quick and a good cornerback,” Kuechenmeister says. “He handles himself well in the classroom and is an asset to our school. Basically, he does what is expected of him and represents our program and the school in a very positive way.”