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Dahl, Barke are BEA’s Triple “A” recipients

By Staff | Jan 26, 2020

Blue Earth Area’s 2020 Triple A award winners Emma Dahl and Jack Barke lead very active lives. In addition to their studies, the two seniors stay busy by participating in a number of different groups and organizations both in and out of school. Both seniors say they are grateful for the education they have received at BEA.

They are two very busy young people who are involved in many activities and they have lofty goals for the future.

Emma Dahl and Jack Barke are this year’s recipients of the Triple “A” award from Blue Earth Area High School. The award recognizes students who excel in arts, academics and athletics.

Dahl and Barke were honored prior to the BEA boys basketball game against United South Central on Monday, Jan. 20. They now move on to sub-section competition.

Dahl is from Winnebago and is the daughter of Andy and Christina Dahl. Her mother works for Mayo Health Systems in Mankato and her father farms and owns a trucking firm. She has a younger brother, Noah.

“I was really surprised when I found out I received this award, ” Dahl says. “There were so many good candidates.”

One of the great things about BEA, according to Dahl, is the number of ways a student is able to get involved in extra curricular activities.

“I have been able to participate in so many things,” she comments. “I have been in softball, volleyball, FFA, Peer Helping, D.A.R.E, the Student Council, National Honor Society (NHS), band, pep band and I have worked with the Red Cross Blood Drive. I also attended Girls State last summer.”

And if those activities are not enough to keep her busy, she says there are other things which occupy her time.

“Homework keeps me very busy but I also make time to work out at a small gym in Winnebago,” Dahl explains. “I also love to dance and have been with Dancers Unlimited for a few years.”

Lifeguarding at the Winnebago swimming pool during the summer and taking care of, and training a new Golden Doodle puppy are additional ways she spends her time, she adds.

Dahl, a senior, has ambitious plans for the future.

“I plan on attending the Labovitz School of Business at the University of Minnesota-Duluth beginning this fall,” she comments. “I will be majoring in health care management and minoring in organizational management.”

She says she would love to be a health care administrator.

“My mom, because she works in the health care industry, has been a big influence on me and what I want to eventually do,” Dahl says. “I could see myself working in the metro area or Duluth someday.”

For now, she is staying focused on her high school classes and anxiously awaiting the spring sports season.

“I am very excited for the upcoming softball season,” Dahl shares. “There are a number of us softball players going to Austin on Sundays and playing in their dome. We improved a lot last year and we should be better again this year.”

Barke, the son of Bill and Alicia Barke, lives north of Fairmont.

“We moved there a couple of years ago so I drive, or ride with my mom, to school every day,” he says.

His mother is a math teacher at BEA High School. His father is a vice president and chief financial officer at First Bank Blue Earth. He has one younger brother, Nick.

Like Dahl, Barke participates in many activities in and out of school.

“I have been involved in Peer Helping, NHS, Business Professionals of America, 4-H, yearbook, Red Cross Blood Drive, D.A.R.E., Boys State, chamber singers, band, choir, pep band, a barbershop men’s group, honor choir, Student Council, football, basketball and tennis,” Barke shares. “I am also in a Safe Roads organization BEA participates in with United South Central.”

Outside of school, the senior shares he enjoys watching sports or Netflix. And if the weather permits, he loves to be on a lake or just enjoying the outdoors.

He adds he has appreciated his time at BEA.

“I have really enjoyed how the faculty is willing to help in the classes you need assistance in,” he states. “They are very supportive and work to help you know and understand the subject matter.”

Barke comments he will be attending the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management this fall and plans to major in accounting with a possible minor in computer science.

“I am still exploring and figuring out what I want to do,” he says. “But right now my plan would be to go to an accounting firm and become a Certified Public Accountant. After that I would like to work for a Fortune 500 company or the FBI.”

Barke mentions the classes which have had an impact on him at BEA.

“Accounting with Ms. Christian was something I really liked,” he comments. “I also liked the science classes with Mr. Schoenfelder, Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Franta and the math classes with my mom, Mr. Plocker and Ms. Mortenson.”

The two award winners also had some good things to say about their fellow schoolmates.

“The students who attend BEA bring a lot of energy to the school; it makes the school stand out,” Barke says.

“And since some of the classrooms have a mix of younger and older kids, there is an opportunity to get to know more of the students,” Dahl adds. “And I think the teachers deserve more credit; they inspire us and give us goals to shoot for.”

Perhaps Barke sums it up the best.

“The relationships we have made, both with other students and with teachers, have helped prepare us for the rest of our lives,” he concludes.