St. Anthony Village High School Announces ExCEL Award Winners
Annually, each Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) member school is invited to honor one junior girl and one junior boy with a nomination for the ExCEL Award, an award given for a student’s Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership. This recognition program is designed to commend high school juniors who are not only active in activities at their school, but show impressive leadership qualities in all they do. To be considered for such an award, students must be involved in a MSHSL fine art and/or athletic activity, hold some sort of leadership position in their school, and work voluntarily in their community. This year, St. Anthony Village High School is proud to award the talented and highly regarded juniors Mary-Clare Couillard and McDaniel Foley with ExCEL nominations.
Mary-Clare Couillard is a three sport athlete at SAVHS, participating in volleyball, basketball, and softball at the varsity level. During her freshman and sophomore years, she received an All-Conference award for softball, and tacked on an All-Conference Honorable Mention award for volleyball. Not only does she illustrate leadership on the court, Mary-Clare also organizes events in her school as a student council officer and as a member of the National Honor Society (NHS). Along with the volunteer work she is committed to in NHS, she volunteers at a basketball camp her father runs for younger kids. Mary-Clare is dedicated to everything she does and refuses to let a busy schedule affect her grades, earning straight A’s in all her classes.
McDaniel Foley, like Mary-Clare, is also a three sport athlete who runs varsity cross country in the fall, plays for the JV and varsity basketball teams in the winter, and leads the Huskies golf team as a captain, a title he has held since his sophomore year. He is involved in St. Anthony’s drama department, performing in multiple plays and musicals, and also played in symphonic band his freshman year. If that does not make him busy enough, Mac is also a member of the National Honor Society and shows leadership through volunteering. Since 7th grade he has volunteered as an instructor for First Tee, a program organized to teach underprivileged kids how to golf, along with other life skills. While leading in his school and community, Mac has upheld a spot on the A honor roll in addition to being active in a variety of co-curriculars.
Congratulations to Mac and Mary-Clare!