Saint Peter High School seniors Signe Alger and Isaac Peterson were recently announced as the school’s 2019 Triple A (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Award winners. Peterson was also recently named as the Sub-Section 8 Triple A Award winner.
“Signe and Isaac are great representatives of St. Peter High School,” SPHS Activities Director Jordan Paula said. “Signe has had an accomplished athletics career, but more importantly had success in the classroom. Being involved in multiple activities throughout one's high school career takes discipline, time management, and continual effort. She'll continue to do great things in the future!
“Isaac has shown consistently you can do it all. Unfortunately there's a cultural perception that if you're in the arts, you can't do athletics or vice versa. We want our students to be well-rounded individuals and to be able to follow their passions and Isaac is a picture of that.”
Established in 1988, the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple A Award is sponsored by AAA-Minnesota and Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care. The award goes to high school seniors who have a “B” or better grade point average (GPA) and participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities. Triple "A" Award recipients are selected by a multi-level process involving the League's member schools and administrative regions.
St. Peter High School’s Triple A winners for last five years includes:
2019 - Signe Alger & Isaac Peterson
2018 - Jordan Keeley & Rafat Solaiman
2017 - Kelli Hanson & Eric Carlson
2016 - Ella Wiebusch & John Walker
2015 - Marta Springer & Brett Zallek
The following are brief profiles of this year’s Triple A Award winners:
The daughter of Chelsea and Steve Alger, Signe carries a 3.8 grade point average (GPA) and has taken a rigorous course load during her time at SPHS, including Advanced Placement (AP) and College in School classes.
“The Triple A award is an honor to receive because I know that there are so many qualified applicants,” Alger said. “I feel fortunate to have had great coaches, teachers and my parents who have encouraged me to participate in many different high school activities.
During her time at SPHS, Alger has been member of the SPHS band (grades 9-12) earning superior ratings in solo/ensemble contests her 10th & 11th grade years. She also is now participating in choir during her senior year.
Athletically, she is a multi-letter winning student-athlete in swimming (grades 7-12), girls basketball (grades 11-12), and track and field (grades 8, 9, and 11). She competed this past season in the Minnesota State Swimming & Diving Meet in Minneapolis in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay.
Alger is undecided on where she will attend college, but she plans to major in physical therapy and swim competitively at the collegiate level.
The son of Kari and Paul Peterson, Isaac carries a 4.103 weighted GPA and has worked hard academically during his time at SPHS through a challenging course load. He also has taken Advanced Placement (AP) and College in School courses during that time.
“Winning the Triple A award is a tremendous honor,” Peterson said. “I am so thankful to have the opportunity to represent the school that has given me so many opportunities. I’ve had the chance to do so many different things during my high school experience and I’m really appreciative.”
Peterson is very active in the SPHS fine arts program having participated in band and choir in grades 9-12, as well as speech (grades 9-12) and one act play (grade 12). He has earned superior ratings in at solo/ensemble contests for both choir and band, and he has been a two-time state participant in speech.
Athletically, Peterson has been a member of the Saints’ varsity teams in football (grades 10-12) basketball (grade 11) and baseball (grades 10-12).
His future plans include attending Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.). He is undecided on his field of study but is thinking of majoring in elementary education or something in the social sciences.