Honor recognizes excellence in arts, academics, athletics

Photo by Chad Koenen
Nathan Johannsen and Annika Reierson were named as the Frazee High School AAA Award winners. The award recognizes excellence in arts, academics and athletics.

By Chad Koenen


Annika Reierson and Nathan Johannsen were recently honored for their work not only on the athletic field, but in the classroom and community as well. 

Reierson is the daughter of Jason and Andrea Reierson of Frazee. She is involved in basketball, softball, volleyball, knowledge bowl, Minnesota Honor Society, student council, FSADMM and band. 

The Frazee High School senior said she was honored to be selected as the school AAA award winner.

Johannsen is the son of Sommer and Jeff Johannsen of Frazee. He is involved in cross country, basketball, track and NHS. 

“I felt honored that  I was selected,” said Johannsen. 

Next year Johannsen is planning to attend the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he wants to run track and field. 

Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, the AAA award honors high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in fine arts. Students who are nominated must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better, participate in MSHSL sponsored fine arts and athletic activities, and comply with the MSHSL’s Student Code of Conduct.

The AAA Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves MSHSL member schools, the league’s administrative regions, and a special committee of educators, business leaders, and members from the fine arts and athletic communities. 

The top two AAA Award candidates from each region will be recognized later this year. League officials will announce two state AAA Award recipients—one girl and one boy from both Class A and Class AA schools—and will honor all 32 finalists during an on-court ceremony during the Class AA championship game of the boys basketball state tournament in March. Each state award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.