WDC juniors nominated for ExCEL Award
Wadena-Deer Creek High School has nominated Kendra Evans and Wyatt Fitzsimmons for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award.
ExCEL is a unique recognition program designed just for Minnesota high school juniors. Students who are active in fine arts and/or athletic activities, who show leadership qualities and who are model citizens in their community are eligible.
The ExCEL Award program, now in its nineteenth year, is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. Award winners will be announced on the League’s website on Feb. 2. Award recipients will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the winter state tournaments.
Kendra is the daughter of David and Melissa Evans. She is involved in volleyball, basketball and softball. In fine arts, Kendra participates in concert band, jazz band, pep band, marching band, choir and the Wadena Area Community Band. She is an “A” honor roll student and a member of the Knowledge Bowl team. Kendra is also active on the Homecoming Committee and Yearbook staff. She is a National Honor Society member where she is involved in community service for WDC’s Day of Caring, blood drives and the Halloween Extravaganza. Outside of school, Kendra volunteers at her church as a vacation bible school leader, is a 4-H ambassador and serves as a youth volleyball referee.
Lisa Weniger, WDC Band Director, shared the following in her nomination letter about Kendra:
“I have found Kendra to be a very dedicated individual in every aspect of her everyday life. She is a student that not only excels academically but excels in other activities as well. Kendra has a very likeable and outgoing personality. Without any reservations, I am very confident that Kendra is an excellent candidate for the ExCEL Award.”
Wyatt is the son of Jay and Deb Fitzsimmons. He is active in football, basketball and baseball. In fine arts, Wyatt participates in concert band, as well as in pep band, jazz band and marching band and has been a member of the Fall Play. Wyatt is on the “A” honor roll and a National Honor Society member. As a student leader, he is involved in peer tutoring. Outside the classroom, Wyatt is active in his church youth group, as an Eagle Scout, volunteers in the Adopt-A-Highway program, the WDC Football Food Drive, as a youth basketball coach and gives of his time at the Thanksgiving Community Meal each year.
Jason Mielke, WDC third-grade teacher/head boys’ basketball coach, wrote the following in his nomination letter about Wyatt:
“I have had the pleasure of watching Wyatt grow as a student, athlete and young man. Wyatt has always gone above and beyond what was asked of him in each and every endeavor. He leads by example and through his actions and words is a positive role model to students of all ages. Above all, Wyatt is extremely focused, he is good spirited, light hearted and just a joy to be around.”