Alicia Zhang and Michael Virgin named Triple “A” award winners

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 08:08

Alicia Zhang and Michael Virginwere recently selected to represent East Ridge High School in the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award program for Region 3AA. Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts and Athletics (Triple "A") Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award is given to high school seniors who have a “B” or better grade point average (GPA) and who participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.

Alicia Zhang is a National AP Scholar who participates in orchestra, speech, debate and varsity tennis. As a sophomore, she founded the International Public Policy Forum debate team; winning second place out of hundreds of teams from 29 countries. She enjoys a variety of sciences classes, including computer science where she is a state winner of the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s Aspiration in Computing award. Alicia has a 4.4 GPA and will attend Harvard College where she will study Environmental Science and Public Policy this fall.

Michael plays the trumpet in the wind ensemble in addition to participating in football, varsity cross county and varsity basketball. He is heavily involved in the arts and Student Council. His teachers say he is very engaging, enthusiastic and a natural leader which his peers respond well to and respect. Michael has a 4.07 GPA and plans to attend the U of M - Twin Cities where he will study marketing.

Triple "A" Award recipients are selected by a multi-level process involving the League's member schools and administrative regions. MSHSL officials will announce the four award recipients (a girl and a boy from both a Class "A" and Class "AA" school) at an on-court recognition ceremony held in March. Each award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.