Kiera Olson, at right, is the Region 1A Academics, Arts and Athletics (AAA) Award winner. Her brother, Casey, at left, was also selected as the local Fillmore Central winner.
Kiera Olson, at right, is the Region 1A Academics, Arts and Athletics (AAA) Award winner. Her brother, Casey, at left, was also selected as the local Fillmore Central winner.
Kiera Olson of Fillmore Central High School and Bryant Gernes of Winona Cotter High School have been named the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award (AAA) winners for Region One A for 2017.

Olson is a senior at Fillmore Central and is involved in band, choir, one-act play, speech, visual arts, cross-country, track and field and the National Honor Society. She also participated in basketball as a sophomore and junior.

Olson plans to attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, major in chemical engineering and participate in cross-country, track and field, and theater.

Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award (AAA) is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award goes to high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher grade point average who participate in MSHSL sponsored athletic programs, and fine arts activities such as theater, speech, music and debate.

Olson and Gernes were selected by their individual high schools and then were selected to represent their sub-regions and then Region One A. They will receive their awards at the section girls basketball finals at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Friday, March 10.

Both students will be invited to the Triple A Banquet in Minneapolis Saturday, March 25, where MSHSL officials will announce the state award winners and present the Triple A awards.

Award recipients – a girl and a boy from both a Class A and Class AA school — will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship. Following the banquet, all of the award nominees will take part in an on-court awards ceremony at the state boys basketball finals at the Target Center.