It was hard. It was challenging. At times, it was extremely frustrating. Yet, it was incredibly rewarding.
Marin Keller wouldn’t have it any other way.
Keller, a three-sport athlete, a star student and a key member of the symphonic band at Winona Senior High School was recently named the Triple A Winner for Region 1AA.
Only 32 students in the state of Minnesota — 16 boys and 16 girls — are named a region winner. The Triple A award recognizes and honors Minnesota high school students who shine in academics, arts and athletics.
“Being a three-sport athlete that is in multiple advanced classes along with being the leader of the percussion section in the symphonic band is not easy,” Keller wrote in her application. “But no matter how hard it has been, I have never regretted taking on so many different activities. Being involved in so much has led to my life never being dull.
“I am not excited for the day where I am no longer involved in all of these activities that have been part of my life since fifth grade.”
It will be a few more years before that happens. Keller has signed to play collegiate golf at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D. The rigorous academics won’t stop either; Keller plans to major in Civil Engineering.
“Taking honors and AP classes all throughout high school has developed me into an organized and hardworking student,” Keller said.
Keller has been on the varsity golf team since she was in seventh grade and a captain each year since ninth grade. She qualified for the state meet as a junior. In basketball, Keller has been a four-year varsity member and was an all-conference selection and a captain last year. Keller also played two years of varsity volleyball.
“Athletics has brought me to some of my best friends and I genuinely do not know where I would be if I had not met those people,” Keller said. “My entire life has revolved around athletics, and I am super excited to continue that aspect of my life into college playing golf.”
The statewide Triple A winners will be announced in March.
Keller was one of two school winners recognized by Winona Senior High School. The other is Faith Quinn, Keller’s teammate on the basketball team and one of the key players and leaders on the two-time state-qualifying soccer team.
Quinn is also active in band and excels in the classroom. Balancing all three was not easy, but Quinn wouldn’t have it any other way.
“They have all shaped me into the confident person I am today,” Quinn said. “I am so proud to see how much I have grown to care for everyone else around me.
“I will never be able to repay Winona Senior High School for giving me the chance to be something bigger than myself. It gives me great pride to proudly represent my school and community in everything I do.”