Kasson-Mantorville honors AAA award winners
Kasson-Mantorville High School Cade Spreiter and Malia Schubert as the 2019 Minnesota State High School League AAA award winners for the 2019-2020 school year.
The AAA award is awarded to student-athletes who excel in academics, arts, and athletics.
Academically, Spreiter said he takes some college-level classes, holds a 3.98 grade point average (GPA), and has been on the high honor roll in ninth through eleventh grade.
In athletics, he plays football, hockey, and track. He’s been a captain of the hockey team for his junior and senior season and a captain of the football team his senior season.
In terms of arts, he sings in the choir and is a member of the chamber singers.
He said the application for the award included an essay on how each ‘A’ has bettered him as a person as well as a personal essay.
Spreiter said his personal essay explained, “How sports have not only made me a better player, but they’ve also made me a better person. Then, I talked about some of my character traits and some of the experiences I’ve been through that have made me who I am today.”
He is who he is today thanks to the benefits of his involvement in all three A’s.
“I think they have taught me a lot of things about discipline, things that will translate later in life such as dealing with different kinds of people, and how to never give up or accept failure,” he said.
He hopes to be accepted into a military academy and has applied to West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy, but his favorite is West Point.
Meanwhile, Schubert has played on varsity for hockey and softball since her ninth grade year and has been involved in band, playing the clarinet, since fifth grade.
In hockey, she was an assistant captain last year and is now a captain. She explained that in softball they don’t have captains, but she is a leader on the team.
Academically, she holds approximately a 3.8 GPA and has been on high honors since ninth grade.
She said her involvement in the three A’s has taught her some valuable skills.
“It’s taught me leadership, especially in hockey, from learning from all of the older players. Also, time management skills with having to balance homework and hockey practice,” she said.
Schubert also mentioned that her hockey and softball coaches have been influential in helping her grow as a player and as a person.
“They taught me leadership and that you have to work for what you get,” she said.
She will continue her studies and her hockey career at Augsburg University next year.