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Triple A is the ‘elite of the elite’

June 2, 2008

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Section 2AA Triple A winner Eric Dahlman commends DC for his successes

Eric Dahlman received one of the highest honors this year – the Section 2AA Triple A award.

The Triple A award is given by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to those who excel in the three areas of arts, academics, and athletics.

In his essay for the application, Dahlman referenced Joel Baker, who said, “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.”

Dahlman then wrote, “My involvement with the arts, athletics, and academic opportunities has influenced the way I have envisioned my future.

“I have learned that impact cannot come by simply participating in these activities, but one must put the lessons learned from them into action for changes to be made.”

Throughout his high school career, Dahlman has earned greater than a 3.5 GPA, and has participated in a number of activities and athletics including golf, basketball, football, speech, FFA, FLY (Future Lies in You) mentoring program, National Honor Society, choir, and band.

Dahlman’s favorite subject is history, and he has especially enjoyed learning about all the different wars.

“I want to be a high school history teacher because of it,” he said.

There are a lot of teachers Dahlman admires, too many to name them all, he said.

“My teachers have been extremely helpful to prepare me for my future after high school,” Dahlman said.

With such good examples at DC, Dahlman has decided to pursue a career in education.

“They’ve made a lasting impression. I want to do the same with the next generation of kids,” he said.

In his essay, Dahlman wrote that his vision is to “positively shape the lives of youth,” and to do that, he will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, majoring in secondary education with an emphasis on history.

His goal is to eventually become a head basketball coach.

Receiving the Triple A award has always been a goal for Dahlman beginning in ninth grade when he saw Andy Bohnsack winning the award on television.

Dahlman knew all that Bohnsack was involved in, many of which he was, too. This commonality helped his drive.

Now, one of his goals has been achieved by becoming the region winner.

This was such an accomplishment because it encompasses all areas. Dahlman recalled a speech given by Dave Stead, executive director for the MSHSL.

Stead told the award winners that someone is likely to be a better athlete or better in the classroom, but the Triple A is the “elite of the elite.”

Dahlman finished his essay by writing, “As I transition from my vision being a dream to reality, I will stand by the philosophy I have gained through my high school experiences that life is not just acquiring knowledge, but applying it without fear.”

Dahlman graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School with fond memories including one of his favorites, football under the lights on Friday nights with the community members watching.

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