By Jen Bakken
DELANO, MN Delano High School senior Sarah Bingea was one of four Minnesota high school students honored during ceremonies at the boys’ state basketball tournament March 28, with the Minnesota State High School League Academics, Arts and Athletics Award.
Bingea’s resume includes excelling in the classroom, participating in band and choir, playing basketball, volleyball and softball, as well as being involved with her church youth group and mission trips.
She is planning to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the fall and hopes to become an elementary teacher.
Her parents, John and Wanda Bingea, are obviously proud of what a caring and hard-working individual their daughter has become.
“We could not ask for a better daughter than Sarah,” said John Bingea, a teacher at Delano Middle School. “She has always had high expectations for herself, whether it is academics, music, or athletics.”
When they attended the banquet, the 1AA and 2AA Regional Triple ‘A’ Award winners were announced, they felt it was an honor for their daughter to be included in a group of talented students.
While giving her acceptance speech, Bingea thanked her teachers and coaches for their support.
“It is amazing that I am receiving this award,” she said, “for doing something that I love.”
Her parents were suprised and proud when they announced Sarah as the State Triple ‘A’ Award winner for Region 2AA.
“We feel fortunate,” said Wanda Bingea. “That our children were able to attend a school district which allows and encourages students to be involved in numerous activities.”
Established in 1988, the award, popularly known as the Triple ‘A’ Award, recognizes and rewards high school seniors from across the state for their achievements in academics, arts, and athletics.
To qualify for the award, students must have a ‘B’ or better grade point average and participate in league-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.
League member schools are invited to nominate two students, one male and one female, for the award.
Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process involving the league’s administrative regions and a committee of athletic, fine arts, and educational leaders.
Bingea and the other three winners will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota State High School League.
“The Triple ‘A’ Award is one of the most coveted awards presented to students in Minnesota,” said Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League. “Since its inception in 1988, nearly 10,000 students have represented their school in the Triple ‘A’ program.”
Fairview Health Services, Institute for Athletic Medicine and Minnesota Sports Medicine sponsor the Triple ‘A’ program, which is now in its 21st year.
For more information about the program, contact the league office at (763) 560-2262.