By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN As a three-sport athlete, a musician, and an honor student, Holy Trinity High School senior Shannon Nix is considered an “ideal” Triple “A” student.
Nix, the daughter of Tim and Ann Nix, was recently selected for the region 5A level of this award, which recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.
Nix and fellow senior Joey Neumann were both nominated for the award at the local level.
They participated in a competition in Maple Lake in January, and Nix was chosen to advance.
“I was shocked,” Nix said. “They were all very good candidates.”
A student from Holy Trinity (Rachel Heuer) also received this honor in 2013.
“Rachel is one of my best friends,” Nix said, adding that they often joke about how alike they are.
Nix has been playing varsity softball since eighth grade, and both girls were on the same team for many years.
Next year, Nix plans to play softball for a D2 college team.
She hasn’t finalized her school yet, but knows she will be majoring in business.
“I’d like to do event planning,” she said.
Currently, her favorite classes at Holy Trinity are psychology, accounting, and religion.
Nix has been able to maintain a high GPA while participating in several activities, and working about 28 hours per week at her family’s dairy farm in Plato.
For her Triple “A” speech, Nix focused on two aspects of her life farming, and her 14-year-old brother, Andrew, who has a disability.
“Farming has taught me so much about time management and working hard,” she said. “Things don’t always come easily.”
Nix’s other siblings include Joe (a 2006 Holy Trinity graduate), and Elizabeth (a 2009 Holy Trinity graduate).
Triple “A” nominee Joey Neumann, son of Joe and Melissa Neumann, is also a high achiever at Holy Trinity High School.
“Right now, I’m going to Ridgewater [College] for generals,” he said. “Next year, I plan to go to [the University of Minnesota Duluth] UMD for marketing analytics.”
Neumann is also involved in football, band (trumpet), baseball, and managing boys’ basketball. He also works about 20 hours per week at Subway to earn money for college.
Neumann admits that balancing all these activities is sometimes a challenge.
“During the football season, it was very difficult,” he said. “Now, it’s simmered down a little, but I’m sure once baseball starts, it’ll be really busy again.”
When Neumann gave his speech in Maple Lake, he spoke about how being captain of the football team is a time-consuming, but worthwhile endeavor. He also spoke about his experience attending college post-secondary, maintaining good grades, and working part time.
The Triple “A” award is sponsored by AAA, a company known primarily for emergency roadside assistance, maps, and travel publications.
To learn more about the award, go to the Minnesota State High School League website.