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WDC students selected as Academics, Arts and Athletics Award nominees

Dane Hoffman and Mary McGrane were selected to represent Region 6A for Triple "A" Award.

Mary McGrane and Dane Hoffman, Wadena-Deer Creek High School seniors, have been selected to represent Region 6A in the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award program.

Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award -- or what's referred to as the Triple "A" Award -- is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award goes to high school seniors who have a B or better grade-point average and who participate in high school league-sponsored athletic and fine-arts activities.

During their high school careers, both McGrane and Hoffman have been successful in academics and athletics.

McGrane has been involved in National Honor Society, peer mentor program, band, choir, cross country and dance line. She's also active in her church and volunteers at the local blood mobile. McGrane plans to attend St. Catherine University, Minneapolis/St. Paul, where she will study culinary arts. McGrane is the daughter of Cary and Renita McGrane of Bluffton.

WDC science teacher Craig Klawitter wrote a letter of recommendation for McGrane's nomination. In the letter, he wrote: "Mary is an exceptional worker, doing extremely well in all aspects of school. Mary's leadership in the classroom, in athletics, organizations and music is an awesome contribution to our school. Her No. 1 class ranking is a testament to her dedicated attitude. Mary McGrane is, without a doubt, one of the finest students I have had the pleasure to work with in my 32-year career."

Hoffman has been involved in National Honor Society, peer mentor program, Big Buddy, FFA, track, basketball and football. He's also active in his 4-H Club and church. Hoffman plans to attend North Dakota State University, Fargo, where he will major in food science. Hoffman is the son of Dan and Julie Hoffman of New York Mills.

In his letter of recommendation for Hoffman, WDC agricultural education teacher/FFA advisor Richard Muckala writes about Dane's success as a student and as a member of FFA: "It has been my pleasure to have Dane as a student and FFA member since he was in the seventh grade. He is an excellent student. ... He has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills through activities in the FFA. Dane shows maturity beyond his years and is very enjoyable to work with. It is a privilege for me to be called his teacher and FFA advisor. Dane has earned all the honors that have come his way and I know he will succeed in any endeavor he tries."

Triple A Award recipients are selected by a multi-level process involving the League's member schools and administrative regions. League officials will announce the four award recipients from both Class A and Class AA at an on-court recognition ceremony held in March. Each award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.