Glynn, Lage win ExCEL Award at WHS

Waconia High School is proud to announce that juniors Madelynn Lage and Nathan Glynn are the schools’ 2014 ExCEL Award candidates.
The Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL) award is a program designed for high school juniors that aims to recognize those who are active in athletics or fine arts, demonstrate strong leadership qualities, and are model citizens.
To be eligible, students must be making at least satisfactory progress towards graduation, participate in an MSHSL-sponsored fine art or athletic activity, hold a leadership position within the school, volunteer in the community, and meet standard MSHSL eligibility requirements.
“Madelynn and Nathan have met and exceeded these qualifications and will be outstanding candidates/representatives for Waconia High School at the state level,” WHS officials announced in a press release.
Lage is a member of the varsity volleyball team and has lettered twice, as well as received two team and individual academic awards. She was also a member of the 2012 WCC championship team.
Lage is a talented musician at WHS, participating in the Marching Band, Varsity Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Pep Band. She was named section leader as a sophomore and has lettered twice. Active in the Student Council and treasurer of the FCCLA, Lage has led numerous committees and received awards for Community Service, Career Connection, and Chapter of Excellence.
Also at WHS, Lage is a member of the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, International Club, Prom Committee, and the Breakfast Book Club. She maintains a 3.87 GPA and has been on the ‘A’ honor roll each trimester.
Outside of school, Lage volunteers her time with the Girl Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, Animal Humane Society, is active in her church and leads art activities at local nursing homes.
“Seeing how happy the residents were when they were paint, just brings a smile to my face,” Lage said about her time at the nursing home.
She is the daughter of James and Ericka Lage.
Nathan Glynn has been active in football, basketball, golf, and baseball at WHS. In football, Glynn was named a team captain for the 2013 season and also received All-Conference honors, was named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player, and earned a varsity letter.
A member of the National Honor Society, Peer Mentors, International Club, Conservation Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Glynn has held a 3.99 GPA throughout his high school career.
In his spare time, Glynn is active in the community, volunteering his time at Ridgeview Medical Center, Feed My Starving Children, America Reads, and a variety of youth football and basketball camps.
Glynn said his most influential experiences have been volunteering at Ridgeview.
“I recommend this experience to everyone so that they can serve people in need,” he said.
Glynn is the son of Paul and Maria Glynn.
Glynn and Lage’s nominations were passed to the MSHSL for further state considerations, but they were not among the 25 ExCEL Award recipients selected by an independent panel in late January. Those ExCEL winners will be recognized on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the 2014 winter state tournaments.