Central student receives MSHL ExCEL award

Reese Eichner

Central junior Reese Eichner was the recipient of an the ExCEL—Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership – award, by the Minnesota State High School League.
Celebrating its 21st year of recognizing high school juniors, the Minnesota State High School League honored the 2017 ExCEL Award recipients during ceremonies at the girls’ state basketball tournament March 18.
ExCEL is a unique recognition award that is given annually to high school juniors who are leaders in their schools and who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service. The program is sponsored by Wells Fargo.
“The ExCEL program fulfills the League’s mission to recognize students who go beyond the classroom and the fields of competition to demonstrate leadership and community loyalty,” said Lisa Lissimore, the League associate director who oversees the award program. “Their achievements are not measured by finishing first. Rather, their achievements are gauged by what they have given back to others.”
The 2017 ExCEL award recipients are engaged in life-changing projects that build stronger, healthier, and safer communities. They work voluntarily to end hunger, house the homeless, help the environment, and to raise funds for medical research. Many of these student leaders are involved in 4-H and FFA outreach activities while others coach youth sports, teach Sunday school, assist seniors, visit shelters, and tutor at-risk kids.
“We are honored to sponsor the ExCEL award program recognizing Minnesota students who help create solutions for stronger, more resilient communities,” said Joe Ravens, Wells Fargo Community Bank region president.
The ExCEL award program began in 1996. Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves League member schools and an independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota. More than 4,000 students have been recognized with this award program. Two-hundred and forty-nine students were nominated by their schools this year.
Additional information about the 2017 ExCEL Award recipients may be obtained by visiting the League’s Web site at www.MSHSL.org-Recognition.