Owen Wagner nominated for Triple ‘A’ award

The Eagle Scout and recent student of the month was recognized at the Park Rapids School Board's March 1 meeting for academics, arts and athletics.

Owen Wagner

High school senior Owen Wagner was recognized as a Triple “A” award nominee at the Park Rapids School Board meeting on Monday.

According to Activities Director Jeremy Nordick, the award recognizes achievement in academics, arts and athletics. To be eligible, a high school senior must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, participate in at least one league sport and one arts activity, and follow the MSHSL’s code of conduct.

Wagner has a GPA of 3.92 and participated in cross-country, clay target league and band.

Sponsored by M Health Fairview and the Institute for Athletic Medicine, the award is presented annually by the Minnesota State High School League to one boy and one girl each from Class A and Class AA schools statewide.

According to Nordick, Wagner “fell just short at the section voting” to proceed to the region level for the award.


Nordick read from a letter of recommendation for the award, in which teacher and former coach Kerry Johnson wrote about Wagner: “When I think about him, I think about someone I can depend on. He is a person who does what is right, even when nobody is looking. … He is also one of those people who others follow. Since Owen is doing the right thing, those around him are more inclined to do the right thing as well.”

Wagner has also attained the Eagle Scout award and was the January student of the month at the high school.

Nordick called him “a great leader at our school in many, many different ways.”

In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Heard a report on Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker’s positive review and comment about the district’s school improvement bond election. Superintendent Lance Bagstad reported that early voting is underway and election day is April 13, with precincts consolidated into three polling locations: Lake George Town Hall, the Osage Community Center and the Frank White Education Center in Park Rapids.

  • Hired Melanie Priebe as assistant track coach and Jason Haas as a paraprofessional.

  • Accepted the resignations of Kelly Foco as a paraprofessional, effective Feb. 26, and Michael Sopcyk as an elementary teacher, effective at the end of the school year.

  • Increased a high school cook’s helper position to 6.25 hours per day.

  • Acknowledged three donations, including a $969 donation from 3-M to the Early Learners program.

  • Rescheduled the school board’s first meeting in April for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, due to April 5 being Easter Monday.

  • Scheduled a special meeting to canvass the April 13 special school bond election for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19, immediately before their regular meeting at 6 p.m.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 15 at the Frank White Education Center.

Related Topics: EDUCATION
Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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