Kim, Becker claim Triple A awards locally

FAIRMONT – Elizabeth Kim and Grant Becker have been named Fairmont Area Schools’ Triple A winners.

The award is given to seniors excelling in arts, academics and athletics. Schools pick a male and female recipient, who move on to regional competition.

Kim, who is Homecoming queen and student body president, has earned a 4.262 grade-point average while participating in college-level courses and maintaining a high level of athleticism on the volleyball court.

“I like the team aspect of [volleyball],” she said. “You have to work together.”

She said her senior year was the most fun on the court, because she got to play with her sister, sophomore Emily Kim.

Elizabeth also participates in golf, and played basketball until this year.

Throughout her high school career, Kim has put academics high on her priority list.

“I have tried to take the most rigorous classes available at Fairmont High School,” she wrote in her award application.

She has taken Advanced Placement U.S. history and calculus, and is currently enrolled in honors English and statistics. She participates in College in the Schools’ fundamentals of music, honors chemistry and honors speech.

Asked her favorite subject in school, Kim had to pause.

“We might have to come back to that,” she said, laughing. “I like math classes because there is one right answer.”

Although Kim is ranked No. 1 in a class of 123 students, she has not yet decided on her college plans. She is considering a medical career.

For the arts portion of her school career, Kim particularly enjoyed speech.

“In our society today, it is becoming more and more important to be able to communicate effectively,” she said. “Speech is teaching us that skill. And we have excellent coaches.”

Becker also participates in speech, although in a different genre than Kim. While she focused on informative speech, Becker’s area of interest is public address, in both humorous and prose.

“I like being able to be my own character,” he said. “I love the competition part of it.”

Becker also participates in band and choir.

Becker’s sport of choice is soccer, although he also plays hockey and tennis. He has served as team captain for all three sports.

“I have played since I was 4,” he said of soccer. “I love how the game flows. There are 11 different guys on the field from your team and all have different jobs.”

During his varsity soccer career, he set every individual record for scoring in the school’s history. He holds the record for most goals, assists and points in a single season and for a career. He is the all-time leading scorer in the South Central Conference.

His favorite class, meanwhile, came as a surprise to him – Advanced Placement American history.

“Like math classes, the answers are solid,” he said. “They are very factual and based on supporting evidence. I was surprised when I enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Other area Triple A winners include Austin Krumwiede and Rachel Viesselman at Martin County West; Effie Bentz at Martin Luther High School; Dylan Petrowiak and Rachael Sauck at Granada-Huntley-East Chain; and Krista Hassing and Carter Hanson at Blue Earth Area.

Truman Public Schools did not reply to the Sentinel in time for this article.