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WHS Student Awards

Excellence in Arts, Athletics and Academics

The Triple “A” Award is a  Minnesota State High School League Award that recognizes seniors excelling in academics, arts and athletics.  Teachers, coaches, directors and advisors nominate students. Students were encouraged to nominate others or themselves in the fall. After the nomination process has been completed, a committee reviews the applications and 2 senior students are selected.  Congratulations to Seniors Paige Lienhard and Benjamin Zupfer.

Triple "A" Winner Paige Leinhard

Paige Lienhard has excelled in academics, arts and athletics during her years at Woodbury High School.  She maintains a 4.34 weighted GPA and has taken several AP courses.  Throughout elementary, middle and high school Paige has participated in the Spanish Immersion Program and is bilingual. As an honor roll student, she has lettered in academics all 4 years in high school and has received the Minnesota State High School League Coaches Association Academic Excellence Award twice. During her time in high school 

Paige has been involved in orchestra since 4th grade playing the cello. Throughout high school, she has been a member of the chamber orchestra, accompanied choir in their concerts, named a section leader twice, received superior ratings for an ensemble award and is a member of the Tri-M, a National Honors Society for musicians. Additionally, her senior Spanish Immersion Captsone project required for graduation researches Latin American music for a composition she is composing incorporating multiple styles of Hispanic music to express cultural differences through instruments.  Paige shares her musical talents with her faith congregation.  

As a varsity soccer player grades 10-12, Paige has been named All Conference in the competitive Suburban East League each year, First Team All-State and All-Metro Second Team in 2022.  As a captain, she is recognized as a leader working with her peers and continues to hone her leadership skills as part of the WHS Leadership Council. 

Triple "A" Winner Benjamin Zupfer

Benjamin Zupfer has excelled in academics, arts and athletics during his years at Woodbury High School. He maintains a 4.2 weighted GPA and has challenged himself during high school taking AP Courses and College in School academic work. 

 

Benjamin has earned 3 lead roles in WHS Royal Theatre musicals during his high school career participating in The Addams Family (Pugsley Addams) as a freshman, Chicago (Billy Flynn) and Anything Goes (Billy Crocker).  His honors in musical theatre include being recognized as “Honorable Mention in a Leading Role” from the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program for Chicago and “Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre” honors for the overall productions of Chicago and Anything Goes.

Benjamin is a dedicated and successful musician playing the violin at the orchestra concert level grades 10-12.  In orchestra, Benjamin has served as concertmaster and a solo ensemble contestant. Benjamin earned accolades of a Superior Rating (the highest rating possible) at the Minnesota State High School League Solo and Ensemble contest in __ (year).  In choir, Benjamin has been recognized as a tenor soloist and section leader. 

Athletically, Benjamin started playing tennis in high school and earned varsity honors his second year of playing. 

State Debate

Congratulations to Seniors Arif Ansari and Izzy Parker for earning All State Honors in Debate. They were recognized in finishing in the top 8 of debate participants throughout the season in Congressional Debate. Arif placed 7th at the state meet and Izzy 3rd at the state meet. 

ExCEL Award

The ExCel Award is a  Minnesota State High School League Award that recognizes juniors making satisfactory progress toward graduation, participating in a league-sponsored fine art or athletic activity, holding leadership positions in the school and volunteering within the community.

ExCEL Award Winner Sarah Rundquist

Junior Sarah Rundquist is a Woodbury High School ExCel recipient.  Sarah is highly engaged in many activities at Woodbury High School. Academically, Sarah is a student involved in the Spanish Immersion program since kindergarten and is fluent in Spanish. Sarah has received Academic Honor Roll recognition during her three years in high school. 

As a member of the WHS Girls Swim and Dive Team, she is a 3 year letter winner and section team member, as well as one of next year’s captains. She has participated in the True Team state meet multiple times with her team, and has posted a top 20 split time in the medley breaststroke. She has earned team honors such as  “most determined” and “hardest working” team member on the girls swim and dive team.

As an orchestra member, Sarah plays the violin and piano. She is a member of the Royal Chamber and Concert Orchestra. She is also a multiple time MMTA piano contest semifinalist. Additionally she has been recognized as a Suburban East Conference Honors Orchestra member, and accompanies her church band and her fellow violinists on the piano.

Sarah serves as the co-president of Tri-M Music Honors Society and the junior class representative in Key Club. She also holds various leadership roles in the National Honors Society. Sarah is involved in many other activities within Woodbury High School as well, including Link Crew, Peer Tutoring and Health Occupation Students of America.

Within our community, Sarah is a leader at her church and serves as a Sunday School teacher, usher, choir member, and piano player as part of the church worship team. Additionally, you can find Sarah helping her peers succeed as a tutor with Living Room Tutors and as an active volunteer at community events

ExCEL Award Winner Andrew Amoah

Junior Andrew Amoah is a Woodbury High School ExCel recipient. 

Andrew is a leader in many of the Activities he is involved with at Woodbury High School. He has received academic Honor Roll recognition in his three years of High School.

 

In Band and Orchestra, Andrew plays the flute, piccolo, and tenor saxophone. Andrew participates in the Pep Band and Marching Band, holding the flute section leader position. He also is a member of the Jazz and Woodwind Ensemble. He has earned best in show and superior ratings in both solo and ensemble contests. He is a member of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. Andrew has been a member of the Suburban East Conference Honors Band and Orchestra.

Andrew can be found working with one of our many clubs at Woodbury High School. He is a webmaster for Key Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society. As a member of Royal Ambassadors, Royal Connections and the Student Ambassador Committee, he represents our school with a variety of students and community members. In Math League and Science Quiz Bowl he has been part of successful teams that have excelled locally and at state. As a member of Yearbook, Black Student Union, Ignite and Red Cross he supports many groups, demonstrating his many interests and value to our school community. 

Within our community, Andrew has volunteered at Toys for Tots and Girls Dream Code. Additionally you can find Andrew involved in the tech and media team of his church, International Christian Faith Center.

Andrew spent one year playing Boys Tennis during tenth grade.

3 Students sign National Letters of Intent to Play Collegiate Athletics

NCAA Fall Signing Period ocurred on Wednesday, November, 9, 2022. The following students signed national letters of intent to play intercollegiate athletics.

Jordan Dunigan - Track and Field - University of MInnesota
Adam Wall - Winona State - Baseball
Ava Reich - Women's Swim and Dive - Minnesota State University - Mankato

Anything Goes!

Congratulations to the Cast, Crew and Directors for their entertaining production Anything Goes!  The WHS Musical Anything Goes included an amazing set and light, delightfully choreographed dancing and a list of characters that made you laugh and smile throughout performances!  

 

Girls Swim and Dive Team Earn Second Place Section Finish

Congratulations to the Girls Swim and Dive Team on their second place section finish! 

The team had several individuals advance to state. The following will be participating in the State Swim and Dive Meet November 16-18, 2022. 

The Royals advanced two swimmers, two divers and two relays to state!

Ava Reich 100 Fly 59.21 - First Place Finish - Section Champion!
Chloe Carlson 100 Back 59.48- First Place Finish - Section Champion Personal Best
 
Gabby Mauder - Diving - First Place Finish - Section Champion - 483.35 Junior Record, Season Best
Halle Linn - Diving - Fourth Place Finish, State Qualifier, - 345.50 Personal Best
 
200 Free Relay - Second Place Finish, Season Best 1:40.97 - Advances to State - 
Chloe Carlson
Ava Hacker
Maya Tellez
Ava Reich
Alternates: Addison Forshee, Payton Getzlaff, Kairi Brown, Elsa Sorenson-Wagner
 
400 Free Relay - Second Place Finish, Season Best & a AA State Qualifying Time of 3:39.06 
- Advances to State - 
Ava Reich
Ava Hacker
Addison Forshee
Maya Tellez
Alternates: Sophia Peterson, Estella Serafimov, Nora Kelly, Lucy Jacobson
 

Preliminary State Meet Results

The Royals made big waves in preliminary competition at the State Swim and Dive Meet! All Royals that advanced to the state meet will be competing in finals!!

In the diving preliminary and semi final rounds, both Gabby and Halle advanced to the finals. Gabby is currently in 1st place at her fifth state seed and Halle is currently 15th in her first State Meet! Prelim Diving Results

  • Gabby Mauder 196.05 (1st) 301.00 (1st) +7 points better than last year's state meet after semi’s

  • Halle Linn 164.75 (13th) 241.00 (15th) first State Meet

At the State Meet for swimming, there are 3 heats of 8, so a total of 24 individuals or relay teams for each event. The top 16 times advance to finals with the top 1-8 times placing in the championship finals and top 9-16 times in the consolation finals.  Prelim Swim Results.

  • Ava Reich placed 14th in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 58.69.  

  • In the 200 Free Relay, Ava Hacker, Chloe Carlson, Maya Tellez and Ava Reich placed 16th overall with a time of 1:40.65.

  • Chloe Carlson finished 11th overall in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 58.81. 

  • In the 400 Free Relay the team of Ava Reich, Ava Hacker, Addison Forshee and Maya Tellez finished 11th with a  time of 3:37. 

State Meet Finals Results

 In diving, Gabby Mauder (11th grade) won her second consecutive State Meet and remained unbeaten in her last three high school seasons. Gabby scored 426.90 point which is a 10 points improvement from last year's State Meet, it was her 22nd All-America Consideration score and fourth time being named All State! 

 

Halle Linn (10th grade) moved up a place from the semifinals and earned a 7 on her inward dive in finals. Halle finished in 14th place with a score of 328.20 and was named All State Honorable Mention. 

See the diving medals ceremony here.

 

In Swimming

  • Ava Reich placed 14th in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 58.76.  

  • In the 200 Free Relay, Ava Hacker, Chloe Carlson, Maya Tellez and Ava Reich placed 14th overall with a time of 1:41.22.

  • Chloe Carlson finished 13th overall in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 59.72. 

  • In the 400 Free Relay, the team of Ava Reich, Ava Hacker, Addison Forshee and Maya Tellez finished 13th with a  time of 3:38.38

The team goal was to get everyone that advanced to state to compete in finals and double their team score from last year.  They were able to achieve their goals as a team this year and had a great state meet! The team finished 18th out of 41 teams competing in the state meet. Congratulations to all members of the Girls Swim and Dive team for a great season!  

State Diving Champion!

State Meet Finals

In diving, Gabby Mauder (11th grade) won her second consecutive State Meet and remained unbeaten in her last three high school seasons. Gabby scored 426.90 point which is a 10 points improvement from last year's State Meet, it was her 22nd All-America Consideration score and fourth time being named All State! 

 

Halle Linn (10th grade) moved up a place from the semifinals and earned a 7 on her inward dive in finals. Halle finished in 14th place with a score of 328.20 and was named All State Honorable Mention.

See the medals ceremony here.

State Meet Preliminary 

In the diving preliminary and semi final rounds, both Gabby and Halle advanced to the finals. Gabby is currently in 1st place at her fifth state seed and Halle is currently 15th in her first State Meet! Prelim Diving Results

  • Gabby Mauder 196.05 (1st) 301.00 (1st) +7 points better than last year's state meet after semi’s

  • Halle Linn 164.75 (13th) 241.00 (15th) first State Meet

 
Section Information
The Woodbury divers dominated the Section 4AA Diving Meet, winning four medals and advancing two divers to the State Diving Meet on Wednesday.  Diving prelims are on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 PM.  Diving finals are Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 PM. The State Swim and Dive meet is held at the UM of Twin Cities Aquatics Center. 
State Meet Information: Here
 
Team Points:
Woodbury - 61
Mounds View - 44
Stillwater - 22
Roseville - 21
Tartan - 6
White Bear Lake - 1
 

Section 4AA Diving Meet 11/11/22 

1st place  Gabby Mauder 483.35, All-America Consideration score, Junior Record, Season Best

4th place Halle Linn 345.50, State Qualifier, Personal Best

5th place Nina Faulkner 325.95, Personal Best, Woodbury Middle School Record

7th place Eva Nohner 316.70 

 

Gabby won her 4th straight section diving meet, advancing to her 5th State Meet while setting the WHS Junior record.  

Halle, in her first section meet, advances to the State Meet, with her 4th place finish.  

Nina, with her 5th place finish, broke the 20 year old Woodbury Middle School record, which was set by WHS's first All-America diver (Holly Johannsen) as an 8th grader!  

Eva improved, both her score and place, with her 7th place finish, over last years section meet.

 

Congratulations!!

 

Boys State Soccer All Tournament Team

Congratulations to Xander Anderson, Todao Magana, Eddie Puglisi and Olin Franzwa on their selection to the All Tournament State Tournament Team for Boys Soccer. The team had a great season finishing second in state in the MSHSL AAA State Tournament!

Football Wins Conference Championship

WHS wins the Maroon 6AAAAAA Football Division for the second year.  The Royals had the best district record with 5-1 record to earn the Conference Championship.

 

State Tennis

Seniors Ashley and Brittany Nguyen advanced to state in Girls Tennis as a doubles team in individual 3AA section competition for the second year in a row! They competed against Harding 6-4, 6-3 and Hastings 6-2, 7-6 in section semi finals and finals!  Congratulations Brittany and Ashley! They will compete in state competition starting on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

In the state meet Brittney and Ashley competed against Becker High School winning 6-3, 6-3. In the second round they played the #1 seed Minnetonka losing 6-3, 6-1.  

Brittany and Ashley had a 5 year varsity tennis career at Woodbury High School.  Brittney is a 5 time all conference award winner who participated in the individual state meet 3 times.  Ashley is a 4 time all conference award winner who participated in the individual state meet 2 times.  

In 2019, Ashley and Brittney were part of a WHS Girls Tennis Team that won the Section Championship and advanced to state as a team.

Congratulation Ashley and Brittney on a great high school tennis career!

National Champion

The Woodbury High School Speech Team returned to in-person Nationals this year at NSDA 2022, hosted in Louisville, Kentucky. For the fifth consecutive year, the team earned a School of Excellence award, the highest distinction available for a speech program, and it placed in the top 10 in the country. The team advanced over 70% of its entries to outrounds, and for the third time in five years, WHS Speech had a National Champion. Senior Anneteke Adoga won Informative Speaking for the second year in a row, becoming one of only a handful of students in the century-old activity to win back-to-back national titles. Her speech on the history, impacts, and implications of the Second Amendment led the tournament from start to finish. She was also a finalist for the NSDA Student of the Year award, the most prestigious individual distinction given out by the organization and designed to honor those competitors who have excelled in academics, leadership, service, and speech. The team also auto-qualified two juniors due to their placement in the top-14 in the country. Srinath Hariharan and Brady Fisher will compete at NSDA 2023 in Extemporaneous Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation, respectively. The tournament will be held next year in Phoenix, Arizona.

Speech Team

On March 16th, the Woodbury High School Speech Team won the 3AA section tournament. 14 schools competed in the section tournament determining who would advance to the state tournament in April. Woodbury advanced 17 students to the state tournament, the most in team history. In addition to advancing 17 students, the team earned a perfect team sweepstakes point record with ten WHS students being named tournament champions of the 13 different MSHSL speaking events.

Athena Award Winner

The St. Paul Area Athena Awards program honors outstanding female high school senior student-athletes from St. Paul and suburban public and independent high schools for their athletic achievements.   The award is based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports. 

Senior Carley Tuman was selected as WHS Athena Award winner.  Carly is standout student - athlete that played 3 sports during high school. She participated in tennis, hockey and lacrosse throughout high school winning 10 varsity athletic letters and 3 academic letters.  As a captain of three sports, she is a leader in her activities and around the school. Carley has been named all conference in hockey and lacrosse and honorable mention all conference in tennis.  As a sophomore, Carly participated in the state team tennis tournament winning sections. In lacrosse, Carley has been named first team all section. As a senior in hockey she was a Ms. Goalie finalist. Carley gives back to the Woodbury Community by volunteering with the youth associations in hockey and lacrosse and being an interpreter for Be My Eyes. Carley plans to attend St. Olaf College and play hockey. 

Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom and Skills. She was brave and possessed the essence of all that is noble.  Legend tells us that she possessed the gifts of dignity, power, and youth, making her invincible. 

Speech Team

On March 16th, the Woodbury High School Speech Team won the 3AA section tournament. 14 schools competed in the section tournament determining who would advance to the state tournament in April. Woodbury advanced 17 students to the state tournament, the most in team history. In addition to advancing 17 students, the team earned a perfect team sweepstakes point record with ten WHS students being named tournament champions of the 13 different MSHSL speaking events.

Speech Team

Congratulations to the Speech Team. This past weekend they advanced 7 individuals to the national qualifiers and Woodbury HS won the national district qualifier as a team. Senior Anneteke Adoga was named Student of the Year and moves on to the national level.  The individual qualifiers are Minkai Li, Callie Peterson, Anneteke Adoga, Maria Kolb, Brady Fischer, Srinath Hariharan, Bridgitte Thao.

Alpine Ski

Elanor Robb finishes 12th out of 88 at state

STATE BOUND!

Alpine Ski

Congratulations to the Boys Alpine Ski Team for advancing to state for the second year. The team placed second at the section meet. The team members advancing to state are Bennett Levander (9), Andrew Sorensen (10), George O’Reilly (9), Sean Norman (10), Matt Sorenson (12) and Kyle Hedges (9). Elanor Robb (11) placed 3rd in the section meet and is advancing to state as an individual.  This is Elanor Robb’s second year advancing to state.  The boys team finished 6th out of 8 teams in state and Bennett LeVander placed 17th out of 88 skiers

Senior Sophia Barjesteh Finalist For Ms. Soccer And First Team All State

Royals soccer player Sophia Barjesteh nominated for one of 5 finalists for Ms. Soccer.  Pictured with head coach Pat Malicki during the banquet when Sophia was named first team all state on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. Sophia Barjesteh will play women's soccer for the Gophers next year.