Both Region 6AA Triple A Award winners call District 281 schools home
Minnesota State High School League recently announced the winners of its Triple A Award from region 6AA, and both honorees hail from Robbinsdale Area Schools.
The Triple A award honors high school students who have earned success in academics, athletics and fine arts. Recipients are selected through a multi-level process involving League member schools and its administrative regions.
A special committee of educators, business leaders and members from the fine arts and athletic communities selected Allison Domingues of Armstrong High School and Lucas Ray of Cooper High School as this year’s Triple A winners.
Allison, 18, lives in Plymouth and said she was surprised when she heard she had won the award.
“I thought it was pretty cool, and you get nominated by the school,” she said. “I was pretty surprised actually and am very happy with it.”
Lucas, 17, of Golden Valley, shared a similar sentiment.
“It’s a really big deal, and I was surprised when I got it, actually,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting much of anything. Even when my principal told me I wasn’t quite sure how to respond. I wasn’t sure if he was messing with me or not. It’s huge to be picked out of everyone in the region.”
Both students carry an impressive list of achievements in all three areas of the Triple A Award.
Lucas, a senior, is enrolled in all International Baccalaureate classes at Cooper, including chemistry, physics and math.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, is involved in Cooper’s quiz bowl team and is ranked in the top 8 percent of his graduating class.
Lucas said he likes to kid with friends about receiving the high honor.
“One of the things I like to call it when I’m joking around with my friends is the ‘Triple Awesome Award,’” he said.
Allison, also a senior, is ranked first in her class and has taken 11 Advanced Placement classes at Armstrong High School.
She is also a National Merit Semi-Finalist, which is a prestigious scholarship competition for students nationally.
Allison is also involved in Armstrong’s Link Crew, where she helps incoming freshman learn the ropes of high school
“Honestly, the first year I did Link Crew because a lot of my friends were doing it,” she said. “But then I really had fun helping other kids get used to high school because I remembered that it was weird coming for the first time. I just really enjoy doing it.”
Lucas runs cross-country, plays lacrosse and is a captain of Cooper’s swim team. As captain, Lucas helps organize team workouts, team dinners and gets his teammates fired up for matches.
He lettered in both swimming and cross-country and made All-Conference for his cross-country talents.
Allison has lettered in cross-country, Nordic ski and track. She is a captain of both cross-country and track, and achieved All Conference twice for cross-country.
She said distance running is her strong suite and enjoys her captain role in organizing summer practices and pre-meet workouts.
Allison has been named to both All State Band and All State Orchestra and plays trumpet in three bands: marching band, concert band and orchestra.
She has been playing trumpet since fifth-grade and has since attained first chair position in band.
“Initially I thought I wanted to play the flute when I was little,” Allison said. “But I decided to play the trumpet because it was louder, and that made it better.”
Lucas has been playing violin since he was in fourth-grade, and joined marching band in ninth-grade as a percussionist.
“I always wanted to play super cool songs like Pirates of the Caribbean and Stars Wars and get really cool solos,” said Lucas. “Violins always get a lot of the solos.”
He is also a member of three choirs and is highly successful in all of them. He has lettered twice in choir and earned Superior Ratings at the Region 6AA State Solo and Ensemble contests two consecutive years.
Both students acknowledged that great achievement comes from much effort and time invested. They said while it can get stressful on occasion, but they don’t let it get to them.
“I like to think of myself as a pretty low-stress guy,” said Lucas. “I usually take it easy and don’t get too freaked out about things. Sometimes you just have to accept that things are going to get crazy and not everything lines up all the time. You have to cut some things back and sacrifice some little things to get it all in and get it all done.”
To unwind, Lucas plays video games, hangs out with friends and watches movies.
Allison said she flourishes when she has a lot on her plate.
“I find that I work best when I am busy,” she said. “It keeps me focused on getting stuff done. So I’m okay with it.”
In her spare time she enjoys writing creative fantasy pieces and reading science fiction work by authors such as Roger Zelazny. She added that another goal of hers is to someday write a novel of her own.
What the Future Holds
Allison and Lucas will graduate this year.
Allison said she will go to Carleton College in Northfield to study biology. She noted that biology is her favorite subject, and a dream job would be to study animals in foreign lands such as Africa.
“I’m not actually sure yet about what I want to do,” said Allison. “The area of biology I like the best is genetics; they are really interesting. But I also think being a field biologist would be really cool. We’ll see what happens.”
Lucas hasn’t solidified a choice for college, but says he has narrowed the decision to a few choices.
Although he is unsure of his career path, Lucas wants to shoot for the stars.
“Right now I’m thinking I want to be an aerospace engineer,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to work on the space shuttles and with the space program. It’s, like, the big thing I’ve always wanted to do.”
Both Triple A winners will attend a banquet held for the statewide competition at the end of March where a final winner will be chosen and awarded a scholarship.
For more information about the Triple A Awards, visit mshsl.org.
Contact Brian Rosemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org