Academics. Athletics. Arts. Each year, Triple A students are awarded their titles for above-and-beyond commitment to activities in each category.
Two Blue Earth Area (BEA) seniors – busy bees Eloise Blair and Parker Meyers – were named Triple A students this year, and aptly so.
Blair’s musical activities include choir and orchestra, and she keeps active with volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track in the spring.
Blair is also a member of many BEA clubs and organizations, including the National Honor Society (NHS), Business Professionals of America (BPA), BEA Math League, BEA Knowledge Bowl, BEA’s peer helping program, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and Project TRUST (Teachers Reaching Using Students in Theater).
Meyers is no less busy. As much of a sports enthusiast as Blair, he is involved in athletics year-round with football, baseball and wrestling.
Meyers also plays the trombone in band and in BEA’s full orchestra program.
Apart from arts and athletics, Meyers, like Blair, is involved in clubs and organizations such as NHS, BPA and peer helping. He also served as a teacher’s assistant for BEA math teacher Carissa Maday during his junior year.
Apart from finding plenty to do on afternoons, evenings and weekends, Blair and Meyers keep themselves occupied with full course schedules on weekdays.
Blair has packed her schedule this semester with two college-level courses which are offered at BEA by Southwest Minnesota State University: College Government and College Precalculus. She is also serving as a teacher’s assistant to language arts teacher Janelle Jacobsen and splitting her fourth block between choir and orchestra.
Meyers is taking College Government and College Precalculus this semester, as well. His fourth block is split between a medical technology course offered by Mankato’s South Central Service Cooperative, and band. Meyers’ remaining block is a responsibility block, allowing him to use his time – off campus or on – as he sees fit to work on assignments.
Blair and Meyers have been Bucs since their first day of school, and have lived in the BEA School District with their families since early childhood.
Blair’s family includes her parents, Josh and Tara Blair, her sisters, Sofie, Sidney and Averi, as well as her dog, Stewie, and cat, Hank. Meyers’ family, meanwhile, includes his parents, Kent ‘Skip’ and Nicole Meyers, and his dog, Brody.
Both Triple A Bucs have maintained a high level of involvement since their days at BEA Elementary School. Blair and Meyers recall joining orchestra, band and choir as soon as they were able to – in fifth grade – and have also participated in their favorite sports for years.
The seniors intend to continue participating in extracurricular activities after they graduate from BEA in the spring.
Blair, who will be attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to study pre-med or pre-genetic studies, plans to join volleyball and orchestra in college.
Meyers, meanwhile, is considering attending Saint John’s University, where he hopes to play baseball while studying biology or exercise science.
It seems both students thrive when they throw themselves into a variety of pursuits, whether it be the arts or athletics.
Blair says she has been a music enthusiast for most of her life.
“I started piano when I was four. It’s my roots,” Blair says. “It takes me away from school.”
Meyers, meanwhile, enjoys music’s opportunities for ensemble playing.
“I like being able to work on pieces as a group, and see our progress,” he says, adding he prefers the sound of full ensembles to that of solo instruments.
Meyers carries that attitude into athletics as well, enjoying the collaboration which goes into team sports.
“I like playing as a team and keeping each other accountable,” he says.
Blair likes team sports, too, but also enjoys competing on her own during the track season.
“Track is my favorite sport,” she says. “Everybody’s there to have a good time. They can get better by themselves, but also contribute to the team.”
Whether building skills in the arts, academics or athletics, Blair and Meyers agree that some qualities will help you succeed at any activity. For example, Meyers suggests determination and grit are vital factors to success – at pretty much anything.
“To succeed at a high level takes determination,” he explains.
Blair says a collaborative mindset is also helpful in most pursuits, touting “being able to contribute to others’ success as well as yours.”
It is other people, in Blair’s opinion, which make activities of any sort worth the effort.
“The people in each activity are unique,” she observes.
Blair encourages younger students to pursue extracurricular activities as opportunities to form connections with a variety of people – younger and older students, and even teachers.
“It helps you empathize with more people,” Blair says.
Meyers thinks involvement is an excellent opportunity for personal growth, too.
“It makes you a better person than before,” he explains. “Challenging myself has made me more mature.”