FAIRMONT - Each year, a pair of seniors at area high schools are selected for Triple A honors, spotlighting their achievements in arts, academics and athletics.
Zachary Brown and Courtney Guetter have been named Fairmont High School's Triple A winners in competition sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League.
The pair was chosen from the 115 members of the class of 2014 by a committee consisting of the two high school counselors, the activities director, two teachers and a music instructor.
Courtney Guetter and Zachary Brown have been cited for excellence in arts, academics and athletics at Fairmont High School.
"It's a very tough process," said Mat Mahoney, activities director. "We selected the overall best candidates, and we had some great candidates."
This isn't the first time Brown and Guetter have shared the spotlight. Last fall, they played the lead roles in the school's production of "Tarzan."
Both maintain a grade-point average above 4.0, due to the weighted grading scale used by the school for more challenging courses.
Brown attended elementary school at St. John Vianney in Fairmont and used extracurricular activities as a way to get to know public school students. He credits his parents, Nate and Sarah Brown, for supporting his endeavors and accomplishments.
"I'm not really a super organized person," Brown admitted.
Brown participates in choir, orchestra and musicals. In speech, he has been a state finalist since ninth grade, setting the school's record for the most points scored in a single season and most career points.
A three-sport athlete, Brown was a member of the track and basketball teams and co-captained this year's football team, which qualified for state competition.
He plans to major in communications at St. John's University, where he hopes to play football like his father before him.
"I get a lot of help from my parents," said Guetter, although she describers herself as "very organized." She is the daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Guetter.
During high school, Guetter was a four-year participant in speech and choir, where she earned superior ratings.
Her high school sports career, encompassing soccer, basketball and softball, was interrupted about two years ago when she tore her ACL, only to re-injure it a few months later. Intense therapy enabled her to return to the softball field, where she was named to the All-Section team last year and will be team captain this season. Although softball season doesn't begin until March, Guetter has been holding captain's practice to get the team ready for games.
Guetter plans to major in secondary education at University of Northwestern, where she hopes to participate in softball, ensemble choir and theater. Eventually, she would like to perform in venues such as the Guthrie Theatre or the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.