Stejskal first to state for MSHSL Triple ‘A’ Award


Moving first through the District, then through the Regional competition, Charlie Stejskal has achieved a place in the state tournament for the Minnesota State High School League Triple A award, the first time ever for a Maple Lake High School student. “It’s pretty exciting,” commented MLHS Principal, Dave Hanson.
“He’s an amazing guy,” said Dave Schroeder, activities director for MLHS. “He’s a real go-getter and has a good shot at this award. He did a great job with all the essays and presentations. I just had to keep reminding him to not be quite so humble- to brag about himself a little.”
Stejskal, along with the other regional winners, has completed all oral presentations and will attend a Triple A banquet, which will be held in conjunction with the Boys' State Basketball Tournament in March. There, league officials will announce the four Triple A Award  recipients—a girl and boy from both a Class A and a Class AA school—each of whom will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.
“Basically it’s up to the judges now,” said Stejskal. “We had to do a lot of essays and they’ll base their decision on that.”
Triple A, which stands for Academics, Arts, and Athletics, awards  the four-year scholarship to recognize and honor high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts.
A description that fits Stejskal like a glove. 
With over a 4.0 GPA, he participated in football, track and cross country, speech, band (including the St. Olaf Honor Band), and was elected to student council freshman and junior year. He is an Eagle Scout, he redesigned and rebuilt the Maple Lake city entrance signs, and is a member of Civil Air Patrol (auxiliary of the Air Force), where he teaches leadership, aerospace and volunteers. Stejskal volunteered through Boy Scouts at the world championship for disabled hockey players and with the Wounded Warriors (veterans), he also volunteered at Camp Friendship for week-long camps with mentally handicapped adults in the summer. Additionally, his passion for airplanes has led him to study for, and nearly earn, his private pilot license. 
At graduation this spring Stejskal, who spends his classroom hours at SCSU through the PSEO program, will graduate with around 60 college credits, a number that puts him well on his way to his goal of becoming an aerospace engineer. With no complete aerospace program vailable at SCSU, Stejskal is setting his sights on a different college to fulfill his course requirements.
“Basically I’ve applied at colleges all over the country,” says Stejskal. “I’d love to go to Purdue, but the University of Minnesota has a good program and I’ve looked at Iowa State as well