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RFHS student earns 'Heisman' recognition

Three-sport athlete Paige Skorseth, who captained the fastest cross country team in River Falls High School history, from 2011-2013, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman award.

In late October, Wendy's announced the 2012 state semi-finalists for the High School Heisman award.

This year River Falls High School senior, Paige Skorseth, was one of the twenty state semi-finalists selected.

According to the Wendy's High School Heisman website, "The Wendy's High School Heisman award celebrates high school seniors across the country that excel in academics, athletics and community leadership."

Skorseth, a three-sport athlete in cross country, gymnastics and track, maintains a 4.0 GPA. In order to be eligible students need to participate in one of 27 sports, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each year of high school and demonstrate involvement in community service.

She's also involved in Students Offering Support Club (S.O.S), National Honor Society (N.H.S), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.) and volunteers for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children.

Skorseth is a 10-time letter winner, a four-time Big Rivers Conference champion, five-time sectional champion, and six-time all-state honoree. She was also part of the 2009 state championship gymnastics team.

Besides high school sports, Skorseth also competes in both USA Track and Field and AAU competitions. This year she won the USATF State Cross Country Championship at 5000 meters and is the USATF state and regional track and field champion in the 1500 meters. In 2011 she was the AAU National Cross Country Champion, and hopes to defend the title in December.

Academically, Skorseth, who is the only child of Pete and Lisa, enjoys science and math based subjects.

"Science really seems to draw me in and chemistry, biology, and genetics seem particularly important and relevant in today's world," said Skorseth.

According to Skorseth she is "...a curious person," and has "enjoyed the balance and diversity of all academic subjects." She credits her teachers for "...keeping subject areas interesting and (helping) me significantly throughout the past twelve years."

Skorseth is hoping to attend a college or university where she can continue being a student athlete, as well as pursue a health-care related degree -- possibly in human genetics counseling or podiatry.

Crediting her cross country coach with giving her a strong foundation and confidence, Skorseth hopes to continue running cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

She also acknowledges the love and support of her parents, whom, as an only child, she is very close to.

Skorseth attributes her success to the many people she has worked with including her family, friends, coaches, teachers, teammates, fans, trainers, guidance counselors, principals, school boards, doctors, neighbors and fellow competitors.

In early November the state list was narrowed to one male and one female -- Kira Dittman of Edgar High School in Edgar is the female state winner, and David Menk of Manitowoc Lutheran High School in Manitowoc is the state male winner.

Later in November, the 12 national finalists will be revealed. On Dec. 7 in New York, two national winners -- one male and one female -- will be selected in an award ceremony airing on ESPN2.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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