Park Center’s Emily Nelson has been named a Triple A Award finalist for Region 5AA. Only 15 female students in the state achieve this honor each year. It has been 12 years since a Park Center student has won this award. Triple A Award winners are students who are recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the arts.

A total of six Six seniors from our three comprehensive high schools were recognized as this year’s Triple A Award nominees. Sarah Dill and Zach Pias represent Maple Grove Senior High; Natalie Kampa and Sam Dienslake represent Osseo Senior High; and Robert Johnson and Emily Nelson represent Park Center Senior High.


Sarah maintains a 3.885 grade point average while taking AP Physics and AP English. Her fine arts activities include participation in Crimson Harmony and the Wind Ensemble as first chair clarinet. Sarah has also been selected to the Symphonic Orchestra and the All-Conference Band.

Sarah has participated in two sports while at Maple Grove Senior High. In competitive swimming, she is a four-year letter winner while being a three-time True Team State participant. She was the captain of the team her senior year. In synchronized swimming, Sarah is a five-year letter winner, two-year captain and three-time place winner at the state synchronized swim meet.

Sarah is an “A” honor roll student, academic letter winner and member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of Link Crew and actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was selected to the Minnesota ambassadors of Music for a tour to Europe where she participated in band and choir. She plans to attend college next year in Minnesota at a location yet undecided.

She is the daughter of Mike and Shelly Dill of Maple Grove.


Zach maintains a 3.75 grade point average and earned a 29 on his ACT. His fine arts activities include seven years playing the saxophone, including participation in the high school’s symphonic band, concert band, wind ensemble and pep band. He played on tour in New York City with the concert band and wind ensemble.

Zach has participated in three sports while at Maple Grove Senior High. He participated in the Nordic Ski team for three years, serving as captain during his senior year. He has also participated in golf and cross country.

Zach is an “A” honor student, a member of Link Crew and was twice-awarded “Student of the Trimester.”



Natalie excels as the captain of the Osseo swim team and has played first chair oboe in the concert band since her sophomore year.  She is a member of the Osseo Oriole Marching Band and recently played three different instruments in Osseo’s musical production of “Guys and Dolls.”  She has been an all all-conference selection in swimming for four consecutive years and qualified for the state swim meet in each of her last three seasons with the Orioles.  Natalie has signed letter of intent to swim and attend school at Minnesota State University in Moorhead in the fall and she’ll be majoring in athletic training. 

Natalie is also a member of the National Honor Society and her work on the school yearbook, serving as editor for the 2014-15 edition.  She will graduate with Honors from Osseo Senior High in June 2015. Her AP English teacher and Yearbook advisor, Ben Karls, describes her as someone who, “models a strong academic work ethic.”

Natalie is the daughter of Ray and Kathy Kampa of Plymouth.  


Sam participates on the Osseo football team and has played basketball, golf and tennis during his time at Osseo Senior High School. This spring ,he will captain the Oriole tennis squad.  

Sam is also a member of the Osseo Senior High School band and the school’s Robotics team.  In a recent completion of 50 Robotics teams, Sam was part of a first place entry for Osseo and qualifying for the state Robotics competition. Sam is most proud of the work he’s done to combine athletics with academics while at Osseo.

 He has been on the “B” honor roll or higher every trimester at Osseo and he participated in strength training 6-days a week between his junior and senior football season, gaining 25 pounds and added strength to anchor the Oriole offensive line for Coach Derrin Lamker. Sam is enrolled for the fall at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he will study Civil Engineering.

Sam is the son of Amy and Peter Dienslake of Plymouth.  


Emily is an All-Conference/All-State soccer goalie who was instrumental in the team’s third finish at the State Class A soccer tournament this past fall, she is a fastpitch softball player and an academic letter winner with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. She has also been in choir for three years where she was selected section leader and earned All-Conference honors, was in junior class cabinet, has been the assistant to the director for the school musical and will play the lead role as Laurey in Park Center’s spring production of “Oklahoma.” Emily has been named a Triple A Award finalist for Region 5AA. 


Robert is an All-Conference cross country runner who qualified for the State Cross Country Meet this past fall, a five year varsity skier on the Nordic Ski team earning All-Conference honors, a five year varsity track and field runner earning All-Conference honors and an academic letter winner with a cumulative GPA of 3.75. He also participates in the school band, in Park Center’s elite Wind Ensemble and will play the lead role as Andrew Carnes in Park Center’s spring production of “Oklahoma”.


Additional information about the Triple "A" Award may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota State High School League at 763-560-2262 or by visiting the League's Web site at

-Published Feb. 10, 2015