Benilde-St. Margaret's Academic All-Star is focused, competitive

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Anne Aranason

St. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - The wind whips through Anne Aranason's blonde hair, but Anne seems to hardly notice. Focused is one way you could describe this senior at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School (BSM).

"From a coaching perspective and in the classroom, she's extremely competitive.  So to have that composure and that competitive edge is truly a unique talent," says BSM science teacher and girls track coach John Porisch.

A three-sport athlete, Anne is a captain in soccer and will be one in track & field as well. In between Anne will lace up her skates for the Red Knights girls hockey team where she is a two-time All-Conference Honorable Mention and won her team's sportsmanship award last year.

Anne has managed these accomplishments in athletics without sacrificing her work in the classroom. A leader in Link Crew, and a member of the National Honor Society, Anne carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Says Anne, "Hard work just is something that is important to me, I always do my best but being competitive really helps."

With her senior year just underway Anne is still working on finding a college but she is hoping to attend school outside Minnesota.

"I kind of want to try something new. I figure if I stay in Minnesota now I probably won't get another chance to just go wherever you want, that kind of thing, just pick a location and go for it! I figure I might as well do it now," says Anne.

But before she travels beyond the Land of 10,000 lakes, Anne says she plans to take full advantage of her senior year at Benilde-St. Margaret's and the friends around her.

"Your friends encourage you to do your best and they're happy for you when you do something well and so, I think it's just a great, great learning environment," says Anne.

Anne is still considering her college options but hopes to study pre-med with a minor in Spanish.

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