2019 Butterfly Awards

2019 Butterfly Awards
Posted on 03/18/2019
On Thursday, March 14, 2019 Robbinsdale Area Schools recognized five students with Butterfly Awards during the annual State of the District address. (To read more about the State of the District address, please click here.)

This district-level award is given to high school seniors for exemplary performance in academics, co-curricular activities or service. These are students who received local, state and national recognition. The honored students have shown a transformation not only in themselves but have impacted others. This was the third year for the Butterfly awards. The 2019 Butterfly Award recipients are:
  • Ben Aoki-Sherwood
  • Lucinda Anderson
  • Nadrat Amos
  • Nathan Welle
  • Nora Griffith-Wiesner

Ben Aoki-Sherwood
Ben Aoki-Sherwood (Armstrong)
Ben Aoki-Sherwood is the boys Region 6AA Triple A Award winner (Academics, Arts and Athletics), a Minnesota State High School League award which recognizes high school seniors who excel in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts. He scored a perfect 36 on the ACT last year -- on his first time taking the test! Ben is a National AP Scholar, which is the highest level of distinction awarded by the College Board. He was captain for Cross Country in the fall, and captain of Nordic Ski in the winter. (The boys Nordic Ski team finished 3rd at the State meet this year.) Ben also participates on the spring track team. Finally, Ben plays cello in Armstrong’s symphonic orchestra, and was selected as Principal Cello in the NWSC All-Conference Orchestra Concert.

Lucinda Anderson
Lucinda (Luci) Anderson (Armstrong)
Luci Anderson started skiing at the Minnesota Youth Ski League in 1st grade. Some of her accomplishments include participating with the Armstrong Nordic Ski state championship team five times, two of which were state champions. She earned six-time all American at Junior Nationals for Nordic Skiing and she represented the US at the U18 scandinavian cup in 2017. She was also recognized as an Academic All-State athlete for skiing.

Nadrat Amos
Nadrot Amos (Armstrong)
Nadrat Amos has competed in Lincoln Douglas debate for four years, and was co-captain the past year. She competed in Extemporaneous speaking in speech for four years, and was the captain this year. Nadrat has been in Nationals Honors Society for two years, is the current president. She volunteers in the summer tutoring elementary school kids and has worked with “Dare 2 Be Real” for 3 years presenting at workshops and encouraging discussions. Nadrat recently created a new club at Armstrong called Act On It, which is centered around enacting racial and social justice. Finally, she was part of the Youth Congressional Advisory Council for the 5th congressional district of Minnesota.

Nathan Welle
Nathan Welle (Cooper)
Nathan started swimming at age nine and started breaking swimming records at Cooper High School as a 9th grader. He broke nine and currently holds eight school records in swimming! His high school coach Luke Johnson attributes Nathan’s success to his drive, receptiveness, supportive family and teammates. Nathan also participates in the Armstrong Concert Choir.

Nora Griffith-Wiesner
Nora Griffith-Wiesner (Cooper)
Nora Griffith-Wiesner has played soccer for five years, including captain for 1 year, MVP 1 year, All Conference 1 year, All Conference Honorable Mention 2 years and All-State nominee. Nora was on the Cooper Nordic ski team four years, including captain for 3 years, MVP 3 years, All Conference 2 years. She also ran track for two years and cross-country one year. As far as Nora’s scholastic achievements, she is an Academic all-conference, a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Her class rank is 1. Nora also participates in Seeds for Science tutoring; volunteers with PRISM; serves as an Annex Teen Clinic Youth Participatory Action Research team volunteer member; and participates with the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.