To excel academically, to excel athletically and to excel artistically - Triple-A winner Callie Coleman set out to do that as soon she entered the halls of St. James High School.
Passion is evident in everything Callie Coleman does.
Her passion for academics is visible with every rigorous late-night study session
Her passion for the arts is evident in every dulcet tone she sings and every dramatic theatrical performance.
Her passion for athletics is evident in every pitch she throws on the softball mound.
To excel academically. To excel athletically. To excel artistically.
Those are prerequisites for one to be awarded the Triple-A award.
Callie Coleman not only met those qualifications, she exceeded them in her tenure as a Saint James student.
On Thursday, as she was performing in the St. James Choir Concert, Coleman was presented the Triple-A award by Athletic Director Les Zellman and Principal Karla Beck.
The Triple-A Awards Program, sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, awards the top high school seniors who earn high marks in the classroom while also being active participants on stage and the playing field.
For Coleman, being a Triple-A winner was one of the many goals she set for herself when she entered the hallowed halls of St. James High School as a freshman.
“That was one of the first things I set my sights on once I became a freshman," said Coleman.
"I put so much effort and work into all three areas, so it means a lot to me to be a recipient."
For Coleman, academics had to be at the forefront of her focus.
As an active participant in a wide variety of different activities, she's managed to balance her time and dedicate energy to her class.
A perennial honor roll student, Callie holds two academic concentrations close to her vest: biology and music education.
"I love biology because of how broad it is but also how it challenged me and made me learn how to study."
While Coleman most likely will explore the pre-med track in college, she knows her calling is in music.
Specifically, sharing the gift and passion of music with others.
“My love for music started when I was younger, I remember singing about things around me like trees or leaves,” reminisced Coleman. “I would enter my own little world and make melodies.”
Callie cites her grandmother as being the one to help her voice blossom from singing random melodies as a hobby to mastering classical pieces as a lifelong passion.
“My grandmother is where I got my voice from,” said Coleman. “She would hear me sing and says, ‘Callie, you're going to be really good at this, keep doing it.”
This call to ‘keep singing’ would continue to ring in Callie’s ears, even as an adolescent, where she would receive similar advice from her elementary school teacher Mrs. Bruce.
“You need to keep singing, Callie.”
At five years of age, Callie sang live at a wedding.
As the songbird continued to grow, she would continue to hear the same sentiments.
“Callie, music is your God-given talent, you need to do it.”
Coleman has undoubtedly shared that gift in her school and community.
Coleman has been a participant in select groups such as the Madrigals, Limited Edition and Jazz Unlimited, and has earned high marks in subsection competitions.
“High school helped me realize how much capable and confident I could be in music since I was competing against other talented kids and challenging myself to expand my abilities.”
Competitively, Coleman has earned three Best In Sight distinctions, winning one as apart of a duet with fellow student Brandon Johnson as a sophomore, and two as a soloist the following years.
But with her eyes set on music education, Callie wants to share all that passion with others; as she hopes to become a music teacher.
A scholar. An artist in song and stage. Coleman is also an accomplished athlete.
On the playing fields, Coleman is a diverse athlete.
When Coleman throws her mortarboard in the air in May, she will have earned six varsity letters between high time as a volleyball player and softball player.
She’s been named team captain on both teams, and her softball exploits include two All-Conference nods as she vies for a third selection this season.
“Softball has so much meaning to me, because of being a sport that runs in my family,” said Coleman. “It’s also where I can let out that competitive side of me.”
While athletics may differ from arts and academics, Coleman still applies the same work ethic and drive.
“It’s about hard work and for me, constantly improving in all areas of my life,” said Coleman. “There’s times where I’ll come up short or fail, but those are the moments I know I have to work hard."
As Coleman embarks on the homestretch of her high school journey, filled with top achievements in academics, arts, and athletics.
Her name will be enshrined on the Triple-A plaque that hangs in the Events Center lobby at St. James High School.
It's safe to say that soon-to-be-graduate Callie Coleman will depart high school fulfilling promises of