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Two seniors selected as Triple ‘A’ Award recipients at BHS

Update: Kit Chow has been chosen as the Region 3AA Triple 'A' Award winner as well! The region includes 16 schools. With this selection, Kit now goes on to the state competition. Congratulations!

Kyra Bowar and Kit Chow excel in academics, the arts and athletics. That’s why they’ve been selected as the Triple “A” Award recipients at Burnsville High School for the 2016-17 school year.


These senior role models share this advice for younger students:

  • Sort out priorities and get homework out of the way first.

  • Find where you fit — there’s a place for everyone at BHS.

  • Take challenging classes because you will benefit from them.  

  • Take classes that are right for you — not just because your friends are taking it.

  • Manage your time well because time management is essential to success

  • Get your schedule organized. Being a visual person, Kyra color-codes her planner.

  • Avoid feeling overwhelmed by breaking up your tasks into small chunks.

“Kyra and Kit are well-rounded students with many talents, interests and accomplishments who have made the most of their years at Burnsville High School,” said Jeff Marshall, athletics/activities director in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. “With the Triple 'A' Award comes the responsibility of being a role model, and they certainly are.”

To qualify as Triple "A" Award recipients, seniors must have a “B” or better grade point average and participate in fine arts activities and athletics sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. Kyra and Kit now move on to consideration at the regional level.

Kyra, who also attended Hidden Valley Elementary and Eagle Ridge Middle School, places highest importance on academics and likes to be challenged. She plays French horn in band and also plays piano.

Kyra joined the Burnsville High School swim team as an eighth grader and found it to be like a second family to her. “We’re here for each other and support each other,” she said. She is proud to be a captain of the swim team this year and enjoys mentoring younger students just as the older swimmers welcomed and supported her when she first joined the team.

“Kyra is a positive academic role model,” said Kristina Aars, history teacher at BHS. Kyra’s time management shows an advanced maturity and she takes on major projects, is always well prepared and sets the standard for academic achievement, according to Aars.

Kit is a top student who was a 2017 National Merit Commended Student, a designation that goes to fewer than three percent of students across the country who took the National Merit Qualifying Test.

Kit, who attended M.W. Savage and Harriet Bishop Elementary Schools and Eagle Ridge Middle School, is the principal violinist and the concertmaster of the BHS orchestra. He’s played violin since fourth grade and credits musical performances with increasing his self confidence overall.

He has been on the BHS swim team since 8th grade and now serves as captain. He also joined the cross country running team this year.

“Honest, respectful, responsible, focused, drive and task-oriented describe Kit,” said Jennifer Hugstad-Vaa, biology teacher at BHS. “I am most confident that he will be very successful in his chosen field and that his future will be filled with many successes.”

Outside of school, he’s earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in scouting.

Both seniors will be going to college next year. Kyra will attend a liberal arts college and might major in history or English but is open to other possibilities. Kit plans to attend the University of Minnesota or the University of Wisconsin - Madison and major in biochemistry.

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 11:24