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BHS juniors selected as ExCEL Award nominees

Congrats to Christine Maina and Sean Floersch for being selected as Burnsville High School's ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leaderhip) Award nominees. The award honors Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community.

Christine was one of 36 statewide ExCEL Award winners. Learn more about the ExCEL award at
Read more about Sean and Christine below.
Christine Maina
What are your biggest motivations?
One of my biggest motivations is my grandmother. I was named after her and feel as though I carry her legacy. I want to make her proud, so I work hard every day to do so. I want to make her proud through my academics, my extracurriculars, and through my accomplishments. I even feel as though my love for volunteering stemmed from her. She is why I work so hard, and she is why I am who I am.
What do you enjoy most in school?
I enjoy learning about people, how they work, and what they have done to improve society, so I love learning about history. World history and U.S history are some of the most interesting and important subjects and I love applying what I learn into my life. I also love math because it is such a precise subject and I am able to use the left side of my brain.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself working in the law field. I see myself as a civil lawyer in a law firm in New York City. I want to help those in need with my talents, and I want to make the justice system a little more just. It’ll be a long hard journey to get there but I know that I can do it. I’m reaching high. I want to push myself to be successful and to help others with my success.
How do you balance extracurriculars, volunteering, and family life?
I only do what I love to do, so I don't overburden myself. I look at what is most important to me and make time for it in my schedule. By doing so I have time for school, extracurriculars, volunteering, family, and myself. I do a lot by prioritizing my life. I am able to create the perfect balance.
What is your advice to other high school students?
Enjoy high school. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you should enjoy it. Join clubs and sports that make you happy, and volunteer for organizations that you can relate to. Use your interests to help others, because you are never too young to help others.

Sean Floersch
What are your biggest motivations?
One of my biggest motivations is helping other people so they can have the best lives they can. Also since having cancer, I want to push myself as much as I can to inspire other people to never stop fighting and to show that things do get better.
What are your favorite subjects at school?
My favorite subjects are Spanish, math and yoga.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself helping other people in some way, either as a doctor, physical therapist or a teacher. I also want to be a soccer coach.
How do you balance school, extracurricular activities, volunteering and family time?
I only push myself as much as I can handle. I do not want to overwork myself, so I take breaks when I need to. I also make sure I have time with my family and friends to combat the stress from other activities.
What advice do you have for high school students?
Grades don't matter. Learning how to balance time, learning who you are, and learning how to push yourself are more important than what grades you get. High school is about making friends and growing as a person, and people need to make sure that the grade part of it does not stress them out too much because then they can't enjoy everything high school has to offer.
Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 09:16