Senior Aaron Ellingson Named All-American Athlete by NHSSCA
St. Louis Park High School senior Aaron Ellingson has been named an All-American Athlete by the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA). Ellingson is one of 27 male athletes across the country to receive the award this year, and the first ever from St. Louis Park High School.
The award is given to high school athletes who demonstrate achievement on and off the field in regards to strength and conditioning, athletic performance, academics, and leadership.
“I am so incredibly proud of Aaron for receiving this award,” St. Louis Park High School Science Teacher and Strength & Conditioning Coach Jessica Gust said. “He is an insanely hard worker, a stellar student, and one of the most generous and caring people I’ve ever met.”
Ellingson participated in football, basketball, and baseball during his high school career, and earned a total of 10 varsity letters. He was a captain for all three teams, including a two-year captain in both football and basketball. He earned a number of All-Conference and Academic All-Conference Awards, as well as several team awards.
“Participating in athletics at St. Louis Park High School has been a positive experience for me because of the people I have met and the life-long lessons I have learned throughout the years,” Ellingson said. “From the coaches to the players, everyone is very nice and many of them will become life-long friends for me. Being at a high school that encourages athletes to play multiple sports is something that I appreciate and is definitely not the case in many high schools around the Twin Cities.”
Ellingson lists making it to state in football during this sophomore year, Spring Break baseball trips to Arizona, and playing top-ranked Minnehaha Academy in basketball at home this past winter as some of his favorite memories of his high school athletic career.
Throughout his career, Ellingson was a dedicated participant in the High School’s Strength and Conditioning Program. His continuous work in the weight room was one of the reasons why he was a qualified candidate for the All-American Athlete Award. To be considered for the honor, athletes must meet certain requirements in the areas of weight lifting, speed and agility.
“Ms. Gust has definitely had an impact on me through athletics and academics,” Ellingson said. “I have known her since sixth grade when I started strength and conditioning and I had her for biology my junior year. Her dedication for both her athletes and students is unmatched and the amount of time and effort behind the scenes that she putinto the workouts and schoolwork to make sure everyone has everything they need to excel is amazing and very appreciated.”
Outside of athletics, Ellingson is a member of the National Honors Society, the Wind Ensemble Band, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and DECA. He will graduate from St. Louis Park High School with Highest Academic Honors, the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He plans on attending Bethel University this fall, where he will study finance and play football.