Brian Sukalski isn’t one who is going to brag about on-the-field accomplishments.
A basketball and track athlete, Sukalski is stout off the playing surface as well, where he’s a member of the St. Michael-Albertville High School Band and jazz band, both as a percussionist and keyboard player.
On the court, he was voted the boys’ basketball squad’s “Most Improved Player” for 2013-2014. The senior swing and post man was a starter by the end of the year, making the lineup in nine games down the stretch as the Knights pushed for a runner-up finish in the Mississippi 8 Conference and nearly knocked off St. Cloud Tech in the Section 8-4A semis.
But it’s his work in the classroom that has helped Brian, the son of Lisa and Scott, take the Minnesota State High School League’s AAA Award, considered one of the tops for any high school student-athlete in the state.
Brian is a National Merit Finalist, a 4.0 student who is waiting to see if he is one of the 8,000 kids nationally who earn at National Merit Scholarship when winners are announced May 7. He’s an AP and college prep whiz, with plans on attending Iowa State University in the fall.
“He’ll probably study engineering,” said Scott, his father.