Senior Spotlight: Go Big or Go Home

Chanhassen High School senior is a dedicated student-athlete and volunteer.

Take a look at Chanhassen High School senior Matt Shea and you’ll see evidence of why he calls himself a “hardworking student-athlete.”

For his senior year, Shea is a tri-sport varsity athlete in football, basketball and track and field. He’s also vice president of finance for DECA and a member of Key Club and National Honor Society. “Being so busy definitely keeps me disciplined,” Shea says. “There isn’t a whole lot of time to just sit around.”

Athletics also inspire his volunteer work. Shea is a site director with the Chanhassen Basketball Association, putting him in charge of one of the tournament locations and all its games and activities. It’s a job normally reserved for adults.

When he’s not in class or on the field or court, Shea enjoys sitting down to watch a movie, taking trips to the lake with his family and kicking up some good-hearted rivalry with his younger brother and sister. “There’s a lot of sibling competition around the house,” he says. “Whether it’s me and my brother beating up on each other playing basketball or video games … it always turns into a competition.”

Shea hopes to pursue finance in college and plans to apply to the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. College sports could be in his future, but Shea says that “a good education is ultimately the goal.”