The AAA award, sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, honors one male and one female senior from each member school for their excellence in academics, athletics and the arts.
Regional winners will be honored at a banquet the weekend of the state boys' basketball tournament in March. Four regional winners will receive $1000 scholarships at the state awards banquet.
Ferm owns a 3.978 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and has challenged herself by taking several Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as in-school college classes.
In athletics, she has excelled in soccer and track and field, earning all-state honors twice in soccer and once on track. She was has been the Missota Conference Player of the Year in girls' soccer and landed a spot on the StarTribune's second team.
In the area of the arts, Ferm has been a four-year member of the high school choir and competed in the High School League-sponsored Solo/Ensemble Contest where she received a Superior rating. For the past two years she has been a member of the New Dimension, the school's top level choir.
Ferm has not decided on where she will attend college but plans to major in exercise science while continuing to participate in both track and choir.
Buss was a cross country runner and hockey player for the Tigers until a knee injury caused him to cut short his varsity career after his junior year. He is participating in the first-ever intramural basketball program at FHS this winter.
Like Ferm, Buss is a member of the elite New Dimension school choir. As a junior, he auditioned for the All-State choir and earned an alternate position. He received an Excellent rating at the High School League-sponsored Solo/Ensemble Contest.
In addition to choir, Buss has been active in the FHS drama department. Last fall he played Ewart Dunlop in the production of "The Music Man".
Buss is also president of the Tiger Leadership Club, a student council member and on the executive board of the National Honor Society.
The FHS male AAA winner will attend Marquette University next fall where he plans to major in electrical engineering as well as participate in choir and theater.