St. Paul Area Athena Awards Program

 History
The St. Paul Area Athena Awards began in 1995 with the support of the schools, individuals and the business community, including Medtronic, Inc., Melpomene Institute and Van Paper Company. It started with 20 schools and has grown to 43 participating schools. It recognizes the outstanding young women athletes from St. Paul and suburban public and private high schools. The Athena Awards honors young women for dedication and excellence in sports and celebrates their achievements.
Selection of Athletes
Selection of the outstanding senior female athlete from each school is determined based on excellence in individual sport participation and accomplishments in team sports. This award is strictly for sports accomplishments, with other achievements being secondary.  The Athena award makes no distinction between physically-challenged and able-bodied athletes. Each school is asked to choose one outstanding senior female athlete who was actively involved in Minnesota State High School League-sponsored sport(s).
It is recommended that activity/athletic directors discuss the program with faculty members and coaches who are most closely involved with their school’s athletic programs and encourage their participation in the selection process. Each individual school determines the criteria for the selection of one female athlete. The Athena Awards Committee does not participate in the selection process.
Yearly Award Luncheon Program
Each year the Athena award winters are recognized at a luncheon in the spring. The 2017 St. Paul Area Athena Awards Program will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.