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St. Paul Area Athena Awards UPDATE


The St. Paul Area Athena Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 program!

We look forward to honoring and celebrating our member schools' outstanding female senior student-athletes in the Spring of 2023. 



Please Save the Date:                    Wednesday April 19, 2023  





Annual Event

Each year the Athena award winters are recognized at an event in the Spring. The 2023 St. Paul Area Athena Awards Program will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

29th Annual St. Paul Athena Awards Event

Date:              Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Time:              10:30am to 1:00pm

Location:      Saint Paul RiverCentre new venue for 2023 event!

Address:       175 West Kellogg Boulevard | Saint Paul, MN 55102


The 29th Annual St. Paul Area Athena Awards ceremony and event in honor of the outstanding high school senior women athletes from St. Paul and suburban high schools.

It will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.   Randy Shaver, KARE 11, will be the Master of Ceremonies.   Ashley Ellis-Milan, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy I Head Girls Basketball Coach East Ridge High School, will be the Key Note Speaker.

We are committed to and value diversity, equity, and inclusivity.   Reasonable accommodations are provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   Please let us know if you and/or your guest(s) need any special assistance.


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Master of Ceremonies

Randy Shaver

Keynote Speaker

Ashley Ellis-Milan
Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy I Head Girls Basketball Coach East Ridge High School
2005 Athena Award Winner  - St. Paul Central HS



2023 St. Paul Area Athena Awards


KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Ashley Ellis-Milan

Speaker Bio

Ashley Ellis-Milan

Ashley Ellis-Milan is entering her 3rd year as the Head Varsity Coach for East Girls Basketball.  She’s enjoyed building relationships with her student athletes, connecting with key stakeholders in the community and helping empower young women. Ashley is thankful for the fantastic coaching staff she has and the time they have committed in helping build a successful
basketball program, and the role in helping develop student athletes.

She’s no stranger to St. Paul, having graduated from St. Paul Central where she was the St. Paul Athena Award winner in 2005. During her time at Central she competed in volleyball, basketball and track. Her basketball team earned 4 straight conference titles as well a trip to the state tournament her senior year, finishing in 3rd place. Individually she earned multiple All Conference honors, was the leading scorer in basketball during 2003 and 2005 seasons and remains in the top 10 for career points scored in the St. Paul City Conference.

Ellis-Milan went on to play for the Golden Gophers putting up 20 career double-doubles and finishing as the program’s fifth leading rebounder with 860 in her accomplished career. A team captain and MVP, Ellis-Millan started in 117 consecutive games, the second most in team history. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.

Ashley graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Education and went on to earn her M.A in Educational Leadership at Concordia University in St. Paul. She had the opportunity to play professionally in Germany and Greece and also did a stint with the Minnesota Lynx.

Ellis Milan currently works for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Lynx, managing the Youth Basketball Development Department. She enjoys working and integrating business, education and basketball and has learned an immense amount of knowledge over the years.

“I have a passion for education and athletics, I wouldn’t be here without those key things.  Graduating from St. Paul Central in 2005, I enjoy the deeply rooted pride within communities, the people that support our youth and the dedication it takes from teachers, staff and parents to create an inclusive environment.”

St Paul Athena Awards - Sponsors & Partners

Sponsored by Twin Cities Orthopedics

Twin Cities Orthopedics

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Sponsored by Training Haus

Training Haus

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Sponsored by Amiot Scholastic Recognition, Inc.

Amiot Scholastic Recognition, Inc.

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Sponsored by Saint Paul RiverCentre

Saint Paul RiverCentre

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Host Venue for Athena Annual Event

Colleen's Flower Cellar

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Floral Design Studio

ED's Trophies Inc.

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Family owned and operating in the Twin Cities for over 40 years!

We specialize in custom awards, trophies, medals, plaques, personalized gifts, badges and indoor signs!

Trade Press Inc.

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Trade Press, Inc. is a full-service printing company located in the Northeast suburbs of the Twin Cities.  We have been in the printing business since 1984 and attribute our success and loyal customer base to the personal and reliable service that we give. 

David Bank Studios

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