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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in accordance with governmental directives and public health officials’ guidance, the 2020 St. Paul Area Athena Awards annual luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd has been CANCELLED. 

The Athena Committee is recognizing, honoring,  and celebrating these amazing female high school senior student-athletes with a special Acknowledgment page on our website.  The webpage features Athena achievements and photos as well as links to their Lifetouch posters.  It also includes the speech of Keynote Speaker, Margaret H. Chutich, Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and a message from Emcee, Randy Shaver of KARE11. 

We hope that this helps bring you some joy in these trying, uncertain times. 

ADs Please note:

  • All Banquet Reservations received to date will be refunded.
  • Annual School Membership Dues received to date can be credited toward the 2021 program OR refunded.  Please contact with your instructions.
  • Athena posters and Athena plaques will be delivered to your school after stay at home orders have been lifted and schools reopen.
  • Please display the Athena posters at your schools.
  • Thank You again for your tremendous help and support of the Athena Awards program! 


St. Paul Area Athena Awards Committee

Annual Award Luncheon Program

Each year the Athena award winters are recognized at a luncheon in the Spring. The 2020 St. Paul Area Athena Awards Program will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

26th Annual St. Paul Athena Awards Luncheon

Date:              Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Time:              11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location:      Vadnais Heights Commons

Address:       655 East County Road F
                           Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

Vadnais Heights Commons website

Vadnais Heights Commons directions

Join us in celebrating the 26th Annual St. Paul Area Athena Awards ceremony and luncheon in honor of the outstanding high school senior women athletes from St. Paul and suburban high schools.

It will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.   Randy Shaver, KARE 11, will be the Master of Ceremonies.   Margaret H. Chutich  Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court,  will be the Key Note Speaker.

Reservations can be made online by clicking the link here.   Each seat is $25 and reservations should be made by April 1st. 

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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2021 St. Paul Area Athena Awards


Master of Ceremonies

Randy Shaver

Keynote Speaker

Margaret H. Chutich  
Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Margaret H. Chutich, Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Margaret H. Chutich


  • Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Supreme Court on Mar. 17, 2016. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.
  • Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Feb. 16, 2012. Elected in 2014.


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1984
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1980
  • University of Zagreb (studied Croatian language), 1980-1981

Past Employment:

  • Assistant Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Deputy Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Minnesota, Criminal Division
  • Attorney, Opperman Heins & Paquin
  • Attorney, Tanick & Heins
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Diana E. Murphy, United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Memberships:

  • Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
    • Advisory Council
    • Strategic Planning Task Force, 2014 – 2015
  • Lavender Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • International Women’s Forum

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member, Board of Governors, St. Thomas Law School, 2018 - present
  • Member, Board of Directors, VocalEssence, 2018 - present
  • Director, YWCA of Minneapolis, 2008 – 2014
  • Member, Twin Cities Dunkers, 2013 – present
  • Member, University of Minnesota “M” Club
    • Former Director, 2002 – 2007
    • Co-chair, National “M” Club 2003 Hall of Fame Banquet
    • Liaison to women’s tennis team, 2005 – 2007
  • Moot Court Competition Judge, University of Minnesota Law School, Hamline University School of Law
  • Mentor, University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Lifetime Member, University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee, 2003 – present
  • Member, Advisory Council for Women’s Athletics, University of Minnesota, 1990 – 1996
  • Volunteer, “Everybody Wins!” Reading program


  • 2017 Alumni of Notable Achievement Award, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts







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