The 27th annual Saint Paul Area Athena Awards will be back live and in person on April 21, after last year’s ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forty-four young women representing the Saint Paul area’s public and private high schools will be honored for excellence in athletics and academics during the event. The local winners are:

Nora Barnard-Central

Sports: cross-country (3-time letter winner, all-conference, honorable mention, coach’s award); Nordic skiing (4-time letter winner, all-conference honorable mention, 2-time state participant, team captain); track and field (2-time letter winner, all-conference honorable mention).

Other activities: YMCA Youth In Government Model Assembly and United Nations, band, student election judge, middle school track meet volunteer, volunteer at races around the city.

Scholastic achievements: 4.38 GPA, college-board AP Scholar, A Honor Roll.

Post-high school plans: undecided.

Carly Sullivan-Cretin-Derham Hall

Sports: dance team (4-time letter winner, all-conference, 2-time honorable mention, all-state in jazz, spinning top and best mover awards, captain); lacrosse (offensive player of the year JV); performance dance team (best positive mental attitude award, turn competition winner, captain).

Other activities: student council, volunteer with Leap Forward for Children, House of Charity, Habitat for Humanity, school supply drive, fifth-grade retreat leader, fall cleanup.

Scholastic achievements: National Honor Society, Presidential Honor Roll (all 4 years), U.S. History Day regional qualifier, Distinguished Student of the Month in U.S. history, Distinguished Student of the Month in Spanish.

Post-high school plans: attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities or University of Wisconsin-Madison to study business.

Caroline Anderson-Henry Sibley

Sports: basketball (4-time letter winner, all-conference honorable mention, MIP Award, captain); track and field (5-time letter winner, 2-time all-conference, honorable mention, 3rd place state, 2nd place Hamline Elite Meet, 1st place sections, Best Field Athlete Award, school record holder for high jump at 5-6, 2-time captain).

Other activities: LiveGreen, Link Crew, Wind Ensemble, Suzuki Association of Minnesota pianist, volunteer with Feed My Starving Children, blood drive, LiveGreen Week, nursery at Saint Joan of Arc.

Scholastic achievements: National Honor Society co-chair, academic letter winner, Spotlight on Scholarship winner, 3.829 GPA.

Post-high school plans: attend the University of Saint Thomas, compete in track and field and major in neuroscience.

Celeste Alden-Highland Park

Sports: Nordic skiing (4-time letter winner, 4-time all-conference, conference champion, most improved, 3-time section runner-up, 4-time state qualifier, 2-time all-state, 4-time conference and section championship team member, state runner-up and state champion team member, 2-time Junior National qualifier); cross-country (5-time letter winner, 5-time all-conference, 5-time conference championship team member, most improved); track and field (3-time letter winner, 2-time all-conference, 2-time conference championship team member).

Other activities: IB art student, senior class council, president of Young Democrats Club, Spanish immersion team member, volunteer with National Honor Society, Link Crew leader, Minnesota DFL, Sunrise Movement, Central Valley for Georgia, Kids for the Boundary Waters.

Scholastic achievements: bilingual diploma candidate, A Honor Roll, National Honor Society.

Post-high school plans: attend Williams College and compete in Nordic skiing.

Erin Cray Magnuson-Saint Paul Academy

Sports: lacrosse (5-time letter winner, captain, all-section, most improved); hockey (2-time letter winner, captain); soccer (two years).

Other activities: Outdoors Club co-president for two years, SPA mentor, Summit Singers, photography, volunteer at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan Leaders Club, Feed My Starving Children.

Scholastic achievements: Les Farrington Best 100 Juried Art Exhibition Scholastic Art Award Honorable Mention, Working Assumptions Honorable Mention, 2-time Honor Roll.

Post-high school plans: attend Whitman College and compete in lacrosse.

Margaret Dalseth-Visitation

Sports: cross-country (5-time letter winner, 5-time all-conference, 3-time individual conference champion, 3-time conference champion, captain, 3-time state, all-state academic honors, 2-time MVP, Rookie of the Year, school record for 5K); Nordic skiing (3-time letter winner, 2-time all-conference, captain, 2-time state, 2-time MVP, Rookie of the Year, Junior National participant); track and field (4-time letter winner, 3-time all-conference, honorable mention, 3-time event conference champion, captain, 2-time all-state, all-state academic honors, Rookie of the Year, MVP, school record for 1,600 and 3,200).

Other activities: yearbook, Leadership Club, volunteer at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and Prince of Peace Church.

Scholastic achievements: Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Key Award, Library of Congress Literacy Award, 4-time National Spanish Exam awards, AP National Scholar Award, High Honor Roll for four years.

Post-high school plans: attend college and run and ski competitively.


The Saint Paul Athena Awards luncheon will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 E. County Road F. Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League, will be the keynote speaker. Randy Shaver of KARE 11 will emcee.

Health and safety guidelines will be in place, including mask wearing and social distancing. No guests will be allowed inside the commons, only the award winners.

The program will be streamed live and recorded for future viewing. For information, email or call Sara Paul at 651-338-1302.


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