The 50th annual Minneapolis Athena Awards will be back live and in person on May 6 after the last two ceremonies were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards will be presented to 55 of the best and brightest female student-athletes from public and private high schools throughout greater Minneapolis.

The local winners include Lydia Schroeder, a three-sport athlete at Minnehaha Academy. Here are just some of her achievements:

Sports: volleyball (2 letters, captain); basketball (3 letters, captain, all-conference award, 2019 state champion, section champions in 9th, 11th and 12th grades); and softball (5 letters, captain).

Other activities: children’s program volunteer at church, babysitting for neighbors.

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Lydia Schroeder

Scholastic achievements: High Honor Roll in grades 6-12, academic letter-winner for cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher, cum laude on 2019 national Latin exam.

Post-high school plans: attend North Central University, compete in basketball and major in biology.

The Minneapolis Athena Awards luncheon will take place at 11:15 a.m. Friday, May 6, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Jo Kane of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota. Allie Cronk, long-time Athena Awards announcer will be the presenter. For information, visit For reservations, email


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