Two tremendous young women have been named Robbinsdale Area Schools Athena Award winners. Robbinsdale Cooper High School senior Ellie Evans was named the school’s Athena Award recipient for the 2012-2013 school year. Evans’ career at Cooper includes four years of track and field, four years of Nordic skiing, three years of cross country and one year of volleyball. She was named captain of track, Nordic skiing and cross country; she was MVP of Nordic Skiing for three years, All Conference for three years, and qualified for state three times. She is the school’s current freshman record holder for the pole vault. Ellie has a total of eleven varsity letters, eight All Conference Awards and two academic All Conference awards. In addition, has served as a Marching Band drum major, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is in the top two percent of her senior class. She will attend the College of St. Scholastica in the fall, planning to ski and major in Exercise Science.
Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Heather Kaluzniak was named the Athena Award recipient for Armstrong High School for the 2012-2013 school year. Kaluzniak’s career at Armstrong includes three varsity letters in soccer, four varsity letters in hockey, and three varsity letters in lacrosse. She served as captain for all three sports, was named MVP in soccer twice, All Conference two years in soccer and one year in lacrosse, and was named a state honorable mention in both soccer and hockey. In addition, she was the recipient of the Hobey Baker award in hockey. Off the field, she was a National Merit Semi-finalist, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, was named an Academic All-State recipient, and an AP Scholar. She is on the school’s Leadership Council, a Link Crew Leader and peer tutor, and is a member of the Environmental Society and the Concert Choir. Heather is headed to the College of St. Benedict in the fall to play soccer, and she plans to major either in Business or Pre-Med.
The Athena Award goes to an outstanding senior female athlete from each of the 50 metropolitan-area high schools. Both Ellie and Heather will be honored at a banquet on May 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.