On Wednesday, three girls from South Washington County Schools were awarded with St. Paul Area Athena Awards. The Athena Award honors high school senior girls that are student-athletes from the St. Paul and suburban areas.
The award is based on individual excellence in a sport as well as team accomplishments.
Grace Beseman from Woodbury, Saren Croker from Park and Linnea Yacovella from East Ridge were all presented with their awards on Wednesday, April 24.
Beseman is a four-time letter winner in softball with one All-Conference Award, two All-Section Awards and the title of team MVP. She also participated in volleyball and was a three-time letter winner, including two All-Conference Awards.
Along with sports, Beseman worked hard in the classroom to earn academic letters all four years in high school. Beseman will play softball in college next year at Concordia University.
Croker also plays softball and was a four-time letter winner, including two All-Conference Awards, two All-Section Awards, one All-State award and was a part of the All-State Tournament Team. She also was a four-time letter winner in girls' basketball including being a team captain and was a two-time letter winner in girls' tennis.
Croker spends her free time in extracurricular activities like the National Honor Society, Pack of Friends, Link Crew, S.A.D.D. and Leaders of the Park. She will be heading to Creighton University next fall to continue playing softball and to study biology.
Yacovella was a five-time letter winner in girls' soccer for the Raptors including three All-Conference Awards and two All-State Awards. Along with the awards, she set a school record with 45 career goals and was captain of the team for two seasons. She was also a two-time letter winner in girls' basketball.
Outside of sports, Yacovella is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is a volunteer at Regions Hospital as well as at her church youth group. She will continue playing soccer at the University of Minnesota next fall as she plans to major in the health field.
These three girls are three of 43 recipients of the award.