Armstrong High School senior Ellee Petersen, a cross-country, Nordic skiing and track and field athlete, was named the school’s 2016-17 Athena Award winner.
“I feel super honored to be the Athena award winner,” Petersen said. “I know there are a lot of other girls who deserved it.
“I couldn’t really believe it at first. I had a lot of friends that were nominated, and I knew we were all supportive of each other.”
Petersen earned four varsity letters apiece in cross-country and Nordic skiing, while earning five letters in track and field. Petersen served as the team captain for cross-country, Nordic skiing (twice) and track and field, while earning 13 conference awards as a member of the Falcons.
Petersen was a member of the Armstrong Nordic skiing team that won the state title in 2015-16. Petersen also holds the Armstrong school record for the 5K cross-country run, and has run every varsity cross-country race since her freshman year.
“I have enjoyed [her Armstrong career] a lot,” Petersen said. “There have been a lot of fun experiences, I have met a lot of people, especially through sports. I’m really glad and thankful I went to Armstrong.”
Petersen, who was set to attend Cooper before moving prior to starting high school, said the best part of earning the honor is being able to represent Armstrong.
“It’s really special. I feel I’m representing a lot of people who have worked hard and represented the school,” Petersen said. “I feel like I’m representing what we are a school and the other types of people.”
Petersen will attend Concordia University, St. paul following her graduation from Armstrong, where she has earned a cross-country and track and field scholarship. She plans to major in exercise science with a minor in Spanish.
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