Zumwinkle is Breck’s Athena winner

Sports Editor

Breck School senior Grace Zumwinkle has been a standout both in and out of the classroom since she began attending the school.

Grace Zumwinkle (Submitted photo)
Grace Zumwinkle (Submitted photo)

Zumwinkle, an Excelsior native, has earned 15 varsity letters in hockey, tennis and golf during her Breck career, while earning eight team MVP nods, 14 conference awards and eight state awards.

In the classroom, Zumwinkle serves as a student ambassador, a senior guide and as the co-leader of the business club. Zumwinkle was on the headmaster’s list from 2014-2016, the honors list from 2013-2016 and earned the Allan Dunn Leadership award in 2016.

Zumwinkle’s accomplishments in and outside of the classroom helped her win Breck’s Athena Award this year. The awards go to outstanding senior female athletes from each of the 50 metropolitan area high schools. Students were nominated by their coaches as outstanding senior female athletes. They are selected based on excellence in an individual sport or for participation and accomplishment in group sports.

“It’s a great honor, especially coming from Breck with a lot of great student-athletes,” Zumwinkle said. “It’s also a true honor because I know the award symbolizes more than athletic achievement.

“I think it’s a good award to conclude my senior year. It obviously symbolizes the hard work I put in through all four years of high school.”

The Athena Award is the latest in what has been an accolade-filled senior year for Zumwinkle. Zumwinkle was the runner-up at the Individual state doubles tennis tournament in the fall before earning the 2017 Ms. Hockey award earlier this year.

“Obviously I try not to think about it, because I take pride in being humble and not being arrogant about it,” Zumwinkle said. “I know it’s a true honor, but at the same time I know there are a lot of people who have helped me like my parents and my coaches.

“I couldn’t have done it without them.”

After her sister, Anna, won the Athena Award last season, Zumwinkle said taking home the award became one of her top goals entering her senior year.

“It was a goal of mine since she won it,” Zumwinkle said. “I know there are a lot of good other student-athletes going on to play collegiate athletics in lacrosse, soccer and hockey, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”

Zumwinkle will go on to play hockey at the University of Minnesota and study business at the Carlson School of Management.

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