South Washington County Schools

District 833 Athena Award winners announced

South Washington County Schools is excited to announce this year’s Athena Award winners from District 833. This award recognizes young women for their excellence and achievements in athletics and academics. Presented by the St. Paul Athena Awards Program, this recognition is named after the goddess of wisdom and skills, Athena. She is said to have been invincible, possessing the gifts of dignity, power and youth. 

Representing South Washington County Schools is Allyson Weiss from East Ridge High School, Tina Press from Park High School and Haley Orf from Woodbury High School.

Allyson Weiss is a four-year letter winner in Track and Field, earning 10 All-Conference Awards and five All-State Awards. She is the captain of the Track and Field team, seven-time Conference Champion, six-time Section Champion, four-time State Participant and two-time State Champion. Allyson holds three school records at East Ridge, including the Triple Jump, Long Jump and 4x200 relay. She also participated in Swimming and Diving, and Volleyball.

Allyson is a member of both National Honor Society and Key Club. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and tutors her peers in math and chemistry. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, received a 34 on the ACT and maintains a 4.27 GPA. Allyson plans to continue her Track and Field career at Stanford University, pursuing an engineering major with a pre-med concentration.

Tina Press is a five-time letter winner in girls hockey, earning two Honorable Mentions, an All-Conference Award and an All-State Award. She has been a captain of the hockey team for the last two years, received two Offensive Player of the Year Awards and an Academic All-State Award. She is a four-year letter winner in girls soccer, earning two Honorable Mentions, an All-Conference Award and has been the team captain for the last two years. Tina is also a three-year letter winner in Girls Lacrosse, earning an All-Conference Award, an Honorable Mention and an All-State Award.

At Park High School, Tina is the Co-President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Key Club, and a member of the Pack of Friends, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Link Crew. She received three Academic Letters and one Junior Book Award. Outside of school, she volunteers with youth hockey and soccer programs. Tina will attend Gustavus Adolphus, where she will continue to play hockey and plans to major in either biochemistry or nursing.

Haley Orf is a six-year letter winner in Cross County, earning the All-Conference Award twice. She is a five-year letter winner in Track and Field, earning two All-Conference Awards and is a four-year letter winner in Nordic Skiing.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Superfans Club at Woodbury High School. Haley volunteers with the Woodbury Athletic Association (WAA) as a Track and Field coach and has received three Academic Awards. Haley will attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she plans to study biology while continuing to run.

The St. Paul Area Athena Awards began in 1995 with the support of local schools, individuals and the business community. The program honors female athletes in St. Paul suburban public and private schools.

The program started with 20 schools and has more than doubled since then, currently recognizing young women from 43 schools. All Athena Award recipients will be recognized at the 2018 St. Paul Athena Award Luncheon, set for Wednesday, April 25 at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale.

Congratulations to all three of these impressive young women!

Left to right: Allyson Weiss, Tina Press, Haley Orf