Wildcats News · 2020 WHS Athena Award Winner Announced


Congratulations to Senior Sydney Shea on being chosen to represent Waconia High School as our 2020 Athena Award winner!

Sponsored by the Minneapolis Athena Awards Committee, the Athena Award is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for female high school seniors. The Athena Awards program honors the athletic achievements of 56 high school seniors from Minneapolis and suburban area public and private high schools. Selection of the outstanding female athlete from each school is based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports. Students who excel in athletic activities, who show leadership qualities, and who are model citizens are eligible for the award.

Sydney Shea, daughter of Deb and Todd Shea, has been an extremely positive and influential student athlete throughout her career at Waconia High School. Gymnastics is Sydney’s passion and one of the many areas in which she excels. Since the early age of 5 years old, Sydney’s second home is in the gymnastics gym. Her dedicated efforts earned her a Varsity roster position since the 7th grade and an impressive six varsity letters. During her stellar career, Sydney served as the team captain for two years and was named Most Valuable Gymnast 5 times. Wildcat Head Gymnastics coach, Britney Magdal described Sydney as “one of the most talented and dedicated student athlete’s that she has ever had to honor to work with. Sydney is an amazing person that always gave 110% and her growth as an athlete and as a person positively influenced everyone around her.” Sydney’s unselfish approach to high school gymnastics resulted in helping her team advance to the 2018 MSHSL State Championships for the first time in school history where she performed extremely well as an all-around competitor achieving her highest event placement of 9th place on the beam. Sydney has attained many truly amazing conference, section and state accomplishments. She has earned four All Conference awards, eighteen section awards and nine state awards. In 2017 Sydney was the Section Champion on the beam and the following year, she advanced to state as the Section Champion on the vault, in fact, Sydney advanced to the State Championships a remarkable 4 out of 6 years!

Academically, Sydney has maintained a 3.38 GPA throughout her high school career while taking challenging advanced placement courses totaling more than 26 post secondary credits. She has earned a MSHSL Spotlight on Scholarship award throughout her high school gymnastics career, has earned academic letters as well as being named an Academic All-Star. Sydney has also been very active in school and community activities participating in a variety of program offerings including: National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Conservation Club and serves as a Sunday School Teacher Assistant at her church and has lettered in her position as a Track and Field team student manager. Sydney will take her impressive resume to Winona State University in the fall to pursue a career in Athletic Training.

Congratulations and best wishes Sydney!