Kate McKay named Sibley’s Athena Award winner
Kate McKay named Henry Sibley High School’s 2014 Athena Award winner
Posted on 04/25/2014
Kate McKay
  Sibley senior, Kate McKay, at the Athena Awards Luncheon
with her parents, Brett and Melody. 

Henry Sibley High School has named senior Kate McKay the school’s 2014 St. Paul Area Athena Award winner for her achievement in athletics and academics. McKay, a member of Henry Sibley’s basketball, soccer, tennis, softball and track teams, was recognized with other award winners from schools across the east metro at the 20th annual St. Paul Area Athena Awards Luncheon on April 18.

"Kate is a dedicated and hard working student athlete," said Activities Director Brian Ihrke, recalling how Kate would practice in the gym, working to improve her skills, even after everyone else had gone home. "Kate's strong work ethic sets a great example for Sibley students."

McKay was selected as the winning nominee by a committee of coaches from Henry Sibley. During her high school career, McKay's primary sport was basketball, where she lettered all four years. During her junior and senior years, McKay was the varsity basketball team captain and was named All-Conference and the Most Valuable Player. She was also the first player in the history of Sibley Girls Basketball to score 1,000 points during her high school career. 

In addition, McKay was captain of the varsity softball team for two years, and received letters and honors for her participation in soccer, tennis and track (shot-put).   

McKay holds a 3.85 GPA, scored a 31 on the ACT, and has lettered for three years in academics.

"I have really enjoyed my time in the Sibley athletics program," McKay said. "I have had so many of my favorite high school memories on the court or on the field with my teammates. I really believe that playing sports at Sibley helped me develop into the person I am today."

After graduating from Henry Sibley, McKay plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater to pursue a degree in chemistry and be part of the women's basketball team. 

"I feel that receiving the Athena Award is one of the greatest honors I could be given as a high school athlete," McKay said. "It really makes it feel as though all the time and work that I put in during my many different seasons in and out of practice was all worth it. I am very grateful for all of the support I have received at Henry Sibley."

For more about the Athena Awards and a list of past Henry Sibley recipients, visit the St. Paul Area Athena Awards website.