Kania Johnson named Athena Award winner
Kania Johnson named Henry Sibley's 2015 Athena Award winner
Posted on 04/17/2015

Kania JohnsonHenry Sibley High School has named senior Kania Johnson the school’s 2015 St. Paul Area Athena Award winner for her achievements in athletics and academics. Johnson, a member of Henry Sibley’s basketball, volleyball and track teams, was recognized with other award winners from schools across the east metro at the 21st annual St. Paul Area Athena Awards Luncheon on April 15.

“I am very excited to be named the Henry Sibley recipient of the Athena Award,” Johnson said. “This award is something that I have wanted throughout my years at Sibley.” 

Johnson was selected as the winning nominee by a committee of coaches from Henry Sibley. During her high school career, Johnson’s primary sports were basketball and track and field, lettering four times in each sport at the time of the awards luncheon. During her senior basketball season, Johnson served as the team captain and received an all-conference honorable mention. She had previously been named the team’s Most Improved Player.

Prior to her senior season of track and field, Johnson had received all-conference honors in seven different events over four years and added an all-conference honorable mention award. She had also been named the team MVP as a junior. As a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team in 2014, Johnson helped break a 19-year old school record in the event. As a ninth grader, Johnson qualified for the state track and field meet with the Henry Sibley 4 x 100 meter relay team.

Johnson has also earned a letter for participation in volleyball.

Kania and parents
 Kania Johnson at the Athena Awards luncheon with her parents.

Outside of sports, Johnson stays active as a member of the Henry Sibley Link Crew and Page Warriors. She is a two-time recipient of the school’s academic award. Likewise, Johnson volunteers as a tutor with CommonBond Communities in St. Paul, where she says she draws inspiration from working with others.

“The younger kids that I work with have helped me to see things differently and be more appreciative of what I have,” Johnson said. “They make me want to learn more and to help more people.”

In addition to her time spent tutoring, Johnson also works as a youth development staff member at the YMCA, coaching and mentoring youth. She has also donated her time to Feed My Starving Children. According to Johnson, balancing her time between school, work, and her many activities has been an enjoyable challenge.

“I really enjoy everything I do, so I work hard to find a balance,” Johnson said. “I’m still trying to figure it out. But I know that if I want to do something, I’d rather get my homework done and then go do it.” 

After graduating from Henry Sibley, Johnson plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia to pursue a degree in physical therapy with an emphasis on pediatric therapy. Johnson said she also plans to tryout for the track and field team.

Johnson also attended Moreland Elementary and Heritage Middle School in District 197.

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