Athena Award 2022

2022 Athena Award Winner Recognized for Leadership
Posted on 03/21/2022
Simley's 2022 Athena Award winnerSenior Ellie Johnson has been selected as Simley High School’s Athena Female Athlete of the Year for 2022! Head coaches from Simley chose Ellie to recognize her outstanding efforts and accomplishments as a student athlete, leader, and pillar of the community.

As a leader in Simley Tennis, Ellie has been a starter in doubles for two years and holds a record of 28-10. This school year, she was team captain and she earned All Conference for her performance.

Ellie has earned All Conference Honorable Mention twice in Nordic Ski. The two-time captain has lettered in Nordic Ski for five years, earned the title of MVP, and earned the Spartan Award for overall team member.

“She is my go-to for anything I need done for the team,” Simley Nordic Ski Head Coach Heath Anderson said in his nomination. “She is a tremendous candidate for this award.”

Ellie has been on Simley’s varsity softball team since eighth grade. She has the highest batting average on the team and the highest base percentage of last season. This is her fourth year lettering, fifth counting the season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Ellie has overcome all obstacles. She played a large role on Simley’s most recent back-to-back championship softball teams and has been team captain for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. In 2021, she was also selected for All Conference, All Section, and Co-MVP.

Ellie is a figure in both Simley Softball and Inver Grove Heights Softball. She has volunteered as a youth softball coach for the Inver Grove Heights Softball Federation for years, helping set a standard for what Simley expects of its athletes.

“On and off the field, Ellie is always a team leader and a role model student,” Simley Softball Coach Nick Gallahue said. “You can count on her to always do the right thing and to help others whenever she can.”

Congratulations to Ellie on this outstanding achievement!