2023 Athena Award

Simley High School's 2023 Athena Award Goes to Laura Bosin
Posted on 03/15/2023
Laura Bosin
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Senior Laura Bosin was named the recipient of this year’s Athena Award for Simley High School. She was selected by Simley head coaches based on her outstanding achievements as a student, an athlete, and a role model.

She’s been a captain in three sports: track and field, basketball, and soccer. Academically, she holds a 4.0 GPA.

“She is a go-to athlete that we can throw in any race and she will be able to hold her own,” Simley Girls Track and Field Coach Gretchen Schwanz said in her nomination. Laura’s senior season has yet to start, but she’s already accomplished a lot. Last year, she was All Conference in the 400 meter dash and contributed to Simley’s team becoming 3AA True Team Champions.

In soccer, she played on the varsity team for four years, started for three years, and was a captain for two years.

“She was always able to find a way to frustrate our opponents and wreak havoc,” Simley Girls Soccer Coach Nora Austin said. “She has been a positive leader and role model to the younger soccer girls in the program. She suffered an ankle injury early on in the season, but it didn't prevent her from being a vocal leader on the bench.”

For a college recruiting website, Laura wrote, “Every game and practice, I put in 100% effort to continue bettering myself and improving my skills.”

Simley Girls Basketball Coach Ed Cassidy described her as the team’s best defensive player.

“Laura is a great role model and a leader on and off the court,” Coach Cassidy said.

In basketball, she earned five letters, made the Academic All-State Team for three years, served as captain for two years, and was All Conference and voted the team’s Most Valuable Player this year.

In addition to her participation in Simley sports, she plays club soccer for the Saint Paul Blackhawks. She is a yearbook editor, a National Honor Society officer, and a member of Simley’s Spanish Club and Student Council. She’s volunteered with Feed My Starving Children and Day For Girls International, and she helps with the youth of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Inver Grove Heights.

The Athena Award is given annually to female high school student athletes in their senior year. Laura and other winners from other high schools will be honored at an event at the Saint Paul RiverCentre next month. You can learn more about the St. Paul Athena Awards at www.stpaulathena.com.

Good luck to Laura as she competes in the spring track and field season, and congratulations on the recognition of her amazing accomplishments!