Area students honored at Athena banquet

Each year, more than 40 female high school seniors are honored at the St. Paul Area Athena Awards banquet. The recipients were honored for their athletic achievements and the banquet was held on April 20. 

This year’s awards included three recipients with Roseville area ties. 


Jane Baude


Baude attends North High School and has earned letters in four sports. Her most successful endeavors came in cross country and track and field. Baude is a six-time letterwinner in cross country and has earned two all-conference and two all-state honors. Among the team awards she has amassed are MVP, rookie of the year and most improved. She served two seasons as captain and also earned academic all-state honors.

Heading into this spring, Baude has earned five letters in track and field. She is a two-time all-conference selection and a two-time all-conference honorable mention honoree. She is a team captain and has been named most improved.

Cross country and track and field are also Baude’s sports of choice for college. She recently signed a college tender to attend the University of Minnesota, where she will compete in both sports.

Baude also lettered in Nordic ski racing and swimming and diving at North. Three of her letters came in Nordic skiing, where she was a team MVP and was voted rookie of the year. She also earned rookie of the year status and one letter on the swim team.

Academically, Baude is also a standout. A four-year A honor roll member, she is the salutatorian for the class of 2016. She is a four-time academic letterwinner, an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.


Clara Paul


Paul is a three-sport athlete at Concordia Academy in Roseville and has enjoyed the most success in track and field. She is a five-time letterwinner, has been all-conference four times and all-state three times.

Paul holds the school record in the triple jump and the 4x200-meter relay and has a shot at the school record in the long jump. At the 2015 state meet, she finished second in the long jump and third in the triple jump and the 4x100-meter relay.

Her other sports at Concordia Academy are volleyball and basketball. She is a three-time letterwinner and three-time all-conference honorable mention selection in volleyball. In basketball, she earned four letters and was named all-conference and all-conference honorable mention once each.

Away from athletics, Paul participates in worship/chapel band and the His People chamber choir and serves as a student ambassador. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society and has earned academic all-state honors in all three of her sports.

Paul recently cemented her post-high school plans by signing her college tender. She will attend the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota and will compete on the women’s track and field team.


Erika Nolby


Nolby is a student athlete at Tartan High School and has made a name for herself athletically in cross country and track and field. She will finish her high school career as a six-time letterwinner in each sport.

She enters her final track and field season as a three-time all-conference honoree and a one-time all-state selection. She has won conference championships in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races and was also a section champion in the 3,200-meter as a seventh grader. She holds school records in the 4x800-meter relay, the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters and was also a rookie of the year.

In cross country, Nolby earned six all-conference awards and was a two-time state entrant. She has been named rookie of the year and MVP. 

Nolby served as team captain for both squads.

Academically, Nolby ranks in the top 10 percent of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Nolby is set to attend Bethel University, where she plans on majoring in elementary education.


Sofie Netteberg


Netteberg is a Little Canada resident who attends Mounds Park Academy in Maplewood. She is a two-sport athlete who has amassed plenty of honors.

Netteberg is a six-time letterwinner in soccer and has earned all-conference and all-conference honorable mention honors once each. She is third on the Panthers’ all-time scoring list, led the team in scoring the last three seasons, was the team MVP as a sophomore and was the offensive player of the year as a junior and senior. She served as a captain last fall as a senior and is a three-time Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association academic excellence award winner.

Her spring sport is track and field and she is a team captain this season. She is a four-time letterwinner and has earned all-conference and all-conference honorable mention nods once each. 

Last season, she ran in the Class A state meet as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team. Earlier in the season, she was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that won the Independent Metro Athletic Conference championship. She also took second in the long jump, third in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the triple jump at the IMAC championships.

Netteberg is a member of the school-record 4x100-meter relay team, is second all-time in the long jump and ranks in the top 10 in four other events.

In addition to athletics, Netteberg is also very active in band and orchestra. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a four-time academic letterwinner. Earlier this year, she was named the Section 4A Triple “A” award winner.


Ellie Schwartz


Schwartz attends Hill-Murray and is a nine-time letterwinner in two sports. Four of those letters came in volleyball and her final high school season was a memorable one. 

Schwartz helped lead the Pioneers to the Class AA state tournament last fall. Hill-Murray went 2-1 at state and took home the consolation trophy for fifth place and Schwartz was named to the all-tournament team. She was also named second-team all-state.

On the basketball court, Schwartz earned five letters. 

Schwartz is also a standout in the classroom, as evidenced by her academic letters and her membership in the National Honor Society.

In the fall, Schwartz is set to attend the University of St. Thomas, where she will play volleyball for the Tommies.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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