Annie Gydesen named Sibley’s Athena Award winner
Annie Gydesen named Henry Sibley’s 2018 Athena Award winner
Posted on 05/21/2018

Annie Gydesen Athena Award PhotoHenry Sibley High School has named senior Annie Gydesen at its 2018 St. Paul Area Athena Award winner for her achievements in academics and athletics. Gydesen, a captain of two varsity sports, was recognized with other award winners from across the east metro at the 24th annual St. Paul Area Athena Awards Luncheon on April 25.

“I am extremely honored to be chosen,” said Gydesen. “I know that a lot of girls are as deserving as me.” 

Gydesen was selected as the winning nominee by a committee of coaches from Henry Sibley. During her high school career, Gydesen’s primary sports were hockey, tennis and track. Throughout her years of competition, she amassed nine varsity letters, three cumulative Metro East All-Conference awards and four all-conference honorable mention awards.

Gydesen was also named Most Valuable Player for the girls’ hockey and tennis teams and was nominated by her hockey teammates for the Hobey Baker Character Award, which is given to players who display coachabilty, strength of character, teamwork and leadership. This past fall, Gydesen played singles on the Sibley girls’ tennis team for the first time and walked away with a new set of accomplishments. 

“My favorite part of my athletic career was probably this past tennis season,” said Gydesen. “I switched over from playing doubles to singles and I got all-conference and only lost one match to the defending state champion. It was super cool having such a great season.” 

In addition to her many athletic achievements, Gydesen is a three-time academic letter winner and was also presented with two academic all-state awards for her commitment to academics. 

 Sibley Chicks Team Picture
Henry Sibley Super Mileage team "Sibley Chicks" from left, Annie Gydesen, Laura Friedmann and Madeline Knoll.

Gydesen participates in other activities at Henry Sibley including Key Club, table tennis and super mileage club. Last year, she and a friend assembled Henry Sibley’s first all-girls super mileage team, which placed first in the experimental class at the Brainerd Speed Way on May 14.

Away from school, Gydesen devotes time volunteering as a coach for the Sibley Area Youth Hockey Association and helps organize activities at the Lilydale Senior Center. In addition, Gydesen spends time volunteering at her church and enjoys being outdoors near the water.

After graduating from Henry Sibley, Gydesen has plans to attend Bethel University to pursue a degree in business with a possible minor in Spanish.

“I hope to be a role model to younger girls and show that them that if you set a goal, you can accomplish anything you want to do,” said Gydesen. 

In addition to being a full-time student, Gydesen also plans to continue her athletic career as part of the Bethel women’s hockey team. 

“I’m super thankful to Sibley for helping me achieve my goals,” said Gysdesen. “My teachers and my coaches have allowed me to grow athletically, academically and socially, and have gotten me where I am today.”