Senior Madi Ngene playing basketball, lacrosse and soccer

Spring Lake Park High School is proud to announce senior Madi Ngene as their winner for the 2021 Athena Award.

Every year, one senior female athlete at each Minneapolis-area high school is honored as an Athena Award winner for her outstanding athletic achievements. Recipients of the Athena Award are selected based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports, as well as their school and community achievements.

“Being the Athena winner is a huge honor to me,” says Madi. “I wasn’t expecting anything since there are so many talented females in my class.  I have always thought it was a big honor since I watched Hannah Schultz win when I was in 8th grade. I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, friends and most importantly my family for always supporting me. I am super blessed and honored to accept this award, thank you.”

Madi has an impressive list of accomplishments throughout her years of participating in Panther athletics.

Soccer Accomplishments:

  • Four-time letter winner
  • All-Conference (2018)
  • All-Conference Honorable Mention (2020)

Basketball Accomplishments:

  • Four-time letter winner
  • All-Conference (2019 and 2020)
  • Rooke of the Year (2017-2018 basketball season)
  • Caption (2020-2021 basketball season)
  • 1,000+ career points – making her the 5th girls’ basketball player in SLPHS school history to score more than 1,000 points

Lacrosse Accomplishments:

  • Four-time letter winner
  • Most Improved (2018)
  • All-Conference Honorable Mention (2019)

When asked about her top three most important athletic achievements, Madi said “Scoring 1,000 career points in basketball, receiving All-Conference awards in all three sports in a large metro conference and being a varsity starter mid-year freshman year through her senior year in basketball, varsity starter for three years in soccer and varsity starter for four years in lacrosse.”

Outside of athletics, Madi is involved in the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club and the Breakfast Club. She also received an Academic Letter Award her sophomore and junior years.

Head girls’ soccer coach Mindy Daugherty says Madi is one of the hardest working athletes she has coached.

“She is always looking to improve herself and her teammates,” says Mindy. “She is a natural leader through leading by example and her fellow teammates look up to her. Madi is not only a great athlete but a very dedicated student. She is committed to improving herself physically and mentally and is always excited for what the next day or the next competition will bring. Madi is a perfect choice for the Athena Award because the represents what it means to be a successful student-athlete.”

After graduation, Madi plans to attend an out-of-state university and study Chemical Engineering. She also hopes to play basketball at the collegiate level.

Congrats and good luck, Madi!