Bonnie Zeller, pictured above with SAVHS Principal, Wayne Terry, and Athletics Director, Troy Urdahl.
The Athena Award is given to an outstanding female athlete based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports. For over forty years St. Anthony Village High School (SAVHS) has honored an outstanding female athlete as its Athena winner. This year, SAVHS is proud to present Bennie Zeller as our 2016-17 Athena Award recipient. As a three sport athlete, Zeller has spent many afternoons and nights in a Huskies uniform over the past four years. During and away from competition Bonnie is a great representative for our school; Zeller embodies the spirit of the Athena Award.
During the fall, Bonnie can be found out on the volleyball court. During the past season Zeller ranked third on the team in kills, finishing with 45. She has been a two time letter winner, in the starting line-up the past two seasons, and a member of the academic all-state team. Zeller has been described by the coaching staff as an example type player for the younger girls in the program to emulate.
In the winter Zeller stays in the gym as a member of the Huskies basketball team. This past season Zeller played a large part of the playoff run for St. Anthony in to the section finals. Bonnie averaged approximately 14 points a game and 8 rebounds a game this season. She was named team captain this year and was named to the Tri-Metro all-conference team. Zeller has lettered four times with the basketball program, has been a four year starter, and in 2015-16 was named the team most efficient player while also being named a Tri-Metro all-conference honorable mention. Bonnie is able to play multiple positions on the court. Her coaches describe her as a leader to her teammates who has a positive perspective to share with her younger teammates.
Bonnie has been a positive influence for the track and field program no matter her level of involvement. As a freshman and sophomore, she was always encouraging her teammates and trying to positively impact their lives and performances. This did not change her junior year when, due to her academic schedule, she did not have the ability to put her full time and attention towards track and field. However, to be involved in the program, she signed on as a team manager; still finding a way to support her team and her teammates.
Bonnie will be recognized for her accomplishments on Friday, May 5th at the Doubletree hotel in Bloomington during the 45th annual Minneapolis Athena Award Luncheon. Zeller plans to continue her education next year at Wheaton College where she will also continue her basketball career. Her major is currently undecided but she has plans to minor in Spanish. Congratulations to Zeller for a fantastic career at SAVHS.