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Jefferson, Kennedy high schools name Athena Award winners

Jefferson and Kennedy high schools have announced Luci Bianchi and Samantha Husting respectively as this year’s Athena Award winners.

The Athena Award is presented each year to outstanding senior female athletes from schools across the metro area. Award winners will be honored at the Minneapolis Athena Banquet May 3.

Luci BianchiBianchi has participated in soccer, hockey, and track and field. She is a two-time all-conference selection in both soccer and hockey and 2018 team MVP in soccer. She’s also served as a captain of both teams. Bianchi, who also received the ExCEL Award her junior year, plans to attend the University of St. Thomas and play soccer and hockey.

Samantha HustingHusting has participated in soccer, basketball, and track and field. In basketball, she is a three-time all-conference defensive team selection, two-time all-conference honorable mention and an all-conference team selection. She earned all-conference honors in the 4x100m relay, and an all-conference honorable mention in soccer. She has served as a captain of the track team her senior year and a three-time captain of the basketball team. Husting plans to attend Anoka Hennepin Community College and play basketball.