Two female student-athletes — one each from Armstrong and Cooper high schools — have been recognized for their hard work both in the classroom and on the court.
Savannah McGowan from Armstrong High School (AHS) and Bre Frazier from Cooper High School (CHS) have been selected as their school’s 2023 Athena Award winners. The award is given annually to one senior female from each participating school who has distinguished herself in athletics and academics.
The 2023 Minneapolis Area Athena Awards will take place on Friday, May 5, at the Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.
During her career at AHS, McGowan has earned seven varsity letters, most notably in basketball, for which she’s earned all-state honorable mention twice and received numerous conference awards. She’s also the first female at Armstrong to achieve 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
McGowan will be attending Illinois State University next year, and will be a member of the women's basketball team.
Frazier has been a member of the CHS girls basketball team since ninth grade, for which she’s earned two all-conference awards in addition to four varsity letters. She’s a two-year captain of the girls basketball team, and was named team most valuable player her junior and senior years. In addition, as a senior, Frazier was named to the conference all-defensive team, and earned an all-conference academic award.
Off the court, Frazier is a member of the 2023 yearbook committee, and the National Honor Society.
While undecided about her post-secondary plans, she hopes to play basketball while earning a degree in business management or sports management.