Hastings High School has announced its 2023 recipients of the Athena and Apollo awards, an athletic award given to an Outstanding Senior Athlete.

According to the Tuesday press release, Aaron Herber is the 2023 recipient of the Apollo award, while Ava McNamara is the Athena recipient.

For McNamara, she is honored for her illustrious swimming career, where she has earned five letters in swimming, while also being 5 times all-conference, three times a section champion, three times a state participant, two times an honorable mention All-State and two times All-State. She has finished as high as 2nd in her career. McNamara set and then broke three different times two new school records and set a Section record in the 100 butterfly, where she was named Section Athlete of the Year in Section 3AA. McNamara has a 3.84 GPA and plans to attend Oakland University in Michigan where she will swim on their team and also study Biomedical Engineering.

Aaron Herber is the Apollo Award winner, having earned ten varsity letters across alpine ski, cross country and baseball. In cross country he was a Raider Award recipient and a captain. He has been the Alpine Ski Rookie of the Year, as well as Most Improved, MVP twice, and also a Captain. He has been to the MSHSL State Meet five times including a section runner up and section champion. He earned All-State honors this past season. He has a 3.71 GPA and is involved in numerous clubs and groups outside of sports such as FCA and Link Crew. Both McNamara and Herber are also on the Athlete Leadership Council.

Herber plans to attend UW-Stout for engineering technologies.

The Athena award winners will be honored at the St. Paul Athena Banquet later this spring, while both McNamara and Herber will be honored at a to be announced recognition at HHS later this spring.


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