Providence Academy (PA) announced senior Maureen “Mo” Burns has been named the winner of the 2018 Athena Award. The Athena Award is given to an outstanding female athlete from each school that is based on excellence in individual sports and accomplishments in team sports. The main criterion for the award is athletic accomplishments, followed by other achievements. Mo will be honored at the Athena Awards Banquet on May 4.
Over the past four years, Burns has been an integral player on the soccer, basketball, and softball teams. She has lettered in all three sports (four times for soccer and softball, three times for basketball), and led the softball and soccer teams as their captain. In addition to her role as captain, Burns was named MVP for soccer twice and softball three times.
Burns exemplifies what it means to be a well-rounded student. In addition to her athleticism, she is an artist (she performs as part of the school’s audition-only choir and has played violin for the past 13 years), a high-performing student (she has earned four academic letters and has been named on the Headmaster’s List for the past seven semesters of high school), and leader in the community (she’s a House leader and serves as a lifeguard).
On naming Burns as this year’s Athena Award Winner, PA Athletic Director Rick Johns said, “Mo is a team player. She is aware of what others are doing, applauds their efforts, acknowledges their accomplishments, and is there for a pat on the back when things don’t go well. No job is too big or too small for Mo and she always gives an extra effort.”
Upon graduation, Burns will attend the College of Saint Benedict where she has earned a full Army Nursing ROTC Scholarship. She will major in the school’s honor’s nursing program and continue her softball career there.