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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Lauren Urke named 2011 WHS Athena Award winner

Lauren Urke, 2011 Athena
Award Winner.
Photo Wayzata Schools.
Wayzata High School senior Lauren Urke is the 2010-11 Athena Award winner.

Urke has earned a total of six varsity letters including three in soccer, two in track and field and one in hockey.

She was a member of three girls' soccer teams at WHS that advanced to the state tournament, including the 2009 team that won the Class 2A state championship and the 2010 team that finished in second place. Urke was voted the hardest worker by soccer teammates all four of her years at WHS. Urke was also part of a 4x400 meter relay team during her freshman year that earned All-State honors by placing fourth at the state meet.

Off the field, she has been a violinist for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony for nine years and started her own volunteer mentoring program to provide lessons to struggling violin students. She is a semi-finalist for the United States Presidential Scholars program, a National Merit Finalist, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a member of the National Honors Society. She earned a perfect score on the ACT exam and has been named Academic All-State in both soccer and track and field. Urke plans to play college soccer at Harvard.

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