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Clayton named Rosemount's Athena winner

Rosemount senior Katrina Clayton started hearing of the Athena Award last year as other athletes in the area were receiving recognition.

Now in its 15th year, the Athena Award is presented annually to recognize female athletes for their dedication and excellence in sports.

It's a tradition for the area's standout seniors.

Not long after hearing about it, Clayton set her sights on winning her own award.

"I was really hoping to get it," Clayton said.

Like everything else she does, she was willing to put in the work. And like most everything else, she accomplished the task.

"Katrina is very self-motivated," Irish gymnastics coach Jason Passeri said. "You don't have to get on her a lot. She just works hard. She tries something the first time, and with her talent, she can learn it in two tries when it might take someone else a year.

"I wish I had 10 of her. It makes coaching easy. She sets a goal and goes and gets it. She doesn't like to fail. She deserves all the accolades."

Clayton, the daughter Al and Vikki Clayton was named Rosemount's winner of the award at last week's Athena Awards banquet, one of 39 student-athletes honored.

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