Congratulations to the 2021 Academy of Holy Angels Activities Hall of Fame Inductees & the 2020 Rising Star Awardee!
The following AHA community members will be celebrated at the 2021 Hall of Fame Ceremony on Friday, October 8. The reception begins at 4:30pm with the program beginning at 5:15 p.m. For more information and to register for the event, click here. Awardees will also be honored at half-time of the Homecoming football game which begins at 7:00 PM at the StarDome.
BILL ADAMS, AHA bus driver, transported Stars to games and events for over 20 years. But this simple description just scratches the surface of his relationship to AHA community members. He enjoyed watching the teams he drove, whether at the away events to which he transported teams, or the frequent home games he attended on his own time.
His warm, caring demeanor made him a beloved figure among players, coaches and community members throughout his tenure. Players have described Bill as like a grandfather or a member of the family. Bill was nominated for an AHA Way Hero award while employed with the school, and because of the way he communicated to community members that “they matter,” AHA is pleased to honor him with this special recognition.
MARY JANE CARROLL CURRAN '71 served as the All-School President, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was selected to Girls State during her years at AHA. Her basketball team played in the Little Brown Jug tournament all four years and won the championship three times.
She taught English at Christ the King for many years, and for the last 22 years, she has taught sixth grade English and history at Breck School. Mary Jane has received the Jean Wigley Teaching Excellence and the Breck Middle School Faculty Chair Awards.
BRENDAN KELLY '08 was a standout defensive end at Academy of Holy Angels. As the football team captain his senior year, Brendan was named first-team all-conference, all-metro and all-state. Brendan was ranked as the No. 33 defensive end in the country, fifth best player in Minnesota by Rivals.com, and seventh best player in Minnesota by Scout.com. In addition to earning three letters in football, Brendan also lettered in basketball, lacrosse, and weight training.
After high school, Brendan played football and earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
LYNN OLSON, alumni parent and former AHA girls hockey coach, is being honored for her work in advancing women’s hockey at the youth, high school, and Olympic levels. Olson’s lobbying for girls’ and women’s hockey in Minnesota goes back to the 1970s. She helped organize the Minnesota Women’s Hockey League and was elected its president in 1984.
On Nov. 14, 1994, Olson coached Holy Angels against South St. Paul in the first varsity girls’ high school game sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League. Olson’s lobbying efforts also helped women’s hockey become an Olympic sport. The sport was approved in 1992, and the United States won the gold medal in that inaugural tournament in 1998.
BILLY KOENIG ‘99 is the recipient of the 2020 Academy of Holy Angels Rising Star Award for his remarkable work supporting environmental science and service learning as a high school science teacher.
Billy was the first finalist from Shakopee for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2014. He was one of just 10 education ambassadors selected by Climate Generation to represent the United States at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, where he presented to representatives from over 200 countries. Billy was also featured on KARE 11 for taking a class of students mountain hiking in Mexico to create greater awareness of kidney cancer.
Billy now teaches Environmental Studies and the AP Environmental Science at the Zoo School in District 196.