Eric Lagos (St. Paul Academy) and Eva Langenbrunner (St. Paul Central) were selected as top male and female winners out of 10 finalists at the 43rd Annual Winfield Awards banquet. The event was held at the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul last weekend.
The Winfield Award recognizes high school seniors of color for their accomplishments in academics, athletics and community involvement. The award is named in honor of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, who graduated from St. Paul Central in 1969, starred at the University of Minnesota, and enjoyed a 22-year professional baseball career.
Lagos, who starred in soccer, swimming, ultimate frisbee, and Nordic skiing, will study engineering and computer science at Yale University, as well as play soccer.
Langenbrunner plans to study biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering at Boston University after excelling in cross country, gymnastics, and track and field.
Other highlights at the Winfield Awards included: Retiring St. Paul Central Principal Mary Mackbee receiving the inSPIREation award from SPIRE Credit Union for her 53 years of service to the St. Paul Public Schools District; Florene Pattain receiving the Arline M. Winfield award given in honor of Winfield’s mother; Historian and curator Frank M. White serving as the keynote speaker; and WCCO Radio personality Henry Lake hosting as the event’s emcee.
Female finalists also honored included: Amisa Jones (St. Agnes); Majeur Tucker (Highland Park); Lia Wallace, (Highland Park) and Ntxhee Sua Vang, (Humboldt Secondary School).
Male finalists also honored were Doua Neng Lor (Harding); Gyru Tor, (Harding); Rajiv Redd, (Cretin-Derham Hall); and Seth Zeitchick, (Highland Park).
Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.