Scholar-athlete Winners Named By NCHSAA

CHAPEL HILL—Over 10,000 individual awards have been given by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom as well as on the playing court or athletic field.

The NCHSAA made the awards in its Scholar-Athlete program, which includes recognition of varsity teams which attain certain grades as well as individual athletes.

Individual Scholar-Athletes attained at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester in which he or she competed. The award is based on first semester grades for fall and winter sports and second semester grades for spring sports, and the school submits the nomination form verifying the grade point average on behalf of the athlete or team.

For the fall semester of 2006, a total of 5,694 student-athletes were nominated by NCHSAA member schools and qualified for this award.

In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 aggregate GPA on a straight 4.0 scale for that designated semester. The school receives a certificate from the NCHSAA honoring the accomplishment and each member of the squad receives a certificate. A total of 325 varsity teams and 4,619 individual athletes from across the state achieved this distinction.

A minimum of five individuals is necessary to constitute a team, and all team members must be included in figuring the team GPA. The team achieving the highest grade point average in the state in its particular sport and submitting its application by the appropriate deadline receives a plaque commemorating that achievement.

Greensboro Page captured top honors in four different sports while South Rowan had three teams and Forbush two teams to earn a state award. South Rowan teams in women’s basketball and wrestling and Page in women’s golf also won these same awards last year.

"We are very proud of the achievements of the students involved in our Scholar-Athlete program," said Charlie Adams, executive director of the NCHSAA. "We think this is definite proof that we have a tremendous number of athletes that are playing sports and also succeeding in the classroom."


Fall and Winter Sports (Fall Semester 2006)

Alexander Central Football 3.100

Forbush Volleyball 3.757

Forbush Men's Swimming 3.644

West Rowan Women's Cross Country 3.950

Page Women's Golf 3.880

Page Women's Tennis 3.934

Page Cheerleading 3.769

Page Women's Swimming 3.837

Highland Tech Men's Soccer 3.429

South Rowan Men's Cross Country 3.667

South Rowan Wrestling 3.469

South Rowan Women's Basketball 3.777

N.C. Science & Math Men's Basketball 3.416

Surry Central Women's Indoor Track 3.788

West Forsyth Men's Indoor Track 3.585