SPRING SCHOLAR-ATHLETE WINNERS NAMED BY NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
CHAPEL HILL—Over 7,300 individual awards have been earned by students for the spring semester from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for 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.
A total of 3,935 student-athletes earned the individual Scholar-Athlete award.
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.
In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 aggregate GPA for that designated semester. The school receives a certificate from the Association honoring the accomplishment and each member of the squad will also receive a certificate. A total of 3,551 individual awards were given in this category, and 224 varsity teams captured team honors.
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.
West Stanly captured top honors in baseball for the second year in a row, while Greensboro Page earned first place in two different sports. The South Rowan softball team recorded a stellar 3.916 GPA, the highest for any team during the spring semester in any sport.
"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 succeeding in the classroom."
The Scholar-Athlete program recognized over 20,000 individuals during the course of the 2007-2008 academic year. This recognition has been a part of the NCHSAA program for over 20 years.
NCHSAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAM AWARD WINNERS
NCHSAA Spring Sports 2008
SPORT SCHOOL GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Softball South Rowan 3.916
Baseball West Stanly 3.530
Men's Tennis Greensboro Page 3.779
Women's Soccer Greensboro Page 3.804
Men's Track Northwest Guilford 3.472
Women's Track East Rowan 3.730
Men’s Golf North Buncombe 3.637