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CHAPEL HILLóOver 6,500 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 3,395 student-athletes earned the individual Scholar-Athlete award, and 205 varsity teams in sports captured team honors.
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 3,2,46 individual awards were given in this category.
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.
Both Ashe County and Wilkes Central had two teams to earn top spots in their respective sports. Ashe County captured top honors in both menís and women track while Wilkes Central took the overall awards in both womenís soccer and menís golf.
"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 almost 20,000 individuals during the course of the 2004-2005 academic year. This recognition has been a part of the NCHSAA program for 19 years.
NCHSAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAM AWARD WINNERS
NCHSAA Spring Sports 2005
SPORT SCHOOL GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Softball Surry Central 3.566
Baseball Southern Guilford 3.522
Men's Tennis Wilson James B. Hunt 3.744
Women's Soccer Wilkes Central 3.695
Men's Track Ashe County 3.540
Women's Track Ashe County 3.680
Menís Golf Wilkes Central 3.620