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CHAPEL HILLóOver 6,700 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 3,706 student-athletes earned the individual Scholar-Athlete award, and 191 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 3,028 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.
Greensboro Page took the top spots in four of the seven spring sports. Page captured honors in baseball, menís golf, menís tennis, and womenís soccer. Ashe County took home first place in womenís track for the second year in a row, this time tied with Raleigh Athens Drive. Surry Central and Southern Guilford finished at the top in menís track and softball respectively.
"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 2005-2006 academic year. This recognition has been a part of the NCHSAA program for 20 years.
NCHSAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE TEAM AWARD WINNERS
NCHSAA Spring Sports 2006
SPORT SCHOOL GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Softball Southern Guilford 3.705
Baseball Greensboro Page 3.481
Men's Tennis Greensboro Page 3.854
Women's Soccer Greensboro Page 3.905
Men's Track Surry Central 3.316
Women's Track (tie) Ashe County 3.675
Athens Drive 3.675
Menís Golf Greensboro Page 3.798